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Clinical Extern – Respiratory Therapist

Hamilton Health Sciences

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted August 3, 2022.

Clinical Extern – Respiratory Therapist
Job Number: 88155
Job: Students
Primary Location: Ontario-Hamilton
This position will be located at: Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital, Juravinski Cancer Centre, McMaster University Medical Centre, St. Peter’s Hospital, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Organization: COVID-19
Status: Temporary Part-time
Hours per week: 0.01
Number of Openings: 25
Union Code: Non Union Employees
Minimum Salary: 17.0000 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 17.0000
Post Date: Jan 25, 2022, 5:00:00 AM

Close Date (Period for Applying) – External

: Ongoing

Unit Summary

The Adult Regional Care Program at the Hamilton General Hospital (HGH) provides expert care within & outside of the HNHB LHIN in specialty services such as Cardiac and Vascular, Neurosciences and Medicine, Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care, Burns, Hyperbaric Care and Regional Rehabilitation.

The Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (JHCC) is tertiary level facility supporting multiple clinical programs including the Regional Programs for Central-South Ontario and provides specialized care to the cardiac surgical, oncology, orthopedic, medical and surgical patient populations.

McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) serves the special and unique healthcare needs of children 0-17 years using a family-centred model of care.

The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Departments at the HGH, JHCC and MCH sites specialize in cardio/respiratory management of Adult and Pediatric patients in the emergency department, critical care, perioperative areas, the rapid response team and general wards. RRTs support patients with invasive mechanical ventilation, non-invasive mechanical ventilation, oxygen therapy, artificial airway management, application of medical gases, bronchoscopy and other specialized therapeutic procedures, diagnostic testing, internal and external transports, patient education, clinical-based preceptorship for Respiratory Therapy students, research etc.

Position Summary

The RT Extern is an integral member of the healthcare team, working collaboratively with the support of a Clinical Extern Coordinator as an unregulated care provider, in the HGH, JHCC or MCH Respiratory Therapy Departments. The RT Extern responsibilities include working under the direction of a RRT to support high quality care for patients and families, while demonstrating a commitment to excellence in supporting the patient and family experience. A RT Extern would bring beginner level experience and knowledge in respiratory therapy principles, RT equipment, respiratory supplies, medical gas management, cleaning, calibration and non-clinical secretarial and/or customer service support.

The RT Extern position is open to Respiratory Therapy Students enrolled in their 2nd and 3rd year of a CRTO approved diploma Respiratory Therapy program. Externs will be hired on a temporary casual part-time basis until September 30, 2022.

Schedule Work Hours

days; evenings; weekends.

This position is temporary until September 30, 2022.


1. Completion of first year or second year (enrolled in 2nd and 3rd year) of a Respiratory Therapy diploma program. Preference will be given to candidates from Fanshawe and Conestoga College.
2. Demonstrated evidence of excellent academic standing.
3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment.
5. Demonstrated strong communication and organizational skills.
6. Demonstrated infection prevention and control practices.
7. Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
8. Demonstrated successful completion of a recent clinical placement. Preference will be given to candidates with previous clinical placement experience at Hamilton Health Sciences

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services.

Hamilton Health Sciences 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 HR Services 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

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:

Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement

Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement

Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement

Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement

Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement