Respiratory Therapist (signing bonus)

Employer: IWK Health
Job Title: Respiratory Therapy, Children's Health Program
Location: Halifax

Job Description

Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) are highly skilled healthcare professionals who have specialized medical expertise, knowledge, and skills to provide quality care to patients (neonatal to adult) with respiratory or cardiorespiratory-related illnesses. Respiratory therapists work in all care areas and are heavily relied upon by physicians and allied health professionals, to provide advanced life-sustaining treatments in a family-centered approach.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • registered, or eligible to be registered with the Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists (NSCRT), successfully completed a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support (BLS) program, and graduated from a Respiratory Therapist program.
  • Current NRP, PALS, and ACLS required within the last 12 months required or currently enrolled.
  • Demonstrated clinical and technical competence in a Neonatal/Pediatric/Adult setting.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated competence in communication, interpersonal relations, problem-solving, computer applications, and innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep current in therapeutic and technological advances in respiratory care.
  • Competencies in other languages are an asset.

About Us

IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults, and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers, and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families, and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive. Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities that also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportion of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases, and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.


Thank you for your interest in IWK Health. Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units, or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position. An offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Hours Of Work

  • Rotating shifts, 11.25 hrs, as per self-scheduling guidelines


$29.6591 - $42.0803 /hour Successful external applicants will be eligible to receive a one-time Signing Bonus of $10,000. In turn, a Return of Service will be required for a (2) two-year period.

Closing Statement

Open Until Filled (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)

Closing Date

Sunday, 01 September 2024

How To Apply

Enter the link below into your URL: If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant.

Contact Us

1959 Upper Water Street, Suite 1301
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3N2