Anesthesia Assistant

Hospital Toronto University Health Network
Anesthesia Assistant - Toronto, Ontario
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Position: Anesthesia Assistant                          
Site:  Corporate - Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Women’s College Hospital, Kensington Eye Institute, CAMH
Department: Perioperative Services
Scale/Grade:  D009
Salary:  $41.40 - 51.75 per hour
Hours: 37.5 hours per week variable shifts; include 8, 10 and 12 hour shifts performed during Days/Nights/Weekends
Status: Permanent Full-time

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The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. Tthe University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

The scope of research and complexity of cases at Toronto General Hospital have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has one of the largest hospital-based research programs in Canada, with major research in transplantation, surgical innovation, cardiology, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and liver disease. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

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:  August 27, 2020      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.


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