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Emergency Dept Respiratory Therapist

Requisition #:  30259     
Name of Location:   Scottish Rite



Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary team in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive patient care services.  To proactively support the efforts that will ensure delivery of safe patient care and services and to promote a safe environment at Children's.


  • Graduation from an approved Diploma or Associate’s Degree program with the RRT credentials.* (One time grandfathering of CRT Therapist working on 1/1/07)


  • Basic Life Support (BLS) within 30 days of employment
  • Current license in the state of Georgia as a Respiratory Care Professional required
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) within 1 year of employment
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential required


  • 1 year of experience


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Previous pediatric experience


  • Must be able to successfully pass the Basic Windows Skills Assessment at 80% or higher rating within 30 days of date of hire



            Technical Skills

  1. While clinical staff may serve a specific patient population, they have the potential to care for patients within the age population range served at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  Clinical staff will have competencies that will incorporate population specific guidelines.  This age population includes:

    N = Neonate (less than 30 days)

    I = Infant (30 days to 1 year)

    EC = Early Childhood (1-5 years)

    LC = Late Childhood (5-13 years)

    A = Adolescent (13-17 years)

    AD = Adult

    ALL - all ages

  2. Accesses and follows policies.
  3. Uses resources effectively to assist in maintaining budget.
  4. Participates in the PI process.
  5. Participates in maintaining and monitoring the work environment to ensure a continual state of Joint Commission readiness.
  6. Participates in discharge planning.
  7. Reads clinical research and EBP articles posted on the unit and questions care as it relates to EBP.   


               Critical Thinking

  1. Demonstrates comprehensive assessment skills.
  2. Demonstrates rapid recognition of subtle changes in patient status and takes appropriate action while maintaining professional composure.
  3. Evaluates patient’s response to interventions and adjusts plan of care accordingly.
  4. Recognizes the existence of clinical practice trends and research, and questions care as it relates to EBP.
  5. Consistently and independently prioritizes patient care.


    Interpersonal Relationships

  1. Includes family in patient care.
  2. Provides effective education appropriate for learning needs of patient/family.
  3. Participates in unit based customer service initiatives.
  4. Effectively communicates using SBAR with all team members and physicians including transfer and the discharge process. Questions any inaccuracies or deviation from practice standards.
  5. Resolves situations of conflict involving patients, families, and staff and seeks appropriate resources when necessary.
  6. Appropriately communicates and demonstrates cohesive behavior among team members.


    Leadership Behaviors

  1. Seeks resources by actively consulting with interdisciplinary team.
  2. Appropriately delegates tasks.
  3. Demonstrates support of CHOICE and unit committees.
  4. Supports unit and department goals
  5. Provides oversight of patient care delivered by Respiratory Care Technicians.


  1. Achieves 75% attendance at staff meetings if applicable
  2. Completes mandatory education requirements as defined by unit and system by due date.
  3. Completes unit-specific orientation successfully and provides documentation
  4. Maintains minimum of 15 continuing education units per year
  5. Maintains active RRT credential


Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.


Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.


Ability to lift up to 40 lbs independently and greater than 40 lbs with assistance

Bending/Stooping - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Climbing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.

Lifting - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Pushing/Pulling - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Sitting - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)

Standing - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)

Walking - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)


Definite potential for exposure to blood and body fluids



Location Address:  1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA  30342
Function:  Allied Health - Respiratory



Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. We have a total of 638 licensed beds among our three hospitals and 28 neighborhood locations. We are home to the only Level 1 and 2 pediatric trauma centers in Georgia, and we treat about 60 percent of pediatric trauma patients in the state.

  • We are ranked as a top pediatric heart care and heart surgery program by US News & World Report.
  • Our 27-bed unit is one of the largest dedicated pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units (CICUs) in the Southeast.
  • We performed 634 cardiac surgeries in 2017. We are ranked No. 3 nationally in pediatric cardiac surgical and medical volumes.
  • Our Cardiac Stepdown Unit was recognized with a gold-level Beacon Award of Excellence. Our CICU was recognized with a silver-level Beacon Award of Excellence for nursing outcomes.
  • Our staff includes more than 50 pediatric cardiologists and three pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons.

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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