Registered Respiratory Therapist - New Graduate May 2018:
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta Georgia

Requisition #:  21961     
Name of Location:   Scottish Rite
Work Schedule:  Variable
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Work Days:  Variable 


Respiratory Care Practitioners at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta care for over 300 patients per day in our three hospitals. Respiratory Therapists are key members of multidisciplinary teams at our 575 beds. Therapists can expand their skills as members of the ECMO team, the external Transport team,  as core Isoflurane therapists,  Asthma and Pulmonary Education specialists and more. We strive to provide the cutting edge, evidence-based and value-based care that only Children’s can provide to each of our patients. Our staff are trained utilizing hands on experience in our specialized pediatric settings as well as providing simulation experiences to enhance learning in a controlled setting.  We are seeking team members who enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment and the opportunity to gain expertise in caring for children of all ages and a variety of medical needs. Join our progressive and growing department that is Dedicated to All Better.


  • Associate's degree from approved respiratory therapy program


  • Basic Life Support (BLS) within 30 days of employment
  • Current license in the state of Georgia as a Respiratory Care Professional required
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) within 1 year of employment
  • Must obtain Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential within 1 year of employment


  • No minimum experience required


  • Bachelor's degree


  • Must be able to successfully pass the Basic Windows Skills Assessment at 80% or higher rating within 30 days of employment

Mandatory Requirements

  • Achieves 75% attendance at staff meetings if applicable
  • Maintains minimum of 15 continuing education units per year
  • Completes mandatory education requirements as defined by unit and system by due date
  • Completes unit-specific orientation successfully and provides documentation
  • Maintains active NBRC credential as required by job description



Technical Skills

  1. While clinical staff may serve a specific patient population, they have the potential to care for patients within the age population range served at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  Clinical staff will have competencies that will incorporate population specific guidelines.  This age population includes: N = Neonate (less than 30 days), I = Infant (30 days to 1 year), EC = Early Childhood (1-5 years), LC = Late Childhood (5-13 years), A = Adolescent (13-17 years), AD = Adult, ALL - all ages.
  2. Demonstrates basic assessment skills.
  3. Accurately documents all aspects of the respiratory care process using electronic medical record if applicable to area.  
  4. Demonstrates “5 Rights” of medication administration.
  5. Manages care for basic unit load and progresses to care for increasingly complex patients.
  6. Understands and complies with The Joint Commission standards and National Patient Safety Goals.
  7. Accesses and follows policies.

Leadership Behaviors

  1. Completes Professional Development Plan and shows progress on personal learning goals.
  2. Demonstrates support of CHOICE through awareness of initiatives and providing input.
  3. Seeks resources by actively consulting with the interdisciplinary team.
  4. Supervises and ensures completion of tasks assigned to ancillary staff. 

Interpersonal Relationships

  1. Includes family in patient care.
  2. Provides effective education appropriate for learning needs of the patient/family.
  3. Communicates using the Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation technique (SBAR) with all team members and demonstrates effective communication skills.
  4. Demonstrates Children's Healthcare of Atlanta customer service behaviors.
  5. Demonstrates cohesive behavior among team members.
  6. Identifies situations of conflict involving patients, families, and staff and seeks appropriate resources for resolution.

Critical Thinking

  1. Plans patient care based on assessment.
  2. Recognizes signs of deteriorating patient and accesses resources appropriately.
  3. Utilizes resources on the unit to increase understanding of the care of unfamiliar patient populations.
  4. Participates in discharge planning with increasing responsibility and coordination.
  5. Displays basic prioritization and time management skills.
  6. Evaluates patient response to interventions and seeks support to adjust plan of care.
  7. Reads research/evidence-based practice articles posted on the unit.


Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.


Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.


Ability to lift up to 40 lbs independently and greater than 40 lbs with assistance

Bending/Stooping - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Climbing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.

Lifting - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Pushing/Pulling - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Sitting - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)

Standing - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)

Walking - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)


Definite potential for exposure to blood and body fluids



Location Address:  1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA  30342
Function:  Allied Health - Respiratory



Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 27 neighborhood locations and a total of 622 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for twelve consecutive years and named one of the “100 Best Companies” by Working Mother magazine. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values. We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country.  Connect to our mission of being Dedicated to All Better and impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients and their families each year.

Basic Qualifications