Clinical Extern

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Job Number: J1021-1345
Job Title: Clinical Extern
Department: Nursing Resource Team
Job Category: Support Services
Hospital Location: Centenary/General/Birchmount
Job Type: Temporary Part Time
Contract Duration: 4 months
Number Of Positions: 59
Union: Non Union
Hours: Days, Afternoons, Evenings, Nights, Weekends, Holidays

Across our three hospitals and eight satellite sites, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is shaping the future of care. Our many programs and services are designed around the needs of one of Canada’s most vibrant and diverse communities. We are home to North America’s largest nephrology program, as well as the designated cardiac care and spine centre for Scarborough and surrounding communities to the east. We are proud to be a community-affiliated teaching site for the University of Toronto and partner with a number of other universities and colleges, helping to train the next generation of health care professionals. Learn more at

FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLY: As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Hospital’s Workplace Health and Safety department.

The completion of this online form serves as your application and will be used to determine if you meet the requirements of this position. Please ensure that you have provided all pertinent information necessary to be considered for this vacancy by the close date.

This Job Posting is posted under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act - Bill 195 – Enhanced Extern Program (EEP).

SHN is hiring Clinical Externs to work as part of our Nursing and Allied Health Teams. We are hiring students currently in their second last or final year of schooling in the following clinical specialties: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, and Nursing. This is a temporary position with the aim to provide student with relevant on-the-job experience with patient care while working in a collaborative team environment. As a non-registered student you will respectively participates in patient care activities under the direction of a supervising registered team-leader.

The primary role of the Clinical Extern allows a non-registered students to develop skills in providing direct and indirect patient care in a collaborative care model supporting team environment. The Clinical extern collaborates with the team to provide excellent patient centred care.

NOTE: This position falls within the provisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – effective March 17, 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep individuals and families safe.


Skills required but not limited to, and completed in collaboration with the supervising regulated team-leader:
• Participate in patient functional, mobility assessments; and contribute to care planning and evaluation,
• Provide assistance with lifting, turning, transferring, transporting and ambulating,
• Provide measures to ensure skin integrity and reduce pressure injuries,
• Assist with comfort measures and patient safety by ensuring the environment is clean and tidy and free of hazards,
• Communicate care (documentation/report),
• Engage in additional skills via delegation as approved by unit leadership (and as applicable)
• Providing Activities of Daily Living
• Hourly Rounding
• Answering Call bells

For Nursing Students in the final year of study, delegation may be available with supervision from a nurse, for the following controlled acts:
• Point of Care Testing (POCT), glucose level testing,
• Intermittent urinary catheterization,
• Indwelling urinary catheterization,
• Oxygen therapy (excludes high flow administration of oxygen).

For RT Students in their 2nd or final year of study for the following:
• Responsible for monitoring and ensuring adequate supply levels.
• Checking and maintaining equipment in respiratory airway carts (e.g. difficult airway carts).
• Responsible ensuring equipment is sent to and received/picked up from the sterilization processing unit,.
• Cleaning/re-circuiting of all invasive and non-invasive ventilators and preparation and calibration of other respiratory therapy equipment for patient use.
• Required to participate in other RT related/administrative duties specific to the RT Department as required.
• Participation in clinical observership, with limited interaction with patients under the direct supervision of a Registered Respiratory Therapist for some therapeutic procedures.


• Physiotherapy Students currently enrolled in their second and final year of a Canadian Physiotherapy Association approved Master′s degree program
• Occupational Therapy Students currently enrolled in their second and final year of a Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist approved Master′s degree program
• Respiratory Therapy Students enrolled in program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Respiratory Therapy Education administered by the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists in either 2nd or 3rd year of study
• Nursing Students currently enrolled in an CNO approved Baccalaureate Nursing Program
• Evidence of good academic standing
• Evidence of successful learning experiences in recent clinical placements in a hospital setting, acute care hospital setting preferred
• Completion of Basic Life Support (B.L.S.) required
• Willingness to work with a mixed aggregation of patients
• Demonstrated assessment skills within the appropriate Regulatory scope of practice
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
• Demonstrates excellent problem-solving, decision making and critical thinking skills
• Demonstrates excellent organizational and time-management skills
• Flexible and adaptable regarding assignment locations
• Proven strong patient assessment and observation skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment
• Demonstrates excellent team building skills
• Demonstrates a positive attitude and the willingness to work effectively in a team.
• Demonstrated commitment to on-going learning and professional development.
• Demonstrates values consistent with The Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Code of Conduct and is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment in accordance with Health & Safety policy and legislation.
• Utilize protective equipment provided and identify and reports hazards
• Work is moderately heavy involving lifting, considerable walking, and standing, bending, pushing and pulling of equipment.
• Demonstrated knowledge of infection control practices

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) embraces and celebrates our community’s unique multicultural heritage and diversity. SHN is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a culture of inclusiveness and diversity reflecting our diverse patients, staff and community alike. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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