Registered Respiratory Therapist Float - PRN

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH

Job posting number: #7111531 (Ref:ccf16743023)

Posted: September 22, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Join the Cleveland Clinic team, where you will work alongside passionate caregivers and provide patient-first healthcare. Cleveland Clinic is recognized as the No. 4 hospital in the nation, according to the U.S. and World News Report. At Cleveland Clinic, you will work alongside passionate and dedicated caregivers, receive endless support and appreciation, and build a rewarding career with one of the most respected healthcare organizations in the world

As a Sterile Processing Trainee at Akron General Medical Center, you will be the key part of how our operating rooms care for our patients. Surgery would not be possible if it were not for Sterile Processing Technicians. A whole team relies on you to successfully set up the operating room. You will be working frontline to ensure the safety of patients. Your primary duties include:

-Assembling, sterilizing, organizing, packing, and wrapping all surgical instruments.

-Standing and lifting for extended periods of time.

-Understanding the importance of the decontamination process.

-Monitoring and controlling the surgical instrument inventory.

The ideal candidate is someone who:
-Is always energetic.

-Continuously stays motivated.

-Can work independently.

-Has sharp focus skills.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover Cleveland Clinic and gain hands-on experience at a top hospital. This role can lead to career growth opportunities.

Cleveland Clinic provides what matters most: career growth, delivering world-class care to our patients, continuous learning, exceptional benefits and working for an organization that offers many long-term career paths. Join us and experience a culture where opportunities to advance and the support to get there go hand-in-hand.
  • Follows daily assignment as outlined on the shift assignment sheet and exhibits flexibility when asked to change assignments as needed.
  • Functions independently in all areas of the Sterile Processing Department and portions of the Surgical Suite, i.e., Decontamination, Assembly area-sterilizing (Prep and Pack), House table and OR Instrumentation, Sterile Storage, Runner Role, Case Cart Picking, Packroom, and Equipment Testing.
  • Collects and cleans instruments and equipment after use on patient procedures.
  • Performs specialized cleaning for Robotic Instrumentation, take a-part instrumentation, Specialty Scopes, light cords, Cameras and a variety of specialized instrumentation.
  • Operates Specialized Equipment such as Cavi-wave Ultrasonic cleaning unit, Washers and a Variety of Sterilizers (Steam, Vpro (low temp) and Ethylene Oxide).
  • Inspects equipment and instrumentation for malfunction and/or missing parts and reports same to Sterile Processing management.
  • Assembles instruments and equipment according to departmental standards/guidelines and uses the daily Production Screen and Key Supply List, Cart/Tray Markers as directed.
  • Wraps and/or places in sterion containers, equipment or instruments needing sterilization.
  • Sterilizes equipment/instruments using all methods of sterilization and high level disinfection available in the Sterile Processing/OR department and completes the appropriate documentation required for the sterilization procedure.
  • Functions in Central Distribution on night shift for Distribution of Emergency Supply needs.
  • Assists in maintaining an adequate inventory of instruments, equipment, and supplies.
  • Meets the Sterile instrumentation needs for the Surgery Department as well as on on-site and off-site users that require Sterile Instrumentation.
  • Works with Vendor Loaned Trays to assure proper cleaning and Sterilization of these Specialized Trays.
  • Performs Sterility Checks by validating Biological Results on Implant items.
  • Performs Sterility Checks when in Runner Role, Stocking Instrumentation, Picking Case Carts and taking items to Surgical Suite as requested.
  • Performs daily cleaning and stocking of work areas.
  • Provides individual operating rooms with equipment/instrumentation as requested.
  • Performs the above functions according to Sterile Processing and Operating Room policy and procedure.
  • Checks for outdated supplies when indicated.
  • Performs monthly departmental cleaning/documentation as directed.
  • Performs errands and acts as a messenger when needed.
  • Performs other less skilled work as directed.
  • Attends and achieves 100% attendance at all mandatory in-service programs, both departmental and hospital wide.
  • Acts as a preceptor.
  • Works on Sterile Processing Department committees.
  • Completes all mandatory competencies.
  • Completes mandatory education and training in order to maintain organization and department specific competencies and requirements. Maintains applicable certification/licensure.
  • Follows system and department policies and procedures with special attention to attendance and punctuality, confidentiality, dress code, display of the ID badge and safety.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school graduate or the equivalent.


