Respiratory Therapist
Job Details
Caribou Medical Center - SODA SPRINGS, ID
$29.11 - $37.14 Hourly
Health Care
Respiratory Therapist

The Respiratory Therapist provides Respiratory Therapy and life support to patients of all ages with acute and chronic illnesses affecting the cardiopulmonary system.  Care is related to the provision of diagnostic testing, therapeutic procedures, patient and/or family education.  Care is delivered within the scope of practice.


Core Responsibilities

  1. Diagnostic Testing: Upon physician order, provides diagnostic testing to aid in the evaluation of cardiopulmonary function including, but not limited to, the following:
  1. Patient assessment
  2. Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  3. Bronchial Hygiene Therapy
  4. Pulmonary Function testing
  5. Sleep Apnea Monitoring
  6. Pulse Oximetry
  7. End Tidal CO2 Monitoring
  8. Collaborates in the interpretation of Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) values
  9. Reports findings and/or results to appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team
  10. Documents in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR)


  1. Performs therapeutic procedures.  Upon physician order, performs therapeutic procedures affecting the Cardiopulmonary system including but not limited to the following:
  1. Oxygen and humidity therapy
  2. Lung Expansion Therapy
  3. Small and Large Volume Nebulizer therapy
  4. Heated or Cool Aerosol therapy
  5. Bronchial Hygiene
  6. Airway management
  7. Resuscitation
  8. BIPAP or CPAP
  9. Mechanical ventilation
  10. Facility based transport of critically ill patients
  11. Attendance at all newborn high risk deliveries
  12. Obtains RSV specimen, collects ABG sample, sputum samples, influenza swabs for the Laboratory.
  13. Documents all procedures and medications administered in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
  14. Immediately reports adverse patient reactions to the Physician and/or Registered Nurse (RN)
  15. Documents charges for all therapies provided.


  1. Functions as a member of the multidisciplinary team
  1. Reviews patients receiving Respiratory Care, to collaborate with the nursing and rehabilitation  teams about the plan of care
  2. Responds with priority to “STAT” orders and emergencies
  3. Assists in other clinical areas as requested within the scope of practice:
    1. Vital signs
    2. Interdepartmental transfers
    3. Cleaning and making up beds/rooms
    4. Answering telephones
    5. Entering orders
    6. Obtaining supplies
    7. Lifting/transferring patients
  4. Notifies the Manager of departmental issues including malfunctioning equipment.


  1. Performs cleaning and clerical duties in the Department of Respiratory Care.
  1. Disassembles respiratory equipment, cleans and sterilizes all reusable pieces according to CDC and the manufacturer's guidelines. Reassembles, covers & labels equipment indicating it is ready for use.
  2. Enters thorough patient assessments and response to therapy in the EMR.
  3. Maintains daily workload in Computer.
  4. Obtains Physician orders for outpatient tests and provides non-electronic documents to HIM.
  5. Communicates patient and departmental information to the on-coming Respiratory Therapist. 
  6. Assists with departmental performance improvement as requested.


  1. Provides education related to cardiopulmonary deficiencies
  1. Educate the patient, family and/or caregiver(s) about necessary equipment, medications and expected physiological responses.
  2. Review pulmonary exercises with the patient, family and/or caregiver(s) which may be beneficial during and after hospitalization, after collaboration with the physician.
  3. Provide education to the patient about detriments to improved health and review lifestyle changes, including but not limited to smoking cessation.
  4. Provided education to patients and family about asthma, develop action plans prior to discharge.

Position Requirements: 

  • Graduate of an accredited school of Respiratory Therapy.
  • Current licensure as a Respiratory Therapist in the State of Idaho.
  • Must have current certification as a RRT from the National Board of Respiratory Care.
  • Current BLS, ACLS, NRP, and PALS certifications
  • Two years or more critical care experience