Operating Room Assistant

Are you a trained health-care aide with at least three years of experience working in an acute care environment? Do you enjoy working as part of an inter-disciplinary team? Are you looking to expand your skills and contribute to safe care for patients in an essential care environment?

Consider training as an Operating Room Assistant.

A comprehensive 12-week training program will prepare you, to work alongside surgical team members, using your skills to contribute to the delivery of safe and effective care for Manitoba patients undergoing a surgery or procedure.

Surgical and procedural teams across the province are supporting the delivery of care for thousands of Manitobans. The members of these care teams are highly-skilled and extremely passionate about the care they provide.

During a surgery or procedure, OR Assistants will provide support in the management of sterile instrumentation and the sterile field; assist with both the preparation of surgical instruments before a procedure; and support the post-procedure transport of instruments to the decontamination area. They will assist with the safe positioning and transfer of patients, participate in post-procedure cleaning of the operative or procedure room, and handle instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.

In this role, you will work alongside experienced colleagues, making already strong teams, even stronger while allowing more Manitobans to receive the help they need.

Operating room assistants will be trained to join a number of teams at the below participating locations.

FacilityApply Here
Concordia HospitalEndoscopy (Future intake in early 2023)
Grace HospitalEndoscopy
HSC WinnipegOperating Rooms:
Adult Operating Room
Women’s Operating Room
Children’s Operating Room

Adult Procedures:
Urology
Thoracic
Endoscopy
Central Lines
Plastics/Ortho ER Decant
Misericordia HospitalOperating Room and Procedure Rooms
Pan Am ClinicOperating Room
Selkirk Regional Health CentreEndoscopy
St. Boniface HospitalCath Lab
Endoscopy
Victoria HospitalEndoscopy

If you are a quick learner and thrive in a dynamic, challenging and rewarding environment, apply today!

The course is scheduled to begin in January and participants must be available to take the course at the time it is offered. Only those who successfully complete the course will be able to accept – and start – their ORA position.

Training and Orientation

Through virtual education and clinical orientation, you will develop the skills to succeed. Graduates will also complete on the job orientation to the role to ensure they are set up for success.
Under the supervision of the Clinical Manager, Operating Room Assistants will work with regulated healthcare team members to support safe and effective delivery of surgical/procedural care, ensuring that the operating/procedural room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

OR Assistant duties may include both clinical and non-clinical functions, such as:

Clinical:

  • Assisting with creation and maintenance of the sterile field;
  • Assembling, setting up and disassembling instrumentation associated with procedures and/or surgeries;
  • Cleaning and prepare instruments for processing and transport to decontamination areas;
  • Assisting with post-procedure cleaning of the operative or procedure room;
  • Assisting with safe positioning and transfer of patients pre and post procedure;
  • Participation in ongoing educational and competency verification activities applicable to role;
  • Under the direction of the surgeon/endoscopist/proceduralist:  handling of instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the procedure/surgery;
  • Under the direction of the surgeon/endoscopist/proceduralist:  anticipating the needs of the healthcare team related to the procedure being performed and intraoperative/procedural requirements;
  • Under the direction of the surgeon/endoscopist/proceduralist:  ensuring quality patient care during the surgery/procedure with sustaining vigilance and attentiveness to maintain the sterile field;
  • Identification, communication and resolution of malfunctioning or broken equipment; instrumentation and/or supplies;
  • Participation in the Surgical Safety Checklist phases of the operative procedure;
  • Participation in all required surgical counts as per policy; and
  • Participation in emergency codes as required/directed.

Non-Clinical:

  • Following organizational policies and procedures and best practice standards to ensure safe care for patients and optimal team functioning;
  • Completion of documentation if required in accordance with documentation policies;
  • As required, assist with obtaining, cleaning and maintaining equipment;
  • As required, restock supplies as assigned; and
  • Completion of appropriate process and associated documentation to address equipment repairs.

Operating Room Assistants must successfully complete a 12-week micro-credential certification program consisting of 10 weeks of online learning (five days per week), two in-person practice labs, and a two-week clinical practicum.

Training is provided at no cost to the participant with a valid two-year return of service agreement.

