Respiratory Therapist with 25 years experience in health care. Strong patient advocate skilled in providing all aspects of Respiratory Care with strong clinical and people skills. Have Experience as a Clinical Manager with 8 years of management skills in creating and developing a Respiratory Department which included successful programs such as Community Health Fairs, Pulmonary Function Testing, Cardiac Stress Test with Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, Smoking Cessation Classes which included budgeting and marketing these programs. Developed a COPD home visit program to access the needs of those patients needing education on use of oxygen, nebulizer treatments, CPAP and all aspects of Respiratory Care to improve quality of self care in the home.
Work in ICU, ER, Cardiopulmonary, Surgical and Medical Floors. Provided treatment within scope of practice. Assisted patients with multiple chronic diagnoses, including COPD and asthma.Supported patients with customized patient teaching tools.Frequently commended for maintaining the safety, respect and dignity of residents.Educated patients about their treatments.Served as a liaison between patients and physicians to assist patients in understanding their treatment plans.Evaluated health education needs of patients and provided necessary training and instruction.Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care.
Implemented a Respiratory Care Department including Pulmonary Function Testing, Cardiac Stress Test , Asthma Education Program, Community Health Fair, Smoking Cessation Program, COPD Education which included Home Visits. Worked directly with Physicians and Hospital Administrator. Responsible for budgeting and marketing programs.
Worked in the Cardiopulmonary Department PRN in all aspects of respiratory therapy including but not limited to Ventilator Management, all respiratory treatments, ECG stress tests, pulmonary function testing. Hospital also included a 45 bed long term care facility.
Served on the National Oxygen Association Board as a volunteer - testified in Washington D.C. regarding the inadequacy of portable oxygen devices and needs of patients to have adequate portable oxygen. Also the need to change the laws on restrictions mandated by airlines making airplane travel difficult for patients requiring oxygen.
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