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Respiratory Care Practitioner I (RCP I)

Job Ref: 28144

Talent Area: Respiratory

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Baytown, TX 77521

Area/Department: Respiratory Care Serv

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Part-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift


6:30pm- 7:00am

Work Week: 24 hours per week with rotating weekends and holidays

Company Profile

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, located 35 miles southeast of Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This 392 licensed bed hospital with 18 operating rooms, and over 1,400 employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close to East Harris and surrounding counties.

Job Summary

The Respiratory Care Practitioner I (RCP) performs routine respiratory care procedures as assigned, varying in complexity. These include, but are not limited to: preparation, administration and monitoring of medication and treatment modalities and gas therapy, ventilator support, spirometry and assistance with bronchoscopy.    May perform diagnostic testing of the cardiac respiratory system.  As a member of the direct patient care team, provides direct assistance to physicians and other care health professionals with respiratory care related procedures within the scope of the professional licensure. Delivers exceptional patient care and adheres to standards and guidelines established by respiratory agencies and Houston Methodist to ensure optimal patient safety and customer service.  




Refer to departmental “Scope of Service” and “Provision of Care” plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.




  1. Provides personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:


INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.

COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.

RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.

EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate. 


  1. Focuses on patient/customer safety

  2. Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards

  3. Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language

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    Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job




PEOPLE – 20%

  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results.Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)

  2. Serves as resource to co-workers, may teach and orient new respiratory care practitioners.


    SERVICE – 30%

  3. Performs respiratory care as assigned to include but not limited to:arterial blood gas and analysis, pulse oximetry, spirometry and flow volume loops, lung volume determination, airway resistance measurement, breath diffusion capacity, bronchoprovocation testing, maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures, bronchodilator administration, diagnostic radiology procedures.  Prepares, administers and monitors treatment modalities and medication delivery.  Implements, monitors and evaluates ventilator support. (EF)

  4. Performs other procedures and tests as needed and if assigned such as Electrocardiograms, Holters, and Arterial Blood Gas.

  5. Provides care for the physical needs of patients by executing various respiratory care concepts to maximize performance.  This includes: positioning, physiology, procedure preparation, and technical factors. Modifies technical factors to achieve desired results and recognizes complications / limitations associated with certain procedures.  Proactively identifies how to address these for optimum outcomes. (EF)



  1. Reports “near misses” and inputs errors promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends.Contributes to identification of corrective action and improvement activities and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety. (EF)

  2. Troubleshoots, calibrates and performs preventive maintenance and quality control on all equipment and analyzers per department guidelines, documenting activities.Assembles, prepares, cleans and operates bronchoscopy equipment, monitoring equipment and accessories in accordance with manufacturing recommendations and department guidelines.Reports malfunctions. (EF)

  3. Provides direct assistance to physicians, performing tests as ordered, assessing and assuring quality, acceptability and reliability of results; takes corrective action and involves others as needed toward achievement of this end. (EF)



  1. Accurately documents all patient care and respiratory related activities and procedures in the appropriate documentation system. Enters charges at the time service is delivered. (EF)

  2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies.Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks.



  3. Participates in departmental projects and shared governance activities.

  4. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.


    This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned.  Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  5. Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below



  • No experience required: one year experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner preferred



  • Registered as Respiratory Therapist by National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC-RRT)

  • Licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Texas Medical Board (TMB-RCP)

  • American Heart Association BLS

  • American Heart Association ACLS may be required within 90 days of hire/transfer*

  • American Heart Association PALS may be required within 90 days of hire/transfer*

  • American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) may be required within 90 days of hire/transfer*

    *Certifications which may be required for those assigned to certain areas/departments  (See manager for details and tracking information)

  • If HMStJohn employee: ACLS required upon hire; NRP required within 90 days; PALS required of all current employees by no later than November 1, 2017, thereafter all hires required to have PALS within 90 days



  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going evaluations consisting of one or more of the following: skills, competency assessments and/or performance reviews

  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Respiratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents

  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers

  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving

  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles


Activity Checklist attached (see below)



  • Includes office, patient care units, and invasive procedure areas

  • May include exposure to hazardous chemicals, blood borne pathogens

  • Adherence to universal precautions is required

  • Extended periods of standing and walking are required

  • Able to flex hours and work other shifts to meet needs related to unanticipated acuity; meet operational needs; may require on-call


Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

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