Lead Respiratory Therapist


Position Details

Department: PCH-MAIN | Respiratory Therapy
Category: Respiratory Care
Location: Phoenix
Employee Type: Regular
Posting #: 861324
Posted On: 7/10/2024

Position Summary

This position provides general oversight for Respiratory Care services to ensure daily clinical operations achieve and comply with established hospital and departmental policies, procedures, and all applicable regulations and standards. Plans and coordinates staffing resources in accordance with productivity standards. This position also assumes a team leader role for all Respiratory Care clinical areas including the McDowell campus and maintains all skills and knowledge sufficient to provide safe, effective, and developmentally appropriate care to all ages of patients and in all clinical areas.

Position Duties

  1. Provides oversight for daily clinical operational activities that support patient care provision by determining level of staffing needed. Collects and analyzes information to project staffing plans for upcoming shift/shifts.
    • Accurately manages and adjusts staffing schedule. Updates the departmental leadership team on staffing issues and concerns.
  2. Analyzes critical situations and applies appropriate judgment and critical thinking for problem resolution.
    • Provides factual accounts of operational situations using effective communication methods to the department leadership and education team. Communicates experiences, safety concerns, and improvement opportunities. Completes occurrence reports as appropriate and assists with investigative follow up as needed.
  3. Assists with daily operational activities by helping monitor quality and work flow effectiveness. Trouble shoots issues and processes to ensure optimum efficiency.
    • Participates in and promotes cost containment strategies. Assists with safety audits and compliance with regulatory standards.
  4. Interacts with and explains care modalities to patients, families, and the health care team in an understandable manner based on individual diversity and learning styles.
    • Introduces oneself to the family, patient, and health care team. Displays a positive customer relations attitude.
  5. Safely performs various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within specialty area according to established standards, procedural guidelines, and policies. Assesses clinical status and provides patient care plan suggestions towards desired outcomes.
    • Applies knowledge and understanding of the proper and safe use of all Respiratory Care interventions and related equipment. Successfully completes and assists with initial and on-going competency validations. Troubleshoots interventions and equipment as it applies to various patient care situations.
  6. Demonstrates the ability to manage people along by mitigating conflicts. Delegates duties throughout the shift in accordance to changing pt care demands while adhering to productivity standards.
  7. Manages multiple priorities and applies effective time management skills, using downtime for work related activities. Coaches and mentors others.
    • Ensures timely and accurate patient care and billing documentation.
  8. Continuously improves and takes the initiative to develop self and others. Stays current on operational issues, priorities, policies, procedures, best practices and advances related to respiratory care.
    • Attends educational offerings, departmental meetings, and stays appraised of departmental and hospital communication. Fosters communication to the respiratory care team.
  9. Works effectively in a team-based environment especially during stressful situations involving quickly changing priorities. Displays appropriate leadership skills in managing people, instilling trust and credibility.
    • Intervenes appropriately in urgent and emergent situations. Coaches and develops other staff members.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

Phoenix Children's Mission, Vision, & Values


To advance hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families


Phoenix Children's will be the leading pediatric health system in the Southwest, nationally recognized for exceptional care, innovative research and advanced medical education.

We realize this vision by:

  • Offering the most comprehensive care across ages, communities and specialties
  • Investing in innovative research, including emerging treatments, tools and technologies
  • Advancing education and training to shape the next generation of clinical leaders
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of children and families
  • We place children and families at the center of all we do
  • We deliver exceptional care, every day and in every way
  • We collaborate with colleagues, partners and communities to amplify our impact
  • We set the standards of pediatric healthcare today, and innovate for the future
  • We are accountable for making the highest quality care accessible and affordable

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Successful completion of an accredited Respiratory Therapist Program.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Minimum of three (3) years of clinical respiratory care experience in a hospital environment with one (1) year in pediatric/neonatal respiratory care.
Certifications / Licenses / Registries
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Current BLS certification from the American Heart Association.
2. Current Registered Respiratory Therapist credential (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
3. Current State of Arizona Respiratory Care Practitioner license.
4. American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) membership.
5. Current PALS certification.
6. Current NRP certification.
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing - Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) - Constantly
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) - Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing - Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling - Constantly
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching - Constantly
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting - Occasionally
8. Physical Requirement - Standing - Constantly
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling - Frequently
10. Physical Requirement - Talking - Constantly
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling - Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking - Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision - Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision - Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination - Constantly
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment - Frequently
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance - Occasionally
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Confined areas - Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Extreme noise levels - Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases - Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid - Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles - Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure - Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure - Applicable
25. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals - Applicable
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