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CAMTA volunteers are very special people. They start with an empathy for people in other parts of the world - people who don't have the same advantages Canadians often take for granted.  They approach the Mission with open minds, good humour and patience.
 
They understand that they are guests in our host hospital and are sensitive to cultural differences. 
 
They are hard workers - putting in long days during the Mission. Each team works six or seven days,  8-10 hour days, without a day off. 
 
They are team players. Its not unheard of for surgeons to help sterilize instruments, or lay people to be invited to observe surgeries. The Mission works well because there is respect and cooperation among ALL the members.

Please take a look at all the different specialties we need. 

Communications - General

Communications Volunteer Position Description

Position Summary

The Communications volunteer, in cooperation with the CAMTA Administrators, maintains the website and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) publishes the monthly newsletter and sends thank-you notes, after the Mission, to people who have donated goods and services to CAMTA.  This volunteer works closely with the Mission blogger prior to the mission.

Specific Duties 

  • Throughout the year: 
    • Attends CAMTA meetings and events to obtain information and photographs for the blog - or asks another volunteer to forward this information.
    • Creates and publishes blogposts for the CAMTA website.
    • Forwards blogposts to the CAMTA Facebook page.
    • Maintains CAMTA’s photo library.
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
  • Website 
    • Updates webpages as directed.
    • Posts meetings and events as they are scheduled to the Upcoming Events page.
    • At the end of a Mission and at the beginning of the next, edits webpages to reflect new dates.  
    • After the Mission, writes a brief description of the year’s mission and posts it to the History page.
    • After the Mission, writes a more detailed description of the year’s mission and posts it to that year, under MISSIONS.
  • Facebook page
    • Copies Events, Blogposts and Newsletters to the CAMTA Facebook page 
    • Promote team member fundraising online profiles on the CAMTA Facebook page.
  • Newsletter
    • Writes and publishes a regular newsletter using Constant Contact. 
    • Maintains and updates the contact lists stored on the CC website.
  • In-kind thank you letters
    • Asks team members to keep track of  specifics of any donation of goods or services to their fundraising efforts
    • Maintains a list of donors of goods and services
    • Composes a letter thanking the donors for their contributions and summarizing the Mission.
    • Arranges to have the form letter translated into Spanish, before sending to our Spanish speaking donors.

Qualifications and Skills 

Ability to write stories and letters that are interesting, informative and grammatically correct.

Basic photography skills are helpful (there is also a dedicated external hard drive that stores photos from previous missions, which can be used in all communications).

Ability to post on the camta.com website using the CMS designed for CAMTA. (manual provided)

Ability to write and publish newsletters using Constant Contact.

Soft Skills

Ability to be a team player regarding communication with CAMTA members and Executive.

Ability to think creatively and to be flexible.

Cultural and public sensitivity (e. g. knowing what pictures are appropriate to post to the website and social media).

 

 

Communications – Mission Blogger

Blogger Position Description

Position Summary

The blogger keeps team members, donors and supporters informed about CAMTA activities through the CAMTA website and social media, during the Mission.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Works with the Communications Volunteer to do the following:
    • Create a template for the daily blogposts from the Mission, using Constant Contact
    • Create a sign-up email to allow people who are interested to sign up for the Mission blog. This email specifies that they will ONLY receive blogposts from CAMTA during the Mission.
    • Encourage all Mission volunteers to forward the sign-up email to their supporters.
    • Maintain a specific contact list of these readers.
    • Establish contact with ALL Mission volunteers, so that they are aware of the blog. Encourages volunteers to let the blogger know about interesting patients, surgeries or activities during the Mission.
    • Set up a Dropbox site where team members may share their Mission photos, and inform them of this site and how to access it.
  • During the Mission
    • Arrives on the first bus and leaves on the last, when possible, to report on as much of the Mission as possible.
    • Establishes a blogger’s area in the Administration area, so that people know where to find you when a story breaks.
    • Floats through the various areas of the hospital, talking to and photographing patients, families and volunteers.
    • Get patient stories from patients, their families and the CAMTA volunteers.
    • Writes 3-5 stories (with photos) per day for the blog, and makes every effort to publish daily (usually at night from the hotel room).
  • After the Mission
    • Forwards all mission photos to the Communications Volunteer, your own and those shared by other volunteers, to be saved to the CAMTA external hard drive. These photos can be sourced throughout the following year for webposts, newsletters and other communications.
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Strong writing and communication skills. Must be able to write interesting, informative and grammatically correct stories that will convey to the readers what CAMTA does during a Mission.
  • Basic photography skills are helpful.
  • Ability to post on the camta.com website using the CMS designed for CAMTA (training provided).
  • Ability to write and publish emails using Constant Contact (training provided).

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show compassion, empathy, patience and kindness.
  • Cultural and public sensitivity (e. g. knowing what pictures are appropriate to post to the website and social media).
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • A few basic words in Spanish are helpful in communicating with patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.
Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk

Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk Position Description

Position Summary

The incumbent is responsible for the reliable functioning of the CAMTA computers, network and patient data base.  This entails setting the computers and peripherals for the clinic and the ward entering patient data into the data base and producing reports and schedules as required.     

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Attend a “hook-up” meeting with CAMTA’s volunteer network coordinator to: 
      • Confirm appropriate type and number of computers are available and functioning.
      • Confirm label printers are available and functioning in a network with the computers.
      • Confirm data base is working.
    • Preload as much clinic patient data as possible.
    • Work with surgeons to order prostheses from suppliers.
    • Ensure there is a camera available to take patient photos in Quito.
    • Based on the list provided by Un Canto a la Vida and reviewed by surgeons, schedule patients to clinic days. 
  • During the Mission: 
    • Set up/take down computers and peripherals in both the clinic and the administration areas.
    • Work with local computer department to synchronize CAMTA machines with the hospital network.
    • During the clinic enter patient data and take a photograph of each patient.
    • Attach photo with patient in data base.
    • Print labels and add to patient files.
    • Print operating room slates each day with data and time and distribute as required.
    • Print additional labels and forms as requested.
    • Assist other team members as needed.
    • Week Two IT Person:
    • Print and distribute to team leads the inventory blank Exit Packing Lists. 
    • Liaise with team leads to ensure accurate recording of inventory on the Master List.
    • Produce separate Exit packing lists from the Master list for inventory: (1) staying in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
    • Create Bag Lists (Bag number, bag weight) and allocate bags to team members returning to Edmonton. 
  • After the Mission: 
    • Create back up of data base on external drive.
    • Forward all inventory data to CAMTA Administrator.
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Familiar and comfortable working with computer hardware and software.
  • Comfortable working with Word, Excel spreadsheets.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

