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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

RESPIRATORY CARE SPECIALIST

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RESPIRATORY CARE SPECIALIST
309H
Category: Health Care

Definition

Provide clinical expertise, quality assurance, research coordination, and continuing education of staff for a specialized area of respiratory care. Assist in the management of the respiratory care program, delivery of patient care and development of staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, provide technical and clinical direction to respiratory care staff in a specialty area such as Intensive Care, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation Medicine. Act as liaison with all medical center departments and coordinate continuing education.

Typical Work

Provide clinical direction of Respiratory Care Practitioners;

Provide information for employee selection, evaluation, discipline, and other administrative actions related to department personnel;

Provide skilled care to patients; coordinate staff participation in clinical projects in a specialty area;

Provide or participate in formal teaching programs and continuing education classes relevant to the clinical specialty; coordinate student clinical rotations;

Assist with the evaluation and testing of new products and respiratory care techniques;

Establish the respiratory care quality assurance programs; ensure quality patient care outcomes;

Assist with budgetary preparation and planning; help compile daily/monthly reports to facilitate tracking actions and budgetary implications;

Maintain staff schedules to ensure adequate staffing;

May represent the department at meetings;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the State of Washington

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a respiratory care program approved by the State of Washington Department of Health

AND

Three years of respiratory care therapy experience

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 10-15-76
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revise Class/Title: 12-4-92
Revise MQ: 7-9-99
Revised new class code: (formerly 6151) effective July 1, 2007

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