Respiratory Therapist

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Respiratory Therapist Job Description


Job Title: Respiratory Therapist



A respiratory therapist is a healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. The respiratory therapist will collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to assess and treat patients.


Key Responsibilities:

• Administer respiratory therapy treatments to patients

• Monitor patients' progress and adjust therapy as needed

• Perform diagnostic tests to determine the extent of a patient's respiratory impairment

• Collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to develop and modify patient care plans

• Educate patients and their families about respiratory therapy treatments and procedures

• Respond to emergency situations and administer life support

• Maintain accurate patient records and prepare reports

• Keep up-to-date with new developments in respiratory therapy



• Associate degree in respiratory therapy or related field

• Current certification by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)

• Current state license to practice as a respiratory therapist

• BLS certification

• ACLS certification (preferred)

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple priorities

• Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills


Physical Demands:

• Ability to stand, sit, and walk for extended periods of time

• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

• Manual dexterity to operate equipment and perform procedures

• Visual and auditory acuity


Working Conditions:

• May work in hospitals, clinics, or long-term care facilities

• Exposure to infectious diseases and hazardous materials

• Work may involve evening or weekend shifts, on-call duty, or extended hours in emergency situations



The average salary for a respiratory therapist is around $60,000-$70,000 per year, depending on experience and location.



This job description is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, and working conditions associated with this position. The employer reserves the right to revise the job description or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.