Lay Person

Lay Person Position Description

Position Summary

The responsibilities of a lay person are extremely varied and require the individual to undertake any job required to be completed for the CAMTA Team. Under the direction of a senior Team member, the lay person will perform general duties to assist the medical staff in accomplishing the Mission objectives. The lay person must remain continuously available to assist other team members. By developing a good working relationship with all CAMTA Team members, the lay person makes it easy for members in all positions to feel comfortable requesting help, even if the job is somewhat less than desirable.

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • The lay person may be required to assist in purchasing of general supplies, packing bees at the warehouse and preparing hockey bags required to transport supplies to Ecuador.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack upon arrival and pack prior to departure from Quito all material and supplies that are transported with the CAMTA Team to Ecuador including preparing and checking the inventory of these supplies.
    • Assist with the cleaning and sterilization of surgical instruments in a timely manner, to ensure that the operating teams never run short of the required instruments.
    • Run for materials such as drugs, patient files, x-rays, crutches, etc. as required.
    • Assist Nurses and Physiotherapists with transporting patients, especially during the recovery period on the ward.
    • General housekeeping duties within the CAMTA work space in the hospital including:
      • Making coffee and refilling snacks .
      • Sorting and counting laundry (scrubs and linen), keep accurate scrub count sheets.
      • Keeping the CAMTA staff room clean and tidy .
      • Preparing and delivering gift bags to the patients  
      • Shopping, with a translator, for necessary supplies.
      • Spending time with patients and their families to help allay the fears and stresses of surgery.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • No specific previous experience or knowledge is required although a general willingness to perform any task necessary is essential.
  • Participates as a member of the CAMTA Team and enthusiastically assists Team members as required.
  • Must be polite, patient, and calm while performing duties with a sense of humor and demonstrating an ability to listen.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.
Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse Position Description

Position Summary 

Ability to provide post-operative care, including Total Body Assessments, vital signs including CSMT, dressing changes using sterile technique, and medication administration including IV  for  Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips) and Pediatric surgeries such as club foot and congenital hip repairs.  Coordinating with other team members, the LPN’s duties include: 

  • providing a safe and effective nursing care according nursing care standards;
  • working within the full scope of practice, the LPN observes, monitors, reports, and documents changes in the patient's physical, mental, and emotional state;
  • assisting the patient with activities of daily living; 
  • providing the patient and family with relevant information and teaching;
  • collaborating as a member of the health care team, in order to deliver  consistent quality care and to meet the needs of the patient.

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack, organize, record and maintain sterile supplies and unsterile supplies, implants, equipment and surgical instrumentation.
    • Assist with the cleaning, assembly, wrapping and processing of sterile equipment and supplies. Gain experience in this area through working with the CSS team regularly.
    • Develop a cohesive ward team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Plan ahead for each case with the knowledge that there is a limited amount of supplies and equipment available in Ecuador. Ensure all supplies required are available prior to each case.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified LPN  with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Operating room experience.
  • Orthopaedic and Total Joint Arthroplasty experience an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.
O.R. Technician

O.R. Technician Position Description

Position Summary 

Circulate and scrub-in on Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips) or Pediatric Surgeries (including club foot repairs, congenital hip repairs, surgeries for Cerebral Palsy, Spinabifida,).  

Coordinating with other team members, the ORT’s duties include: 

  • following through with appropriate interventions to ensure optimum patient outcomes and promotion of independence. This involves table set up, instrumentation, and the surgical count (with the registered nurse) according to procedure;
  • assisting with patient care activities pertaining to the handling of instruments, sponges, sutures, drains, dressing, specimens, equipment and records during the surgical procedure;
  • handling medications used intra-operatively in conjunction with an R.N.;
  • assisting in the operating of equipment and sterilization of the materials according to established procedures;
  • checking blood products with Registered Nurse or Physician (anaesthesiologist);
  • completing the surgical count with a Registered Nurse;
  • assisting the anaesthetist with transport to Post Anaesthetic Recovery Room when there is a Registered Nurse in Post Anaesthetic Recovery Room to accept the patient;
  • assisting in maintaining a comfortable patient care environment;
  • advocating for the patient while in surgery;
  • maintaining sterile field and handling of sterile supplies; 
  • planning, organizing and coordinating of supplies needed for surgical cases each day;
  • assisting with theater set up, preparation of supplies and equipment for the surgical patient;
  • assisting with lifting and transporting of patients as directed;
  • assisting with positioning, prepping, draping;
  • assisting with the documentation of patient care.

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack, organize, record and maintain sterile supplies and unsterile supplies, implants, equipment and surgical instrumentation.
    • Assist with the cleaning, assembly, wrapping and processing of sterile equipment and supplies. Gain experience in this area through working with the CSS team regularly.
    • Develop a cohesive surgical team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Plan ahead for each case with the knowledge that there is a limited amount of supplies and equipment available in Ecuador. Ensure all supplies required are available prior to each case.
    • Be involved in the set up and strike of the entire operating room and central supply area thereby gaining an appreciation for everything that is involved in the running of an operating room.
    • Be prepared to teach lay people about surgical procedures and sterile technique; teach and learn from the staff at the Ecuadoran hospital despite the difficulties of language (translators will be there to help); follow up with patients and their families post op.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified LPN/O.R. Technician with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Operating room experience.
  • Orthopaedic and Total Joint Arthroplasty experience an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

Orthopedic Technologist

Orthopedic Technician Position Description

Position Summary 

Orthopedic Technicians work directly with CAMTA Orthopedic Surgeons, Physicians, Nurses and Physiotherapists in the care and treatment of orthopedic patients following surgery. The Orthopedic Technician specializes in casting, bracing and splinting and is an expert in applying and removing plaster and synthetic casts. The CAMTA orthopedic technician will also be able to adjust crutches, walkers and other aids and provide instructions to patients in their use. 

