Vanderbilt University Medical Center Respiratory Therapist (7a-7p) – VUMC Adult Respiratory Care in Nashville, Tennessee

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Unit Summary

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been rated the #1 Hospital in Nashville and the state of Tennessee by the US News & World Report. VUMC’s Diagnostic Laboratories - consisting of Laboratory Client Services (LCS), Clinical Pathology Services (CPS), Diagnostic Molecular & Genetics Services (DMGS), and Anatomic Pathology Services (APS) - have state-of-the-art automation and exceptional employees to meet the demands of accurately and timely performance of tests, while providing our patients and their families with enhanced and exceptional care. VUMC is rated in the Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals with advanced LIS systems and technologies.

Vanderbilt’s Adult Respiratory Care team is comprised of 7 ICU units and independent arterial blood gas laboratories, as well as acute care areas. VUMC Adult Respiratory Care supports our adult patients in the inpatient and clinical settings. Our fast-paced, team oriented culture gives you the opportunity to contribute to breakthroughs with healthcare advancements. We support your career growth with a established Professional Advancement Pathway as a Respiratory Therapist.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is seeking to hire a Respiratory Therapist, whom will have responsibilities for providing routine and specialized respiratory care procedures in a critical care environment; including respiratory care assessments and diagnostic testing procedures associated with respiratory care in the academic hospital and Vanderbilt clinics settings. Vanderbilt’s Respiratory Care Practitioners are assigned multiple areas of patient care based upon census, diagnostic testing, and therapy demands.

The VUMC Respiratory Therapist aspires to expert performance in a safe manner and applies their clinical expertise to achieve accurate clinical results that leads to quality patient care outcomes. For more information regarding the physical requirements and environmental conditions for this job, please click here at .


  • Initiatesand maintains mechanical ventilation.

  • Provideseducation for students in affiliated clinical training programs as well aspatients and families.

  • Theresponsibilities listed are a general overview of the position andadditional duties may be assigned.


VENTILATOR MANAGEMENT (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate ventilator management in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Generally works under the direction of others while accomplishing assignments.

AIRWAY ESTABLISHING / MANUAL RESUSCITATION (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate airway establishing / manual resuscitation in practical applications of moderate difficulty.

LABORATORY TESTING & ANALYSIS (NOVICE): - Demonstrates sufficient knowledge of the primary laboratory tests required by the department to successfully meet work objectives. Understands the core functions and features of the core laboratory tests. Able to interpret results of the test under general supervision.

RESPIRATORY THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate respiratory therapeutic procedures in practical applications of moderate difficulty.


  • OrganizationalImpact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how outputwould affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team withoccasional guidance.

  • ProblemSolving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems usingtechnical experience and judgment.

  • Breadthof Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within aprofessional area.

  • TeamInteraction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.



  • -Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm indeveloping self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge innew areas.

  • -Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with keycolleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities toexpand and strengthen relationships.

  • -Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one'sown communication style to suit different situations and audiences.


  • -Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and futureneeds of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better addressthem.

  • -Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles;Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and developconcrete solutions.

  • -Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support andcoaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.


  • -Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogueabout quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.

  • -Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences bylooking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems andidentifies ways to resolve them.

  • -Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects ofproviding a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to preventsafety hazards from occurring.


  • -Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusingon and driving critical issues to closure.

  • -Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of thedepartmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.

  • -Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of theinformation or data to identify and elevate opportunities.


  • -Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities frommultiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventionalapproaches.

  • -Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning newtechnologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.

  • -Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems asopportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead ofemphasizing negative elements.


  1. Job Code: 5581

  2. Job Stream Description: Professional

Position Qualifications


  • RegisteredRespiratory Therapist (RRT) Certification with NBRC

  • ActiveRegistered Respiratory Therapist licensure in the state of Tennessee

  • ActiveBLS status or eligibility to obtain prior to hire date

  • Attentionto detail, ability to work well under pressure with tight turnaroundtimes, and ability to adapt in a diverse, team-based culture


  • ABachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy (BSRRT) or relateddegree equivalency

  • Minimumof 1 year Respiratory Therapy experience in a Level 1 Trauma setting

  • NBRC'sACCS Credentials and a strong passion for practicing in the adult criticalcare setting, beyond basic or routine competencies associated with generalrespiratory care procedures

  • Specializationin Arterial Blood Gases (ABG) endorsement credentials

  • ActiveACLS provider from American Heart Association

Position Shift:

  • 7am-7pmCST, 3 days per week

  • Aformal training and orientation is included for new employees to ensureevery patient receives the highest quality of personalized care in a safeand effective manner, meeting the Credo Pillar

  • OurAdult Respiratory Care teams work in 12 hour shifts to ensure amplecoverage for our patients accross the organization

VUMC RecentAccomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 HealthCare Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( BillWilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked amongthe nation's best, #15 Education and Training

  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascularhospitals in the U.S.

  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitalsin America"

  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital SafetyScore

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees formedical research in the US

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only grouphonored in Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "MostWired" medical systems in the US

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Job Respiratory/Anesthesia

Organization: Respiratory Care Team 30 201743

Title: Respiratory Therapist (7a-7p) – VUMC Adult Respiratory Care

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)

Requisition ID: 1801948