Graduate Respiratory Therapist - 46010

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

LOC_MAIN-Main Hospital Req ID: 79401

Shift: Any

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Graduate Respiratory Therapist Level 1 (GRT) is a novice to advanced beginner level practitioner of respiratory care. The GRT at this level administers respiratory care modalities and performs routine care with guidance and or minimal supervision, following physician orders, established policies and procedures and the American Association of Respiratory Care Clinical Practices Guidelines.

Job Responsibilities

Practice: Performs delegated tasks for select number of patients and families.


  • Performs ongoing systematic assessment.
  • Implements concise and complete plan of care based on assessment and standards of practice.
  • Demonstrates beginning skill competence in the delivery of respiratory care.
  • Provides a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
  • Evaluates and contributes to the revision of plan of care based on available information.
  •  Uses available resources to address the identified learning needs of the patient and family.
  • Establishes a therapeutic relationship with patients and families.
  • Assesses patient accurately, comprehends finding and communicates patient condition to all team members.
  • Recognizes personal need for help and seeks assistance.
  • Documents patient care provided, utilizing current hospital standards, policy, and procedures.


Professionalism/Leadership: Demonstrates acceptance of personal/professional accountability and responsibility. 


  • Demonstrates appearance and behaviors that promote a positive image of Respiratory Care. 
  • Addresses parents/patients and colleagues with respect and dignity.
  • Arrives at work on time and is ready to start the shift.
  • Gives an accurate report on the patient and family to members of the team. 
  • Follows safe handoff practices. 
  • Participates in patient care rounds. 
  • Participates in departmental based PPM council activities. 
  • Uses established standards of care to guide practice. 
  • Accepts instruction/guidance from preceptor and other clinically advanced personnel.
  • Uses available resources. 
  • Participates in evaluation of self, peers, and leaders.
  •  Incorporates into practice recommendations of evaluation by self, peers, and leaders. 
  • Practice contributes towards achieving department based goals.


Research: Demonstrates an awareness of research and its value to clinical practice.


  • Identifies and reads respiratory care articles applicable to practice area. 
  • Aware of any research protocol that assigned patients are enrolled in.
  •  Verbalizes awareness that department standards and procedures are evidence based. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of quality improvement activities.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the research process.
  •  Participates in data collection opportunities for research and/or quality improvement activities. 
  • Can perform a basic literature search on selected topic.




Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Learning: Assumes responsibility for professional development.


  •  Examines successes and failures to improve performance.
  • Maintains a blame free environment. 
  • Participates in identifying and meeting own learning needs.
  •  Participates in continuing educational opportunities at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  •  Reads professional journals and books.
  •  Participates in professional seminars and conferences.
  •  Attends internal education programs to meet identified learning needs and personal/professional goals. (i.e. annual competencies, skills fair.)
  •  Begins to demonstrate health care informatics competency in order to manage patient care, outcome data and current and emerging health care technology, which include:

-Basic computer competency, including the effective use of patient care devices, computers, computer software programs such as e-mail and word processing programs, and shared network file space.

- Information literacy, including the effective use of the Intranet and Internet to find electronic resources for patient care, respiratory practice and evidence-based decision-making;

- Information management skills, including the effective use of the electronic health record and clinical information systems, the ability to collect clinical data using quality tools and the ability to discuss, evaluate and analyze outcome data presented in charts and tables.


Resource Management: Begins to understand appropriate utilization of financial resources.


  •  Articulates characteristics of quality, efficient, and cost effective care.
  •  Monitors own use of supplies and equipment and minimizes waste and/or misuse. 
  • Organizes self and demonstrates the ability to prioritize tasks.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

CRT - Certified Resp Therapist
BLS - Basic Life Support
NPS (2 years)
RRT- eligible - 180 days
PA Respiratory Care License

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Associates Degree. A certificate of completion in respiratory care from an approved respiratory care program.  According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing.


Required Experience: No prior respiratory care experience is necessary.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Bachelors degree

Additional Technical Requirements

Informatics competencies for respiratory therapists:

Computer Competency 

  • Basic use of a computers (e.g. mouse, keyboard, printer, USB ports), fax machines 
  • Basic use of MS Office Suite
  •  Use of MS Outlook email, opening attachments, attaching files to emails, and saving attached files to computer. 
  • Use of shared network file space.
  • Basic use of patient care devices. (e.g. point of care devices, CR monitors) 
  • Navigation and use of Clinical communication systems 
  • Nurse Call system
  • Ascom


Information Literacy 

  • Use of Internet and Intranet to look up basic electronic resources for practice 
  • Ability to find and print Patient Family Education Documents 
  • Ability to find and navigate the Department of Respiratory Care website and related linked CHOP resource sites
  • Ability to perform a literature search on the Internet and ability to find professional journal and/or research based articles 
  • Ability to evaluate Internet sites for reliability


 Information Management Literacy 

  • Navigation of electronic health records. 
  • Ability to locate and review specific patient data in clinical information systems and the electronic health record
  •  Understanding of policies and procedures around timeliness of care, use of a clinical information system, and support of safe practice. (e.g. use of clinical pathways.) 
  • Ability to collect clinical data using quality improvement tools (e.g. hand hygiene). 
  • Understanding confidentiality and privacy regulations when using a patient electronic health record.
  • Coordination of patient care information in a patient care record that utilizes multiple systems.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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