DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES
EXAM NUMBER: Y5589C
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY
ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: 10/13/2009
Provides a full range of respiratory care to patients with severe pulmonary complications in critical care areas.
Essential Job Functions
Assesses patients' overall cardiopulmonary status by inspection, palpitation, percussion, auscultation, and patient or guardian/significant other interview; documents patients' vital signs.
Performs the full range of ventilatory care services as prescribed by a physician, including selecting, setting up, and operating a variety of devices such as medication delivery units, humidifiers, positive-pressure breathing machines, and continuous mechanical ventilators in critical care units.
Administers complex therapies, such as Inhaled Nitric Oxide (INO therapy), high frequency ventilation, and heliox therapy, and performs Non-Bronchoscopic mini-BAL procedures to provide a non-bronchoscopic method of attaining a sample of bonchoalveolar fluid in the mechanically ventilated patient for the diagnosis of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP).
Performs arterial punctures, intubations and other procedures as ordered by a physician and designated according to the facility's policies and procedures.
Assists the physician with the insertion of tracheostomy tubes, and may perform reinsertion of tubes, as needed.
Administers chest physiotherapy to patients using postural drainage and/or chest wall percussion and vibration techniques by hand or by mechanical devices.
Performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation in life threatening situations, which includes establishment of an airway using an endotracheal tube, performance of chest compressions, and the application of ventilatory support.
Monitors patients undergoing respiratory care, reporting changes in condition such as significant variations in heart beat or breathing to medical or nursing personnel, making recommendations when a change in care is indicated and recording relevant information in the patient's chart, including effectiveness of procedures, techniques, and equipment.
Interprets results of blood gas analysis and notifies physician when blood gas deficiencies indicate a need for a change in treatment.
Instructs patients and their guardian/significant other in various breathing techniques.
Provides on-the-job instruction on care techniques to lower level Respiratory Care Practitioners and acts as a preceptor for respiratory care students, as directed.
Provides complete unit-based shift reports to staff at shift change.
Performs equipment troubleshooting.
An Associate's degree in respiratory therapy from an accredited college -or-a certificate of completion of an approved two-year training program in respiratory therapy* -AND- one year of experience at the level of a Respiratory Care Practitioner** administering basic respiratory therapy care.
Two years of experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner I*** in the service of the County of Los Angeles, one of which must have included assignments in critical care areas such as adult, pediatric, and/or neonatal ICU.
A certificate of completion of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)**** training -AND- Depending on area of assignment, positions may require one of the following specialty certifications:
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Certificate****
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certificate****
A current California State Respiratory Care Practitioner's License issued by the Respiratory Care Board of California.****
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
Physical Class III - Moderate:
Includes standing or walking most of the ime, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
A Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) certification from National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).
A Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited college or university.
Special Requirement Information
In order to receive credit for any college course work, or any type of college degree, such as a Bachelor's or Master's degree, or for completion of a certificate program, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization; or official certificates with your application within 15 calendar days of filing online.
If credit is given to coursework, transcripts must indicate completion of the required coursework.
*Applicants who expect to qualify under Option I
must attach a legible photocopy of the Associate's degree in respiratory therapy -or- a certificate of completion of a two-year training program in respiratory therapy to the application within 15 calendar days of filing online.
**Respiratory Care Practitioner provides basic respiratory care, including continuous ventilation, to patients with respiratory disorders or deficiencies.
***Applicants who expect to qualify under Option II
through experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner I, must have held that County payroll title for the required time. No out-of-class experience will be accepted.
****A legible photocopy of your current State of California Respiratory Care Practitioner's License issued by the Respiratory Care Board of California must be attached to your application within 15 calendar days of filing.
The required license and certificate MUST be current and unrestricted; conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted licenses and/or certificates will NOT be accepted.
Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
This examination will consist of an evaluation of education and experience based upon application information and Desirable Qualifications weighted at 100%.
Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.
The resulting eligible register from this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Health Services as they occur.
Applications will be processed on an as-received
basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
The names of candidates receiving a passing score on the examination will be added to the eligible register and will appear in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.
No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.
Application and Filing Information
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Apply online by clicking on the Apply tab for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met. Application filing may be suspended at any time with or without advance notice.
Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work performed, and salary earned. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.
Applications electronically received after 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing will not be accepted.
If you are unable to attach required documents, you must **** or e-mail the documents to the exam analyst, within 15 calendar days of filing online. Please include the exam number and exam title.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security number (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
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