  • Must have and retain an un-expired CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) or CBSPD (Certified Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution).
  • Exception: Team members who have expired Registrations but are grandfathered into the job classification from before the certification standard was implemented.

Complexity of Work:

  • Communicates effectively.
  • Ability to read, write and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to perform basic computer functions and demonstrate proficiency with Instrumentation Tracking System.
  • Courteous and customer oriented, exhibiting "Service Plus" standards at all times.
  • Able to work cooperatively with co-workers and OR personnel.
  • Ability to support the hospital direction on Be Nice, Work Hard and Accommodate.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work well both individually and within a Team.
  • Ability to remain calm during stressful times.
  • Must be able to demonstrate that ability to prioritize.
  • Has the ability to work rapidly and accurately to meet supply and demand needs and at the same time achieving quality results.

Work Experience:

  • Sterile Processing experience is preferred.
  • Surgical Technician experience is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Operating Room instrumentation preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform duties while standing, sitting, stooping, and reaching for prolonged periods of time. Requires standing and walking for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift and carry items weighing 25 pounds on a continual basis; ability to push, pull, and navigate carts weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Possible exposure to biological and chemical contamination.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to perform basic functions of position day to day instrument counting, sorting and assembly. Requires corrected hearing and vision to normal range.
  • Must be able to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors to utilize color-coded systems used for instrument identification. All applicants will be required to be prescreened for color blindness by our Occupational Health Department.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required

Provides assessment, treatment, care and evaluation for patients with respiratory insufficiencies.


  • Must float to multiple CCHS locations to perform respiratory care services for the geriatric, adult and pediatric patient population in a variety of inpatient settings like critical care, obstetrics, emergency department, and behavioral health.
  • Must maintain site specific competencies/certifications for each CCHS location.
  • Must develop and maintain relationships with multidisciplinary care teams at each location and local/enterprise respiratory clinical leadership.
  • Assesses patient for appropriate type and frequency of treatment and develops a plan of care based on diagnosis.
  • Directs respiratory staff for delivery of care.
  • Implements and monitors patient care plan with advanced monitoring techniques.
  • Performs airway management including intubation, pulmonary function testing and point of care testing as well as invasive procedures including arterial line placement. Administers specialty gas, bronchoscopy assistance and advanced modes of ventilation.
  • Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.
  • Performs advanced respiratory care modalities.
  • Evaluates respiratory practice, administration of medications, and treatment based on patient outcomes.
  •  Educates the patient and family about the illness and provides information about community support groups and other available programs.
  •  At sites where applicable, the employee will perform blood gas puncture and analysis.
  •  If the employee is designated as a Technical Consultant by the blood gas Laboratory Director, the employee must meet minimum qualifications as specified by the CLIA code of federal regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Therapy program.
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred.
  • Diploma and/or transcripts must be provided for validation.


  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care.
  • Ohio Respiratory Care Professional (RCP) Board licensure.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and/or Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS) certification when appropriate for site.

Complexity of Work:

  • Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.

Work Experience:

  • Prior experience in critical care preferred.
  • Neonatal/pediatric experience preferred when appropriate for site.
  • Prior experience performing invasive procedures preferred when appropriate for site.

Physical Requirements:

  • Good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
  • Normal hearing and vision or corrected to normal range.
  • May require sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required. 

By embracing and understanding the diversity EVERY ONE brings, Cleveland Clinic has created an inclusive culture that promotes innovation, growth, and new ideas. This has enhanced our ability to attract the best global talent to provide the best patient experience possible. Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. Smoke/drug free environment.

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