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.
    • During the Mission:
    • Unpack, organize, record and maintain sterile supplies and unsterile supplies and  equipment. 
    • Develop a cohesive ward team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Apply, adjust, repair, and remove casts.
    • Apply walking devices, eg cast boot.
    • Bi-valve, wedge, and window casts.
    • Be prepared to teach patients proper cast care, teach and learn from the staff at the Ecuadoran hospital despite the difficulties of language (translators will be there to help); follow up with patients and their families post op.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified Orthopedic Technician with current professional certification and current registration/license to practice.
  • Current LPN license an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult

Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult

Position Description

Position Summary

CAMTA operates on 20 or so adult patients each mission week. Our adult anesthesiologists play a pivotal role in steering the patients smoothly through the process. They need to be experienced practitioners, with high degrees of confidence and skill in the administration of spinal and general anesthesia for major orthopaedic surgery. We operate in an environment where recourse to consultants from other specialties, laboratory tests, intensive care and prolonged post-operative hospital stays are often unobtainable, unreliable or prohibitively expensive. We must therefore minimize complications by very careful patient selection. In many cases, it is the anesthesiologist who must draw attention to potential pitfalls that others do not see. Even more important than intraoperative clinical skill is the ability of the CAMTA anesthesiologist to ‘stop the train’ in equivocal cases, in a compassionate, patient-centred and team-based manner.

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Liaise with other team members to ensure that supplies are properly selected for purchase. The bedrock of our technique is spinal anesthesia with bupivacaine.  There is some flexibility to bring your favourite needles, and drugs for sedation and hemodynamic management.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack and organize all anesthetic supplies for the mission.
    • Take final responsibility for the adequacy of the anesthesia equipment and supplies for the week.
    • Attend clinic, perform pre-operative assessments on surgical candidates and collaborate on composition of slates.
    • Administer anesthesia for 4-5 THR surgeries (a combination of unilateral and/or bilateral hip arthroplasties) daily for 5 days.
    • Assist the ward staff with post-operative problems as needed.
    • Assist the pediatric anesthetist as time permits by providing a second pair of hands at induction, topping up nerve block catheters on the ward, giving breaks and other necessary tasks.
    • Monitor supply levels and reorder as needed with an eye to waste-avoidance.
    • Perform non-anesthesia tasks as required by the mission in general after OR work is done.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission:
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission.
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission.
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report)

Qualifications and Skills

  • FRCPC in anesthesia or equivalent with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a fully qualified anesthesia practitioner, including anesthesia for major orthopedics and in a pre-admission clinic setting.
  • Sufficient familiarity with pediatric practice to be a useful assistant if needed.
  • Facility with ultrasound-guided lower limb peripheral nerve blocks is an asset.

Soft Skills

  • A few words of spoken Spanish would be helpful but not necessary.
  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.
Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric

Pediatric Anesthesiology Position Description

Position Summary

The Pediatric Anesthesiologist looks after infants, toddlers, young children and teenagers. He/she makes sure to use the right equipment and facilities specifically designed for youngsters and makes adjustments to the given conditions in Quito. These adjustments require knowledge of physiological changes at high altitudes and its implications on the anesthetic. The job includes the preoperative assessment of the patient, providing a case- and patient-sensitive anesthetic, ensuring a safe and pain-controlled recovery, follow-ups on the ward as well as consults for any pediatric anesthesia specific questions.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order, pack and document mission supplies.
  • During the Mission: 
    • Help unpack and organize all anesthetic supplies for the mission.
    • Assess pediatric patients either by consult or immediately prior to surgery.
    • Provide a safe anesthetic and awakening by using adequate techniques (e.g. mask induction vs. IV-induction, peripheral and neuraxial regional anesthesia, extubation in the OR).
    • Use resources in a thoughtful (= safe, but not wasteful) manner, which includes anesthesia equipment, drugs, monitoring and blood products. 
    • Teach and learn from Ecuadoran anesthesia team members about pediatric anaesthesia procedures and techniques; e.g. how to use the Glidescope or U/S-guided blocks appropriate for pediatric patients.
    • Follow up with patients and their families post-operatively.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified Anesthesiologist (FRCPC) with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Experience in Pediatric Anesthesia, including training in a pediatric anesthesia fellowship program, working as a staff Anesthesiologist in a pediatric hospital or any other hospital with frequent pediatric procedures.

Soft Skills

Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.

Ability to work long hours and multi-task.  

Ability to be a team player.  To have patience and understanding that transportation, hotel, and meals are planned and executed for the team’s overall benefit.

Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment

Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.

Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

Physician - Family Practice

Family Practice Physician Position Description

Position Summary

Family Practice Physician for CAMTA patients and for CAMTA team members.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Help/advise team members in preparation for travel to Ecuador.  For example - advise re vaccinations and prescriptions for travel medications.  
    • Write prescriptions for team members who are not able to access them from family doctor/travel clinic.
    • Collect and have available in Ecuador a Medical Form from each CAMTA member.
    • Keep First Aid Kits current and maintain contents of bandages and medications.
    • Work with Anaesthetists to ensure adequate drug supplies, including PEP Prophylaxis for the mission.
  • During the Mission: 
    • Pre-op assessments/examinations of patients in the Sunday Clinic or other times as needed.
    • GP duties on the ward including patient assessments and examinations and writing postoperative orders. 
    • Act as Ward “pharmacist” – prescribe/provide medications as needed for treatment in regards to pain management, anticoagulation, prevention or treatment of infection, etc. 
    • Order medications as needed by CAMTA patients or by CAMTA volunteers.
    • Offer support to nursing and physiotherapy teams in regard to individual patient care. E.g. Help with mobilizing patients on the ward. 
    • Be available for consultations with respect to any medical concerns experienced by team members; keep a proper record of those consultations.  Minor problems will continue to be managed by individuals within their own comfort levels.  
    • You must be involved in the event of a more serious illness of a team member.  Keep a record of the diagnosis and treatment rendered using proper charting procedure.  If the medical condition is not improving, consult with our Ecuadorian medical contacts; transfer to another hospital may be necessary.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report)

