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Lead Respiratory Care Practitioner

Company: Los Angeles County
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Position/Program Information

FILING DATES: 06/20/2018

Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice



Open Competitive Job Opportunity



Provides technical guidance to a group of respiratory care practitioners and ancillary personnel performing respiratory care services in an assigned area or on a shift, and provides a full range of respiratory care to patients with severe pulmonary complications. Essential Job Functions

Evaluates equipment, supplies, and temporary respiratory care staffing needs following department policies; in the absence of a supervisor, seeks authorization for the attainment of equipment, supplies, temporary staff, and use of overtime as needed to ensure the optimal level of service from a Supervising Respiratory Care Practitioner, or Head Respiratory Care Practitioner, or service manager.

Provides technical consultation to physicians in the assessment and evaluation of patients with serious respiratory problems to provide alternative modalities of care.

Demonstrates the application of respiratory equipment and techniques to respiratory care, medical and nursing personnel.

Observes the quality and quantity of respiratory care services being performed within an assigned area; checks the status of treatment orders and the condition of equipment in use and communicates with nursing and medical personnel concerning such things as interdisciplinary relationships and patient problems.

Advises supervisor concerning ongoing personnel, equipment, and supply needs in assigned area.

Participates in internal and external transports of patients requiring continuous ventilation.

Performs the full range of ventilator care services as prescribed by a physician, including selecting, setting up, and operating a variety of devices such as medication delivery units, humidifiers, positive-pressure breathing machines, and continuous mechanical ventilators in critical care units.

Administers complex therapies, such as Inhaled Nitric Oxide (INO therapy), high frequency ventilation, and heliox therapy, and performs Non-Bronchoscopic mini-BALprocedures to provide a non-bronchoscopic method of attaining a sample of bonchoalveolar fluid in the mechanically ventilated patient for the diagnosis of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP).



An Associate's degree in respiratory therapy from an accredited college -or- a certificate of completion of an approved two-year training program in respiratory therapy -AND- One year of experience at the level of the Los Angeles County Senior Respiratory Care Practitioner administering respiratory care including continuous ventilation to acute patients under medical direction.


A certificate of completion of Advanced Cardiac Life Support training.

LICENSE: A California State Respiratory Care Practitioner's License issued by the Respiratory Care Board of California.

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

The required license/certificate MUST be current and unrestricted; a conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted license/certificate will NOT be accepted.

PHYSICAL CLASS: 3-moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching, includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.


Bachelor of Science degree* in Respiratory Care from an accredited college or university.


  • In order to receive credit for the degree and certificate under the Selection Requirements and Desirable Qualifications, you must attach a legible photocopy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or a letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing online.

The two-year training program must be approved by the Respiratory Care Board of California.

  • Experience at the level of Senior Respiratory Care Practitioner in Los Angeles County is defined as provides a full range of respiratory care to patients with severe pulmonary complications in critical care areas.

Applicants must include a legible photocopy of the required license or certificate to their application at the time of filing or within 15 days of filing online.

Depending on area of assignment, positions may require one of the following specialty certifications:

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Certificate
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certificate

Additional Information

Examination Content:

This examination will consist of an evaluation of training and experience based upon application information and desirable qualifications weighted 100%.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the exam in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Notification Letters and other correspondences will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add jsaldana@dhs.lacounty.gov and info@governmentjobs.com to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail.

Eligibility Information:

Applications will be process on an "as-received" basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

The names of candidates receiving a passing score on the examination will be added to the eligible register and will appear in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.

No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.

Special Information:

Appointees may be required to work any shift including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Vacancy Information:

The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies within the Department of Health Services.

Available Shift: Any



Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT BE sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met. Application filing may be suspended at any time without advance notice.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

Applications electronically received after 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing will not be accepted.

Note: If you are unable to attach required documents, e-mail the documents to the exam analyst, within 15 calendar days of filing online. Please include the exam number and exam title.


Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD: All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

ADA Coordinator Phone:


California Relay Services Phone:



Jaquelyne Saldana, Exam Analyst


(323) 914-7158

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