Job Description

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 three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.

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 three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Skills / Requirements


A Certified Respiratory Therapist (current employee) or a newly graduated Registered Respiratory Therapist, with less than one year of work experience at Harris Health System. Entry level knowledge base has been validated by successful completion of NBRC requirements for professional RCP licensure.

Administer medical gas, aerosol, continuous mechanical ventilation and other modalities under the supervision of the supervisor. Demonstrate competence to adapt work and customer service assistance methods to accommodate the unique physical, psychosocial cultural, safety and other developmental needs of patients served by the department.


Provides all aspects of Respiratory Care to patients in assigned areas according to hospital and departmental guidelines, policies and procedures.


Educational Requirements:
Graduate of an AMA approved Respiratory Care program or its equivalent

Experience Requirement:
Zero - one year of clinical experience in respiratory care, preferably in neonatal and/or adult intensive care units.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations Required:
Current licensure from Texas Medical Board to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.
Current credentials by the National Board for Respiratory Care as either a Certified Respiratory Therapist(current employee) or a Registered Respiratory Therapist (if new grad).
Current BLS is mandatory and must be maintained.

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Basic computer skills required; Must be knowledgeable in the current practices of Respiratory Care;
Must have a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally with other members of the health care team.
Must have the ability to build and sustain interpersonal relationships with all members of the healthcare team.

Working Environment:
Patient care units including critical care and ER.
Exposure to blood and body fluids.
Universal precautions required.
Extended periods of walking and standing required.
Minimal lifting, pushing and pulling required.
Normal shift work of 12 hours.

Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact); Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking); Writing /Composing; (Reports)

Bilingual Skills Preferred

Work Schedule: Weekends; Holidays

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