Transports neonatal patients going to a nursery or a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Proactively initiates process improvement ideas. Assists with clinical instruction and precepting and serves as a resource person to lower-level therapists. Performs other duties as requested by department leadership.
Responds to all Code Blue emergencies immediately providing CPR. Performs other duties as directed by Supervisor. Performs airway maintenance including: proper use of manual resuscitators, oral and nasal pharyngeal airway insertion, intubations/extubations, assisting with tracheostomy insertions, performing tracheostomy changes, assisting with bronchoscopy, airway suctioning and procedural respiratory support.
Properly utilizes patient assessment skills, protocols, chart review, and conferring with multidisciplinary team to determine efficacy of therapy. Performs respiratory therapies and oxygen delivery per protocol. Obtains, analyzes and reports findings of blood gases and co-oximetry. Performs quality controls as needed. Sets up and performs oximetry apnea, TC, and ETCO2 monitoring.
Initiates, maintains, transports, and monitors mechanical ventilators to include conventional and non-conventional modes of ventilation and transport ventilation. Reviews chest radiological reports as necessary per supervisor and policy and procedures.
Delivers neonatal resuscitation and assists with APGAR scoring at delivery per NRP guidelines. Performs artificial surfactant replacement. Maintains proper equipment in labor/delivery/perinatal/ pediatric areas.
What You Will Need:
Requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of Neonatal ICU experience (per Florida State Rule 64J)
Requires at least one year of pediatric critical care experience
Current valid State of Florida license as a Registered Respiratory Therapist
Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification
Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification
Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
Bachelorâ™s degree in Respiratory Therapy (Preferred)
Practices in accordance with philosophy, policies, procedures and standards AdventHealth for Children; functions within the guidelines of the protocols for the Transport program that are reviewed and agreed on by the Neonatal and Pediatric Medical Director and Transport Manager. Identifies, plans, implements and evaluates emergency care for acutely ill neonatal and pediatric patients in collaboration with the Medical team for the receiving neonatal or pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Provides family-centered care, including psychosocial support, education, and transfer planning in conjunction with referral staff. Maintains effective communication with referral staff and families. Participates in educating staff from referring facilities through informal teaching and planned educational classes and/or conferences.
AdventHealth Greater Orlando (formerly Florida Hospital) is one of the largest faith-based health care providers in the United States. For 150 years, we have carried on a tradition of providing whole-person care that not only addresses patients' physical ailments, but also supports their emotional and spiritual well-being. We demonstrate the same level of compassion and care for our employees as well, doing all that we can to help them realize their full potential – both personally and professionally.