Registered Pulmonary Function Therapist - Ben Taub Hospital
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
JOB SUMMARY: A Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist is both a Registered Respiratory Therapist AND either a Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) or a Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) who has been validated by successful completion of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) requirements. They maintain a professional RCP license by the Texas Medical Board.
This position will emphasize advanced testing of the cardiopulmonary system to include pediatric and adult exercise pulmonary stress testing. This position will also be instrumental in education and research studies. Responsible for analyzing and obtaining physiologic specimens, interpreting physiologic data, performing tests of the cardiopulmonary system, assisting with diagnostic procedures, applying and monitoring medical gases and aerosols, and administering pharmacologic agents related to respiratory care procedures.
Education/Specialized Training/Licensure: Required Associates Degree - graduate of Respiratory Care program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or other accrediting body approved by the advisory board; Preferred Bachelor's Degree graduate of Respiratory Care program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or other accrediting body approved by the advisory board;
Licenses & Certifications:
Credentialed Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care and Certified or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT; RPFT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care (must be obtained within 12 months of hire if not held at time of employment)
Current licensure from the Texas Medical Board to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner;
Must maintain ACLS and BLS from the American Heart Association (AHA)
Work Experience (Years and Area): 1 year in a Pulmonary Function Department Performing adult and/or pediatric complex PFT procedures or 3 years in a Respiratory Care Department including at least 1 year critical care experience.
Equipment Operated:Pulmonary diagnostic and Bronchoscopy equipment. Office equipment (computer, printer, copier, fax, telephone).
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contract); Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking); Writing /Composing: Correspondence / Reports
Other Skills: Analytical; CRT; Medical Terms; P.C.
Work Schedule: Weekdays, 8 hour shifts
Benefits and EEOC
Harris Health System's benefits program is designed to provide you with more flexibility and choices in meeting your specific needs. Harris Health System's benefits program allows you to protect your income in case of illness, death and disability, and to help you save for retirement.
It is the policy of Harris Health System to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment regardless of political affiliation, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious creed or disability. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application process.