Graduate Respiratory Therapist - 46010

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Req ID: 161695

Recruiter: Jade N Charokopos 

Shift: Any

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Salary Grade: H 14 

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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

A valid license to practice respiratory care in the state of Pennsylvania.
Current Basic Life Support certification issued through on organization that requires a hands-on instructor lead psychomotor skills verification (ex. American Heart Association or Red Cross)
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) within six (6) months of placement into position.

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Associate’s degree is required with a certificate of completion in 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.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree


Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations: Successful completion of the Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist (NPS) examination, administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), within two years of date of hire.

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.

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  This mandate also applies to workforce members performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons.  Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.
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