Graduate Respiratory Therapist

Req ID: 166641
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Sites and Community-based Locations Throughout Nova Scotia

Department: Services and Programs Throughout Nova Scotia Health
Type of Employment: Permanent, Assignments, and Casual Relief Opportunities Available
Status: Based on Bargaining Unit and Constituent Union/Non-Union Position

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.


Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with an Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

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About the Opportunity

Respiratory Therapists have the responsibility for the initiation and management of mechanical ventilation (life support) and also act as an expert of advanced airway management in all areas of the institution. They deliver and manage the administration of oxygen and other compressed gasses, aerosolized medications and high humidity therapies. They also perform and interpret related pulmonary diagnostic testing. Respiratory Therapists act as part of the multidisciplinary health care team to help achieve physician goals for patients' cardiorespiratory status, and assess, plan, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of respiratory care and airway management for patients.

There may be other Respiratory Therapy duties such as patient or staff education sessions.

What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation and incentives
  • Enrollment in the Provincial Pension Plan
  • Variety of available shifts
  • Continuous Clinical Education & Support
  • Opportunity for advancement within the organization

About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Upcoming Graduate OR Graduate of a recognized School of Respiratory Therapy
  • Must currently hold/maintain registration or eligible for with the Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists 
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Must be adaptable and flexible to adjust to the changing needs of the service and the program/facility
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.

Hours & Locations

  • Various permanent, assignments (temporary), and casual relief, opportunities available in various locations throughout Nova Scotia.  
  • Shifts may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. 
  • You will be asked to specify your work hours and location preferences in the screening questions that follow once you click 'Apply now'.

Compensation and Incentives

  • Graduate Respiratory Therapist starting at $29.66/hour
  • Licensed Respiratory Therapist Starting at: $32.43/hour + after you provide proof of your active practicing license with the Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists.
  • Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan. (Permanent and Long Assignments only)
  • Signing bonuses starting at $5000 with potential for up to $10,000 for rural placements and up to $5000 in relocation expenses with a return of service commitment


Once You've Applied
Thank you for your interest in this position. A Recruiter will reach out to you to explore whether your qualifications and skills match an opportunity. 

Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

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