Eligibility

Manitoba’s first group of Operating Room Assistants will be trained and oriented to the operative/procedural environment over the coming months.

Eligible candidates must have the following education and experience:

  • Grade 12 education
  • Successful completion of a recognized comprehensive Health Care Aide course
  • A minimum of three years working in an acute care setting.
  • Experience in the operating room or a surgical environment is preferred
  • Strong ability to express ideas and thoughts in English both verbally and in written formats

Careers

Apply today to be one of Manitoba’s first Operating Room Assistants! (link to be inserted to each specific postings for each facility)

Questions & Answers

What is an Operating Room Assistant?

During a surgery or procedure, OR Assistants will provide support in the management of sterile instrumentation and the sterile field; assist with both the preparation of surgical instruments before a procedure; and support the post-procedure transport of instruments to the decontamination area. They will assist with the safe positioning and transfer of patients, participate in post-procedure cleaning of the operative or procedure room, and handle instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.

In this role, you will work alongside experienced colleagues, making already strong teams, even stronger while allowing more Manitobans to receive the help they need.

Are OR Assistants new to Manitoba?

Yes. Manitoba’s first group of OR Assistants will be trained and oriented to the operative environment over the coming months during a comprehensive 12 week training program that will provide them with the skills necessary to be successful in this role.

Where will OR Assistants work?

Below is a list of facilities and the areas that are participating in this initial trial of OR Assistants in Manitoba.

FacilityApply Here
Concordia HospitalEndoscopy (Future intake in early 2022)
Grace HospitalEndoscopy
HSC WinnipegOperating Rooms:
Adult Operating Room
Women’s Operating Room
Children’s Operating Room

Adult Procedures:
Urology
Thoracic
Endoscopy
Central Lines,
Plastics/Ortho ER Decant
Misericordia HospitalOperating Room and Procedure Rooms
Pan Am ClinicOperating Room
Selkirk Regional Health CentreEndoscopy
St. Boniface HospitalCath Lab
Endoscopy
Victoria HospitalEndoscopy

OR Assistants will initially be hired to work with teams performing certain procedures in specialties that include Orthopaedic, Orthopaedic Trauma, Gynecology, General, Urology and/or Ophthalmology procedures/surgeries.

The OR Assistant role may extend to additional facilities in the future.

Who is eligible?

In order to train as an OR Assistant, eligible participants must have:

  • a minimum of a grade 12 education
  • completed a recognized, comprehensive Health Care Aide course
  • strong ability to express ideas and thoughts in English both verbally and in written formats
  • at least three years of experience working in an acute care setting, with OR/ surgical experience preferred

How do I apply for the training?

If you meet the criteria, please apply for one of the OR Assistant Job position postings at LINK. Select the facility/site you are interested in.
If you are a successful candidate, you will be enrolled in the required micro-credential program. Upon successful completion, you will begin work in a participating facility.

What is involved in the training and orientation?

Manitoba students will participate in – and complete – the OR Micro credential Program offered by Mohawk College. This is a 12-week course, including 10 weeks of virtual education with scheduled class activities five days per week (20 hours per week).
Two in-person labs take place during the 10-week period, scheduled on the Saturdays of week five and week 10.
A two week in-person clinical practicum is also required and will be delivered at participating Manitoba health-care facilities. Students must successfully complete all modules of the virtual training before being approved for participating in the clinical practicum. A passing grade for all courses within the program is 60 per cent. Graduates will also complete on the job orientation to the role to ensure they are set up for success.

Participation throughout the 12-week training is mandatory.

How many candidates are you accepting for the training?

An initial class of approximately 20 students will be accepted to begin in January and participants must be available to take the course at the time it is offered. Only those who successfully complete the course will be able to accept – and start – their ORA position.

How much does it cost?

Your training is offered at no cost, with an agreed upon return of service agreement.

What is a return of service agreement?

A return of service agreement is a contract between an employer and an employee, guaranteeing a period of service following the completion of employer-paid training. OR Assistants will be required to complete the terms of a two-year contract following completion of their training.

Are OR Assistants members of a union?

Yes. In participating Winnipeg facilities, OR Assistants will be members of CUPE. OR Assistants working at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre will be members of MGEU.

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