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The University of Kansas Health System Respiratory Therapy Team Leader I (Float Team) in KANSAS CITY, Kansas

The Respiratory Therapy Team Leader I assumes responsibility for performing patient care activities and other tasks that

contribute to high-quality, safe, and effective patient care, such as executing protocols, dividing workloads, administering

respiratory care, and educating patients, families, students, and other care providers.

  • Administers, monitors, and assesses the effectiveness of respiratory care in an efficient and effective manner for inpatients and outpatients of all developmental and maturational levels (neonatal to geriatric) under the supervision of a licensed Respiratory Therapist.

  • Uses independent judgement in the application of respiratory care protocols and is self-motivated to take responsible and professional action within the scope of practice.

  • Demonstrates accountability for own actions, decisions, and learning needs.

  • Maintains a patient-centered focus and strives to support the mission, goals, and values of the hospital, department and division.

  • Follows policies, procedures, standards and assists with the enforcement.

  • Interacts with physicians and other health system staff to provide quality, safe, and efficient care for the patient.

  • Communicates effectively with patients, health care providers, and other customers both orally and written/via computer.

  • Maintains positive working relations with customers. Demonstrates mature, sensitive, and effective communications with all age groups, especially under high levels of stress.

  • Assumes responsibility for risk and safety issues associated with position.

  • Educates patients and family members of all developmental and maturational levels (neonatal to geriatric) regarding cardio-respiratory topics, medications, equipment, and procedures.

  • Reacts appropriately under high levels of stress. Demonstrates flexibility in the face of uncertainty, and can take responsible and professional action without awaiting orders.

  • Coordinates the patient care team and leads a designated team (e.g., Team 6).

  • Assists in the oversight of other staff members during advanced procedures.

  • At the direction of a supervisor, serves as the acting supervisor.

  • Assists in the orientation, training, and evaluation of students, new employees, and other members of the health care team.

  • Participates on the rapid response or code blue teams, as needed.

  • Assist with the ambulation of patients.

  • Moves ventilators and other items within the campus.

  • Quickly respond to critical situations including taking stairs to reach emergencies and assist in the removal of patients from the building (in case of fire).

*Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.

*Note: These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. Skills and duties may vary dependent upon your department or unit. Other duties may be assigned as required.


  • Associate degree in respiratory care (or equivalent training)

  • Certified in BLS

  • Certified in ACLS and PALS/NRP within six months of hire

  • Three years of experience in critical care (internal candidates); five years of experience in critical care (external candidates)

  • Respiratory Therapist (RT) license from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

  • RRT credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)

  • 20 points in the KURT Clinical Advancement program (not applicable for external candidates)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Care or related field

  • Experience in clinical instruction of students

Requisition ID: 2020-24796

External Company Name: The University of Kansas Health System

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Street: 4000 Cambridge Street