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Respiratory Therapy Supervisor, Nights

Company: Denver Health
Location: Denver
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary

Provides technical and administrative supervision to respiratory therapists and ancillary personnel. Monitors the respiratory care delivered in the respiratory therapy department, as well as all aspects of respiratory therapy equipment. Prepares work schedules, assigns and rotates employees to appropriate shifts.


1. Performs all duties assigned to Sr. Respiratory Therapists on staffing shifts.

2. Manages and coordinates the activities of employees assigned to area; determines work procedures and expedites workflow; assigns duties and reviews work; prepares necessary and required reports to management. Maintains data bases and benchmarking for department regulatory compliance.

3. Maintains the Blood Gas lab, ensures all regulatory requirements are met, performs all auditing and quality measurements, ensures proper equipment ordering and repairs are meet.

4. Determines staff training needs and performs or arranges individual or group in-service instruction, reporting significant staff deficiencies to the Director of Pulmonary Services, and participates in the planning and implementation of department wide respiratory therapy training programs.

5. Monitors testing of equipment by direct observation. Monitors inventory list of supplies to determine if supplies are being ordered as needed. Communicates daily with equipment technicians regarding equipment issues. Projects requirements for equipment and supplies and recommends and justifies such items for inclusion in the annual budget request.

6. Makes regular ward rounds to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of Respiratory Therapy services, consulting with nursing and medical personnel as may be required to coordinate patient care services. Conducts bedside rounds with Respiratory Therapists to document compliance with policies and procedures. Uses rounding checklist for records of rounds with individual employee. Performs chart audits to assure compliance with physicians orders, charges entered, and documentation completed. Implements and coordinates annual and new process and equipment competencies and staff educational opportunities.

7. Monitors the quality, productivity, and standards of respiratory care and provides guidance, direction, and feedback to all staff and direct responsibility for direct reports.

8. Coordinates with physicians and research departments to implement, monitor and document studies. Responsible for the creation and implantation of processes, guidelines and education with all respiratory care expansions.

9. Evaluates new devices and reports on findings, including purchase price and maintenance cost factors. Arranges and supervises on-the- job testing of equipment as may be needed for thorough analysis. Instructs staff by lecture and demonstration in the operation and application of equipment.

10. On a rotating basis, assumes administrative on call duties as delegated by the Director of Pulmonary Services. Takes sick calls, assesses staffing needs, and takes appropriate measures to assure adequate staffing levels. Implements emergency and disaster plans as detailed in policy and procedure manual.

11. Promotes positive interpersonal (customer) relationships with fellow employees, physicians, patients and visitors. Treats these individuals with courtesy, dignity, empathy and respect; consistently displays courteous and respectful verbal and nonverbal communications.

12. Adheres to, complies with and demonstrates support for the mission and values of Denver Health. Supports and adheres to the Denver Health Dozen.

13. Sets clear expectations for staff by developing job specific customer service expectations and behaviors for each position supervised; clearly communicates expectations to each employee and establishes the expectations as job requirements and performance appraisal components; delegates responsibility/authority whenever possible.

14. Conducts all performance evaluations on time, working with each employee at least annually to set specific behavioral goals. Perform counseling sessions as needed.

15. Other duties as assigned.

For Patient Care Positions:

1. Ensures all duties, responsibilities and competencies are conducted in a manner that is effective and appropriate to patients/clients to whom care/service is being provided.

2. Demonstrates knowledge and applicability of the principles of growth and development over the life span, as well as demonstrating the ability to assess data reflecting the patient's status and interpreting appropriate cultural information of the patient(s) to whom care/ services is being delivered/provided.

3. Employee has completed and met their clinical competency standards.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

1. Knowledge of Respiratory Care standards and guidelines used to perform essential functions of the job.

2. Excellent working knowledge of Respiratory Care instruments and equipment Understand and institute advanced modes of ventilation as ordered by physician.

3. Excellent communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, hospital staff and coworkers. Skill to properly use ventilators, monitoring equipment, oxygen respiratory equipment and other clinic tools.

4. Ability to monitor and evaluate staff.

Education & Experience

1. Five years' experience as a respiratory therapist including two years of experience of the type and at the level of Senior Respiratory Therapist.
2. Bachelor's Degree (Required). BS in Respiratory Care preferred.

3. Graduated from AMA approved Respiratory Therapy program.


1. Must possess and maintain current License to Practice Respiratory Therapy in the State of Colorado.

2. Respiratory Therapist (Required)
3. Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) from American Heart Association (Required)

4. Must be BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP certified.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will be responsible for, but not limited to, hiring, terminating, performance management, coaching, supervision, fostering teamwork, training and development of one or more employees.

Denver Health Main Campus


Work Type
Full time

Pay Range

Minimum: $36.20

Midpoint: $45.24

Maximum: $54.28

All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.

As Colorado's primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.

Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.

We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

"Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Denver Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class."

Keywords: Denver Health, Denver , Respiratory Therapy Supervisor, Nights, Other , Denver, Colorado

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