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Registered Respiratory Therapist (Nights)

Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Req ID 7462-8334 Post Date Dec. 12, 2023 CategoryTherapists FacilityRutherford Regional Health System

This position is eligible for a $15,000 Sign-On BONUS!

The Registered Respiratory Therapist assesses, treats, and cares for patients with breathing disorders. They assume the primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities. 

Company Description:

Rutherford Regional Health System is a 143-bed acute care facility that offers a broad array of inpatient and outpatient care. Rutherford Regional is dedicated to providing patients with a full range of services to meet their healthcare needs.  We provide our services in a caring, professional environment through the teamwork of our medical staff and employees.

Rutherford Regional Health System’s partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare is bringing the pieces together to transform healthcare in Rutherford County. Duke LifePoint Healthcare is a joint venture of Duke University Health System, one of the country’s leading academic health systems, and LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier. These two forces joined because of the shared interest in collaborating with hospitals, healthcare providers and patients to bring high quality, innovative healthcare services to communities. Duke LifePoint combines Duke’s unparalleled expertise in clinical excellence and quality care with LifePoint's extensive resources and knowledge and experience operating community hospitals and healthcare organizations.

Essential Functions:

Delivers and assesses response to ordered therapy per plan of care. Monitors, records, and communicates patient condition as appropriate.

Adheres to respiratory care policies and procedures based on patient outcomes, current research, and best practices.

Responds to codes and calls for emergent assistance. Assesses patient condition and delivers appropriate treatment.

Educates the patient and family about the patient's illness and provides information about disease.

Monitors, receives, stocks, and distributes respiratory care supplies.

Disassembles, cleans, and sterilizes equipment, and performs preventative maintenance and calibration of machines.

Attends high-risk C-Sections and high-risk deliveries to assist the physician with resuscitation of the newborn (must be able to function in the absence of physician support).

Performs infant ventilation, including assisting in intubation and tube securing, ventilation with neo puff, and ventilator initialization and monitoring (must be able to function in absence of physician support).

Prepare shift assignment, assigns personnel, monitors workload to insure adequate coverage.

Assists in orientation and training of new employees.

Assists with peer interviews.

Performs arterial blood gas sampling.

Minimum Education
  • Associate’s Degree (or equivalent technician program) in Respiratory Care required.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Care preferred.
Required Skills
  • Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.


  • Basic Life Support (BLS) required.
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) (within 3 months of date of hire or transfer).
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) (within 3 months of date of hire or transfer).
  • NRP Advanced (within 3 months of hire date of hire or transfer).
  • Handle with Care (within 3 months of hire or transfer)
  • Requires current North Carolina Respiratory Care Practitioner license (RCP)
Minimum Work Experience
  • 1-3 years experience as a RRT preferred.

Benefits - Wide range of benefits options!

Here at Rutherford Regional, you choose your own Medical, Dental, and Vision plans from a variety of competitive options that give you the coverage that best fits your needs.

  • HSA
  • 401(K) retirement plan contributions
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Accident & Critical Illness Insurance
  • Prescription Assistance with OptumRx
  • Income protection programs for the entire family such as life insurance, Short/Long-term Disability, and Identity Theft.
  • Employee Assistance program at no cost to you to provide emotional, legal, financial, and daily life support for your entire household. Services are available 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week.
  • Free travel and entertainment discount program to ensure you enjoy your time away from work.

Why join our team?

We are dedicated to providing patients with a full range of services to meet their healthcare needs, and we believe our employees are our most valuable assts in accomplishing this goal. Rutherford Regional is growing its team of dedicated health care professionals. If you are looking to start a career that cares, are passionate about changing lives, and ready to work in a supportive environment in a close-knit community, apply today!

Equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran

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