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Pulmonary Function Specialist

Location: Normal
Posted on: November 17, 2022

Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Pulmonary Function Specialist is responsible for performing all Pulmonary Function Testing varied respiratory therapy modalities on adults in the office setting. The procedures performed include: PFT, spirometry, bronchodilator delivery, nebulizer treatments and CPX procedures. Provides interpreting physician with technical data to allow appropriate interpretation of the study for patient diagnosis. The Pulmonary Function Specialist is also responsible for providing clinical support to the physicians and performing both direct and indirect patient care with the patients seen.


Associate's Degree in Completion of NBRC accredited 2 year program in respiratory care or Certificate in Completion of NBRC accredited 2 year program in respiratory care.

Respiratory Care Practitioner License within ten (10) weeks and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)(NBRC) within ten (10) weeks and Basic Life Support (BLS) within 30 days.


Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Excellent communication skills. Ability to work well with others
Basic computer skills.

Essential Functions:

Responsible for obtaining and recording accurate, quality, repeatable pulmonary function tests allowing the pulmonologist to properly interpret the study for appropriate diagnosis of lung disease. Follows established ATS protocols.
Utilizes assessment skills in assessing the patient prior to performing the study, during the study and post procedure.
Provides thorough instructions for patient and demonstrates breathing maneuvers to obtain optimal results. Answers questions, explains the testing process and coaches the patient throughout the test to obtain quality and reliable findings for interpretation.
Processes PFTs in accordance with established standards. Prepares data for interpretation and gives to physician for interpretation.
Possesses the ability to interpret flow volume loops and test values, identifying critical values. Communicates with the pulmonologist PFT findings discussing any questions pertinent to each patient study as required.
Documents accurately in the patient's EMR, making clinical note if indicated. Reviews and proofreads the dictated report for accuracy and enters charges based on findings into the patient's EMR. Sends report to the interpreting pulmonologist for signature and on to referring physician if indicated.
Performs CPAP checks, provides sleep hygiene teaching and mask fit. Documents findings of all testing performed and effects of therapy if indicated and enters associated charges into the patient's EMR.
Interviews patient as to reason for visit and any complaints they are currently experiencing, documents chief complaint, reviews with patient history, current medication list, social and family history updating information as needed in the patient's EMR for provider's review. Performs all rooming functions with accuracy, efficiency and in a timely manner. Flags patient as ready to be seen by provider in the EMR system when rooming is completed.
Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac, pulmonary and sleep medications with regards to dosage, action, interaction and side effects. Refills medications as per established protocol. Initiates indigent medication assistance as needed. Provides samples if indicated and documents appropriately.
Reviews all test results ordered by the physician, recognizing abnormal/critical values/results and clinical data to review with the physician in a timely and appropriate manner. Posts tests and examination results the accurately in the patient's EMR.
Performs EKGs and charges appropriately.
Maintain positive guest relations and telephone etiquette following prescribed departmental policies and procedures.
Documents necessary data for quality improvement and QA
Performs routine calibration of PFT and spirometr

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Carle Health participates in E-Verify and may provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. - For more information:

Effective September 20, 2021, the COVID 19 vaccine is required for all new Carle Health team members. Requests for medical or religious exemption will be permitted. With an approved exemption, healthcare workers must do weekly testing and verify a negative COVID-19 test.

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