Qualifications and Skills

  • Family Physician/General Practitioner with current professional certification and current license to practice.   
  • Preference is given to FP/GP who is also a Clinical Consultant or Hospitalist.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult

Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult

Position Description

Position Summary 

To provide consultation, non-operative and operative management of hip arthritis in the poor people of Ecuador.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Liaise with Industry representatives regarding prosthesis procurement.
    • Select patients to be seen in clinic and template pre-operative x-rays.
    • Work with the adult operating room nurses in the ordering of appropriate supplies (instruments and prosthesis) for surgery; liaise with ward nurses to assure appropriate supplies for pre and post-operative care.  
  • During the Mission: 
    • Participate in the Sunday clinics as part of a multidisciplinary team deciding on surgical candidates. See patients in follow-up from previous years.
    • Perform hip replacement surgery.
    • Round on patients with family physicians and ward nurses and physiotherapists in establishing proper post-operative care and follow-up. 
    • Participate in rounds/education of local orthopaedic residents.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills:           

  • M.D., F.R.C.S.(C) or American Board Certified or equivalent in Orthopaedic Surgery with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Experience in hip replacement surgery.                                                                       

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

 

 

Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Position Description

Position Summary

To provide surgical and non-surgical care and to provide consultation for conservative management and prescription of appropriate orthotic care for poor children in Ecuador.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Work with the pediatric operating room nurse in the ordering of appropriate supplies required for surgery; liaise with hospital nurses to assure appropriate procurement of above supplies where indicated (eg. casting materials, felt for spicas).
  • During the Mission: 
    • Participate in the Sunday clinics and decide on the surgical candidates. 
    • Perform requisite pediatric orthopaedic surgery. 
    • Round on patients with family physicians and ward nurses and physiotherapists in establishing proper post-operative care and follow-up. 
    • Participate in rounds/education of local orthopaedic residents.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who have undergone surgery.
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills:

  • M.D.,  F.R.C.S.(C) or American Board Certified or equivalent in Orthopaedic Surgery with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Fellowship training and experience in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery.                                                                     

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

 

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist Position Description

Position Summary

As part of the Physiotherapy Team provide therapy for Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips) and Pediatric surgeries to correct lower extremities including, club foot repairs hip dysplasias and contractures. Coordinating with other team members, the Physiotherapist provides care from immediate post-op to discharge with a focus on ambulation and exercise. Discharge is targeted for 2 or 3 days post-surgery but may in fact be even less.  Provide pre-op and discharge patient education as well as presentations to local Ecuadorian staff. 

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Work with the Physiotherapy Team in acquiring, recording inventory and packing any necessary equipment (crutches, walkers, etc.). 
    • Familiarize oneself with forms, handouts and inventory used in Quito and share any concerns in regards to forms, process or equipment with the Team.
  • During the Mission: 
    • Unpack, organize and maintain an inventory of physio equipment and supplies in the physio room. 
    • Arrange hospital rooms by positioning of beds to provide for ease of transfer of patients.
    • Assess patient physiotherapy needs and commence with therapy.
    • Be prepared to teach Total Hip Arthoplasty basics in Clinic i.e. hip precautions, bed exercises, and ambulation with walker and with crutches.
    • Provide patient education and training to family members (e.g. sock aid, cast care, transfers, etc.) 
    • Given the limited amount of supplies and equipment in Ecuador, design and implement ad hoc modifications to wheel chairs or other equipment to meet the patients’ needs.
    • Complete charts and documentation related to all patients seen in Ecuador.  
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified physiotherapist with professional certification and current license to practice. 
  • Experience working in the rehabilitation of adult and pediatric patients.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

Physiotherapy Assistant

Physiotherapy Assistant Position Description

Position Summary

As part of the Physiotherapy Team provide therapy for Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips) and Pediatric surgeries to correct lower extremities including, club foot repairs hip dysplasias and contractures. Coordinating with other team members, the Physiotherapy Assistant provides care from immediate post-op to discharge with a focus on ambulation and exercise. Discharge is targeted for 2 or 3 days post-surgery but may in fact be even less.  Provide pre-op and discharge patient education as well as presentations to local Ecuadorian staff. 

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Work with the Physiotherapy Team in acquiring, recording inventory and packing any necessary equipment (crutches, walkers, etc.). 
    • Familiarize oneself with forms, handouts and inventory used in Quito and share any concerns in regards to forms, process or equipment with the Team.
  • During the Mission: 
    • Unpack, organize and maintain an inventory of physio equipment and supplies in the physio room. 
    • Arrange hospital rooms by positioning of beds to provide for ease of transfer of patients.
    • Under the direction of the PT's the Physiotherapy Assistant will: 
    • Be prepared to teach Total Hip Arthoplasty basics in Clinic i.e. hip precautions, bed exercises, and ambulation with walker and with crutches.
    • Provide patient education and training to family members (e.g. sock aid, cast care, transfers, etc.) 
    • Teach techniques to colleagues at the hospital in Ecuador.
    • Given the limited amount of supplies and equipment in Ecuador, design and implement ad hoc modifications to wheel chairs or other equipment to meet the patients’ needs.
    • Complete charts and documentation related to all patients seen in Ecuador.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma and current license to practice. 
  • Experience working in the rehabilitation of adult and pediatric patients.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

