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Alternate Work Shift
As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please view this page.
Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
UWMC Respiratory Care Services has an outstanding opportunity for a 100% FTE, full-time Respiratory Care Specialist. This individual will function as a competent Respiratory Care Practitioner to provide advanced respiratory care to patients of all ages (i.e., neonates, infants, pediatric patients, and adults). In addition, the Respiratory Care Specialist assumes an active leadership role under the supervision of the department Manager, in the development of Respiratory Care Services. The Respiratory Care Specialist ensures that all staff are competency-verified and leads the process of continuing quality improvement.
Demonstrates mastery in the knowledge and skills of all theories and practices in the field of Respiratory Care.
Maintains knowledge and competency verified skills that are appropriate to the ages of assigned patients (i.e., neonates, infants, pediatric patients, adults).
Educates staff (i.e., Respiratory Care Practitioners, Nurses, Physicians, etc.) on new equipment, guidelines, and standards.
Provides and manages advanced learning opportunities for staff (i.e., time away from clinical duties, conferences, seminars, continuing education credits, etc.).
Provides regular competency assessments and reviews of high risk or low frequency procedures.
Shares expertise and knowledge through formal and informal publications, presentations, and community activities.
Demonstrates motivation, discipline, and accountability with research and QI projects.
Documents and bills for services rendered in accordance to department and organizational billing standards.
Develops and implements Respiratory Care Practitioner driven protocols.
Improves and updates the Respiratory Care Services guidelines for patient care, as indicated by evidence-based practice.
Maintains an up-to-date knowledge of clinical and scientific basis and effects of respiratory care procedures, equipment, and medications.
Develops and implements action plans to achieve department goals.
Ensures operating efficiencies and the provision of quality services for internal and external stakeholders.
Investigates methods and processes to improve performance, quality, and reduce costs.
Advances and leads the field of Respiratory Care with research and the promotion of education.
Provides oversight, input, and assistance to developing departmental and operational budgets.
Exemplifies professionalism and serves as a role model for staff.
Develops a professional working relationship and promotes teamwork among all members of the interdisciplinary team.
Plans, conducts, and follows up on team meetings to ensure the achievement of targeted objectives.
Identifies patient care issues, acts towards a resolution, and communicates the issues to the service area manager.
Demonstrates proficiency in technology that promotes communication and facilitates delivery of care (ORCA, CIS, EPIC, email, websites, patient database).
Completion of a respiratory care program approved by the State of Washington Department of Health AND three years of respiratory care therapy experience OR equivalent education/experience.
Legal Requirement: Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the State of Washington.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.