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Kootenai Health Respiratory Care Practitioner- Registered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Respiratory Care Practitioner – Registered


Position Summary:

Respiratory therapists are an integral part of the care team at Kootenai Health. This position is responsible for independently performing respiratory care procedures, which require the ability to interpret and follow physician orders or protocols, assess patient needs, deliver prescribed therapy and evaluate patient response. Assists with the diagnosis and management of patients with cardio pulmonary disorders.


  • Collaborates with appropriate disciplines to coordinate continuity of patient care from admission through discharge in support of the respiratory, medical and nursing plans of care

  • Ensures appropriate operations of specialized equipment through the continuous monitoring of the patient condition and all related equipment

  • Collects and analyzes sputum, blood, and breath specimens to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases

  • Measures the lung capacity of a patient to determine if there is impaired function

  • D emonstrates critical thinking and the ability to respond promptly to changes in workload or to make adjustments in assignments as needed to achieve optimal productivity, efficacy and quality patient care

  • Demonstrates familiarity with electronic charting

  • Establishes and maintain working relations with physicians and other health care personnel

  • Performs a variety of tasks

  • Performs other related duties as assigned

  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field

  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential job function

  • Competent to meet age specific needs of the unit assigned

    Requirements and Minimum Qualifications :

  • Graduate of a nationally accredited Respiratory Therapy program

  • Credentialed as an RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) preferred

  • Current licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in Idaho required

  • Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) required. Current AHA Healthcare provider, American Red Cross, AHA Health Saver or KH BLS during General Orientation

  • Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advance Life support (PALS) within 6 months of hire

  • Ability to communicate well and technical skills to adapt equipment and procedures

  • Good customer relations, assessment, and communication skills are necessary for this job

    Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs

  • Able to be on feet (walking, standing) for at least ten hours of a twelve-hour shift.

  • Must have correctable visual acuity to read patient reports and monitors

  • Exposure to chemical, radiological and biological hazards requiring personal protective

  • Must be able to maintain a standing and position

  • Typical equipment used in a clinical job

  • Must be able to bend, stoop, reach over the head and push equipment

  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals, acids, cleaning solution, disinfectants, soaps, etc.

  • Communicate with patients, physicians, families and co-workers in person and on telephone.

  • Work with equipment and manipulate equipment settings, computer keyboard, etc.

  • Exposure to needles, blood and body fluids, etc.

  • Exposure to radiological hazards

  • Must be able to stay calm in emergency situations

    About Kootenai Health

    Kootenai Health is a highly esteemed health care organization, serving patients throughout northern Idaho and the Inland Northwest. We pride ourselves on our outstanding reputation as both an employer and a health care provider. We have been recognized with many accolades and distinctions including being recognized as a Gallup Great Workplace, No. 1 Best Place to Work in Large Healthcare Organizations, and Magnet™ Status for Nursing Excellence.

    As your next employer, we are excited to offer you:

  • 100% employer-paid health insurance premiums for full-time employees. Part-time employees pay only a small portion a month for medical, dental, and vision coverage. Benefits start 1st of the month following 30 days of employment

  • A tuition assistance program available after 90 days. If you want to further your education, we'll help you pay for it

  • Kootenai Health will match your contributions in a defined contribution 457 retirement plan based on years of service ranging from 3-6 percent. Kootenai Health will contribute an amount equal to two percent of your gross earnings

  • Competitive salaries with night, weekend and PRN shift differentials

  • An award-winning and incentive-driven wellness program. Including a MyHealth corporate team, onsite financial seminars and coaching

  • Employees receive discounts at The Wellness Bar, PEAK Fitness, various cell phone carriers, and more

  • Robust and interactive employee bonus program, utilize our mobile ERIN app to alert employees to new positions, make referrals and track your bonuses

  • And much more

    If you strive to be an integral part of a high quality health care system like Kootenai Health, we want to meet you!

    Apply today! Please reach out to Recruiter or Front Desk with any questions.

    Kootenai Health complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sex. Kootenai Health does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sex.