PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state hospital or institution this class is accountable for administering basic types of respiratory therapy and performing routine related technical work.
Works under the general supervision of a Respiratory Therapy Supervisor and/or Respiratory Therapist. Incumbents may receive training in more difficult types of therapy and related diagnostic testing and perform with increasing independence.
May train other hospital employees in proper therapeutic techniques and procedures.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Administers various basic types of respiratory therapy such as intermittent positive pressure breathing therapy and aerosol, sputum induction and postural drainage treatments; records treatments on patient charts; cleans, sterilizes, assembles and performs minor maintenance on therapeutic equipment; participates in resuscitative efforts; may administer more difficult types of respiratory therapy and perform diagnostic testing with appropriate training and experience; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of equipment, procedures, techniques and terminology used in respiratory therapy; interpersonal skills; ability to safely and effectively administer routine respiratory therapy.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes.
Candidates will be required to take a physical examination to demonstrate sufficient physical strength for efficient performance of duties.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and/or adjust equipment and patients; may have some exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and uncooperative or abusive patients; may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group HH 16 approved effective June 23, 1995.
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