Respiratory Care Practitioner Lead Nights $10,000 Sign On and Employee Referral Bonus - Military Veterans

at Houston Methodist

Houston, Texas

Work Shift: 7p-7a

Work Week: This position will work weekdays and some weekends as needed

Job Summary


JOB SUMMARY:  At Houston Methodist, the Lead Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) position functions in a lead role, for an assigned shift and/or area, performing lead job duties which include projects or specialized responsibilities as a regular part of their normal job responsibilities.  In addition to the lead responsibilities, also performs duties and responsibilities at a Sr RCP level which include advanced procedures.  This position serves as the liaison between management, staff and physicians for routine matters as the primary point of contact for resolving questions and issues for RCP’s as well as support staff, resulting in the delivery of exceptional patient care and adherence to standards of practice for optimal patient safety, quality outcomes, and customer service.  Duties for the Lead RCP position may be varied and include many of the following: organizing work schedules, assigning work, reviewing time cards for accuracy, conducting quality assurance audits of staff performance, developing and implementing quality improvement activities, training and mentoring staff, providing feedback on staff performance and developmental needs,  participating in the development of skills and performance of staff, collecting/analyzing/reporting on data, preparing reports on department performance and metrics, and other responsibilities of a similar nature and level.


I. Consistently demonstrates our I CARE values:

  • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do
  • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions
  • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value
  • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate

II. Focuses on patient/customer safety

III. Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards

IV. Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)

V. Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met

VI. Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


PEOPLE - 30%

1.  Role models to team members effective communication skills, assisting in their development of such skills.  Collaborates with management and all members of the interprofessional care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner.

2.  Independently and expertly serves as the department primary resource for staff ensuring optimal department services and outcomes.  Facilitates teamwork by coordinating department needs and responding positively to requests for assistance.  Promotes a positive work environment and leads the team to be dynamic and a focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results.

3.  Orients, guides and mentors team members consisting of RCP and Sr RCPs, students and support staff, to help build confidence and competency in skills, knowledge and abilities.  Provides feedback to management on team member performance and conduct.  Develops skills of team members and continually assists with improving skills, performance and outcomes.

4.  Leads and initiates problem resolution within the work unit.  Role-models skills, through peer-to-peer accountability, to optimize improvement of department score for turnover/retention/employee engagement.


1.  Executes above average clinical and critical thinking skills in challenging procedures and patient care situations, utilizing conflict management techniques as appropriate.

2.  Serves as liaison between team members, management and physicians, resolving routine matters for the shift/area.

3.  Proactively identifies needs for adjustment/intervention for optimum patient care and experience.  Monitors and adjusts activities of the assigned team to ensure optimum patient throughput and patient experience.  Drives service improvements to impact department score for patient satisfaction, through peer-to-peer accountability for service standards.


1.  Conducts quality audits on equipment, processes, outcomes and team member performance.  Documents, develops and evaluates processes, procedures and outcomes.   Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement, providing recommendations, and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety.

2.  Provides direct assistance to physicians, performing tests as ordered, assessing and assuring quality, acceptability and reliability of results; takes corrective action and involves others as needed toward achievement of this end.

3.  Assists with development of policies, procedures, and protocols.  Ensures compliance with accreditation standards, involved in obtaining and maintaining accreditation.


1. Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient procedures. Enters charges at the time service is delivered.

2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies.  Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks and provides leadership to team members on effective and efficient utilization of time, minimizing incidental overtime.  If assigned, accurately reviews team members' time cards for management approval. 


1.  Initiates and leads department projects and shared governance activities.  Participates in one or more department committees or subcommittees and facilitates the accomplishment of the goals of the committee.

2.  Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a RCP and leadership skills.  Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis.

3.  Fosters a positive and constructive teaching environment by engaging students and co-workers in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with business objectives.


  • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section


  • 4 years of experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) with two years ICU, Neonatal and/or ER (preferred at HMCCH), and lead/supervisor experience.  May consider Houston Methodist employee with three years respiratory care experience, one year as a Houston Methodist RCP and demonstrates progressive leadership abilities


  • Registered as Respiratory Therapist by National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC-RRT)
  • Licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Texas Medical Board (TMB-RCP)
  • One of the following Respiratory specialty credentials within six months of hire/transfer: Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS), Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS), Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT),  Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT), Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS), Certified Asthma Educator (AEC), Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS), or Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)*
  • American Heart Association Pediatric Life Support (PALS)*

*preferred, depending on area assigned


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Ability to work independently
  • Capable of handling challenging/difficult diagnostic procedures and patient care situations
  • Demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Respiratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital opened in December 2000 to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community in Northwest Houston.  The 312-bed hospital has 17 operating rooms, and more than 1,900 employees.  Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® and was ranked No. 8 in the Houston metro area and No. 19 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” in 2016.  Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is Northwest Houston's regional leader in robotic minimally-invasive surgeries and specializes in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center, Sleep Center, Surgical Weight Loss Center and operates the largest Childbirth Center in the greater Northwest Houston area.

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