5 - 7 years experience  •  Software

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/21/17
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/21/17



Job Description

Occupational Summary 
The Clinical Lead, Respiratory Therapist (RT) is a role developed to work in coordination with the RT leadership in an assigned unit or department to ensure the work is accomplished effectively. The Clinical Lead RT is the first line of support for staff, physicians, and other related providers on concerning RT specific clinical issues and topics. They will supervise, perform, evaluate and coordinate diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures as defined in the Respiratory Care Services scope of clinical practice, performing work in accordance with physician orders in the neonatal, pediatric and adult patient populations in intermediate, intensive and emergency care areas. They will be responsible for supervising, coaching, and mentoring their assigned core group of staff.

Work Performed 

Clinical Support

  • Perform all duties and responsibilities of the Respiratory Care Practitioner Advanced and Respiratory Care Practitioner, ECMO.
  • RT staff resource/expert concerning all clinical and operational questions/issues
  • Demonstrates strong critical thinking skills by making appropriate decisions. Rapidly prioritizes both planned and unplanned events, and proactively addresses actual and potential problems, exceeding patient or client expectations.
  • Instruct and supervise patient and therapeutic assessments to assure optimal medical decisions.
  • Expert in all RT technology in the assigned departments
  • Coordinate all emergency responses.
  • Assist in the development/updates with clinical care protocols/policy and procedures.
  • Evaluate patient care plans.
  • Ability to interact with physicians/medical staff on a high level
  • Function as a liaison between Clinical Resource Manager, and Clinical Engineering to ensure proper operation and service of equipment. Document and report any malfunctioning or broken equipment.
  • Assure safe and appropriate working environment.
  • Assure appropriate staff and skill level for each patient care area.

ECMO Specialist Leadership/Managerial

  • Develop Expected job results, performance plans, and professional goals for assigned staff
  • Appraise performance of all staff members.
  • Provide input into applicant hiring and termination decisions.
  • Monitor and report all patient care, safety, medication, technical, and employee incidents.
  • Monitor adherence to policy, procedures and practice guidelines.
  • Monitor ventilator protocol adherence • Implement any necessary corrective actions in a timely manner
  • Conduct shift planning to include assignments and redirection of staff as needed
  • Assure appropriate supply inventory.
  • Provide feedback for all schedule assignments.
  • Coordinate and monitor departmental improvement projects.
  • Communicate daily activities to RT leadership Education/Mentoring
  • Provide orientation, education and training as needed internal and external to Duke Respiratory Care Services.
  • Assure/Assess respiratory care staff competency and safety.
  • Plan and conduct instructional sessions.
  • Communicate/educate changes in policy and procedures in an effective/consistent manner.


  • Coordinate the evaluation of products/equipment.
  • Provide input into departmental equipment selection and function.
  • Assist with all departmental clinical research projects.
  • Serve on department related committees

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of professional theory, practice and procedure healthcare team, physicians, administrators, leadership and others
  • Ability to assess respiratory needs of acute and chronically ill patients and their families
  • Able to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Able to communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors
  • Able to teach patients and families in accordance with the plan of care
  • Able to use sensory and cognitive functions to process and prioritize information, treatment, and follow-up
  • Able to use fine motor skills
  • Able to record activities, document assessments, plan of care, interventions, evaluation and re-evaluation of patient status
  • Able to use computer and learn new software programs
  • Able to navigate the entity to provide clinical care for patients
  • Able to withstand prolonged standing and walking
  • Able to remain focused and organized
  • Working knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine and special treatments to patients
  • Work may require lifting or pushing in excess of 30 pounds
  • Required to carry emergency airway bag weighing approximately 20 pounds.
  • Work requires walking, running, climbing and bending.
  • Customer service and communication expertise.

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Full Time / Part Time


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Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires completion of a Bachelor’s degree in field related to the assigned clinical discipline.


Five years of experience in clinical respiratory therapy, including at least three years of experience in intensive care respiratory therapy; supervisory experience preferred.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

• Current RT licensure from the North Carolina State Board of Respiratory Care • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) • Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) • Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) • Certification in Neonatal Resuscitation Program (if applicable) • Respiratory Specific Certifications (to be completed within 1 year of hire) Adult Clinical Lead RT – Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) Pediatric Clinical Lead RT – Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS)

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