CO Pulmonary Function Technician

Requisition #: 313707

Range: CD

Level: 2

Salary: $15.47 - $21.26

Status: Full Time

School: School of Medicine

Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Clinical / Medical

Contact: 410-955-2990

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General Description

Department: Pulmonary Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. 40 hrs.

Pulmonary Function Technicians are entry-level staff performing routine pulmonary function testing under close supervision. Staff members in this position are self-motivated to make consistent progress toward meeting laboratory requirements for certification to perform independent routine testing. Staff in this position will also begin to participate in laboratory quality assurance and equipment maintenance programs, and to assist with administrative tasks.

Definitions and Abbreviations Staff Technicians: staff holding the position of Pulmonary Function Technician and Pulmonary Function Technologist. A.T.S.: the American Thoracic Society, the medical society for pulmonologists and the organization primarily responsible for establishing standards and recommendations for American pulmonary function laboratories. A.A.R.C.: the American Association for Respiratory Care, a national organization for professionals working in the field of respiratory care. N.B.R.C.: the National Board for Respiratory Care, a national organization providing credentialing for respiratory care professionals, primarily respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technologists. C.P.F.T.: Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist, the first credential offered by the N.B.R.C. for pulmonary function technology. R.P.F.T.: Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, the upper-level credential offered by the N.B.R.C. for advanced pulmonary function technologists.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform routine pulmonary function tests: Perform routine pulmonary function tests, supervised as appropriate, including spirometry, flow-volume loops, single-breath diffusing capacity, dilutional lung volumes, maximum voluntary ventilation, arterial blood gas sample/analysis, sputum induction, 6 Minute Walk testing , pulseoximetry and other studies as directed, on hospital inpatients and outpatients. Learn to take appropriate actions in response to patient distress or medical emergency.

Assist with quality assurance tasks: Assist with the performance of routine quality control on laboratory equipment at specified intervals. Begin to recognize deviations from acceptable performance and to take appropriate actions. Chart and graph quality control values. Assist with complex QA activities as needed. Demonstrate ability to follow procedures for equipment preventive maintenance.

Check and maintain patient data: Enter patient data into laboratory database. Make precise measurements from graphic patient test data. Calculate results using manual and computerized techniques. Learn to identify and correct errors.

Report results: Report routine results, generally under supervision, as needed to doctors, nurses, and other medical staff. Interact with patients, doctors, nurses, and others in a professional and courteous manner. Demonstrate increasing ability to recognize and report “critical results” immediately following laboratory procedures.

Perform other laboratory duties: Schedule patient appointments. File results. Help to maintain laboratory cleanliness. Participate in continuing education program. Alert appropriate staff to low supply conditions.

Make progress toward laboratory certifications: Make consistent progress toward laboratory certification to perform independent routine testing. Demonstrate increasing competence in following laboratory policies and procedures. Acquire suitable familiarity with reference materials published by sources such as the A.T.S. and the A.A.R.C. Ask questions about unfamiliar procedures. Readily identify potential weaknesses and take appropriate remedial actions. Staff in this position will be required to sit for the N.B.R.C. certification exam for Pulmonary Function Technologist when the admission requirements have been met. This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.


High School Diploma/GED. Ability to work with and motivate difficult or seriously ill patients. Strong interpersonal and quantitative skills. CPR certification or must obtain certification within three months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

The following factors, in addition to the minimum qualifications described above, shall be highly desirable in a Pulmonary Function Technician: • college course work with an emphasis on health related sciences and/or strong background in mathematics and anatomy and physiology • one year or more of college in physical or biological sciences • training periods may be shortened for staff with any of the following attributes: • training in or graduation from a program in pulmonary function technology or respiratory therapy • training in or graduation from a professional nursing program • substantial background in college mathematics, physical sciences, or biological sciences • Exposure to pulmonary function testing • Experience in a hospital setting or other health care environment • Training as a medical assistant or emergency medical technician

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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