Supervisory Registered Respiratory Therapists share the full scope of delegated managerial responsibilities and serve as the Service Chief in the absence of the Chief. They support department functions at the direction of the Chief. They make decisions affecting staff and other resources with wide latitude of control and judgment. They independently provide respiratory services at all levels of complexity. They supervise staff members of different levels of assignments. The major duties of the Supervisory Registered Respiratory Therapist position include: Aids in the development and regular review of policies and procedures; ensures that this program remains in compliance with existing VA policy and regulations and JCAHO standards. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of all the program activities through standard and innovative techniques. Assists in the expansion of department activities wherever necessary to improve patient care. Disseminates and gathers information through regular staff meetings with department staff regarding improvement of patient care, with emphasis on responsibility and accountability. Maintains statistical and patient data. Monitors individual performance standards and assists in retrospective audits. Serves as liaison between the department and its clinical consumers (i.e., nursing service, administration and other support services). Assists with the formulation and evaluation of equipment needs, preventive maintenance and organization of expendable and non-expendable equipment and supplies related to the program. Monitors staff educational needs and performs annual competency assessments for staff. Makes program changes within allowable costs and established policies. Communicates with lead respiratory therapist to communicate department needs and changes. Responsible for ordering disposable supplies for use with the ventilators, CPAP/BiPAP equipment and pulmonary function equipment. Manage programs which may include, but are not limited to Home Oxygen, Sleep/PAP Clinic, and Pulmonary Function Lab. Operate key clinical, training, research, or administrative activities, including the day to day activities, resource management, and fiscal management of those programs. Provide leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, mentoring, in-service training, staff development and continuing education programs for assigned staff. Provide strategic planning to ensure the provision of high-quality care and efficient use of program resources. Develop and implement short- and long-term goals and objectives consistent with the program and facility strategic plans. Develop and implement programs and facility policies and procedures to meet program goals and VHA policy. Initiate and conduct a variety of program and service audits to evaluate operations and productivity and monitor outcomes using data- driven quality assurance processes. PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIES a. Determines, justifies and organizes the personnel needs within the Respiratory Therapy department. b. Develops, monitors and evaluates the orientation process and ongoing performance of the staff by means of observation, ongoing, retrospective audit techniques and subsequent performance appraisals. c. Assists with establishing internal guidelines, plans, positions and functional descriptions for all subordinates as they apply to the goals of the Pulmonary Services and assigns, directs and evaluates employees in specific service programs. d. Consults with the Chief regarding approval, modifications or rejection of formal requests from subordinates for promotion, reassignment, status changes, awards, special achievements and other similar actions. e. Provides guidance to staff with counseling sessions for matters which may require disciplinary action. Recommends the appropriate action if necessary. f. Provides scheduling for the department staff including schedule requests. Posts schedules in a timely fashion. Follows facility staffing policies and department guidelines. g. Approves or denies leave requests as well as premium pay requests as appropriate. Certifies time cards prior to T&L approval. h. Make decisions affecting staff and other resources with wide latitude of control and independent judgement. i. Monitors staff performance. EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES a. Initiates and participates in educational activities for: - The staff development and professional growth of respiratory therapy personnel - The Medical School students and staff - Nursing service and other health care professionals. CUSTOMER SERVICE a. Meets the needs of customers while supporting the Medical Center and Pulmonary Service missions. b. Consistently communicates and treats customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and all Medical Center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. c. Provides customers with information according to established policies and procedures. d. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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