Kelowna General Hospital is hiring a permanent full time Cardiovascular Perfusionist to join their dynamic team!
Visitors and neighboring residents alike are drawn to the Okanagan for its beautiful scenery and lifestyle. Awarded with the number two most beautiful beaches in all of Canada (only trailing behind Tofino, BC), this region promises a beautiful area to visit and live year round.
The Okanagan enjoys a moderate winter climate in town with champagne powder in the mountains. World-class ski resorts such as Big White, Silver Star and Apex are within a short driving distance of the main cities. Other activities such as Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are also popular. In the summer, beautiful beaches and hot dry summers lure vacationers from around the globe. Boating, hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, and cycling are all in abundance – just to name a few.
The Central Okanagan is the most populated of Interior Health’s service areas. It has a population of over 313,000 and covers an area over 20,000 square kilometers. There are three major urban centers: Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. A little more urban than other health service areas, the Okanagan still has rural areas and a strong sense of community.
What will you do?
The Perfusion department of Interior is seeking an innovative individual with relevant experience to join their team. Under the general direction of the Perfusion Services Supervisor the successful incumbent will perform technical duties involved in the maintenance and operation of cardiovascular perfusion and related equipment for a variety of surgical and therapeutic procedures. They will work collaboratively with members of the health care team to achieve excellence in patient care and provide expert perfusion consultation to patients and their families.
Some Typical duties and responsibilities include:
• Provides perfusion services by methods such as assembling and operating extracorporeal equipment to temporarily replace the patient's circulatory and respiratory functions, conducting myocardial perfusion and protection techniques, assessing patient's physiological condition such as; hemodynamic pressure, blood gases, anticoagulation levels, electrocardiograph, coronary/systemic blood flow and temperature recordings, adjusting equipment to maintain patient vital signs within the acceptable ranges, conducting physiological measurements and calculations, and administering blood products, drugs, anaesthetic vapours, crystalloid solutions and medical gases as directed. Acts as a perfusion resource in areas of non-cardiac services including orthopaedic surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery and critical care.
• Maintains, calibrates, monitors and tests the integrity of perfusion equipment to ensure safe and effective functioning through methods such as lubricating and replacing items, running diagnostic applications and recording results as well as identifying malfunctioning equipment for repair. Notifies Supervisor of identified repairs/issues for determination of appropriate action.
• Participates in operating room infection control program by performing duties such as assessing infection control in perfusion equipment and disinfecting and sterilizing equipment to safety standards in accordance with quality assurance program.
• Participates in quality control program by performing duties such as identifying and trouble- shooting problems and independently resolving technical difficulties in order to ensure quality service standards.
• Maintains a variety of records through methods such as gathering information, entering data into computerized databases and/or recording information into approved formats, coding and manipulating databases to generate reports, compiling statistics including analyzing trends and accounting for variances, and summarizing information into written reports as requested.
• Guides clinical experience of assigned new staff and students; provides input to the Supervisor (or designate) as requested on individual's progress in achieving established clinical practice guidelines and standards of practice. Demonstrates procedures and usage of equipment to staff including medical residents and students.
• Participates in unit/team activities required to ensure an efficient and effective delivery of service through methods such as attending departmental in-service programs and meetings including goal setting and planning and new initiatives, reviewing current literature, consulting with other Cardiovascular Perfusionists, promoting quality management principles for unit/team operations, and making recommendations regarding modifications and development of procedures, operating standards and cardiovascular perfusion resource materials. Identifies and reports unsafe practice/professional conduct in accordance with professional standards and hospital policies.
• Participates on designated unit-based, program and professional committees/teams through methods such as attending meetings, drafting/revising client care documentation/methods/forms for review by committee/team and providing written/verbal input to promote improvements to client and family care, and the efficient and safe operation of the unit.
• Participates in approved interdisciplinary research and special projects in collaboration with Supervisor (or designate) and other health care professionals, through methods such as collecting data, integrating and interpreting data, summarizing information, and/or providing verbal updates for review and further analysis by principal researcher, research team and/or project coordinator.
• Sets measurable goals and objectives within a team or individual environment, incorporating the hospital’s vision and values, goals and corporate plan, through methods such as maintaining and updating own knowledge of clinical and professional development within area of practice, and developing plan in collaboration with Supervisor (and/or designate) for professional development; reviews progress to ensure goals are achieved within established time frames.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from a recognized program in Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology plus one (1) year recent related experience of an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Current Certificate of Registration with the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion
(CSCP) or be eligible for certification
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.
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.