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Winter Haven Hospital, Inc - Winter Haven, FL
The Patient Navigator - Registered Respiratory is responsible to provide support, education, referral recommendations, coordination of care, and other assistance to the patient and their family from diagnosis and treatment to recovery. Provide comprehensive education to patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This education will include normal lung anatomy and physiology, physiologic changes caused by COPD, medications typical for COPD including what, when, how and why they take them, recognizing exacerbation vs. bad day, pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise, smoking cessation and oxygen usage. Utilize written educational materials along with educational aides that include; handouts, lung models and videos as deemed appropriate. When applicable, recommend referrals for pulmonary rehabilitation and pulmonary function testing (PFTs). Act as liaison to physicians and discharge planners to ensure proper length of stay, adequate education and safe discharge. Required Certifications include Completion of BayCare online Case Management Internship modules within 6 months and Credentialed as a COPD Educator via the AARC course within 6 months; in addition to the Basic Life Support certification.


Certifications and Licensures

RequiredBLS (Basic Life Support)
RequiredRRT (Respiratory Therapy)License
RequiredReference summary for details


RequiredAssociate'sRespiratory Therapy
OrTechnicalRespiratory Therapy
PreferredBachelor'sRespiratory Therapy


Required2 yearsRespiratory

Specific Skills

RequiredCustomer service skills
RequiredWritten and verbal communication skills
RequiredInterpersonal skills
RequiredDelegation skills
RequiredWork independently
RequiredWork with a team
RequiredCritical thinking skills
RequiredOrganizational skills
RequiredAdministrative and clerical skills
RequiredComputer skills appropriate to position
RequiredKnowledge of regulatory standards appropriate to position
RequiredMedical terminology use and understanding