Resident - Anesthesia

Anesthesia Resident Position Description

Position Summary

Work with the Anesthesia team to provide neuraxial and general anesthetics for both pediatric and adult lower limb surgeries. In addition, the anesthesia resident works in the pre admission clinic to screen patients for suitability for surgery and helps manage patients in the immediate post operative period in the post anesthesia recovery room.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Coordinate with Anesthetic staff to plan, order and pack mission supplies.
  • During the Mission: 
    • See patients prior to surgery in the pre-admission clinic.
    • Identify any patients who may have a contraindication to surgery or anesthesia.
    • Perform equipment, machine and medication checks.
    • Participate in discussions with surgical team regarding planned cases and any patient or procedural concerns.
    • Provide neuraxial (unless general is required) anesthetics for adult cases.
    • Provide general anesthetics and appropriate regional anesthesia for pediatric cases.
    • Help manage patients post operatively both in the recovery room and on the ward.
    • Assist with discharging patients.
    • Should be easy to work with and willing to perform duties outside of anesthesia care from cleaning instruments to ward management. 
    • Assist with any machine maintenance which might be required.
    • Perform inventory on medications and equipment used during the week.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified anesthetic surgery resident with a minimum of four years [negotiable] residency experience currently in good standing.
  • Must be adaptable and efficient given limited resources in Quito.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

Resident - Family Medicine

Please contact Barb Moreau at barbmoreau@hotmail.com for information relating to this job

Resident - Orthopedics

ORTHOPEDIC RESIDENT POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position Summary

The orthopaedic surgical resident works under the supervision of the CAMTA adult and paediatric surgeons.  They assist in the pre-operative planning, surgical intervention, and post-operative care of the patients.  Residents will participate in a new patient clinic, seeing both adult and paediatric patients triaging those who need surgery.    They will also scrub in on Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips) and/or Paediatric Surgeries (including club foot repairs, congenital hip repairs, surgeries for Cerebral Palsy, Spinabifida,).   Coordinating with other team members, the resident duties include: 

  • participating in pre-operative consultation and planning of surgical cases for the week;
  • planning, organizing and coordinating of operative intervention for surgical cases each day;
  • maintaining sterile field and handling of sterile supplies; 
  • assisting in the patient positioning and surgical intervention of patients each day;
  • providing patient care orders and documenting procedures performed.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Assist with planning, ordering and packing mission supplies.
  • During the Mission:
    • Develop a cohesive surgical team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Assist staff surgeon’s with seeing new patient consults; helping to decide what patients need surgery and what surgical procedures are necessary.
    • Assist staff surgeons with surgical procedures in both the paediatric and adult O.R.s.  What O.R.s to attend throughout the week are negotiated amongst the staff and fellow resident.   
    • Assist with patient care orders and documentation of O.R. procedures and implants used. 
    • Collaborate with physiotherapists, ward nurses, and hospitalists in the management of patients and their families post-operatively.
    • Assist with the cleaning, assembly, wrapping and processing of sterile equipment and instruments.
    • Work with and include the medical students in your tasks as possible.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission:
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who have undergone surgery.
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified orthopaedic surgery resident with a minimum of four years [negotiable] residency experience currently in good standing.
  • Basic Life Support Certification.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist Position Description

Position Summary

The Respiratory Therapist or Anesthesia Assistant works under the supervision of the CAMTA Anesthesiologist and assists in the care of surgical patients during general, regional and local anesthesia.  Coordinating with other team members, the Respiratory Therapist’s duties include:

  • Technical support to Anesthesiologist for complex anesthesia equipment;
  • Airway management assistance with administration of anesthetic gases;
  • Insertion and management of intravenous access and invasive pressure monitors;
  • Patient physiological monitoring and management of anesthesia equipment.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order, pack and document mission supplies.
  • During the Mission: 
    • Quickly develop a cohesive anaesthesia care team with the CAMTA adult and paediatric anaesthesiologists who bring varied styles of practice from their country of origin.
    • Set up/pack up the anaesthesia equipment, medications and supplies in the operating theatres and central supply area. 
    • Assist the post anaesthesia recovery room nurses with blood and fluid administration, patient positioning and laboratory blood measurements.
    • Plan ahead to ensure adequate supplies are available for each surgical case.  Could be required to liaise with a local vendor/hospital to purchase medical/surgical supplies and medications.
    • Teach CAMTA lay people and students about anaesthesia procedures and techniques.
    • Teach and learn from the staff at the Ecuadoran hospital despite the difficulties of language (translators will be there to help);  
    • Follow up with patients and their families post op.   
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified Respiratory Therapist with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Experience with assisting in Paediatric and Adult anaesthesia.  
  • Basic Life Support certification. 

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.  
  • Ability to be a team player.  To have patience and understanding that transportation, hotel, and meals are planned and executed for the team’s overall benefit.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

RN – Operating Room – Adult

Adult Operating Room Nurse Position Description

Position Summary 

Circulate and scrub-in on Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips) or Pediatric Surgeries (including club foot repairs, congenital hip repairs, surgeries for Cerebral Palsy, Spinabifida,).  Coordinating with other team members, the Operating Room Nurse’s duties include: 

maintaining sterile field and handling of sterile supplies; 

assisting the anesthetists during spinal anesthesia and general anesthesia; 

advocating for the patient while in surgery;

positioning and prep of patient for surgery; 

patient charting and recording of implant use; 

cleaning the operating room between cases; 

planning, organizing and coordinating of supplies needed for surgical cases each day.

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack, organize, record and maintain sterile supplies and unsterile supplies, implants, equipment and surgical instrumentation.
    • Assist with the cleaning, assembly, wrapping and processing of sterile equipment and supplies. Gain experience in this area through working with the CSS team regularly.
    • Develop a cohesive surgical team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Plan ahead for each case with the knowledge that there is a limited amount of supplies and equipment available in Ecuador. Ensure all supplies required are available prior to each case.
    • Be involved in the set up and strike of the entire operating room and central supply area thereby gaining an appreciation for everything that is involved in the running of an operating room.
    • Be prepared to teach lay people about surgical procedures and sterile technique; teach and learn from the staff at the Ecuadoran hospital despite the difficulties of language (translators will be there to help); follow up with patients and their families post op.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified nurse with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Operating room experience.
  • Orthopaedic and Total Joint Arthroplasty experience an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

RN – Operating Room – Pediatric

Pediatric Operating Room Nurse Position Description

Position Summary 

Circulate and scrub-in on Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips) or Pediatric Surgeries (including club foot repairs, congenital hip repairs, surgeries for Cerebral Palsy, Spinabifida,).  Coordinating with other team members, the Operating Room Nurse’s duties include: 

  • maintaining sterile field and handling of sterile supplies; 
  • assisting the anesthetists during spinal anesthesia and general anesthesia; 
  • advocating for the patient while in surgery;
  • positioning and prep of patient for surgery; 
  • patient charting and recording of implant use; 
  • cleaning the operating room between cases; 
  • planning, organizing and coordinating of supplies needed for surgical cases each day.

