Respiratory Care Practitioner Supervisor (#RH5352)
$33.49-$40.72 Hourly / $5,804.93-$7,058.13 Monthly / $69,659.20-$84,697.60 Yearly


Under general supervision performs respiratory therapy work of considerable difficulty in supervising a shift of respiratory care practitioners; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3 Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the supervisory level class in the Respiratory Care Practitioner series. In addition to being technical specialists, incumbents serve as shift supervisors; assign, train, monitor and evaluate subordinate staff; and may participate in the work of the shift.


  • Supervises a shift of Respiratory Care personnel; selects, schedules, assigns, monitors and reviews work of subordinate staff provides technical assistance; evaluates staff.
  • Orients and trains new respiratory therapy staff, paramedics and respiratory therapy students; provides in-service training on new and existing equipment and procedures; certifies respiratory therapy staff assigned to transport teams.
  • Provides training and orientation to nursing staff on new equipment and procedures.
  • Performs skilled respiratory care; serves as member of cardiac arrest, transport and neonatal transport teams.
  • Consults with physicians on patient status and response; suggests changes as indicated.
  • Assists in developing and revising department policies and procedures; implements new policies and procedures and interprets to staff.
  • Keep records; prepares correspondence and reports.
  • May act in the absence of the Director of Respiratory Care.

    License/Certificate:  Must possess a current Respiratory Care Practitioner license issued by the Respiratory Care Board of the State of  California.


    Experience:  Three years experience as a respiratory care practitioner.


    Principles of supervision and training; current principles, methods and techniques of respiratory therapy and blood gas testing; clinical aspects of blood gases and respiratory therapy care; operation of equipment used in respiratory therapy; and effective guest relation techniques.


    Train, supervise and evaluate others; administer a variety of skilled respiratory therapy treatments; maintain and perform minor repairs to respiratory therapy equipment and to adjust it to individual patient needs; maintain records and prepare reports; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, physicians, co-workers and others.


    Mobility-Frequent operation of a keyboard, standing for long periods of time, walking, pushing/pulling and bending/squatting; occasional sitting for long periods of time, operating heavy equipment, running and stair climbing; Lifting-Frequent lifting of 5 to 30 lbs.; occasional lifting of 30 to 70 lbs., and restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects or people; Visual Requirements-Constant use of overall vision, color perception, eye/hand coordination and depth perception; frequent reading/close up work and field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, talking in person and talking on the telephone;  Emotional/Psychological-Constant public contact and concentration; frequent exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death, decision making and working weekends/nights; occasional exposure to hazardous materials, working alone and overtime/travel; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, indoor cold/heat and hazardous materials.         

    CLASS: RH5352; EST: 11/12/1986; REV: ;