INTERIOR HEALTH AUTHORITY - Kelowna, BC (30+ days ago)

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Community :KELOWNA
Status :CASUAL

Position Summary

Interior Health’s Kelowna Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) invites applications for the role of Community Respiratory Therapist. Kelowna UPCC is looking for knowledgeable Community Respiratory Therapists with experience delivering Respiratory Therapy services and programs related to the promotion of respiratory heath; assessment, education, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with respiratory dysfunction; communicating and demonstrating community and hospital based respiratory care procedures; and the use of respiratory equipment or special procedures.

As a member of the Kelowna UPCC, you will perform patient and environment assessment for adult and pediatric patients with respiratory dysfunction and provide information, recommendations, and advice regarding the selection and use of respiratory equipment and/or specialized respiratory care, in the home or in a community care facility setting. Reporting to the Professional Practice Leader you will draw upon your ability to assist Respirologists, Specialists, Physicians, Acute and Community Nurses, private sector Respiratory Equipment Companies, and other Health Care Providers with the care planning, discharge planning, follow-up, and support of respiratory patients who are frequently admitted to hospital, who require complex care strategies, or who require oxygen.

Work will be available on a short-notice, on-call bases and/or blocks of shifts pre-scheduled to relieve leaves of absences. Shifts when offered will be 09:00 to 21:00 hours. Casual employment means work requirements can vary between Zero and 37.5 hours per week. Casual employees receive 12.6% of their straight time pay, exclusive of all premiums, in lieu of scheduled vacations and statutory holidays. Upon completion of 180 hours, there is option of purchasing medical, dental and extended health benefit plans.

Facility Description: Kelowna UPCC is a modern, superbly-designed space for patient flow and staff ergonomics. The site includes six exam rooms – including a bariatric exam room with a lift – two treatment bays and a large Primary Care Network (PCN) room, which will be used for group teaching and team rounds. It is the multi-disciplinary team that will make this new site an essential hub of care for the community. The team is comprised of general practitioners, a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, two licensed practical nurses, a physiotherapist, a social worker, a respiratory therapist, and medical office assistants.

Community Profile: Kelowna’s sunny weather, spectacular scenery, lakes, canyons and many attractions are the perfect combination for those who enjoy an active lifestyle and an urban setting. Kelowna residents and visitors enjoy a vibrant cultural life including a professional symphony, annual festivals, and art exhibits. Downtown Kelowna offers a spectacular landscape of lake, mountains and parks, with a wide range of cafés, continental and ethnic restaurants and noisy nightclubs to choose from as well as unique shops and boutiques, heritage buildings and modern architecture, art galleries and museums, music and live theatre, and even a symphony and ballet. Golf courses, orchards, pristine lakes and numerous surrounding vineyards make Kelowna (and nearby West Kelowna and Winfield/Lake Country) a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. World-class skiing and snowboarding is only a short drive away at Big White – where Canada’s largest ski-in/ski-out village offers a host of winter activities, fine dining and shopping.


Education, Training and Experience:
  • Graduation from a recognized program in Respiratory Therapy.
  • Two years’ recent experience in pulmonary rehabilitation, asthma education, respiratory home care, home ventilation, home oxygen, and sleep disordered breathing screening.
  • Current certification with the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) and eligible for registration with the British Columbia Society of Respiratory Therapists (BCSRT) and CSRT.
  • Current valid BC driver’s license.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
  • Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
  • Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills.
  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
  • Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
  • Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
  • Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of IH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
  • Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
  • Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.