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Respiratory Therapist- Adult (Nights) Duke University Hospital

Requisition Number::  57841
Date:  Apr 21, 2021

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  DUKE HOSPITAL

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.


U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.


Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.


In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.


Duke Hospital is looking for Respiratory Care Practitioners to join our team.  Duke employees are part of a premier organization dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care.  This is a full time position. Duke Hospital is located in Durham, NC, centrally located between the beaches and mountains.  


Relocation allowance offered for out-of-state candidates and for eligible in-state candidates living outside of a mileage radius (75 miles) of Duke University Hospital.  

Continuing Education:

Over 100 free CEU’s offered onsite each year including ventilation and airway management, pulmonary disease management, patient / family education and high-frequency ventilation symposium.  

ECMO training and certification program offered annually for selected candidates.  



Night Hours: 7p-7a

36 hours week 
Job Code: 4140


General Description 

Perform diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures as defined in the Respiratory Care Services scope of clinical practice. Work performed in accordance with physician orders. Defined duties are performed working strictly with adult populations or working only with neonatal, pediatric populations.   


Job Duties 

Verify physician orders for appropriateness and accuracy.

Understand pharmacological indications, dosages and response to adverse drug reactions.

Consults with providers based on patient care assessments and in accordance to accepted protocols. Provides education to patients, families, physicians, nursing and other members of the health care team.

Monitors response to all therapy. Documents in the patient medical record. Communicates all pertinent clinical information during patient rounds and handoff.

Perform diagnostic cardiopulmonary procedures; inclusive of nasotracheal and artificial airway suctioning and samples, arterial blood gas punctures, pulse oximetry and EtCO2 monitoring, pulmonary function and bedside pulmonary mechanics, and EKG’s.

Recognizes life threatening situations and initiates appropriate response, perform CPR and bag- mask ventilation

Safe transport of critical patients within the hospital.

Assure correct set-up, safety and function of all equipment/ supplies necessary in the provision of patient care.  Inclusive of all mechanical ventilators, NIV devices and hi-flow oxygen devices.  

Assure adherence to all infectious disease standards in the delivery of all patient care procedures.

Participates in quality improvement activities.

Maintains all necessary safety and life support certifications per required increment




Required Qualifications at this Level



Completion of a 2 year AMA approved respiratory care program (Associates Degree or the equivalent) and is registry eligible.  Successful completion of the registry exam (RRT) is required prior to employment.


None required beyond clinical affiliation of the respiratory program

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification

North Carolina State Licensure.  Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and any other certifications applicable to the institution.



Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobsat Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh