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Senior Respiratory Care Practitioner $`10,000 Sign-On Bonus and Referral Bonus

Location: Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital
4401 Garth Rd
Baytown, TX 77521
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Talent Area:
Respiratory Therapists
Job Shift:
1st - Day
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Posted Date:
Feb. 7, 2023


At Houston Methodist, the Sr Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) position is an experienced and competent therapist who is responsible for performing advanced procedures as assigned; examples include and are not limited to: intubation, advance pulmonary diagnostics, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), electromagnetic navigation, extracorpeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), etc. This position performs all duties assigned to a RCP and participates in developing and teaching in-services/programs for the respiratory staff, quality improvement initiatives, research programs, and departmental committees or subcommittees. The Sr RCP position serves as a mentor and resource to Respiratory Care team members and students by utilizing skills and knowledge to help train and achieve optimum performance levels in specialized areas such as ICU and NICU. This position works independently, exercising sound judgment and executing above average clinical skills on challenging procedures and patient care situations. The Sr RCP position may assume duties associated with coordinating activities within the Respiratory department.



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

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  1. Contributes to teamwork by awareness of overall patient workload, consistently offering assistance, and responding positively to requests for assistance. Offers guidance to interprofessional health care team, when appropriate, and applies feedback to improve patient outcomes. (EF)
  2. Facilitates open, professional (verbal, nonverbal, written) communication which includes active listening and teaching to achieve mutual understanding, role modeling by example. Communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution is clear, providing the highest quality service during every customer and patient encounter. (EF)
  3. Guides and mentors other Respiratory Care Practitioners and students to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities. Teaches, orients and precepts newly hired Therapists. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards improvement of department score for employee engagement. (EF)


  1. Provides patient teaching based on learning needs, uses appropriate resources, incorporating planning for care after discharge. Consistently evaluates the patient’s comprehension and adapts teaching methods accordingly. (EF)
  2. Serves as the primary therapist for performing advanced treatments, as assigned, such as but not limited to: intubation, advance pulmonary diagnostic, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), electromagnetic navigation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), etc. (EF)
  3. Coordinates various activities within the respiratory department and assumes other duties in the absence of a team lead/or coordinator, as assigned. Serves as a resource for department-related needs such as: specialty equipment or software implementation. (EF)
  4. Helps drive improvement of department score for patient satisfaction, through peer-to-peer accountability for service standards. (EF)


  1. 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)
  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. Utilizes clinical judgement, using an analytical approach. Assists with implementation and teaching of department-based safety initiatives and standards of practice. Identifies trends and opportunities for corrective action and process improvement, providing recommendations. Contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and patient safety. (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, minimizing incidental overtime, and prioritize daily tasks, optimizing efficiency and other areas according to department specifications. (EF)


  1. Identifies and presents areas for innovation, efficiency and improvement for department projects and shared governance activities. Participates in one or more department committees or subcommittees and facilitates the accomplishment of the goals of the committee or subcommittee. (EF)
  2. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Completes and updates the My Development plan on an on-going basis. (EF)
  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.



o Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.


o Four years experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner of which at least two in a critical care level (preferred at HMCCH). May consider HM employee with at least three years of RCP experience with one year as a HM RCP

o Neonatal experience preferred


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

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

o American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)

o American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

o One of the following specialty credentials preferred: 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), or Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)

o American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)*

o American Heart Association Pediatric Life Support (PALS)*

*preferred, depending on area assigned


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 Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to maintain patient and exam documents

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

o 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

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



Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional No

Other (dept approved) Yes


On-Call* Yes, as required by entity/department for operational need

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



May require travel within Yes

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Baytown 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. Houston Methodist Baytown houses 226 operating beds, with 15 operating rooms and more than 1,700 employees. The hospital brings Texas Medical Center excellence and quality care close to East Harris and surrounding counties.

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