Anaesthesia Assistant, Women's Perioperative Services

Date: Jan 6, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Department/Program: Women's Anaesthesia, Women & Newborn Health Program 
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 116238 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $38.2649
  - $48.1154/hour
Posting Date: August 10, 2021
Closing Date: Open until filled
Start Date: ASAP

IWK Health is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve.  We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Women's Ambulatory, Perioperative and Breast Health, the Anaesthesia Assistant will act as an integral member of the Perioperative team. The Anaesthesia Assistant will work in close collaboration with the Department of Anesthesia and will be responsible for assisting the Anaesthesiologist in all aspects of anesthesia care. The Anaesthesia Assistant will, under the supervision of the Anaesthesiologist, monitor patients and provide perioperative support in the Gynecology/Breast Health OR/PACU and Birth Unit. They also provide technical support in preparing for patients undergoing anesthesia care including assisting with awake intubations, difficult airways, emergency situations, and Epidural care. Other related duties include education of various health care professionals and introducing new technology.

Hours of Work

Monday to Friday, weekends and holidays; 24 hour coverage; 8 hour and 12 hour shifts as per operational requirements. 75 hours bi-weekly.


  • Successful completion of a Diploma/Degree in Respiratory Therapy from a recognized/accredited Canadian program required OR Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required (candidates with commensurate experience and education will be considered).
  • Anesthesia Assistant Certification/Diploma required.
  • Registered, or eligible to be registered, with the Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists (NSCRT) OR Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) required.
  • Current successful completion of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (BLS) Program within the last 12 months, or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate.
  • Current certification in ACLS, BCLS.
  • Demonstrated clinical and technical competence in an adult anaesthesia/respiratory therapy setting required.
  • Demonstrated competence in communication, interpersonal relations, problem-solving and computer applications required.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset; French preferred.


** Where there are no qualified candidates, consideration may be given to qualified Respiratory Therapists or Registered Nurses who are currently enrolled in or will commit to enrolling in a recognized Anesthesia Assistant program and will be expected to successfully complete within two years. **

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