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Site:  Toronto Western Hospital                                                           
Department: Allied Health, Respiratory Therapy
Reports to: MANAGER
Scale/Grade: D007
Salary: $36.01 - $45.02 per hour
Status: Temporary Part Time          6 - 12 months                  


Respiratory Therapists provide respiratory therapy service 24/7 to patients in the Intensive Care Units, Emergency Department, Operating Rooms, Post Anesthetic Care Rooms, Wards and in other specialty areas such as the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit.    Respiratory Therapy Services for Programs include: assisting with airway management; responding to all cardiac and respiratory arrest, trauma; attending intra and inter-hospital transports of critically ill patients; administer specialty aerosolized and MDI medications; acting as a resource for the nurses, residents and allied health personnel in Respiratory/Airway related care; participating in teaching patients the use of Respiratory Therapy equipment for both hospital and home care use; performing diagnostic tests such as bedside spirometry, oxygen saturations, blood gas analysis, administering oxygen and other medical gas therapy; assist with bronchoscopies managing all ventilated patients according to departmental ventilation protocols; being an integral member of the healthcare team. 

In addition to clinical activities, the Clinician-Researcher Respiratory Therapist will have dedicated time to support the ventilation research program in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Toronto Western Hospital. With guidance from the MSICU research group and under the supervision of Drs. Elizabeth Wilcox/Irene Telias, research activities will include physiological signal acquisition and analysis (including but not limited to esophageal pressure, diaphragm electrical activity, volumetric capnography, and electrical impedance tomography), ventilation titration according to research protocols, biospecimen handling and analysis, and data collection and analysis consistent with the skills and expertise of registered respiratory therapist. The Clinician-Researcher Respiratory Therapist will work with clinicians to execute study protocols and assist with patient recruitment.

The Clinician-Researcher Respiratory Therapist will also work with the RT Charge Therapist and the MSICU Research Group to support education and implementation of clinical innovation and quality related to respiratory care and ventilation in the Medical-Surgical ICU.

Research training including Good Clinical Practice and Biosafety training will be mandatory. Dedicated time for research will be allocated according to available funding support; initial research allocation will be 0.4 FTE for 6-12 months (reviewed quarterly).


  • Graduation from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program
  • Previous experience of at least 2 years as a Respiratory Therapist is mandatory
  • Registration with the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (preferred)
  • Registered with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario
  • Ability to perform without direct supervision
  • Effective communication skills
  • Commitment to personal and professional development

POSTED DATE:  October 8, 2020       CLOSING DATE:  until filled
For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position.  Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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