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Respiratory Therapist, Sitka, AK

Organization: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Category: Respiratory Therapist
Location: Sitka, AK
Date Job Posted: July 8, 2020
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Respiratory Therapist
Organization: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Category: Professional
Location: Sitka, Alaska

Job Summary

For the individual seeking a fulfilling career and lifestyle choice, this opportunity is for the healthcare professional who loves nature and being an integral member of a rural community.

SEARHC seeks Respiratory Therapist in Sitka based within the Respiratory Care department at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. This position provides respiratory therapy modalities per protocol and for those ordered by physicians to improve the cardiopulmonary conditions of patients from neonatal to geriatric ages. Individual must accurately calculate ventilator settings or dosages of medications for correct readings. Therapist follows policies and procedures related to the administration of respiratory services, properly following policies and procedures to provide safe and proper healthcare. This position maintains compliance with all state, federal, TJC (The Joint Commission), other regulatory body standards and hospital requirements related to provisions of respiratory therapy services.

Note: This full-time position is eligible for the IHS Loan Repayment program. In exchange to work for SEARHC, a healthcare profession may qualify for education loan repayment assistance.

SEARHC is approximately a 2 ½ hour flight from Seattle, WA. As the primary healthcare system of hospitals, clinics and long term care services to communities throughout the scenic Inner Passage of Alaska, SEARHC staff enjoy the region’s temperature sweet spot between 20 degrees in winter and just shy of 70 degrees in summer. Our region proudly ranks among the not-to-be-missed, beautiful mountains/water locations in the U.S. With dedicated healthcare professionals, SEARHC supports its staff with excellent compensation and benefits.


Participates in the assessment, administration, and evaluation of respiratory therapy treatments, pulmonary function testing, performs extubations, airway management and ventilatory life support to critical adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients.

Participates with other health care professionals in obtaining, interpreting and evaluating pulmonary function tests, arterial blood gases, airway management and respiratory treatments.

Provides instruction to patients in use of respiratory therapy equipment, inhalation gases and other therapies related to the treatment of respiratory diseases and/or the promotion of respiratory wellness.

Serves as a recourse person and consultant to hospital personnel involved in the treatment of individuals with respiratory disease.

Responsible for the cleaning, care and maintenance of all equipment used in the delivery of respiratory treatments and pulmonary function testing.


Equivalent to graduation from high school and successful completion of an approved school of Respiratory Therapy

Credentialed by the NBRC as a Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist at time of hire.

Two years’ experience as a certified Respiratory Therapist preferred.

Anatomy and physiology; Respiratory care modalities for adults, pediatrics and neonatal patients; Interpreting arterial blood gases.

Skilled in use of mechanical ventilators; Performing arterial blood gas sampling; Applying cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Able to work independently without supervision; Judgment and ability to properly assess and prioritize; Work under adverse conditions such as communicable infectious diseases.

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