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Respiratory Therapist - St. Elias - Anchorage, AK #7875465

Company: Providence Health & Services

Date: 04/07/2021

City: Anchorage, AK

Employment type: Full-time

Providence is calling a Respiratory Therapist (Respiratory Therapist, Days, 0.9 FTE) at St Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.


In this position, you will:



  • Perform mechanical ventilation set-ups, monitoring, assessment of equipment/patient interfaces, and makes appropriate changes based on ABGs for adult ventilators
  • Perform bedside PFTs
  • Maintain current ABG certification
  • Must be able to perform a complete respiratory assessment and make recommendations/changes based on the assessment, as allowed by protocols and hospital/department policies
  • Follow proper procedures and utilizes safety equipment appropriate for job
  • Follow all policies and regulations related to employee and patient safety.
  • Remain current with Annual Safety Update and Blood-Borne Pathogens annual training
  • Report any unsafe condition or accident/injury immediately to the Lead Therapist or Director
  • Participate in department QI Program by collecting and/or compiling data, composing reports, and offering suggestions on ways to improve respiratory service
  • Participate as an active member of improvement teams
  • Actively promote evidence-based medicine by remaining current with respiratory therapy education, journals, etc.
  • Dispense prescribed Respiratory Therapy medications and consults with staff physicians regarding orders related to Respiratory Therapy services
  • Has knowledge of adverse reactions and contradictions to all modes of respiratory therapy and is able to initiate immediate corrective action
  • Ensure patient safety by following all procedures related to the safe and effective delivery of medication
  • Report any medication error through the hospital's reporting system.
  • Attends staff meetings, seminars, etc. to increase knowledge of new techniques
  • Complete documentation on forms and records appropriate to patient information
  • Documentation is legible, timely, concise, accurate, and follow all hospital and department requirements
  • Enter billing and charge information completely and accurately

Required qualifications for this position include:



  • H.S. Diploma or GED
  • Graduate of a Respiratory Therapy education program accredited by the Joint Commission on Respiratory Therapy Education (JCRTE)
  • Credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) as either a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Those obtaining NBRC credentials after July 1, 2002 must also show proof of credential renewal every five (5) years
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). New hires have eight (8) months from the date of hire to obtain ACLS cards if not current at the time of hire

Preferred qualifications for this position include:



  • Associate's Degree in Respiratory Care
  • RRT credential
  • 1 year Critical care experience as Respiratory Therapist

About St. Elias Specialty Hospital


St. Elias Specialty Hospital is owned by Providence Health System. The hospital has 59 beds, almost all private rooms. The facility features state of the art equipment to provide extended inpatient acute care for patients.


At St. Elias Specialty Hospital, we provide customized, physician-driven services for patients requiring longer stays in an acute care environment due to multiple or complex medical conditions. We are not a permanent placement for patients; rather we are an answer for many patients who are acutely ill and need to take the first steps towards rehabilitation or home.


Most of our patients are admitted from a traditional acute care hospital, often from the Intensive Care Unit. Families of patients are welcome to contact us to see if we might be an option for their loved one.


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