PFT/Respiratory Therapist
Department Sleep Lab/EEG-H
Location La Crosse
Schedule/Shift 8 Hour Shift, Days
FTE 0.6 FTE
Benefit Eligible Yes
Temporary Position No
Job Details

The Pulmonary Function Technologist/Respiratory Therapist is responsible for performing Pulmonary Function testing; teaching, and performing procedures, and therapies on patients as directed by Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. Assists as trained in Therapeutic/Diagnostic Bronchoscopies, Transthoracic Needle Aspirations, Metabolic/GXT testing, Smoking Cessation and Patient Education.

Job Responsibilities
  • Preparation, calibration, and troubleshooting of equipment.

  • Preparation, assessment, and instruction of patients.

  • Performance of actual testing procedures including, but not limited to: Advanced Pulmonary function testing, administration of inhaled medications, sputum induction, Arterial Blood Gas Sampling, Oximetry, Chest Physical Therapy, CPAP/BIPAP trials and follow-up, Oxygen Clinic, liaison between patient and medical equipment vendor, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

  • Provides documentation, validity of test results, and charging of services provided.

  • Communicates thoughts clearly and effectively. Is approachable and open to feedback.

  • Relates to colleagues in a considerate manner, showing dignity and respect.

  • Demonstrates professional accountability by: adhering to Gundersen Lutheran policies; meeting regulatory and compliance requirements; supporting the mission, vision and values of the organization; and completing required annual training and addressing own learning needs.

  • Participates in quality improvement activities in order to continuously improve patient care, health outcomes, and department operations. Participates in staff meetings.

  • Performs other job-related responsibilities as requested.

  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Geriatric (65 years & older)
    Adult (18 - 64 years)
    Adolescent (13 - 17 years)
    Pediatric (1 - 12 years)
    OSHA Category Category I - All Employees in this job title have a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials.
    Position Qualifications
    Education and Experience:
    Required Associate degree in   Respiratory Therapy 
    Sleep/EEG also requires an Arterial Blood Gas Certification
    Desired Bachelor's degree in  Healthcare Respiratory Therapy or a related field 

    Work Experience:
    Required 1 year previous experience in direct Patient Care.
    Desired 3-4 years years health care experience; preference given to experience in ambulatory care/group practice settings.
    Skills:
    Required Ability to...
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications maintain proficiency in Microsoft Office Products (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Illustrator, etc.)
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications demonstrate computer competency in EpicCare (electronic medical record)
    Communication establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, and the public
    General - All Positions have professional attitude in regard to motivation, cooperation, flexibility, confidentiality, ethics and personal development
    Leadership problem solve - evaluate, analyze, negotiate and recommend alternatives
    Reasoning/Decision Making participate in and support professional organizations
    Reasoning/Decision Making appreciate people whose values, goals, and cultures are different from your own
    Reasoning/Decision Making be professional, honest and have personal integrity
    Desired Ability to...
    License and Certifications
    Required Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) by the state of Wisconsin and 
    Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care and 
    Certified Pulmonary Funciton Technologist (CPFT) or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) required within one year from date of hire and 
    NIOSH approved Spirometry Training Certification (SPIRO) completed within 1 year from date of hire and 
    Current American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR certification; Heart Saver, Rescue and Military training network CPR; or the American Red Cross CPR certification (CPR) except Citizen and Animal classes and 
    For Sleep/EEG Positions the following is required - Current WI Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) or Licensed Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) and Current American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR certification; Heart Saver, Rescue and Military training network CPR; or the American Red Cross CPR certification (CPR) except Citizen and Animal classes 
    Desired Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care 
    Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position
    Sitting Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Static Standing Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Walking/Standing Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Driving
    Stooping/Bending
    Squatting Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Kneeling/Half Kneel Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Climbing Stair Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Climbing Ladder
    Reaching - Shoulder Level Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Reaching - Below Shoulder Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Reaching - Above Shoulder Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Repetitive Actions - Pinch Forces Pounds of force:
    Repetitive Actions - Grip Forces Pounds of force:
    Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Balance - Right Leg
    Balance - Left Leg
    Lifting - Floor to Waist Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Lifting - Waist to Overhead Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Lifting - Other Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Carrying - Long Carry (>50 feet) Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Carrying - Short Carry Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Carrying - Right Carry Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Carrying - Left Carry Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Carrying - Push/Pull (Static Force) Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs: 25-50
    Other:
    Number of lbs:
    Environmental Conditions
    Subject to hazards.
    Subject to inside environmental conditions.
    Subject to noise.
    Subject to vibration.
    Required to wear a respirator.
    Exposed to infectious diseases.

    PFT/Respiratory Therapist

    Equal Opportunity Employer