The Pediatric Sedation Team is comprised of specially trained health care professionals working collaboratively to provide sedation services to optimize patient care and reduce pain and stress associated with children’s medical tests or procedures.
As a member of the health care team, the Anesthesia Assistant (AA) works under the direction and immediate availability of the Anesthesiologist, and under the authority of medical directives, to provide consistent clinical expertise to assist in the delivery of anesthetic care to children requiring sedation.
Responsibilities include : An integral member of the Pediatric Sedation Team, the AA participates in the care of surgical and non-
surgical patients during general, regional or local anesthesia, assists the Anesthesiologist with all aspects of care planned for a specific patient (pre-
anesthetic preparation, induction, maintenance, alteration of anesthesia levels, administration of adjunctive treatment, emergence and continuity of care into and during the postoperative period).
Anesthetic agents, narcotics, muscle relaxants, vasoactive drugs, antibiotics and other medications are administered as ordered and indicated.
Under the supervision of an Anesthesiologist and relying on medical directives, the AA initiates, maintains and recovers a patient under conscious sedation and / or monitored anesthesia care.
The AA performs activities such as insertion and management of intravenous and arterial catheters, endotracheal intubation and blood and fluid administration.
In addition to these responsibilities, the AA provides technical support to the Anesthesiologist for complex equipment and establishes / conducts a preventative maintenance program for anesthesia related equipment in the satellite areas including the HGH and JCC.
The AA will also provide clinical and technical support to the Peri-Operative Service with respect to anesthesia instrumentation and anesthetic care.Schedule Work Hours
1. Completion of a recognized Anesthesia Assistant Advanced Graduate Certificate
2. Member in good standing with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) or College of Nursing of Ontario (CNO) with no Terms, Limitations or Conditions
3. Practice in accordance with the standards of practice and guidelines as outlined by the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society (CAS) and the College of Respiratory Therapy of Ontario (CRTO) or the College of Nursing Ontario (CNO)
4. Current certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
5. Current BCLS, ACLS and NRP certification
6. Comprehensive knowledge of current anesthesiology principles and practices, as well as agents, equipment, procedures, and techniques for the provision of anesthesia to pediatric patients
7. Demonstrated continuous improvement and best practice approach in anesthesiology assistant practice
8. Recent clinical experience with pediatric sedation in a tertiary healthcare setting
9. Capable of making critical decisions and function with confidence in medical emergencies
10. Demonstrated ability for independent action, initiative, problem-solving, critical thinking, organization, time management and prioritization
11. Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
12. Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adapt to constantly changing clinical situation.
13. Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age and developmental stage of the pediatric population served
14. Demonstrated ongoing commitment to professional development, acquiring new knowledge and ensuring competency
15. Ability to orientate new staff, teach learners, and participate in quality assurance initiatives
16. Eligible for membership with the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS)Hamilton Health fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct.
Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.
To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.
Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact the Human Resources Operations at 905-
521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.
This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process.
If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note : the circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment
Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset