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Smoking Treatment Center: RN or RT (full-time or part-time applicants welcome)
This position is: Full Time
Position Location: Lake Charles, LA

 

JOB TITLE: Registered Nurse or Respiratory Therapist

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES: A position responsible for evaluating, treating, and helping patients with a known nicotine addiction under the direction of a physician and nurse practitioner. This position is for a group leader to direct the care of the nicotine addicted patient using validated practices such as structured group meetings.

SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Reports to Physician or Nurse Practitioners

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Not responsible for supervision of other care givers

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Evaluates and treats adults who have a nicotine addiction within the guide of a certified Smoking Treatment Program
  • Escorts patients to group discussion rooms and prepares the patient for the session
  • Interviews patients and performs limited physical examinations
  • Conducts diagnostic tests including carbon monoxide monitoring
  • Complies with safety, infection control, and quality improvement policies and practices. Documents patient care for medical records.
  • Responsible for conducting group meetings for the purpose of smoking treatment in the nicotine addicted individual
  • Counsels and reassures apprehensive patients, assisting them with new treatment modalities and cessation skills
  • Educates patients in self- guided scenarios to better prepare them for their path of smoking treatment
  • Maintains patient confidentiality
  • Ensures the patient chart entries are made accurately and in a timely manner, forwards charts as appropriate
  • Performs other tasks as assigned
  • Observes records and reports patient's conditions and reaction to treatment.
  • Ensures appointment preferences are given to patients in emergency situations. Greets patients. Screens patients for appropriate information. Instructs patient in collection of tests.
  • May require pulling and filing charts

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and mathematics.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, and smoking treatment guides.
  • Knowledge of teaching patients how to care for themselves in real life high risk situations regarding relapse in smoking.
  • Skilled in applying clinical practice guidelines, ACT center program guidelines, respiratory health promotion, and disease prevention.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Associate's degree or bachelor's degree in nursing/ respiratory therapy. Will be required to attend a Tobacco Treatment certification course and become a certified tobacco treatment specialist.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum one year of registered nursing/ respiratory therapy experience in an acute care setting or medical practice setting. Experience in smoking treatment education preferred.

ENVIRONMENTAL/WORKING CONDITIONS: Office setting and group discussion setting. Must be able to prioritize multiple projects. Must maintain strict confidentiality and exercise professionalism when interacting with staff, managers, supervisors, physicians, external customers, etc.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS: requires continuous standing, sitting, frequent walking, bending, and stooping. May require lifting 50 to 100 pounds.


 

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