Respiratory Therapists are health care professionals who monitor, evaluate and treat individuals with respiratory and cardio-respiratory disorders. Respiratory Therapists have a critical care focus that allows them to be involved in the management of acutely ill patients throughout the hospital. RTs are often the initial health care provider to assess high risk patients throughout the hospital before MD intervention.
Respiratory Therapists are dedicated team members of the following areas: Cardiac Care Unit, Medical Surgical ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Trauma/Neuro ICU, OR, Wards, Labour and Birth Unit and Neonatal Level 2 Nursery. Respiratory Therapists are also key members of the Cardiac Arrest Team, Neonatal Arrest Team, Fire Team, Critical Care Response Team and Trauma Team.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILLITIES:
Care and management of mechanically ventilated patients
Assessment and modification of mechanical ventilation in accordance with Ventilation/Weaning guidelines
Intubation and extubation
Administration of aerosolized medication or Meter Dose Inhaler (MDI)
Administration of specialty gases (Heliox, Nitric Oxide)
Assessment and intervention for patients deemed high risk for respiratory failure
Tracheostomy management (downsizing, corking, decannulation)
Assisting with percutaneous tracheostomies
Arterial punctures and blood withdrawal from arterial lines
Arterial line insertions
Assisting with bronchoscopies
Intra and inter-hospital transport of high risk patients
Neonatal management including neonatal resuscitation at high risk deliveries (establishing airway, breathing and circulation), mechanical ventilation, Nasal CPAP, oxygen therapy and assistance of airway management.
Able to work effectively as a member of an interprofessional team, collaborating with other disciplines to provide comprehensive patient care
Contributes to the academic mandate of the organization as an educator, resource or support for staff, students and members of the academic and professional community
Identifies and addresses educational needs for patients and their families
Demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development in order to continue to provide optimal patient care
Is committed to, and participates in, ongoing quality improvement in the organization
Provides patient care in accordance with all professional and organizational standards
Graduate of an accredited program for Respiratory Therapy (or equivalent).
Must be currently licensed by and in good standing with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) for practice in all applicable clinical areas.
Current BCLS and NRP certification.
Excellent communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills
Proven flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced environment
Excellent time management, organizational and prioritization skills as relates to patient care
Demonstrated commitment to and involvement with own profession (e.g. membership with professional association, etc.) preferred
In this position, you will be required to work days, evenings, nights, weekends and/or statutory holiday shifts, on a rotational basis based on the operational needs of the department