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack, organize, record and maintain sterile supplies and unsterile supplies, implants, equipment and surgical instrumentation.
    • Be familiar with sizes of pediatric supplies and equipment available for the mission; pediatric patients vary in age/size from infants to teens.  Use supplies wisely and report shortages.  
    • Assist with the cleaning, assembly, wrapping and processing of sterile equipment and supplies. Gain experience in this area through working with the CSS team regularly.
    • Develop a cohesive surgical team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Plan ahead for each case with the knowledge that there is a limited amount of supplies and equipment available in Ecuador. Ensure all supplies required are available prior to each case.
    • Be involved in the set up and strike of the entire operating room and central supply area thereby gaining an appreciation for everything that is involved in the running of an operating room.
    • Be prepared to teach lay people about surgical procedures and sterile technique; teach and learn from the staff at the Ecuadoran hospital despite the difficulties of language (translators will be there to help); follow up with patients and their families post op.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified nurse with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Operating room experience in pediatric surgeries and asset. 
  • Orthopaedic and Total Joint Arthroplasty experience an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

RN – Recovery Room – Adult

Adult Post Anesthetic Recovery Room Position Description

Position Summary

Provide and coordinate the arrival of patients to the Pre-op area to prepare them for the initial contact with the OR.  Deliver safe patient care immediately post-op and advocate for the patient during their recovery from anesthesia. Complete patient charting and recording of patient’s stay using the Pre-op Form, Recovery Room Record and Transfer/Discharge Form.  

Specific Duties

Prior to the Mission:

  • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
  • Fundraise and get the word out!
  • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
  • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.  

During the Mission:

  • Unpack, organize and set up the Recovery Room. 
  • Set up pre-op area for patient intake, pre-op teaching, and IV starts. 
  • Develop a cohesive Recovery team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
  • Identify the drugs that are available for treatment in the Recovery Room and communicate this to Anesthesia and Surgery.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate supplies needed for each patient (including the blanket from their care package).
  • Plan ahead for each case anticipating patients in the preoperative area, and admission to the Recovery Room.
  • Ensure that the patient's blood is onsite pre-operatively in the refrigerator. If not present, then arrange its availability with the Un Canto a la Vida O.R. head nurse.
  • Be prepared to teach lay people about patients’ needs as they recover from their anesthetic.    
  • Monitor vital signs: Oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate, hemoglobin, limb circulation, dressing status, pain and nausea status. Chart on the Recovery Room Record. 
  • Provide nausea relief, pain relief, and treat blood pressure if required, as ordered by anesthesia. 
  • Communicate with the anesthetists, surgeons, and OR staff, ward nurses and doctors. 
  • Communicate with hospital O.R. head nurse to arrange X-rays. (Translators are available in the post-op area).
  • Transfer the patient safely to their ward bed.
  • Provide clear report to the ward nurses and doctors regarding the patient's time in the OR and Recovery Room using the Transfer/Discharge Form.
  • Clean equipment after each patient use.  
  • Follow up with patients and their families post-op. 
  • Email the Week 2 Recovery Room team to give an update on mission status and request more supplies if needed.
  • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.

After the Mission: 

  • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
  • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
  • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills

  • Qualified nurse with current professional certification and current license to practice
  • Recovery Room experience with adult patients.
  • IV medication skills and extubation skills are assets.
  • Orthopedic nursing experience with adults and pediatrics an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

   

RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric

Pediatric Post Anesthetic Recovery Room Position Description

Position Summary

Provide and coordinate the arrival of pediatric patients to the Pre-op area to prepare them for the initial contact with the OR.  Deliver safe patient care immediately post-op and advocate for the patient during their recovery from anesthesia. Complete patient charting and recording of patient’s stay using the Pre-op Form, Recovery Room Record and Transfer/Discharge Form.  

Specific Duties

Prior to the Mission:

  • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
  • Fundraise and get the word out!
  • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
  • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.  
  • During the Mission:
  • Unpack, organize and set up the Recovery Room. 
  • Set up pre-op area for patient intake, pre-op teaching, and IV starts. 
  • Develop a cohesive Recovery team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
  • Identify the drugs that are available for treatment in the Recovery Room and communicate this to Anesthesia and Surgery.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate supplies needed for each patient (including the blanket from their care package).
  • Plan ahead for each case anticipating patients in the preoperative area, and admission to the Recovery Room.
  • Ensure that the patient's blood is onsite pre-operatively in the refrigerator. If not present, then arrange its availability with the Un Canto a la Vida O.R. head nurse.
  • Be prepared to teach lay people about patients’ needs as they recover from their anesthetic.    
  • Monitor vital signs: Oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate, hemoglobin, limb circulation, dressing status, pain and nausea status. Chart on the Recovery Room Record. 
  • Provide nausea relief, pain relief, and treat blood pressure if required, as ordered by anesthesia. 
  • Communicate with the anesthetists, surgeons, and OR staff, ward nurses and doctors. 
  • Communicate with hospital O.R. head nurse to arrange X-rays. (Translators are available in the post-op area).
  • Transfer the patient safely to their ward bed.
  • Provide clear report to the ward nurses and doctors regarding the patient's time in the OR and Recovery Room using the Transfer/Discharge Form.
  • Clean equipment after each patient use.  
  • Follow up with patients and their families post-op. 
  • Email the Week 2 Recovery Room team to give an update on mission status and request more supplies if needed.
  • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
  • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
  • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
  • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report)

Qualifications and Skills

  • Qualified nurse with current professional certification and current license to practice
  • Recovery Room experience working with pediatric patients.
  • IV medication skills and extubation skills are assets.
  • Orthopedic nursing experience with adults and pediatrics an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.   
RN – Ward – Adult

Adult Ward Nurse Position Description

Position Summary 

Ability to provide post operative care, including Total Body Assessments, vital signs including CSMT, dressing changes using sterile technique, and medication administration including IV  for  Adult Total Hip Arthroplasties (primary hips, bilateral hips and occasionally revision hips).  

