Kelowna General Hospital is seeking Certified Respiratory Therapists to join their team on a relief, part time basis.
Days of work will be Mondays through Thursdays 08:00 to 15:54 or 07:00 to 14:54 hours. This position will provide coverage until return of incumbent (date unknown).
In this role the Respiratory Therapist runs an exercise and education program for patients who suffer from lung disease. There is a physiotherapist and respiratory therapist that run the virtual classes and provide education. This will be transitioning to a hybrid model of in-person and virtual.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation provides education and rehabilitation for chronic respiratory conditions, utilizing group or individual counselling, focusing on self-management skills. Topics include lung function, symptom management, energy conservation, medications, respiratory infections, environmental triggers, stress/anxiety and nutrition. Each program includes a component of graduated supervised exercise to build strength, balance, and cardiovascular health.
Orientation begins with a full time week spent with our educator and once complete they are scheduled for “buddy shifts” with staff mentors to get hands on orientation. The typical time frame for orientation depends on the area being trained but is typically around a month long. Additional orientation is always supported if needed by the new staff member.
Education required and recommended for staff is provided at no cost to the employee. This includes BLS, ACLS, NRP and PEARS. Our Educator also organize education opportunities for every sector to ensure everyone keeps up to date in respiratory therapy practice. Because we support the Thompson Rivers University clinical placement program, staff are also involved with preceptorship. We also offer leadership opportunities in a supervisory context as well as “Super Users” for various therapies.
We are involved with many research project through our pulmonary function lab as well as quality improvement projects in various departments.
We are looking Respiratory Therapist with critical thinking and excellent communication skills with recent pulmonary and/or acute care experience and availability to work up to full time hours.
• 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.
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
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