UnityPoint Health

  • Respiratory Therapist-Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Requisition ID
    1795 Hwy 64 East
    1050 UnityPoint Health Jones Regional Medical Center
    Cardiac Rehab
    Scheduled Hours/Shift
    PRN - As Needed
    Work Type (Portal Searching)
    As Needed
  • Overview

    This program is designed to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary health care services for primarily outpatients.  It is our desire to promote for the cardiac and pulmonary patients and their families a successful readjustment into a lifestyle appropriate for their capabilities.  Our goal is to restore patients to their optimal physical, mental, social, and vocational health.  To accomplish our goal we use a process that includes exercise training, education and counseling regarding risk reduction, lifestyle changes and behavioral interventions.  Patients are provided with a continuum of cardiopulmonary rehabilitative care that begins in the hospital and connects with an outpatient rehabilitation program as well as maintenance exercise program.


    Position Accountabilities/Duties:

    • Assesses the needs of needs of patients and families, providing appropriate teaching and making the necessary referrals to provide continuity of care.
    • Develops an individual plan of care using a collaborative approach with the patient/family and health care team.
    • An individualized, graduated exercise program of the proper intensity to elicit improvement in the patient’s cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness without exceeding the safe limits of exercise
    • Promptly completes documentation to assure an accurate legal record of patient’s care.
    • Delivers high quality care while demonstrating knowledge and clinical skills of the specialty required on assigned unit in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of care.
    • Utilizes holistic approach (considering biopsychosocial, spiritual, education, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients and families served in the assigned service area.
    • Delegates and provides direction for other healthcare providers and hold them accountable for their involvement in the plan of care.
    • Utilizes critical thinking in making independent judgements, and maintains responsibility and accountability for the knowledge of conditions of assigned patients.
    • Health education directed toward prevention, management and rehabilitation; coordinated to involve multidisciplinary and community services as appropriate.
    • Help in identification of medical problems and surveillance and monitoring of the effectiveness of their therapeutic regimes for the referring physician.
    • Provision of the equipment necessary to control pain, promote patient comfort and safety and to perform required therapeutic and emergency procedures.
    • Develop and maintain effective communication with physicians.
    • Enhance professional growth and development
    • Provide education on cardiac and pulmonary topics with patients and families during the rehab.

    Development & Education:

    • Continues professional development and involvement in professional activities that enhance practice by sharing knowledge through networking and research.
    • Assess and chooses teaching strategies appropriate to the patient’s and their families’ age specific needs, culture, gender, readiness to learn and level of comprehension.
    • Consults appropriate resources within the hospital to provide specialized education.
    • Demonstrates knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.
    • All unit personnel are specifically educated on the rehabilitative stages following a cardiac event and the rehabilitative process for pulmonary patients. All staff is specially education in identification and interpretation of EKG rhythm patterns, recognition and treatment of cardiac emergencies and use of computerized monitoring equipment.
    • All personnel have completed BLS and ACLS and are expected to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitative measures as soon as an emergency is recognized. All cardiopulmonary rehab personnel are required to participate in unit in-services and competency assessments.
    • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities.

    Basic UPH Performance Criteria          

    • Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.
    • Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.
    • Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.
    • Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, DIA, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
    • Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.
    • Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



    Graduate of accredited Respiratory Therapist Program

    Current Iowa Registered Respiratory Therapist



    Hospital experience preferred

    EKG Interpretation experience preferred



    Current licensure in good standing to practice as a Registered Respiratory Therapist

    Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire.

    Must possess and maintain current Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire. 

    Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons

    License obtained after completion of entry-level RRT examination from NBRC Preferred


    Information about Jones Regional Medical Center - Anamosa, IA


    Jones Regional Medical Center has been named 5th fastest growing hospital in the US by Modern Healthcare



    • All private rooms
    • Three major trauma rooms with an additional four exam rooms
    • State-of-the-art equipment and lighting
    • Easy navigation for patients to be evaluated and treated in the ED
    • Radiology/laboratory services located next to ED for easy testing access
    • 5500+ volume Monthly
    • 24/7 RT, Lab, ER and Radiology
    • Daytime offerings - Therapy, Wound, Social Services, Counseling, Rehabilitation
    • Great place to have a rural quality of life but have access to larger cities (30-minutes to Cedar Rapids and 45-minutes to Iowa City)




    Choose Jones County

    Jones County, located in the heart of Eastern Iowa along Highway 151, is central to major U.S. markets. Within five hours of Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Madison, and Omaha with easy access to the crossroads of America, Interstates 80 and 35.


    Living in Jones County

    • Easy highway access to major shopping/entertainment in Cedar Rapids 
    • Just 45 minutes from Iowa City
    • Growing trail system for walking and biking
    • Museums including the National Motorcycle Museum and the Anamosa State Penitentiary Museum
    • State and local parks for camping and recreation
    • Two new aqua parks
    • Numerous golf courses
    • Home of the Jones County Fair the 3rd largest county fair in the state of Iowa.



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