Respiratory therapy managers oversee other respiratory therapy technicians within their department. A respiratory therapy manager makes sure the employees in their department follow organizational polices and procedures and ensures the department runs smoothly. Respiratory therapy managers enforces discipline according to their organization's procedures and may be involved in scheduling. Additionally, they may be involved in hiring processes and must provide feedback on employees' performance as needed and/or required.
Most respiratory therapy managers work in a hospital, a doctor's office, in another health care setting, or in home care. The hours of this position vary depending on the needs of the department, and respiratory therapy managers may fill in for respiratory technicians as needed. The respiratory therapy manger generally reports to a head of a unit.
The respiratory therapy manager must have certification as an registered respiratory therapist, as well as education and substantial experience in respiratory therapy. For example, this position may require a bachelor's degree and five or more years of related experience. Respiratory therapy managers must have good judgment and be able to put the best interest of their department first in all decisions. They should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well.
Respiratory Therapy Manager Tasks
Monitor budget and utilize operational resources, participate in program development.
Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
Supervise staff and give technical direction, delegate staff responsibilities.
Assure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Oversee day-to-day department operational and clinical activities.