SHIFT LEAD RCP
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Supervise the delivery of respiratory care to the patients of Bridgeport Hospital for the responsible shift. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
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- 1. Assess workload and assign staff to provide shift coverage for delivery of safe, effective respiratory care.
- 1.1 Receive/give shift report to the next shift and respond with staff assignments to provide care as needed at the start of each shift as randomly observed by department manager.
- 1.2 Match skills of staff members with patient needs as each shift begins.
- 2. Participate in the development and enforcement of hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
- 2.1 Provides input into the establishment of appropriate department and policies and procedures as observed by department manager.
- 2.2 Enforce department and hospital policies and procedures and carry out corrective action as necessary as observed by department manager.
- 3. Implement the training of new employees or students.
- 3.1 Assign staff member to orient the new employee or student to department procedures as observed by department manager.
- 3.2 Foster a feeling of welcome to any new staff member or student and develop a feeling of "team work" as observed by department manager and staff feedback.
- 4. Complete performance evaluations on all staff assigned.
- 4.1 Complete performance evaluations by the anniversary date in a equitable, unbiased way as noted in review of evaluation by department manager.
- 4.2 Establish a participative feeling with staff while evaluating their performance evaluation as indicated by feedback from staff and observed by department manager.
- 4.3 Prepare for performance evaluation by making observations/monitoring on an ongoing basis prior to evaluation time as observed by department manager.
- 5. Participate in the hiring, termination and disciplining of staff.
- 5.1 Interview, along with department manager, prospective candidates for hiring as time allows.
- 5.2 Discipline and document any employee not following department/hospital standards.
5.3 Record specific instances that would document a staff member's poor performance as discussed with department manager.
- 6. Develop and maintain clinical and supervisory skills necessary to provide shift leadership.
- 6.1 Read and keep informed of the latest techniques and equipment and share such skills with staff members as observed by department manager.
- 6.2 Attend conferences outside the hospital to keep skills updated at least twice per year as schedule permits with approval of department manager.
6 .3 Participate in hospital "in house" supervisory skills training programs at least twice per year when available.
- 6.4 Demonstrates and maintains current knowledge and skill in providing appropriate care for geriatric patients as observed by supervisor and as indicated by feedback from staff .
6 .5 Demonstrates and maintains current knowledge and skill in providing appropriate care for adult patients as observed by supervisor and as indicated by feedback from staff .
6 .6 Demonstrates and maintains current knowledge and skill in providing appropriate care for young adult patients as observed by supervisor and as indicated by feedback from staff .
6 .7 Demonstrates and maintains current knowledge and skill in providing appropriate care for pediatric patients as observed by supervisor and as indicated by feedback from staff .
- 7. Communicate with doctors, nurses, department head or others about any questionable order or problem reported by the staff.
- 7.1 Appear visible and available to the staff to solicit comments about problems during the shift as observed by department manager.
- 7.2 Contact physician, nurse and others about the care of patients when reported by a staff member as indicated by feedback from physicians, nurses, and staff.
7.3 Report to medical director and department manager any unusual situations that need special attention as observed by the department manager.
- 8. Perform as a staff respiratory therapist when staffing requires according to established department guidelines.
- 8.1 Assume an assignment when necessary and perform the duties of a respiratory therapist according to the performance standards as observed by department manager.
- 9. Participate in the evaluation and selection of new equipment and procedures.
- 9.1 Assume active role in the review and evaluation of new equipment often as a special project as noted by the department manager.
- 10. Interact and communicate with medical director and department head relative to assessing, planning and implementing department needs.
- 10.1 Plan and assess the needs of the shift relative to the care delivered and communicate those needs to the medical director and department manager as observed by department manager/medical director at regular meetings.
- 10.2 Prepare solutions to concerns and/or problems rather than just presentation of a problem as observed by department manager.
10.3 Actively attempt to find solutions to difficulties on the shift rather than assume another shift will handle as observed by department manager.
- 11. Provide direct patient care support during trauma and cardiopulmonary codes and RRT.
- 11.1 Maintain skills in CPR and be available to respond to codes as noted by worksheet.
- 11.2 Carry code beeper on person at all times while on duty and be able to respond immediately to any area of the hospital. Assume leadership at code for respiratory therapy as observed by department and staff.
- 11 .3 Evaluate the performance of the staff as indicated by feedback shared with department manager.
- 12. Provide support to department manager concerning scheduling needs of shift. Schedule overtime per guidelines and assist in vacation planning. Make adjustments in schedule in absence of department manager.
- 12.1 Project needs of shift coverage and post and assign overtime as needed to cover shift.
- 12.2 Assume leadership in making adjustment to cover the "oncoming shift" to provide safe staffing as observed by department manager.
12.3 Inform department head about staffing/scheduling problems to assure a safe staffing level as discussed with department manager.
- 13. Participate in hospital committees as assigned by department manager.
- 14. Contributes to fiscal management through recommendation of equipment, supplies, manpower, etc.
- 15. Uphold and follow the Performance of Standards for Respiratory Care Department.
Graduate of CoARC approved Respiratory Care College degree. AARC member strongly preferred. Bachelor of Science or Equivalence Degree Strongly preferred.
Five (5) or more years clinical experience in a hospital-based practice. Experience in critical care (i.e. MICU, SICU, BURN, Emergency Medicine, PICU/PICA, & New Born ICU) preferred. Two (2) or more years of previous Respiratory Care supervisory experience preferred.
RRT credential required through the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). Current BLS. Licensed in the State of Connecticut to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Current NRP required, and ACLS/PALS preferred
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, both written and verbal. Capable, comprehensive understanding of fair and equitable distribution of work load/assignment. Team building skills and interpersonal/emotional intelligence capability. Including coaching, mentoring, and inclusiveness. Demonstrates ability to direct diverse workforce. In-depth knowledge of clinical practice; ability to manage multiple priorities; including strong leadership skills Knowledge of computer-based information systems. Knowledge of quality improvement and the ability to implement quality improvements with staffing and department manager.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. They are occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. They must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. They are occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Incumbents as well as external and internal applicants who become disabled must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without the assistance of reasonable accommodation as determined on a case by case basis. Incumbents as well as external and internal applicants who become disabled must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without the assistance of reasonable accommodation as determined on a case by case basis.
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