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Respiratory Therapist, Sitka, AK

Organization: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Category: Respiratory Therapist
Location: Sitka, AK
Date Job Posted: October 10, 2020
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Respiratory Therapist
Organization: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Category: Professional
Location: Sitka, Alaska


SEARHC seeks experienced Respiratory Therapist in Sitka, Alaska’s Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center (MEMC). This position provides respiratory therapy modalities ordered by physicians to improve the cardiopulmonary conditions of patients from neonatal to geriatric ages. 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 Indian Health Services education loan repayment assistance when working at SEARHC.

SEARHC is an easy 2 ½ hour flight away from Seattle and is the primary healthcare system throughout the communities in the scenic Inner Passage of Alaska. SEARHC staff enjoy the region’s temperature sweet spot between 20 degrees in winter and 70 degrees in summer. The 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.

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, 3-6 years preferred for Therapist to fully function confidently in his/her role with limited oversight; Anatomy and physiology; Respiratory care modalities for adults, pediatrics and neonatal patients; Skilled in use of mechanical ventilators; Performing arterial blood gas sampling; Applying cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Work under adverse conditions (communicable infectious diseases).

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