Job Description

Harris Health System is the public healthcare safety-net provider established in 1966 to serve the residents of Harris County, Texas. As an essential healthcare system, Harris Health champions better health for the entire community, with a focus on low-income uninsured and underinsured patients, through acute and primary care, wellness, disease management and population health services. Ben Taub Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (Level 3 Trauma Center) anchor Harris Health’s robust network of 39 clinics, health centers, specialty locations and virtual (telemedicine) technology. Harris Health is among an elite list of health systems in the U.S. achieving Magnet® nursing excellence designation for its hospitals, the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered clinics and health centers and its strong partnership with nationally recognized physician faculty, residents and researchers from Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine at the University of Houston.

Skills / Requirements

$10,000 Retention Bonus


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

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