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Respiratory Therapist

Interior Health Authority

This is a Contract position in Trail, BC posted July 20, 2020.

Community :TRAIL
Status :CASUAL
Position Summary
Interior Health’s Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) invites applications for the role of Respiratory Therapist. KBRH is looking for a knowledgeable Respiratory Therapist with strong acute care experience, who can contribute to the hospital’s High Acuity Response Team (HART) for transports and on-call availability. This means being on-call and available within 20 minutes for emergent calls. When not on transport, the Respiratory Therapist provides in-patient, acute care activities.

As a member of the KBRH multidisciplinary team, you will work independently and collaboratively providing ongoing respiratory care to clients with a variety of illnesses/diseases including, but not limited to acute and/or chronic cardio-respiratory illnesses or pathologies. Reporting to the Physiotherapy Professional Practice Lead you will draw upon your ability to assess and prepare clients for treatment or therapy by reviewing and clarifying physician’s request including client medical history; provide airway management including, but not limited to, endotracheal intubation, tracheostomy care, tube changes, tracheal bronchial hygiene, and extubation per the direction of a qualified medical practitioner, department/program policy and procedure, and established clinical guidelines; and administer therapy and treatment modalities by performing duties such as selecting, setting up and calibrating invasive and non-invasive monitoring equipment and integrating equipment to the client in preparation for procedure. As the Respiratory Therapist you will administer prescribed pharmacological agents to clients in accordance with physician’s orders by performing duties such as drawing up prescribed drugs, observing clients for side affects, assessing efficacy of treatment and documenting in client chart as part of care plan; and perform diagnostic procedures such as pulmonary function tests, arterial blood sampling, pulse oximetry and pulmonary lung mechanics measurements, and assists physician with bronchoscopy by selecting and preparing appropriate equipment for designated procedure. The position assists with related diagnostic testing such as polysomnography, home oxygen assessments, cardiac stress tests, ECGs, etc.

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. Shifts when offered could fall on any day of the week and scheduled Days (08:00 to 16:00 hours, 07:00 to 19:15 hours) or Nights (19:00 to 07:15 hours).

BC’s rural towns and smaller cities offer natural beauty, access to backcountry adventures, community connections, peace of mind, and a quieter way of life. Experience the satisfaction that comes from working and living in a rural area. Apply Today! We have a welcoming, cohesive team of Respiratory Therapists waiting to meet you!

Facility Details: The Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) is in the Kootenay Boundary health service area and responsible for providing core medical and surgical specialty services to patients throughout its service area. Located in Trail, between Grand Forks and Nelson, KBRH consists of 75 inpatient acute care beds and offers services including core physician specialties, 24 hour emergency and trauma services, Level 2 laboratory, acute and obstetrical care, psychiatry, and chemotherapy.

Community Profile: Known as the Silver City, and previously known as Trail Creek, Trail is one of BC’s most important economic centers. Situated on the Columbia River in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, it is a special place with affordable real estate, outstanding recreational facilities and an abundance of outdoor activities. Breathtaking vistas, active arts and culture community, and a variety of service clubs and organizations make Trail one of the most desirable communities in the Kootenay Boundary region. This is a great place to raise a family, as Trail boasts an excellent community atmosphere with distinctive character, having an ‘Old World Feel.”

Education, Training and Experience:
• Graduation from a recognized Respiratory Therapy program.
• 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.