Respiratory Services Student - PRN, Nights

Location: Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
18220 State Highway 249
Houston, TX 77070
Job Ref:
Talent Area:
Respiratory Therapists
Job Shift:
NIGHT 3rd - Night
Job Type:
Work Week:
PRN - works from 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. during weekdays and weekends, as needed
Posted Date:
Jan. 23, 2023


At Houston Methodist, the Student Respiratory Services position is responsible for providing students with opportunities to follow a respiratory preceptor in a professional setting to receive feedback from practicing Professionals and support building clinical competency and confidence in transition from student role to new graduate respiratory therapist. This position is accountable and responsible for respiratory care administered under the direction of a Licensed Respiratory Therapist and in accordance with therapy guidelines, applicable regulations, and departmental policy, procedures and practices, ensuring the department’s patient, visitor and customer interactions are aligned with Houston Methodist’s ICARE values. The Student Respiratory Services position demonstrates competence to adapt to work and customer service to accommodate the unique physical, psychosocial, cultural, safety and other developmental needs of patients served by the department. This position demonstrates appropriate communication skills and interpersonal relationships.



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 20%

  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team-focused work unit that actively helps one another 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. Collaborates with team members within the assigned project, and/or department effort. Functions as a team member, responding willingly to colleagues’ needs for assistance and partnership. (EF)
  3. Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles. Provides contributions towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement on department scorecard, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)


  1. Participates in respiratory care services and care delivered to patients. Performs direct patient care, treatments and procedures in accordance with established policies and standards of the hospital as outlined in the plan of care. Acts as patient advocate by preserving the privacy of patients and families, keeping the safety of the patient in mind. (EF)
  2. Identifies and communicates patient problems/needs and respiratory interventions performed to the Respiratory Therapist assigned. Under supervision, provides education to patients, patient’s family members, and/or caregivers and reinforces health care information/teaching provided by the Respiratory Therapist. (EF)
  3. Proactively seeks out assignments and learning opportunities within assigned department or on teams that cross departments. Follows up on action items to ensure completion of assignments. (EF)
  4. Conducts patient and family-centered care standards and provides direct patient care under the direction of a respiratory therapist. Responds to therapy calls, contacting nursing personnel as appropriate, and follows through with meeting patient needs. Uses peer-to-peer accountability, towards improving department metrics for patient satisfaction and care. (EF)


  1. Organizes the work flow, problem-solves basic and routine matters, seeking guidance and assistance from preceptor, by utilizing resource persons, i.e. licensed respiratory therapist, or management, policy and procedure manuals, or other references on standards of care. (EF)
  2. Legally documents, where applicable, delegated observations and interventions, care administered in accordance with established policies and procedures. Accurately reports observations, conditions and problems of patients to licensed personnel to achieve desired patient outcomes. (EF)
  3. Rounds to ensure patient needs are met (four P’s). Supports initiatives to prevent conditions such as pressure ulcers, patient falls, and hospital-acquired infections. Reports near misses and collaborates with the interprofessional health care team to improve patient safety. (EF)
  4. Contributes to identification of corrective action and improvement activities, impacting quality and safety targets on the unit-based scorecard, through peer-to-peer accountability, reporting near misses, and collaborating with the interprofessional team. (EF)


  1. Assists with patient and staffing needs (floats) across the service line or hospital within the scope of their role or validated competencies. (EF)
  2. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively, prioritize daily tasks to meet established and committed deadlines, minimizing incidental overtime. Utilizes time efficiently and helps other team members. (EF)


  1. Applies knowledge gained from educational background, project work, and problem solving for organization. Identifies and assumes responsibility of own learning needs and seeks continuing education opportunities to meet those needs. (EF)
  2. Produces a presentation of tangible company deliverables, of work and learning, derived from this assignment at the end of the 10-week internship. (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.



o High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)

o Actively enrolled in a school of respiratory program


o Successfully completed one clinical rotation


o American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)

o Licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Texas Medical Board (TMB-RCP) within six months of graduation


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o 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

o 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

o Ability to work under pressure and balance many competing priorities; highly responsive and solution/action oriented

o Demonstrates a high level of maturity with demonstrated self-confidence and ability to make decisions

o Conducts self in a professional manner at all times

o Excellent written and verbal communication skills

o Demonstrates a learning attitude toward solving problems, using good reasoning and judgment

o Demonstrates a positive demeanor and strong multi-tasking abilities

o Ability to work with peers in a team situation

o Strong organization skills and detail-oriented nature

o Professional handling of exposure to confidential/sensitive information

o Practices universal precautions at all times. Demonstrates a working knowledge of isolation, infection control and safety procedures




Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional No

Other (dept approved) No


On-Call* No

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.



May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area


**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: Exposure to cleaning and sterilizing agents may occasionally be necessary. Routinely be transporting boxes, oxygen and compressed gas cylinders of supplies and other items needed for patient care

Company Profile:

Since 2000, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been serving Northwest Houston residents. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a comprehensive acute care facility and has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. With 358 operating beds, 20 operating rooms and more than 2,300 employees, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital provides comprehensive, personalized care for patients in Champions, Tomball, Magnolia, Spring and Cypress.

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