University Health Network Anesthesia Assistant in Toronto, Ontario

Anesthesia Assistant - Toronto, Ontario


Position: Anesthesia Assistant

Site: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Women's College Hospital, Kensington Eye Institute

Department: Perioperative Services

Hours: 37.5 hours per week which include 8, 10 and 12 hour shifts performed during Days/Nights/Weekends

Status: Permanent Full-time

As an integral member of the Operating Room (OR) and Pre-Operative teams, the Anesthesia Assistant (AA) is a part of the Anesthesia Care Team and participates in the care of surgical patients during general, regional or local anesthesia. In addition to providing technical support to the anesthesiologist for complex anesthesia equipment, they administer anesthetic gases and medications, perform activities such as the provision of conscious sedation, and are responsible for insertion and management of intravenous and arterial lines. The AA provides constant assessment and evaluative monitoring of the depth of anesthesia, all under the supervision of the Anesthesiologist, and with the use of medical directives or orders, as applicable. An AA's skills are required in the operative, pre-operative and post-operative care areas. As well, UHN AAs provide services to the Kensington Eye Institute and Women's College Hospital. The AA is also an integral member of the Collaborative academic Practice (CAP) team, to which there are accountabilities for professional practice, education and research.


  • Graduate from an accredited Respiratory Therapy or Nursing Program

  • Previous experience in critical care or the operating rooms as a Respiratory Therapist/Registered Nurse required

  • Registered with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario or College of Nurses of Ontario

  • Completion or enrollment in The Michener Institute Anesthesia Assistant Program or equivalent required

  • Bachelor's degree preferred

  • Completion of a Basic Cardiac Life Support (B.C.L.S.) & Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) program required

  • Ability to perform without direct supervision

  • Effective communication skills

  • Commitment to personal and professional development

POSTED DATE: November 24, 2016 CLOSING: 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.