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack, organize, record and maintain supplies. 
    • Participate in the clinic together with GPs, surgeons and translators to take a nursing history and to answer any questions from the patient and/or their family re the proposed surgery. 
    • Raise issues or concerns to ensure best patient outcomes.
    • Assist with the cleaning, assembly and wrapping of sterile equipment and supplies. Gain experience in this area through working with the CSS team during mission.
    • Develop a cohesive ward team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Willingness to support a multidisciplinary team e.g. rehab-mobilizing and transferring patients multiple times throughout the shift.
    • Be prepared to teach and learn from the staff at the Ecuadoran hospital despite language barriers (translators will be there to help).  
    • Follow up with patients and their families post op.
    • Prepare to present or assist with making presentations to the Ecuadorian nursing staff.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
    • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified nurse with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Good understanding of post-op surgical care of adult or paediatric patient population.
  • Orthopaedic Surgical experience an asset for the adult nurses.
  • Basic Life Support certification. 

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.
RN – Ward – Pediatric

Pediatric Ward Nurse Position Description

Position Summary 

Ability to provide post operative care, including Total Body Assessments, vital signs including CSMT, dressing changes using sterile technique, and medication administration including IV  for  Pediatric Surgeries (including club foot repairs, congenital hip repairs, surgeries for Cerebral Palsy, Spinabifida,).   

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission: 
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Plan, order and pack mission supplies.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack, organize, record and maintain supplies. 
    • Participate in the clinic together with GPs, surgeons and translators to take a nursing history and to answer any questions from the patient and/or their family re the proposed surgery. 
    • Raise issues or concerns to ensure best patient outcomes.
    • Assist with the cleaning, assembly and wrapping of sterile equipment and supplies. Gain experience in this area through working with the CSS team during mission.
    • Develop a cohesive ward team in a very short period of time while working in a foreign hospital environment with limited supplies and with a multidisciplinary team from different backgrounds, hospitals, cities, and countries. Despite different practices the team must quickly find common ground from which they can work.
    • Willingness to support a multidisciplinary team e.g. rehab-mobilizing and transferring patients multiple times throughout the shift.
    • Be prepared to teach and learn from the staff at the Ecuadoran hospital despite language barriers (translators will be there to help).  
    • Follow up with patients and their families post op.
    • Prepare to present or assist with making presentations to the Ecuadorian nursing staff.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Qualified nurse with current professional certification and current license to practice.
  • Good understanding of post-op surgical care of adult or paediatric patient population.
  • Orthopaedic Pediatric surgical experience an asset.
  • Basic Life Support certification. 

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

Student - General

General Student Position Description

Position Summary

The responsibilities of a general student are extremely varied and require the individual to undertake any job required to be completed for the CAMTA Team. Under the direction of a senior Team member, the general student will perform general duties to assist the medical staff in accomplishing the Mission objectives. The general student must remain continuously available to assist other team members. By developing a good working relationship with all CAMTA Team members, the general student makes it easy for members in all positions to feel comfortable requesting help, even if the job is somewhat less than desirable.

Specific Duties   

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • The general student may be required to assist in purchasing of general supplies, packing bees at the warehouse and preparing hockey bags required to transport supplies to Ecuador.
  • During the Mission:
    • Unpack upon arrival and pack prior to departure from Quito all material and supplies that are transported with the CAMTA Team to Ecuador including preparing and checking the inventory of these supplies.
    • Assist with the cleaning and sterilization of surgical instruments in a timely manner, to ensure that the operating teams never run short of the required instruments.
    • Run for materials such as drugs, patient files, x-rays, crutches, etc. as required.
    • Assist Nurses and Physiotherapists with transporting patients, especially during the recovery period on the ward.
    • General housekeeping duties within the CAMTA work space in the hospital including:
    • Making coffee and refilling snacks. 
    • Sorting and counting laundry (scrubs and linen), keep accurate scrub count sheets
    • Keeping the CAMTA staff room clean and tidy.
    • Preparing and delivering gift bags to the patients.  
    • Shopping, with a translator, for necessary supplies.
    • Spending time with patients and their families to help allay the fears and stresses of surgery.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report)

Qualifications and Skills 

  • No specific previous experience or knowledge is required although a general willingness to perform any task necessary is essential.
  • Participates as a member of the CAMTA Team and enthusiastically assists Team members as required.
  • Must be polite, patient, and calm while performing duties with a sense of humor and demonstrating an ability to listen.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.
Student – Medical

Medical Student Position Description

Position Summary

Must be versatile and be willing to help in any area on the CAMTA team. The primary responsibility of the Medical student is to assist the Residents and Physicians and Surgeons in their responsibilities. Duties will range from packing and hauling supplies to assisting on the wards, in the clinics, in the OR, etc. The medical student should try to help in multiple areas during the trip to better understand the whole process of caring for patients. As an undifferentiated professional in training it is important the medical student helps the whole team and capitalizes on this opportunity to learn in many new areas.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Assist the team in packing and preparing the supplies.
    • Study the medical student educational handout.
  • During the Mission: 
    • Assist in hauling, unpacking and organizing the equipment and supplies.
    • Help in the physical clinic day setup. 
    • Assist Residents and Physicians with clinical, surgical and ward duties.
    • Depending on personal interests may help Surgeons, Anaesthesiologists or Family Physicians with pre-operative assessment and planning. 
    • Make an attempt to help in all areas for comprehensive education for at least one case.
    • Should try to spend at least one day in each area.
    • On Surgical days help prepare the ORs or assist the ward in getting ready for the day.
    • If working in the OR the student should help in preoperative planning, assist with anaesthesia, assist in the procedure, do post-op orders and notes and bring patient to recovery room.
    • Alternating between paediatric rooms and adult rooms will provide greatest exposure and learning opportunities.
    • Between OR cases and at the end of the day help cleaning the OR for change over and with cleaning the tools/instruments.
    • Help Round on patients when the Residents or Surgeons round.
    • If working on the wards the student should primarily assist the Physician with post-operative patient management, however may also assist the nursing staff and physical therapists with patient rehab.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Identify inventory needs/surpluses and make appropriate recommendations for the following mission. 
    • Be prepared to respond to any issues that arise in regards to the patients who underwent surgery or had other treatment during the CAMTA mission. 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Must be a medical student in 3rd or 4th year of training. 
  • Ideally has a strong interest in orthopaedics, anaesthesia or family practice. 

