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Competencies

  1. Collect, review and evaluate clinical data to determine the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory care plan, and participate in the development of the respiratory care plan.
  2. Initiate, conduct, and modify prescribed therapeutic procedures to achieve the desired objectives.
  3. Assemble, check function, correct malfunctions and perform quality control of respiratory therapy equipment.
  4. Acquire knowledge by questioning, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing information.
  5. Use numbers and formulate relationships between them to analyze, interpret and develop appropriate strategies for respiratory care.
  6. Work together with other professionals on the health care team in a manner that fosters mutual respect and facilitates the effective handling of patient care issues.
  7. Completely document patient care sessions in the medical record in a concise and legible manner following a problem-oriented format and using the SOAP or other generally accepted notation.
  8. Write clear, coherent, and comprehensive laboratory and clinical case reports.
  9. Communicate with clients, family members of clients, and members of the health care team using appropriate verbal and nonverbal skills.
  10. Inform practice of respiratory care by actively seeking new knowledge from colleagues, clients, the community, and related educational research.
  11. Expand the role of the respiratory therapist as an essential member of the health care team.
  12. Practice respiratory care effectively in a variety of cultural contexts.
  13. Become aware of the ethical dimension of health care and strive to understand and maintain the highest personal and professional standards.