What does a Respiratory Therapist IV do?

Respiratory therapists help patients who have trouble breathing by providing general and emergency respiratory therapy. This entails assessing patients by performing diagnostic tests and evaluations, treating patients, and tracking progress. Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals or skilled nursing facilities.

Respiratory therapists must have an associate's degree in respiratory therapy from an accredited respiratory program and be licensed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. To become licensed, they must pass a national certification exam and complete any additional licensure requirements, as determined by the state of practice. The best respiratory therapists are compassionate, possess great interpersonal skills, and have a strong grasp on anaomy and physiology.

What responsibilities are common for Respiratory Therapist IV jobs?
  • Perform assessments and diagnostic procedures to determine patient treatment needs
  • Make recommendations for respiratory care and treatment
  • Perform treatment procedures according to patient needs
  • Modify care plan based on patient progress and treatment effectiveness
  • Operate, maintain, and repair respiratory equipment to ensure proper functioning, cleanliness, and operation
  • Comply with all outlined safety and health standards
  • Document patient's respiratory care
  • Educate the patient, family, and team on respiratory problems and treatment
What are the typical qualifications for Respiratory Therapist IV jobs?
  • associate's Degree in Respiratory Care from an accredited respiratory care program
  • Current Registered Respiratory Therapist license in state of practice
  • 1 year of experience in respiratory therapy
  • Working knowledge of respiratory equipment and medical supplies
  • Strong leadership skills and a professional attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage the emotional stress of working with and caring for terminally ill patients/families
  • Familiar with safety and confidentiality standards
  • Comfortable working independently
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“I am not sure how much longer it can remain such a great place to work.”

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“Overall one of the best places to work in WA state and not get burnt out.”

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“Providing opportunities to learn and grow in our careers”

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“Good pay and I personally loved my recruiter”

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“great facility to work and earn experiences”

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“Friendly staff and I enjoy working here”

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