In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Manager or designate, under the clinical supervision and direction of the anesthesiologist and in accordance with the standards of practice and guidelines of the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society (CAS), the Anesthesia Assistant functions as a member of an integrated surgical team by providing technical support and clinical assistance with induction, maintenance and recovery phases of anesthesia.
Education, Training And Experience
Graduation from a recognized school of Respiratory Therapy. Completion of an accredited post-graduate Anesthetic Assistant Program and three (3) years recent, related acute care experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Comprehensive knowledge of current anesthesia theory and practice, and knowledge of the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society (CAS) clinical practice guidelines. Eligible for Anesthetic Assistant membership with the CAS.
Basic Cardiac Life Support certification.
Skills And Abilities
Demonstrated ability and skill in the use of medical equipment and supplies appropriate to the clinical area
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to assess patient responses to care and respond appropriately
Ability to deal with conflict situations
Ability to use critical decision making skills
Ability to work effectively with others
Ability to carry out work independently and in collaboration with others
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Ability to demonstrate equipment and procedures
Ability to operate related equipment, including computers utilizing a variety of software applications