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Trinity Health Respiratory Care Assistant 1st Year - Respiratory - PRN in Dubuque, Iowa

Employment Type:

Part time


Rotating Shift



Under limited supervision of a licensed respiratory therapist, the respiratory care student is responsible for providing basic respiratory care such as oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy with and without medications, chest physiotherapy, hyperinflation therapy, and EKG measurement to pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients in a manner that is consistent with the philosophy, objectives, standards of care, and procedures of Respiratory Care Services. Students may only perform those skills that are outlined in the Respiratory Care Student skill roster.


Your best life. Our one purpose.

At MercyOne, we own our actions to achieve our larger goals. We invest in great people and ask that you make each experience your responsibility.

What we offer:

We care about your well-being, both physical and mental, which is why our benefit package includes:

  • Wellness programs

  • Education reimbursement

  • Personalized health insurance plans including dental and vision.

  • Paid time off.

  • Long- and short-term leave

  • Retirement planning

  • Life insurance coverage

What you will do:

  • Adheres to the principles of caring and expected behaviors outlined in Mercy Medical Center's Model of Caring and Trinity Health's Code of Conduct, fostering a climate where all customers are treated in a manner consistent with Mercy Medical Center's Mission and Values.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, Trinity Health’s Organizational Integrity Program, Standards of Conduct, as well as other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical and professional behavior.

  • Performs other duties consistent with purpose of job as directed.

  • Performs basic respiratory therapy procedures under the supervision of a licensed respiratory therapist in accordance with evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and departmental and hospital policies and procedures.

  • Consults with and assists physicians and nurses with respiratory care plan for patients and facilitates the implementation of physician orders.

  • Assess patients and evaluates appropriateness and quality of respiratory care of individual patients for the purpose of making necessary modifications and adjustments of care plan and equipment use.

  • Reviews, collects, and evaluates relevant clinical data.

  • Communicates changes in the respiratory care plan with other healthcare team members.

  • Responsible for assembling, checking, cleaning, and correcting malfunctions on Respiratory Care equipment including, but not limited to: oxygen administration equipment, positive pressure breathing machines, aerosol delivery devices, pulse oximeters, and chest physiotherapy devices.

  • Responds to emergency situations and assists the licensed respiratory therapist as instructed.

  • Delivers and assesses efficacy of medicated aerosol therapy and oxygen therapy.

  • Documents in the patient’s medical record and completes required departmental documentation.

What we are looking for:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited Respiratory Therapy program with current participation in respiratory classes and clinical rotations.

  • Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporter Training is required within 6 months of hire and every 3 years thereafter.

  • Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) will be required within 30 days of hire and every 2 years thereafter.

  • Maintains a professional, collaborative work environment so as to foster a positive public image for Mercy Medical Center.

  • Knows and adheres to all laws and regulations pertaining to patient health, safety and medical information (i.e. HIPAA, Stark, etc.).

  • Must have knowledge of basic respiratory therapy procedures and have documented competency validation on all applicable modalities from the educational program.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to exercise professional judgment in dealing with patients, physicians, and other healthcare team members.

  • Must be competent and thorough in performing job functions to all age groups.

  • Must display satisfactory customer relation skills consistent with Mercy mission, values, and expectations.

  • Must display behavior consistent with Respiratory Care Services Citizenship Standards.

  • Must effectively utilize verbal and written communication skills.

  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, and function in an environment with multiple stress factors.

  • Must be able to use a computer for documentation and other relevant activities.

MercyOne Eastern Iowa provides exceptional, personalized care to Dubuque, Dyersville, Elkader, Clinton and surrounding areas providing more than 300 licensed beds. MercyOne Eastern Iowa operates four medical centers in Dubuque, Elkader, Dyersville and Clinton. Our facility in Clinton has branches in DeWitt ( , Fulton ( and Morrison ( specializing in family medicine and Savanna Home Health & Hospice Care based in Illinois.

  • MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center (

  • MercyOne Dyersville Medical Center

  • MercyOne Elkader Medical Center (

  • MercyOne Clinton Medical Center

With a history dating back more than 130 years, MercyOne Eastern Iowa has grown through expansions, acquisitions and consolidations to help provide exceptional, personalized care to our communities. Our four medical centers employ over 2,000 colleagues and medical staff improving access and creating an even higher level of care coordination to benefit patients and communities throughout the region.

Our Mission:

We, Trinity Health, serve together in the spirit of the gospel, as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.

Our Core Values:

  • Reverence

  • Commitment to Those Who are Poor

  • Safety

  • Justice

  • Stewardship

  • Integrity

Our Vision:

  • We will be the most trusted health partner for life.

Our Actions:

As a Trinity Health colleague, I will:

  • Listen to understand.

  • Learn continuously.

  • Keep it simple.

  • Create solutions.

  • Deliver outstanding service.

  • Own and speak up for safety

  • Expect, embrace and initiate change.

  • Demonstrate exceptional teamwork.

  • Trust and assume good intentions.

  • Hold myself and others accountable for results.

  • Communicate directly with respect and honesty.

  • Serve every person with empathy, dignity and compassion.

  • Champion diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our Promise:

  • We Listen.

  • We Partner.

  • We Make it Easy.

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center and all its affiliates are proud to be equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, physical disability or any other classification protected under local, state or federal law.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic healthcare systems in the nation. Built on the foundation of our Mission and Core Values, we integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Our colleagues have different lived experiences, customs, abilities, and talents. Together, we become our best selves. A diverse and inclusive workforce provides the most accessible and equitable care for those we serve. Trinity Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by law.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians across 25 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Our dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention, and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

EOE including disability/veteran