Oregon Health & Science University

Relief Staff - Respiratory Therapist - Diagnostic

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Hospital/Clinic Support
Position Type
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Respiratory Care Services
Salary Range
$32.83 - $45.06 per hour
No pre-assigned schedule. Candidates must provide availability according to AFSCME guidelines. Days of operation currently Monday-Friday.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

This is a Relief Diagnostic Respiratory Care Position. The purpose of Flex Staff positions is (1) to provide relief for absences of regular and Probationary Period employees, (2) to provide staff for short-term projects, and (3) to provide short-term supplementing of existing staffing levels.


Duties include pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy, other respiratory diagnostic tests, and patient education. Work units include all inpatient and outpatient care areas on Marquam Hill and the South Waterfront.


Respiratory Therapists at OHSU provide bedside and outpatient respiratory care modalities in accordance with hospital and departmental guidelines as ordered by healthcare providers.

Function/Duties of Position

***New-hires are eligible for a hiring bonus***



  • Perform pulmonary function testing including: spirometry, lung volumes, diffusing capacity, methacholine challenge, pulse oximetry and exercise studies and new tests as trained.
  • Completes reports and billing according to department policy.
  • Schedules and checks in/out patients appropriately for procedures.
  • Provide patient & family instruction on various therapeutic modalities including respiratory care treatments, non-invasive and invasive home ventilation
  • Demonstrates an understanding of current and all new care modalities and equipment as they pertain to this position.
  • Completes all competency testing, required in-services and activities. Takes personal responsibility for maintaining competency for equipment and modalities within the Diagnostic Respiratory Care Practitioner scope of practice.


  • Assists physicians with bronchoscopy procedures per procedure.
  • Completes reports and billing per department policy.
  • Schedules patients and checks patients in/out appropriately for procedures.


  • Provides therapeutic interventions including but not limited to: airway management, therapeutic gases and ventilator management, newborn resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Performs diagnostic procedures including but not limited to: sampling of arterial blood, bedside spirometry, spontaneous ventilatory parameters, point of care testing.
  • Therapeutic modalities and communication approached with reference to age specific needs of the patient, including
  • Doernbecher Children's Hospital Family Centered Care Program.
  • Assists other Respiratory Care Practitioners and health professionals to provide quality patient care in the spirit of teamwork. Trains new Respiratory Therapists, students and other healthcare team members. 
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by a manager, supervisor or lead worker.


  • Assess, develop and communicate safe discharge plans.
  • Facilitate reimbursement for home care by working with vendors and Care Management.
  • Educate patients and care givers in the use of medical equipment needed for hospital to home transition.
  • Establish and follow up on weaning plans for long term ventilated patients

Required Qualifications

  • Current, valid Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner's (LRCP) credential issued by the Health Licensing Office for the State of Oregon
  • Current, valid Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) (upon hire).
  • Minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers issued by the American Heart Association.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT or RPFT) issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • 2 years performing diagnostic respiratory care procedures.

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or CV.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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