Resp Care Practitioner I
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
An RCP III is an advanced therapist who actively role models the behaviors associated with the art and science of Respiratory Care. An RCP III mentors others and creates an environment for the delivery of safe patient care by being recognized as an expert in various modalities of Respiratory Care. They assist others in developing their skills and knowledge regarding various respiratory modalities.
All regular full-time Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) with minimum three (3) years experience and whose primary role is to provide direct patient care are eligible to apply for the RCP III program. Applicants must have at least one (1) year of service within the Harris Health System Respiratory Care departments and complete the application packet for RCP III. Once application packet has been submitted, applicant must be approved by the RCP III Panel according to the guidelines of the application packet. Additionally, an RCP II who is promoted to an RCP III must maintain their position according to the guidelines of the program each 12 month period.
1. Educational Requirements: Graduate of an AMA approved Respiratory Care program or its equivalent
2. Experience Requirements: Minimum of three years clinical Respiratory experience, of which two years should be in the critical care setting. One year of experience as a Respiratory Therapist with the Harris Health Respiratory departments. A new hire from a nationally, recognized institution may be considered for direct admission to the accelerated path for the program without the one year requirement for being in the Harris Health System.
3. Certificates, Licenses and Registrations Required
Current licensure from Texas Medical Board to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.
Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care as a Registered Respiratory Therapist is required.
Must maintain BLS, ACLS and NRP certifications.
4. Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Must demonstrate interpersonal skills with all levels of healthcare team.
Must have demonstrated skills in developing the functional skills of others in addition to the ability to analyze and solve problems.
5. 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 but not required
Work Schedule: Weekends, Holidays