Anesthesia Assistant - OR

Job Description




As an integral member of the perioperative team the anesthesia assistant (AA) participates in the care of the patient during general, regional or local anesthesia. In addition to providing technical support to the anesthesiologist for complex anesthesia equipment, the anesthesia assistant administers anesthetic gases and medications, performs activities such as the provision of conscious sedation, and is responsible for the insertion and management of intravenous and arterial lines. The AA provides constant assessment and evaluative monitoring of the depth of anesthesia using medical directives and order sets, as applicable. An AA’s skills are required primarily within the pre-operative, surgical suite, and post-operative care areas, but also within clinical diagnostic areas where procedures using anesthesia are conducted. The AA is also an integral member of the allied health team to which there are accountabilities for professional practice, education and research.

Within this role the employee is accountable for contributing to the delivery of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre strategy. As an employee, one must demonstrate an awareness of and be responsible for actively promoting and supporting patient and family centered engagement and care in all we do.


Anesthesia Clinical Care Services

The anesthesia assistant identifies the requirements for the assigned cases, prepares the anesthesia delivery site by completing functional check of all equipment, assembles the required supplies, prepares and assembles ancillary equipment required, and ensures all anesthesia equipment; supplies and ancillary devices are ready for use. The anesthesia assistant is responsible for first line troubleshooting of equipment and supplies. The anesthesia assistant also participates in the clinical management of the patient by performing pre-operative assessments and preparation of the patient in consultation and collaboration with the anesthesiologist, monitoring vital signs, initiating IV's, intubating patients, initiating arterial lines, administering drugs, fluids and blood products as per protocols and standards and withdrawal/collection of blood samples from lines. Participate in practice development activities.

Anesthesia – Technical Support Services

The anesthesia assistant prepares, assembles, calibrates where necessary and assists with the implementation of all hemodynamic monitoring lines, central lines, non-invasive monitoring supplies and equipment, patient warming devices and drug infusion pumps, using aseptic technique where necessary. The anesthesia assistant plays a vital role in the coordination of new product and equipment trials, selection and implementation.


The anesthesia assistant participates in activities that facilitate and meet the educational needs of patients, students, and members of the health care team in a clinical setting. Responsibilities include participation in team rounds, CQI activities, and staff education and business meetings. The anesthesia assistant influences/contributes to patient care through presentations/publications, acting as a role model and assisting others to maintain a high standard of care.


The anesthesia assistant participates in academic and research projects, promotes research based practice and knowledge/skills and contributes by identifying research problems, participating in studies and supporting the implementation of findings into practice.


  • Graduate Certificate (Advanced Level) - Anesthesia Assistant
  • Current certificate of registration with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) or the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).
  • 2 years of critical care or operating room experience within the past 4 years
  • Current BCLS
  • ACLS and NRP certification preferred
  • Knowledge of current anaesthesiology principles and practices, as well as agents, equipment, procedures, and techniques for the provision of anaesthesia to patients.
  • Exercise initiative and good judgment, with the ability to multitask
  • Capable of making critical decisions, with or without the collaboration of an anaesthesiologist and function with confidence in emergencies.
  • Client service oriented, with the ability to effectively work with diversity and appreciate that people of different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring richness to the challenge or situation at hand.
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and leadership skills.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to attend work regularly.
  • Satisfactory criminal reference check required.

    The applicant must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position: Required to scan for long periods of time. Required to sit for long periods of time. Lifting and assisting patients.

    We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Kingston Health Sciences Centre is committed to inclusive and accessible employment practices.

    If you require an accommodation to fully participate in the hiring process, please notify the Recruitment Team.


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