Travel Registered Respiratory Therapist Jobs

Make a Difference as a Travel RRT

Providing care that immediately improves a patient's comfort and ability to breathe, and ultimately their quality of life, can be incredibly rewarding - it's probably one of the reasons you became a respiratory therapist. Add that to the opportunities that medical travel offers, and the multifaceted benefits of being a RRT make it a fulfilling career choice.

What does a registered respiratory therapist do?

A registered respiratory therapist (RRT) has a wide array of responsibilities in providing care and support to patients suffering from breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. They work with patients of all ages, from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to senior citizens with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They examine patients, perform chest exams, and analyze tissue specimens.

In some settings, a respiratory therapist may also supervise and guide Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs) in their duties. Importantly, RRTs also adhere to, and ensure compliance with, healthcare regulations and standards to provide safe and effective respiratory care.

Typical RRT Job Responsibilities:

  • Assessing patients' needs, performing diagnostic tests such as pulmonary stress tests
  • Administer therapeutic treatments like aerosol medications and mechanical ventilation
  • Operates equipment and various respiratory machines to help patients with insufficient lung capacity and symptoms of lung disease and disorders
  • Monitor patient's response to treatments and adjust care plans accordingly
  • Help patients and their families understand their conditions and how to manage them effectively

Choose where you go

With opportunities for travelers all over the country, we’ve selected areas with the most popular medical traveling jobs to help you find your best fit.

Advantages & Perks for RRT Travel Jobs

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Competitive pay
Travel respiratory therapists are needed everywhere. Competitive compensation packages for traveling professionals give you the freedom to live in and explore you environment.
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Per diem
When you become a traveling respiratory therapist, we give you a weekly, tax-free per diem to help cover daily expenses, like transportation and meals.
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Certifications
State licenses and therapy certification costs are paid for because we want you to be a qualified rockstar!
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Travel life
When you’re a medical traveler you get to live the best of your travel and work lives, together! Plus, you’ll gain valuable life experience along the way.

Medical Traveler Compliance & Licensure

Being a travel RRT can help you achieve the career you’ve always wanted, but what if your dream job is asking for certifications you don’t have? Fusion can help you with that! We can help you find therapy training, licensing, and certifications to help you take your career forward, and financial assistance to help you get there.

Degrees and Certifications

Licenses and certifications can leave you scratching your head when you should be stoked about traveling. We want you to know exactly what you’re getting into. Since degrees and certifications depend on your modality and specialty, Fusion’s compliance experts work with your recruiter and the facility during your entire travel journey to make sure that you have all relevant credentials and professional development credits required for our travel respiratory therapist jobs.

Compliance Requirements

Some of your compliance requirements are the same across the board, but there are others that will depend on your specialty.

The three parts of compliance

  • Occupational health records: Required immunizations and health examinations
  • Documentation: Tax forms, insurance paperwork, and licenses
  • Testing: Certifications, online training, and workplace safety exams

FAQs

What is the average salary for registered respiratory therapists?

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Respiratory Therapists, which includes both Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) and Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs), was $61,330. However, it's important to note that salaries can vary significantly based on factors such as geographic location, level of experience, and type of healthcare setting.

Where do travel respiratory therapists work?

A travel respiratory therapist can find employment in a diverse range of healthcare settings. Predominantly, they work in hospitals, assisting in critical care units, emergency rooms, and neonatal or pediatric units where patients often struggle with severe respiratory problems. Furthermore, a travel respiratory therapist is an integral members of the healthcare team in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes, providing care to those with chronic respiratory conditions. They also work in outpatient clinics, where they conduct diagnostic tests and offer treatment for patients with less severe respiratory issues. In some cases, RRTs offer services in patients' homes, especially for home care patients who require ongoing respiratory care and therapy.

What is the difference between a CRT and RRT?

A Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) are both essential players in healthcare, specializing in pulmonary (lung) and cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) care.

A Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) is an entry-level therapist who has successfully completed a 2-year associate degree in respiratory therapy and passed an initial certification exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). In contrast, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is viewed as an advanced-level therapist. To become an RRT, a therapist must first be a CRT. After gaining some clinical experience, they can then pursue further studies, typically a bachelor's degree, and pass two additional rigorous exams: a written registry examination and a clinical simulation examination.

RRTs often have a broader scope of practice and may have more responsibilities compared to CRTs, such as performing more complex therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, supervising CRTs, and collaborating more extensively with physicians in developing patient care plans.

How long is a typical travel assignment?

In the United States, a typical travel assignment lasts 13 weeks, but anything between 8 and 26 weeks is common. Medical facilities often offer to renew your contract, too, which is called an extension. Extension offers are usually made in the last 3 to 5 weeks of your travel assignment, but if you’re interested in staying on longer, you should reach out to your recruiter.

Will taking travel respiratory therapist jobs help my career?

Taking RRT travel jobs is beneficial because it exposes you to different regional procedures and patient populations, provides the opportunity to explore new specialties, and gain experience learning a new clinical environment quickly.

Do travel RRT jobs offer benefits?

Fusion offers three Medical plans to choose from, one PPO plan and two High Deductible Plans, as well as Dental, Vision, Basic Life, and Short-Term Disability. If traveling to the state of Hawaii, Hawaii has its own mandated coverage and you will be offered that coverage at that time. If you were previously on the BCBS Nebraska Medical coverage and/or the Ameritas Dental and Vision, this coverage will be terminated when moving to Hawaii for an assignment.

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