Jan 21, 2022

Respiratory Therapist - RRT, Full-time, Days

  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Chicago, IL, USA
Respiratory Therapy

Job Description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


The Respiratory Therapist-RRT reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The respiratory therapist (RT) serves as a member of the clinical team to assess, manage, treat and perform diagnostic evaluations for patients requiring respiratory care services. The RT performs all respiratory care procedures including bronchial hygiene evaluations using clinical practice guidelines and therapist driven protocols approved by the Medical Director.


  • Conducts patient assessments and interprets clinical data necessary for the development of an appropriate plan of care and delivery of quality patient care.
  • Implements and continuously evaluates the plan of care related to respiratory procedures including but not limited to aerosol therapies, secretion mobilization, and hyperinflation therapies.
  • Provides care for patients requiring ventilator assistance, complex respiratory devices and procedures.
  • Performs comprehensive ventilator management and monitors the cardiopulmonary status of patients receiving intensive respiratory care.
  • Provides care and maintains emergency airway equipment for patients with artificial airways.
  • Performs diagnostic studies on patients as designated by department policy and/or by physician order.
  • Consults with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals and participates in daily patient rounds for assigned area to provide input, and promote consistent quality and delivery of patient care
  • Assists physicians with bedside procedures
  • Identifies and appropriately responds to a patients declining respiratory status
  • Responds to airway emergencies, level one traumas, and cardiac arrests
  • Completes all documentation for patient charting in compliance with standards for accuracy and content as established by the department and NMH.



  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • National Board of Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP)
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (within three months of hire)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • American Heart Association (for adult care therapists within 30 days of hire)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (for neonatal therapists within 30 days of hire)
  • Associate Degree in Applied Science (AAS) Respiratory Therapy


  • Bachelors Degree (BS) or Masters Degree (MS) in respiratory care
  • Adult Critical Specialist (ACCS)
  • National Board of Respiratory Care
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist (NPS)
  • National Board of Respiratory Care
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)
  • National Board of Respiratory Care

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.