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Lead Respiratory Care Practitioner - Nights
Job Ref # 55342
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Category: Respiratory

Job Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: July 2, 2020

Work Shift: NIGHT

Work Week: M - F

Job Summary

At Houston Methodist, the Lead Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) functions as the lead person generally for an assigned shift and/or area and in this capacity performs lead job duties including projects or specialized responsibilities as a regular part of their normal job responsibilities.  In addition to the lead responsibilities, also performs duties and responsibilities at a Registered Care Practitioner II level which include advanced procedures.  Serves as the liaison between management, staff and physicians for routine matters as the primary point of contact for resolving questions and issues for RCP¿s as well as support staff, resulting in the delivery of exceptional patient care and adherence to standards of practice for optimal patient safety, quality outcomes, and customer service.  Duties may be varied and may include many of the following: organize work schedules, assign work, review and edit time cards for accuracy, conduct quality assurance audits of staff performance, develop and implement quality improvement activities, train and mentor staff, provide feedback on staff performance and developmental needs,  participate in the development of skills and performance of staff, lead and regularly perform special projects, collect/analyze/report on data, prepare reports on performance and metrics, and other responsibilities of a similar nature and level.

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.

PEOPLE ¿ 30%
1.Promotes a positive work environment and leads the team to be dynamic and a 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.  Role models to team members effective communication skills, assisting in their development of such skills.  (EF)
2.Orients, guides and mentors team members consisting of Certified and Registered RCP I & II levels, students and support staff, to help build confidence and competency in skills, knowledge and abilities. (EF)
3.Effectively implements protocols and objectives with team members to result in optimization of staff performance, teamwork, patient safety, and customer service.  Provides feedback to management on team member performance and conduct. Develops skills of team members and continually assists with improving skills, performance and outcomes. (EF)

1.Provides for the physical needs of patients, performing respiratory care procedures to include preparation, administration and monitoring of treatment modalities and medication delivery as well as advanced procedures as assigned, such as but not limited to: intubation, advanced pulmonary diagnostics, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), electromagnetic navigation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), etc..  Implements, monitors and evaluates ventilator support, evaluates patients and recommends therapeutic interventions. Works independently exercising sound judgment and executing above average clinical skills in challenging procedures and patient care situations. (EF)
2.Serves as liaison between team members, management and physicians, resolving routine matters for the shift/area. (EF)
3.Proactively identifies needs for adjustment/intervention for optimum patient care and experience.  Monitors and adjusts activities of the assigned team to ensure optimum patient throughput and patient experience.

1.Follows safety standards, policies and procedures established for respiratory care, the department and hospital. Assists with implementation and education of departmental based safety initiatives and standards of practice.  Reports ¿near misses¿ and inputs errors promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends. (EF)
2.Conducts quality audits on equipment, processes, outcomes and team member performance.  Documents, develops and evaluates processes, procedures and outcomes.   Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement, providing recommendations, and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety. (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.Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient procedures. 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 and provides leadership to team members on effective and efficient utilization of time. If assigned, accurately reviews and edits team members¿ time cards for management approval. 

1.Participates in departmental projects and shared governance activities. Leads one or more departmental committees or subcommittees and facilitates the accomplishment of the goals of the committee or subcommittee. 
2.Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a RCP and lead.
3.Fosters a positive and constructive teaching environment by engaging students and co-workers in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with business objectives. (EF)

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.

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

4 years experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) to include at least 2 years ICU level experience, experience with Neonatal and ER (preferred and not required if HMCCH employee), and lead/supervisor experience.  May consider HM employee with at least 3 years RCP experience and of which at least 1 year is as a HM RCP and who demonstrates leadership abilities

Registered as Respiratory Therapist by National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC-RRT)
Licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Texas Medical Board (TMB-RCP)
One of the following Respiratory Specialty Credentials*: Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS), Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS), Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT),  Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT), Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS), Certified Asthma Educator (AEC), Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS), Certified Case Manager (CCM), or Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)
*Note: New employees hired into the Respiratory Lead role have 6 months from hire date to acquire specialty certification.
American Heart Association BLS
American Heart Association ACLS
American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP); (not required if at HMCCH)
American Heart Association PALS may be required if at HMH, HMSL, HMWB, HMW, HMTWH, or HMB of certain employees depending on area assigned (in these cases, employee has 90 days from notice of requirement to obtain and entity management is responsible for documentation and tracking); if at HMCL PALS required within 90 days of hire/promotion; PALS not required if at HMCCH

¿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
¿Ability to work independently; capable of handling challenging / difficult diagnostic procedures and patient care situations; demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills
¿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, teamwork and leadership 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

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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Company Profile

Since 1998, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been serving Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Residents have come to rely on a level of compassionate care and leading-edge technology that was once available only in the Texas Medical Center. With 243 licensed beds, 20 operating rooms and over 1,900 employees, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

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