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Respiratory Therapist, Full-time, Days - $5,000 Sign-On Bonus

Location Chicago, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Memorial Hospital Job REQID 18902 Job Function Respiratory Shift Day Job (1st) Pay rates are dependent upon experience. The minimum starting hourly rate for this position is 22.58 Apply Now

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This position is eligible for a sign-on bonus of $5,000.

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is currently seeking Respiratory Therapists who are dedicated to putting patients first through innovative care.

As a Respiratory Therapist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, you will have the opportunity to care for patients in the following populations:

  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Neonatal
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Trauma
  • COPD
  • Post-operative
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Acute respiratory distress yndrome
  • Advanced airways
  • Acute brain injury
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)

Our employees enjoy the following:

  • Career advancement and education opportunities
  • Exciting downtown campus located in the heart of Chicago
  • Competitive benefits including medical insurance, education stipend, educational loan repayment, wellness plan, paid maternity and paternity leave, and annual professional development funds
  • A diverse, multicultural team that provides results-based care

For a glimpse of what it’s like to work within the Respiratory Therapy department, you can hear from some of our team in the video below:



The Respiratory Therapist reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Memorial, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The respiratory therapist (RT) serves as a member of the clinical team to assess, manage, treat and perform diagnostic evaluation for patients requiring respiratory care services.  The RT performs all respiratory care procedures including initiating bronchial hygiene evaluations and therapist driven protocols approved by the Medical Director.


  • Conducts patient assessments and interprets clinical data necessary for the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Implements and evaluates the plan of care related to respiratory procedures including but not limited to aerosol, secretion mobilization, and hyperinflation therapies.
  • Provides care for patients requiring ventilator assistance, complex respiratory devices and procedures
  • Performs comprehensive ventilator management and monitors the cardiopulmonary status of patients receiving intensive respiratory care.
  • Maintains emergency airway equipment for patients with artificial airways.
  • Performs diagnostic studies on patients as designated by department policy and/or by physician order.
  • Consults with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals and participates in daily patient rounds for assigned area to promote consistent quality and delivery of patient care.
  • Assists physicians with bedside procedures.
  • Identifies and appropriately responds to a patient’s declining respiratory status.
  • Responds to airway emergencies, level one traumas and cardiac arrests.
  • Completes all documentation for patient charting in compliance with standards for accuracy and content as established by the department and NMH.

Additional Functions      

  • Demonstrates clinical competence.
  • Implements appropriate actions to respond to needs of patients and their significant others.
  • Monitors and documents the patient’s response to therapeutic interventions and progress toward outcomes.
  • Serves as a resource and role model for new staff, students, and other NMH personnel and assists with precepting and orienting.
  • Works collaboratively with all hospital services to responsibly accomplish daily work and maintain an environment of excellence.
  • Assists with the development of clinical research protocols and participates in their implementation.



  •  Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)- National Board of Respiratory Care
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP)- Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (within three months of hire)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)- American Heart Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)- American Heart Association (for adult care therapists)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) – American Academy of Pediatrics (for neonatal therapists)
  • Associate Degree in Applied Science (AAS)- Respiratory Therapy


  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)- National Board of Respiratory Care
  • Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT)- National Board of Respiratory Care
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)- National Board of Respiratory Care
  • Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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