Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
Per Union Contract
La Jolla Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Per Diem
Appointment Percent:
EX Contract
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Work Schedule:
12 Hour Shifts, Monday - Sunday

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#117467 Neonatal Respiratory Therapist-Per Diem

Filing Deadline: Thu 8/18/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Will consider new graduate applicants.


Under general supervision the Neonatal Respiratory Therapists attend high risk deliveries and neonatal transport. Conduct procedures, including humidity and aerosol therapy, lung inflation maneuvers, and pulmonary secretion clearance methods, monitor patients on continuous ventilator support and performs CPR in NICU. Provide appropriate oxygen therapy by selecting appropriate devices, alters treatments based on respiratory care protocols and demonstrates appropriate changes with regard to arterial blood analysis and lab results. Perform appropriate method of bronchodilator therapy.

Perform appropriate method of secretion clearance and assembles, maintains and troubleshoots equipment. Determine appropriateness of all respiratory care therapy modalities; including indication/contraindications and hazards of therapy, appropriateness of therapy, and ability to evaluate therapy outcomes. Initiate, monitor, troubleshoot, and maintains patients on continuous mechanical support. Recommends changes based on patient's clinical status. Perform invasive and noninvasive monitoring and diagnostic techniques on NICU patients.

This position is for NICU therapists that have a desire to work with NICU patients.


  • Must be a graduate of a CoARC accredited respiratory therapy program.

  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP).

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification (NRP).

  • BLS/CPR or BART certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Must have experience performing invasive and noninvasive monitoring and diagnostic techniques on NICU patients.

  • Previous directly related experience in a large, complex healthcare setting.


  • Neonatal Pediatric Specialty (NPS).

  • Previous experience working as a Respiratory Therapist in the NICU.

  • Experience working in the Delivery Room.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs including at least 1 shift per week and select holidays.
  • Must attend transports of infants via ambulance, fixed wing aircraft, and helicopters.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Performs work to expected standards in life threatening emergencies and in the critical care environment.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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