2 year Respiratory Therapy education included; four months of clinical rotations in the Intensive Care Unit, Acute/Sub Acute Unit and Neonatal Units.
In the Medical and Intensive Care Units; Job duties include assessing and monitoring patients' diagnoses, vital signs, responses, and status. Administer pharmacological agents, bronchopulmonary hygiene, and provide ongoing care to patients requiring oxygen, CPAP, and BiPAP setups. Conduct and provide tracheal, endotracheal, and oral care. Maintain and provide non-invasive and invasive ventilator support to patients. Assist with intubations, perform extubations and weaning protocols. Perform and interrupt arterial blood gas samples, respond to emergencies, and assist with patient ventilated transports. Engage in taking initiative, troubleshooting, and seek assistance when needed. Enjoy providing excellent and quality care, collaborating with other health care professionals, and being apart of the respiratory team.
Performed routine equipment care including but not limited to; Reassembled disassembled and disinfected, ventilators, BPAP's, CPAP's, IPPB's, and High-Flow devices. Conducted various necessary tasks to help support the department, troubleshoot, and accomplish job duties in a timely manner. Adhered to hospital and department policies. Collaborated with Management, team leaders, and Respiratory Therapists. Assisted with transporting of sanitized and un-sanitized bronchial scopes. Stocked and perform inventory evaluation. Maintain a clean, organized environment, and Utilize computer systems within the scope of duties. Recognized as an enthusiastic, energetic, and reliable technician.
As a Senior Certified Nurse Assist; within the Cardiac/Pulmonary Intermediate Care Unit responsibilities included; Orientating and supervising new CNA's to the floors unit. Participated and assisted in various types of patient transports, preparation for admissions, transfers, emergencies and discharges. Demonstrated compassionate and respectful care for chronic, critically ill pre and post-op patients by assisting with ADL's, chest tube management, EKG's, Tracheotomy, Foley and Colostomy care. Recorded. observed and charted vital signs, status and pain level assessments. Recognized and commended for prioritizing, collaborating, and showing immense compassion/empathy toward critically ill patients and families.
Floated to various departments where highest demand was needed most including but not limited to; ED, ICU, SICU, PICU, IMU, Medical Surgical, Telemetry, Mother and baby, Ortho-Rehab and Burn Units to provide and assist in excellent patient care. Demonstrated strong clinical and critical thinking skills by making appropriate interventions by observing, and recording patients status, responses, and conditions and reported to necessary healthcare professionals in a timely manner. Coordinated with other health care providers to develop care plans for patients needs. Frequently commended for maintaining the safety, respect and dignity of patients.
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