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Sr Respiratory Care Practitioner, 7p-7a, $10,000 Sign on and Referral Bonus

Location: Houston Methodist West Hospital
18500 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77094
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Talent Area:
Respiratory Therapists
Job Shift:
3rd - Night
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Posted Date:
April 2, 2024

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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Helps drive improvement of department score for patient satisfaction, through peer-to-peer accountability for service standards

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Accurately documents all patient care and respiratory-related activities and procedures in the appropriate documentation system. Enters charges at the time service is delivered
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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 in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section

  • 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
  • Neonatal experience preferred
  • RCP - Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner - State Licensure -- by the Texas Medical Board AND
  • RRT - Registered Respiratory Therapist (NBRC) AND
  • BLS - Basic Life Support (AHA) AND
  • ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support (AHA)

  • PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support (AHA) -- depending on area assigned AND
  • NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation -- depending on area assigned within 90 days OR
  • RRT-ACCS - Registered Respiratory Therapist Adult Critical Care Specialty (NBRC) OR
  • NPS - Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist (NBRC) OR
  • CPFT - Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (NBRC) OR
  • RPFT - Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (NBRC) OR
  • RRT-SDS - Registered Respiratory Therapist Sleep Disorder Specialty (NBRC) OR
  • AE-C - Certified Asthma Educator OR
  • TTS - Tobacco Treatment Specialist (NAAP) OR
  • RPSGT - Registered Polysomnographer Technologist (BRPT)


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • 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
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to maintain patient and exam documents
  • Ability to work independently; capable of handling challenging/difficult procedures and patient care situations; demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills
  • 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



  • Uniform No
  • Scrubs Yes
  • Business professional No
  • Other (department approved) Yes

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

  • On Call* Yes

**Travel specifications may vary by department**

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area Yes
  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist West Hospital is committed to leading medicine in West Houston, Katy and surrounding communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of exceptional safety, quality, service and innovation. The growing campus offers 253 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including cardiology and cardiovascular surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; comprehensive cancer care; orthopedics and sports medicine; gastroenterology; bariatrics; childbirth center with level III NICU; emergency care; and advanced imaging.

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. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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