Respiratory Care Practitioner

Modified: June 29, 2017 3:03pm

COUNTY OF ERIE - DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
invites applications for the position of:

Respiratory Care Practitioner

#68-823 - Open Competitive (open to the public)

Salary: $37,291-$47,672 Annually
Opening Date: June 29, 2017
Closing Date: July 31, 2017
Application fee: $20.00

Residence Requirements:

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS:  THERE ARE NO RESIDENCY REQUIRMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS  EXAMINATION.  At present there is one vacancy,  at the Erie County Medical Center Corporation.

Examples of Duties:

Respiratory Care Practitioner administering a variety of respiratory care services to patients with pulmonary and cardiac diseases and other respiratory complications at the Erie County Medical Center Corporation; 

Assists in the maintaining and storage of respiratory care equipment;

Sets up appropriate equipment and administers therapy;

Records clinical and technical information on patients receiving respiratory care services;

Performs oximetry and assesses patient’s oxygen therapy and having tracheotomies;

Suctions patients;

Performs patient education and discharge planning for patients requiring home respiratory care;

Evaluates patients for respiratory treatments and administers all forms of respiratory therapy treatments including, but not limited to, aerosol therapy, MDI’s, IPPB treatments, incentive spirometry, sputum inductions, and peak flows;

Assembles, assures proper functioning and monitors mechanical ventilators;

Documents and makes recommendations for patients on mechanical ventilation;

Transports critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation and assists in the operating room with patients on complex mechanical ventilation;

Performs weaning assessments and consults with physicians and nurses on patient management and weaning;

Responds to medical emergencies;

Performs CPR and arterial blood gases;

Provides clinical education for respiratory care students.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must meet the following requirements on or before July 31, 2017:  

Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy or closely related field.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Possession and maintenance of a license and current registration to practice Respiratory Therapy issued by the New York State Department of Education at time of appointment and throughout; and
Possession and maintenance of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential*(see Note 1) as issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) at time of appointment and throughout; and
Possession and maintenance of Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification at time of appointment and throughout.

Notes:

NOTES: 1.) Permanent employees hired prior to October 26, 2016, that possess and maintain a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Credential but not do possess and maintain a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential shall remain deemed qualified for this title. 2.) Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements. 3.) Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. A grade of "D" or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee.

Notice to Candidates:  Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.  

All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

A medical examination may be required before appointment.

VETERANS: PROOF OF SERVICE MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE LIST IS ESTABLISHED TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL POINTS. (See application for more information.)

NOTICES TO APPEAR FOR THE EXAMINATION ARE MAILED APPROXIMATELY ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION DATE
NO CELL PHONES ARE PERMITTED AT THE EXAM SITE.

Examination date:

September 1, 2017

Applications Must Be Postmarked By:

July 31, 2017

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. 

 

Subjects of Examination:

Scope of the Examination:  There will be no written or oral test for this examination.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive a rating based upon an evaluation of your training and experience against the duties of the position being tested. 

Candidates must first complete an examination application and return it to the Erie County Department of Personnel on or before the last filing date of July 31, 2017

Approved candidates will be sent a notice containing directions to a website address needed to complete a Training and Experience Questionnaire. 

The Training and Experience Questionnaire will be available on September 1, 2017 and approved candidates will be required to complete and submit this questionnaire between September 1, 2017, and midnight September 30, 2017.*

NOTE:  Candidates will not be able to claim any credit for training or experience gained after the application filing deadline of July 31, 2017.  Candidates who fail to submit a questionnaire by midnight, September 30, 2017, will not receive a rating.

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES WHO ARE ALSO TAKING ANOTHER CIVIL SERVICE EXAM(S) ON THIS DATE (See Below)
(IF YOU ARE TAKING 2 OR MORE ERIE COUNTY EXAMS ON THIS DATE IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CALL)
INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

APPLICATION FORMS: You may obtain these forms in person at the Erie County Personnel Department, Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo. Forms are also available in the libraries and at Town, Village and School District administrative offices.

Mail your application form when completed to the Erie County Department of Personnel, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

Candidates who submit incomplete applications and documentation may be disqualified. The Erie County Department of Personnel reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period.

MILITARY STATUS: Active duty military personnel may file an application for this exam. A special military make-up examination will be conducted for any member of the armed forces of the United States who has duly filed a timely application but who was deprived of the opportunity to compete in the scheduled exam due to active military duty. Special conditions apply to these requests and may be reviewed at the Erie County Department of Personnel.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled veterans as defined in Section 85, New York State Civil Service Law, will have 10 and 5 points, respectively added to their earned scores if successful in the examination. You must claim these credits when you file application but you have an option to waive them any time prior to appointment. If you have already used these credits for a permanent position in NYS, you may not claim them again.

In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent their taking examinations before sundown on Saturday and physically handicapped candidates who require special examination facilities should so inform the Erie County Department of Personnel, by a separately mailed letter at the earliest possible date before the test.

MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. **For this exam, please complete and submit an Erie County EXAMS CROSS-FILER Form with your Erie County exam application to alert Erie County Civil Service about your additional exams being held at other locations on the same day.** The Cross-Filer Form is found online at: www2.erie.gov/employment/index.php?q=applications or call (716) 858-8484. All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test will be conditional as review of application for minimum requirements may not be made until after the written test. Call or write this Department if you have not received your notice 3 days before the date of the test. You may not be admitted to the examination room without official notice.

RATINGS REQUIRED: Tests are rated on a scale of 100 with a passing mark at 70. Unless the announcement states otherwise, you must pass the written test and the oral test, if any. Test instructions may further divide the tests into parts and set minimum standards for each part.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: If a subject of the examination, training and experience may not be rated if all passing candidates are expected to be immediately reachable for appointment. If rated, training and experience will be based on the statements in your application subject to verification. If this examination includes a qualifying written test, candidates admitted to the test will have conditional approval only. Final decision regarding the qualifications of candidates rests with the New York State Department of Civil Service.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: You may be required to take a medical examination to determine if you are medically and physically capable of performing the duties of the position. In accordance with State Law, Governor’s Executive Order 6, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended the County of Erie does not discriminate against handicapped persons in access to employment, during employment, or in any of its programs and activities.

VERIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates may be investigated or called for an interview to verify information contained on the application. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience may be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

ELIGIBLE LIST: The eligible list resulting from an examination may also be used for appointment to the same title or to any other title deemed to be similar and appropriate. Eligible lists are active for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years from the date established.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Candidates may be subject to a thorough background investigation to determine suitability for appointment. Applicants may be required to authorize access to educational, employment, criminal history and other records check as part of such investigation. Criminal convictions or other offense are subject to evaluation and may result in disqualification. Applicant will be required to submit the necessary fees for the fingerprint processing, where required.

**IMPORTANT APPLICATION FEE - READ CAREFULLY**

A $20.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.

All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification: form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement. The form is available at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY (Room 604) or can be downloaded from the County’s website at www.erie.gov. Click on “County Departments and Agencies”, then “Erie County Civil Service.”

This examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service,
and held in compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law
and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service.

Frequently Requested Information

Contact

Phone: (716) 858-8484
Erie County Civil Service Exam Line: (716) 858-8729

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 6th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202