The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2009 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

DEVELOPING A CHARGE CHARTER TO ENHANCE THE ROLE OF THE CHARGE THERAPIST

Kenneth J. Miller, Angela Lutz, Linda Cornman, Lawarance Mann, Williams Laura; Respiratory care, LVHN, Allentown, PA

Introduction: Coordinating and maintaining the daily operations of a progressive respiratory care department can be quite challenging. This is especially true when supervisory resources are scared or over taxed. Commonly senior staff therapists are placed in charge to direct the day to day operations of clinical management and allocation of personnel. Often the charge role is ill-defined and learned by trial and error. This nebulous defined role can lead to inconsistent and less than optimal departmental coordination and clinical management. To address some of these problems our department developed a Charge Charter to help defined the charge role and to be utilized as an educational model for future charge therapists. Methods: To assess the current role of the charge therapist several discussion forum were conducted and an on-line survey was developed. Issues that needed to be addressed include, inconsistent departmental management, confusion of the role of the charge therapist, and questions regarding clinical management. After feedback from the sessions and survey were evaluation, the department’s leadership team was given the project of developing a well-defined list of responsibilities and roles the charge therapist would be responsible for. A Charge Charter was developed and educational sessions were conduct prior to its implementation. A review of the charge role was presented to the entire department’s staff by the Respiratory Care Services Director for a clearer global understanding of the charge role. Results: Charge therapist educational sessions were conducted bi-monthly by the clinical leadership team and the Charge Charter were reviewed during the employee’s orientational session and again with a clinical coordinator prior to being assigned to the charge role. Those staff individuals placed in the charge role after implementation of the Charge Charter displayed a greater job satisfaction post survey and discussion results. Also there was a clearer understanding of the charge departmental wide. Conclusion: The development of the Charge Charter has clearly defined the role of the charge therapist and continues to act as an educational tool for future charge therapists. Bi-monthly educational sessions continue to help address current coordination and management issues. Sponsored Research - None

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