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Respiratory Therapist 2 - Hourly/Per-Diem

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Local Title: Respiratory Therapist 2 - Hourly/Per-Diem
Budget Title: Teaching Hospital Respiratory Therapist II
Work Type: Hourly
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Clinical, Patient Care


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Respiratory Therapy at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking an hourly/per diem Respiratory Therapist 2. The successful candidate will:

  • Provide respiratory care for patients under the direction of a physician.
  • Make rounds to determine if patient is receiving proper respiratory care.
  • Conduct ventilator management.
  • Draw and analyze blood for arterial blood gases.
  • Record respiratory progress of patients who are being ventilated mechanically.
  • Record the respiratory status of all patients in the NICU and Pediatrics.
  • Assist physicians in ventilating patients who can not sustain their own respiratory function during cardio-respiratory arrests.
  • Provide sputum induction.
  • Administer Nitric Oxide Therapy.
  • Explain the use of respiratory care devices to patients and/or family members and assist in the use thereof.
  • Make entries in patient’s progress record and hospital computer systems.
  • Clean and decontaminate equipment once removed from patient use.
  • Provide chest physio-therapy and assist in pulmonary lavage/suctioning.
  • Will be assigned to work in other areas during times of staff shortages, emergencies, and as deemed necessary due to fluctuations in hospital census.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy or graduate of a 2-year AMA approved Respiratory Therapy program.
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT).
  • New York State Respiratory Therapist Licensure.
  • BLS (to be obtained within 1-year of employment).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RR) with NPS, NRP, PALS and ACLS preferred.

Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours

Salary Grade/Rank:


Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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