Respiratory Therapist


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Hillcrest Commons Extended Care
169 Valentine Rd
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Respiratory Therapist
Full Time
Healthcare/Healthcare Professional

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of a physician, has exclusive control of ordered mechancial ventilation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the weaning process.
  • Actively participate with physicians and other healthcare team members in the development of care plans by serving as consultants in regard to respiratory therapeutic and diagnostic modalities.
  • Evaluate and assess residents, recommend appropriate therapy when indicated, identify physicians' orders and determine if there are any contraindications to therapy.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of respiratory care to inclue: initial assessment and reassessment of resident response to therapy, treatment effectiveness, monitoring of vital signs. This inlcudes recognizing changes from norm for the age specific population served.
  • Perform diagnostic studies on residents to inlcude: ABG acquisition and interpretation, nocturnal pulse oximetry, pulse oximetry with exercise and standard pulse oximetry.
  • Provide all forms of airway care to include: tracheostomy tube changes and trach care, suctioning, insertion of nasal and oral pharyngeal airways and evaluation of residents for artificial airway discontinuance.
  • Perform as a member of the cardiac arrest team to include Basic Life Support. Relates appropriate emergency protocols and maintains basic life support as necessary for appropriate resident population.
  • Support ventilation as needed during transports between rooms, to and from therapy or activitries and to other hospitals or medical offices.
  • Administer all treatment modalities to include: facial/nasal CPAP, Bipap, chest physiotherapy, aerosol administration, inexsufflation and all forms of low and high flow oxygen therapies.
  • Assist in the education of all respiratory rehab residents and their families regarding respiratory and pulmonary disease management.
  • Provide daily maintenance, cleaning and monitoring of ventilators and adjunctive equipment to ensure that equipment is operable and in safe working condition.



  • Must be a graduate of an accredited AMA program for Respiratory Therapy.
  • Must hold a current license as a Respiratory Therapist in Massachusetts.
  • Credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care.
  • Certified in CPR (Basic Life Support).
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public.
  • Must have patience, tact, cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, and be willing to handle residents based on whatever maturity level in which they are currently functioning.
  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
  • Must be able to move and assist with lifting and transport of residents.


Salary Range: $35 - $40 per hour based on experience

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