Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy

Date: Sep 6, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Requisition ID: 138628 
Department/Program: Respiratory Therapy, Children's Health Program 

Location: Halifax   
Type of Employment: Casual Relief x 1 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $28.652
  - $40.6514/hour
Closing DateOpen Until Filled
  (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)


IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.


Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia, and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination, but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Manager for Pediatric Critical Care, with professional accountability to the Chief of Respiratory Therapy. The Registered Respiratory Therapist is an integral member of the health care team who interacts with other health care professionals, families and patients to ensure safe delivery of respiratory care and the application of respiratory therapy techniques. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•    Airway management / intubation / airway care
•    Oxygen / humidity therapy
•    Mechanical ventilation including HFFOV
•    Special gas administration e.g. NO, N2
•    Surfactant therapy
•    Special team member: High Risk Delivery, Cardiac Arrest, Trauma, PICU, NICU, Air Medical Transport
•    Arterial puncture
•    Aerosol delivery
•    Participate in Research Studies
•    Student education
•    Hemodynamic monitoring

Hours of Work

Rotating shifts, 11.25 hrs, as per self-scheduling guidelines

Your Qualifications

  • Diploma in Respiratory Therapy required; Equivalent education and experience may be considered.
  • Current registration or eligibility for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapist (NSCRT) required.
  • Current NRP, PALS and ACLS required within the last 12 months required or currently enrolled.
  • 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 required.
  • Demonstrated clinical and technical competence in a Neonatal/Pediatric/Adult setting.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and able to work independently.
  • Demonstrated competence in communication, interpersonal relations, problem solving, computer applications and innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep current in therapeutic and technological advances in respiratory care.

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.


Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.


This is a Healthcare  bargaining  unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.


An  offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis


If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant. 

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