From the thunder of combat to the hush of a clinic, Canada’s fighting forces can depend on the highest level of life-saving medical care. Operating Room Technicians enjoy the unique opportunity to practice medicine and serve with honour, wherever the fight for security, justice, and dignity is joined.
Operating Room Technicians are responsible for the provision of an aseptic environment enabling the safe performance of operative procedures in both static (at home) and operational (deployed) environments. They are an integral member of the surgical team, providing perioperative care, post-operative care, assisting the surgeons and anesthesiologists and performing orthopaedic casting procedures in support of surgery. OR Techs are also responsible for all Medical Device Reprocessing services, processing surgical materials and instruments.
An Operating Room (OR) Technician has the following primary duties:
- Providing a clean and safe environment for patient treatment and for assisting surgeons and anesthesiologists in all facets of the operative procedure
- Operationally maintaining all field OR equipment
- Providing onsite training for OR field operations as well as overseeing the setup of a field OR
- Assisting in the recovery of patients from anesthesia
- Decontamination, cleansing, maintenance and procurement of materials and instruments and for the packaging and sterilization of supplies
- Operating and maintaining medical and life-support equipment
- Initiating, maintaining and distributing medical records, documents, reports and returns; and
- Maintaining, replenishing and accounting for general and medical supplies
To be eligible to apply to the CAF, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent), except:
o For the Paid Education programs—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent)
o For the Primary Reserves—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent) and must be enrolled as a full-time student
- Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Québec (some jobs need higher levels of education)
Basic Military Qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, or through disparate Training Establishments across Canada from Esquimalt, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Operating Room Technician Training
The training consists of 4 modules.
- Module 1 is a 2-year Practical Nurse Diploma at an approved Canadian educational institution
- Module 2 is an Operating Room Practical Nurse course either at Algonquin College (Ottawa) or Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton) for a duration of 6 to 8 months
- Module 3 is an On the Job Training (OJT) program in a Canadian health care facility which is comprised of 1500 hours
- Module 4 consists of a Surgical Services Field Orientation
Following the basic occupation training, Operating Room Technicians will take a course in Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR).
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec with Grade 10 applied math (math 426 in Quebec) and Grade 10 (Secondaire IV) English or French. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Applicants must hold a Practical Nursing diploma, have a current license to practice as an LPN/RPN from a provincial or territorial regulatory authority, and a letter of good standing from the applicant’s professional regulatory authority. It is an asset for applicants with a certification as an Operating Room Technician (LPN/RPN with peri-operative specialty).
Join the CAF
To learn more about becoming an Operating Room Technician, visit www.forces.ca, talk to a recruiter at a centre nearest you or call 1-800-856-8488.
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