Respiratory Educator

  • Renown Health
  • 1155 Mill Street Reno Nevada 89502 United States
  • Posted: Apr 23, 2019
Other Allied Health

Job Description

Position Purpose:

Under the supervision of the Respiratory Care Services Director the Respiratory Care Educator will function in coordinating and facilitating the education and Quality Improvement (QI) programs for the various Respiratory Service lines throughout the network. Additionally, will assist the Director in the ongoing revision and implementation of departmental policies and procedures, protocol development, protocol implementation, competency assessments and orientation to new personnel.  The Respiratory Care Educator serves as a resource, educates, and instructs Respiratory Therapists and other health care personnel on therapy modalities and clinical practice.  The Respiratory Educator has oversight and provides direction for the Renown Internal Respiratory Therapist Training Program. They also coordinate the student rotation for all participating Respiratory Care College programs.


This position may provide respiratory care at a secondary care site consistent with the mission and obligations of Renown Health and the department of Respiratory Care.


Nature and Scope:

This position has responsibility far exceeding that of all other non-leadership respiratory therapy positions. They act as a role model, resource and coach to the Respiratory Care Staff, physicians and ancillary departments. This position is expected to provide staff with the tools to effectively integrate the respiratory care of the patient with other care providers to achieve desired results.  They are responsible for training proper documentation of all patient records and department logs.  In addition, they are responsible for keeping abreast of technological advances in applicable areas and are well versed in appropriate clinical applications.


The Respiratory Educator is accountable for ensuring that staff understand how to perform in the assessment, planning, implementation of care, and evaluation of Neonatal, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric patients and families.  They ensure that staff can demonstrate the ability to work with patient's physical, motor/sensory adaptation, cognitive and psychosocial needs specific to the population being served, and meet standards of quality as measured by the Unit/Department age specific competencies.


The Respiratory Educator trains and develops the following positions: Respiratory Care Specialist, Respiratory Care Practitioner 2, Respiratory Care practitioner 1, Respiratory Apprentice, and Respiratory Aide.


The Respiratory Specialist subcategories are as follows:

Neonatal / Pediatric Specialist (NPS): primarily work with high risk newborn/pediatric patients in the Intensive Care Nursery and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Respiratory Care Specialist may be required to interact with staff in outlying hospitals either as a member of the maternal child health transport team or as a regional referral center information source. The Respiratory Care Neonatal / Pediatric Specialist is responsible for helping with transport coverage to include last minute schedule to ensure transport coverage at all times.


Adult Critical Care Specialists (ACCS): primarily work with high risk adult patients in the Adult Intensive Care Units, Shock/Trauma Resuscitation Rooms and Emergency Departments.


Pulmonary Rehab Specialist: are accountable and responsible for the performance of pulmonary rehabilitation.  They work in a broad program that helps improve the well-being of people who have chronic (ongoing) breathing problems. At pulmonary rehabilitation the Pulmonary Rehab Specialist will work with a large interdisciplinary team to help improve the physical condition of patients through exercise, education, and support.

Pulmonary Function Test Specialists (PFT): are accountable and responsible for the performance of pulmonary function examinations.  The Pulmonary Function Test Specialists are required to function as a professional resource person to pulmonary physicians, physicians in training, other medical staff, management, and nursing, regarding the performance, documentation, and interpretation of pulmonary function testing.

Clinical Specialists: function in specialty roles throughout the network. They function as superusers for Heliox, Nitric Oxide, and Flolan administration and are trained to assist in the performance of diagnostic bronchoscopies. In addition, they are required to demonstrate advanced skill and competency in ventilation modalities, perform in-services, and complete multiple other competency requirements outlined in the Respiratory Clinical Leader Specialist competency data sheet.

COPD / Asthma Education Specialist: provide comprehensive education to patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and/or Asthma. They utilize written education materials along with educational aides such as handouts, lung models, and videos as deemed appropriate.  When applicable they provide referrals for pulmonary rehabilitation and pulmonary function testing.  They act as a liaison to physicians and discharge planners to ensure proper length of stay, adequate education and safe discharge.  They provide follow-up care to answer questions and ensure appointments with primary care physicians are completed.  In addition, they keep meticulous records to ensure patient continuity of care.

Patient Education includes:

  • normal lung anatomy & physiology
  • physiologic changes caused by COPD
  • medication classifications
  • the patient's specific medication: what, when, where, how and why they take it (Action Plan)
  • recognizing the exacerbation vs. 'bad day' (Rescue Plan)
  • pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise
  • smoking cessation
  • oxygen use


The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.


This position does provide direct patient care.

Minimum Qualifications:  Requirements - Required and/or Preferred


Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing and speaking English. Masters degree in a Healthcare or Education related field is preferred.


Minimum of eight years Respiratory Care experience in an acute care setting. Prior experience and demonstrated ability in planning and conducting in-servicing education and training. 


Ability to obtain and maintain a State of Nevada Board of Medical Examiners Respiratory Care Practitioner License. Current Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) required. Board Certification in both Neonatal/ Pediatric Specialist and Adult Critical Care Specialist within one year.


Current AHA BLS certification required.  Current ACLS certification required. PALS and NRP required within 90 days and ongoing thereafter.

Computer / Typing:

Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.