Respiratory Therapist II - Relief

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $44.35 - $55.43 Hourly USD

Job Description

San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) is a public hospital and clinic system fully accredited by The Joint Commission. The Medical Center operates outpatient clinics throughout San Mateo County and an acute-care hospital in San Mateo. The mission of San Mateo Medical Center is to "partner with patients to provide excellent care with compassion and respect." As part of an integrated health system, the Medical Center serves the healthcare needs of all residents of San Mateo County, with an emphasis on education and prevention.

SMMC is currently looking for two experienced Respiratory Therapist II - Relief to join our team! Under general supervision, the successful hire will perform respiratory care diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and clinical evaluations of care; establish therapeutic objectives and review care based on the age and needs of patients. Incumbents are competent to independently perform the full range of chronic, acute, critical and life threatening respiratory care evaluations and procedures.

The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in a Critical Care capacity, and will be registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), possess a current Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) credential, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification. Knowledge of hospital information systems (HIS) and associated point-of-contact (POC) systems, as well as excellent critical thinking and interpersonal skills, are preferred. If you are an experienced Respiratory Therapist who values integrity, dignity, and service excellence in a team-oriented environment, then we want to talk to you!

The current vacancies are three Relief, Part-Time positions with varying shifts.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assess, plan and provide individual care for patients in compliance with physician's orders.
  • Administer all respiratory care and diagnostic procedures and techniques including but not limited to: oxygen, humidity and Aerosol Therapy, bronchopulmonary segmental drainage, intermittent positive pressure breathing, sustained maximal inspiration and continuous mechanical ventilation, end total CO2 monitoring, and pulse oximetry.
  • Perform special respiratory care such as: bedside monitoring, evaluation of cardio-respiratory performance, management on and weaning from mechanical ventilation, and advanced life support or intensive care support.
  • Advise physicians, other medical staff or administrative staff of clinical problems or patients requiring further evaluation.
  • Perform CPR.
  • Administer drugs in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • Perform pulmonary function testing.
  • Perform oxygen and equipment rounds; troubleshoot equipment problems; perform regular equipment maintenance, preparation, cleaning and sterilization.
  • Collect and interpret arterial blood gases.
  • Document respiratory care procedures in medical records.
  • Attend in-service educational classes.
  • Provide patient and family education.
  • Ensure compliance and participate in quality assurance programs.
  • Assist other staff with complex treatment modalities or in difficult clinical situations.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
All Levels : Graduation from a Respiratory Therapy Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Respiratory Therapist II : At least two years of experience providing a full range of respiratory care procedures in chronic, acute, critical and life threatening settings.

  • Possession of a valid registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
  • Possession of a valid California Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) license.
  • Possession of a valid Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification.
  • Possession of a valid Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.

Knowledge of:
  • Theory, practices and procedures of respiratory care and therapy.
  • Emergency medical respiratory care.
  • Operation, care and maintenance of respiratory care equipment.
  • Principles, methods and techniques of respiratory therapy equipment.
  • Principles and practices of CPR, including ACLS and PALS.
  • Use, purpose and effect of indicated drugs used in the course of respiratory therapy.
  • Policies and practices of recording and maintaining information related to patient care.
  • Practices and procedures related to Pulmonary Functions; Arterial Blood Gases, including proper drawing and interpretation.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Provide all facets of respiratory care and diagnostic procedures.
  • Make independent judgements in providing appropriate respiratory care.
  • Work under pressure, exercising good judgment and common sense while making sound decisions in emergency situations.
  • Assess, evaluate and administer respiratory care drugs.
  • Proper handling and routing of defective Respiratory Care Equipment to Biomedical Engineering for service and/or repair.
  • Deal tactfully with patients and physicians.
  • Assisting in instructing and training others.
  • Administering CPR.
  • Maintain and analyze quality control programs.
  • Follow written and oral directions, procedures or instructions.


If you are interested in being considered for this extra help position, the following materials must be electronically submitted in a Word or PDF format.

  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
  • Responses to these supplemental questions:
  1. Possession of the following licenses/certificates are required for this position. Which of the following certificates do you possess? Please include your license numbers in the Certificates & Licenses section and attach copies of your licenses/certificates with your submission. Any answer less than all four certificates will disqualify you from this recruitment.
    - Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) certificate
    - California Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) license
    - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification
    - Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  2. How have your education and experience prepared you for the position of Respiratory Therapist II - Relief. Describe your experience providing respiratory care procedures in chronic, acute, critical and life-threatening settings. Include your role, the length of your experience, and where the experience was gained. Be specific.
  3. Describe your most challenging case/patient as a Respiratory Therapist. Why was it challenging, what was the situation, what did you do, and what was the outcome? Be specific.
Please include the words "Respiratory Therapist II - Relief" in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format.

Please submit the above listed materials via email to:

Byron Shipp, Clinical Services Manager - Respiratory Therapy

Apply immediately. Resumés will be accepted until the position is filled. Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.

The County of San Mateo may require that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy.

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Wendy Young (04262022) (Respiratory Therapist II - Relief F132-R)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map