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If you're a registered respiratory therapist with critical care experience, we want you on our team! 

MD Anderson's Respiratory Care Services staff is comprised of highly motivated professionals, dedicated to making cancer history in their lifetime. Through research and application of clinical practice guidelines, our staff is setting the standard for treating cancer patients with breathing problems.

Staff Orientation

All newly hired therapists will complete a six-week orientation consisting of a combination of clinical and classroom time.

After completion of the half-day hospital orientation program, new employees meet with the respiratory care operations manager and complete online orientation. The operations manager will discuss work schedule and orientation schedule during this time. During the clinical portion of orientation, orientees are scheduled to rotate through all floor areas of the hospital. Approximately 2-3 weeks will be spent on the floors with a preceptor who is a primary therapist in that area. The preceptor will be a resource for the new therapist. Once floor orientation is complete, ICU orientation can last from 3-4 weeks depending on experience. The goal of this part of orientation is to gain understanding of practical applications of department-wide issues, such as ventilator management strategies or bronchoscopy assistance. When the new staff member completes orientation, he or she will generally be assigned to work in an assigned area for a period of time, in order to gain expertise in the area.

The orientee will receive material that is designed to track progress through orientation and contains check-off sheets for each ICU or floor. Unit specific issues are listed on these sheets. This material will be an invaluable tool that allows the new employee to continuously monitor his/her progress and develop a fuller understanding of the orientation process. In so doing, he/she is able to anticipate many aspects of the program resulting in more pleasant and successful experience.

For job information

Search our career opportunities database, and specify Allied Health.

Or contact:

Respiratory Care Services
1515 Holcombe, Box 102
Houston, Texas 77030-4009
Phone: 713-792-2526
Fax: 713-792-7981

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