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Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals who may be employed inside or outside
the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) to fill the position of Anaesthetic Department
Assistant (ADA) at this Health Authority.
This will require one (1) year Probation Period which will include an Apprenticeship of six (6)
months intense training on the job with continuous assessments followed by an Internship of six (6)
months doing a practicum and acquiring competency skills. Thereafter, on satisfactory completion,
there will be a bonded period of two (2) years prior to full appointment.
ANAESTHETIC DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT
o Perform a pre-use check on the Anaesthesia Machine, including the Breathing Circuits, Vaporisers, Ventilators and Soda-lime
canisters and ensure that they are in working condition.
o Ensure that all ancillary equipment such as airways, laryngoscopes, blades and endotracheal tubes, LMAs and suction are avail
able for every patient in accordance with the scheduled surgical list.
o Ensure that all the appropriate equipment for emergency situations are checked and ready such as crash induction, fluid resus
citation and cardiac arrest.
o Ensure that the defibrillator and suction apparatus are working properly and are available for use at all times.
o Ensure that all monitors are functioning efficiently and report any defects to the Anaesthetists or Head ADA or Head Nurse.
o Attach all monitors prior to administration of anaesthesia (blood pressure cuff, EGG dots, pulse oximeter, end-tidal CO2, etc)
o Assist the Anaesthetists to prepare sterile areas aseptically, placement of arterial lines, set up CVP lines and venous access for
various situations, application of ultrasound techniques.
o Assist with spinal and epidural anesthesia or regional/peripheral nerve blocks and provision of the appropriate infusion devices
o Assist the Anaesthetist with the Patient Escort in moving or posturing the patient from trolley, to operating table and to the
o Ensure that single use items on the Anaesthetic machines are discarded and that reusable items are cleaned and
decontaminated, and sent for sterilization where necessary.
o Clean and maintain all anaesthetic machines, ventilators and monitoring equipment.
o Ensure that breathing filters and airways are changed between each patient and circuits are changed as required.
o Liaise with the Head ADA for all supplies of drugs and the Registered Nurse (key holder) for anaesthetic and controlled drugs
for use by the Anaesthetists.
o A minimum of five (5) O'level passes
o Perioperative Surgical Technician certificate (POST), Operating Department Assistant (ODA) certificate or equivalent will be
o At least three (3) years' experience as an Hospital Attendant/Patient Escort or a Patient Care Assistant (PCA)/Enrolled Nursing
Assistant (ENA) or other employees in a hospital or operating theatre environment, intensive care unit or high dependency unit,
emergency or paramedical departments.
o Training in First Aid/CPR or equivalent emergency management care.
o Must have two (2) recent references from unrelated family members, one of which should be from a present or past employer.
Gain skills and experience
Even in jobs not in your target industry or at
your ideal level you can learn useful skills. This
gives you something constructive to put on your
CV and recent work experience to talk about in
job interviews. For example, if you want to get
into film and TV, and you take a secretarial job
in a different industry, the admin skills you devel-
op would be very useful when applying for a TV
production assistant role.
Making contacts by networking is the most effec-
tive way of finding work. Even if your stop-gap
job isn t in your target industry you will meet
people in many different types of job -- people
in different departments, contractors etc. And
even if the people you meet are not in the sector
you want to work in, they may know people
who are. That s what networking is all about --
it s not about meeting the key people straightaway.
Brings purpose and routine to your day
If you re out of work, taking a stop-gap job gives
you something concrete to get up for, and gives
your day a structure. This can come as a welcome
change if you ve been motivating yourself to do
a job search each day.
Access to internal job adverts
Many organisations have jobs that are only avail-
able to internal staff. These jobs will have far
fewer applicants than those advertised externally,
so the competition may be reduced.
Most of us feel good when we ve got respon-
sibilities and we re completing tasks. Even if the
job isn t your ideal one, there could be job sat-
isfaction from doing a good job and performing
at your best. And most of us gain confidence
from interacting with other people, whether they
are colleagues, the public, clients or customers.
If you re not working but you feel you won t be
better off if you take a job with a certain salary,
it can help to take the long view -- even if you re
not financially better off initially, in many jobs
you get pay rises the longer you stay in them.
And the more experience you get, the better
your chances are of a promotion.
Access to training opportunities
When you re in a job there is often an internal
training programme. If this includes general skills
like computer skills or customer service skills,
then these are easily transferable into many dif-
ferent jobs. Your employer might also fund you
to do a vocational or professional qualification.
So as we can see, there are many advantages to
widening your job search or taking a stop-gap
job. However, there may be some instances in
which it might be beneficial to consider other
options. Maybe you ve arranged a fantastic work
placement or a volunteering opportunity that is
giving you excellent experience. You have to
make the decision on which approach would
help you to move you closer towards your goal.
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