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

Student – Nursing

Nursing Student Description

Position Summary

Work together with an interdisciplinary team on a post-surgical floor, transport patients and supplies from OR to ward, care for your own patient load each day under supervision, assist physiotherapists with patient exercises, coordinate with translators, and take on other duties as needed (set up/take down of equipment, sterilize instruments etc). The nursing student should try to help in multiple areas during the trip to better understand the whole process of caring for patients. As an undifferentiated professional in training it is important the nursing student helps the whole team and capitalizes on this opportunity to learn in many new areas.

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Help with packing, planning, and organizing of materials. 
  • During the Mission: 
    • Participate in the set up and take down of the ward – unpack medications and medical supplies, organize in supply closet/med room, take inventory of materials. 
    • Participate in clinic days by coordinating with a translator to record a health history for potential patients.
    • Observe different roles taken on by each team member – help out if and when you can. 
    • Take on your own patient load (2-4 adult patients a day) and provide basic care, administer medications, complete dressing changes, and help with ADL’s
    • Chart and document daily for each patient accordingly.
    • Assist patients with bed exercises, ambulation around the unit, and stair exercises.
    • Work together with local nurses as certain tasks remain under their control. Learn from their culture and practices.
    • Understand that resources are limited in Ecuador. Tasks such as dressing changes will not be with the same supplies; creativity is an asset.
    • Ask questions and learn from the other CAMTA nurses on the ward – they are supportive teachers and great role models.
    • Observe other nursing roles by following a patient through their O.R. and recovery experience.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Help with returning equipment and supplies back to CAMTA warehouse.
    • Identify needs or recommendations for nursing student position for future years.

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (year 3-4).

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

Translator

Translator Position Description

Position Summary

Translate between patients/patient guardians and CAMTA Volunteers through every step of the medical process from the Clinic (where patients are assessed for surgery) through to post-surgery discharge including translating and supporting patients in the Operating Room, Recovery Room and the Ward. Translators need to be sufficiently flexible to assist CAMTA Volunteers outside of normal hospital hours.

Specific Duties

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
  • During the Mission:
    • Accurately translate between the patient and their family and the CAMTA team from admission in the clinic, through pre-op, surgery, recovery room and recovery on the ward and discharge.  This includes: 
    • Assisting with patient information data entry.
    • Assisting surgeons, family practice physicians and nurses with obtaining a medical history.
    • Ensuring that patients and their families understand the surgical procedure during pre-operation interviews.
    • Assisting the physiotherapists with their pre-op teaching.
    • Assisting patients in answering quality of life questionnaires during the Clinic.
    • Assisting Operating Room Nurses, Recovery Room Nurses and Anesthetists in preparing patients for surgery, during surgery and immediately post-surgery.
    • Translate for Doctors, Ward Nurses and Physiotherapists during post-surgery recovery on the ward and through their discharge.
    • Accurately translate between CAMTA team members and: 
    • CAMTA patients in order to get patient stories for the blog.
    • Hospital personnel (CSS, Laundry, Pharmacy, Administration, Lunch Room, etc.)
    • General public (Hotel Staff, Bus drivers, restaurant staff, etc.)
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report).

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Fluent in both English and Spanish with the ability to listen and communicate effectively in both languages.
  • Understanding of medical terminology is helpful but is not a prerequisite.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment.
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patents and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

Travel Person/Logistics

Travel Person-Logistics Position Description

Position Summary

The travel person’s main responsibility is to ensure all team members and supplies arrive safely in Ecuador.  They are to move the group from point A to point B, ensuring that the team can operate efficiently during all times of the mission.  They are also responsible for arranging meals for the team.  Finally the travel person is responsible for ensuring that all team members know where to be and when. 

Specific Duties 

  • Prior to the Mission:
    • Attend CAMTA meetings as much as possible – socialize with new friends!
    • Fundraise and get the word out!
    • Put your name forward when volunteers are being recruited for specific jobs throughout the year.
    • Meet with the travel agent in January to gain an understanding of the travel process to Ecuador and to discuss back up plans should someone miss a flight, etc.  
    • Contact restaurants six weeks before the teams leaves Canada. Determine that that are able to accommodate groups of  up to fifty people.
    • Organize the transportation of the CAMTA bags from the warehouse to the airport.
    • Meet team at the Edmonton airport and ensure that everyone and all bags are present as the team leaves Edmonton and Houston, lands in Quito and arrives safely at the hotel.    The travel person should be the last person to pass through any gate.
    • Advise team members as to which CAMTA bags (bag numbers) they will be carrying to and from Ecuador.
    • Liaise with the check in counter to alert them of the size of the team and the amount of luggage about to be checked in.  Work with the check in counter to consolidate payment of excess baggage costs.
  • During the Mission:   
    • Ensure safe delivery of CAMTA supplies and equipment from the airport to Un Canto a la Vida Hospital.
    • Coordinate with the bus drivers for transportation of the group between the hotel and the hospital every day.
    • Determine bus times in order to maximize the number of team members on each bus.
    • Communicate day to day plans (transportation and meals) with the team either through the white board at the hotel or by spreading the word through the hospital. 
    • Responsible for coordinating all evening meals for the group.    
    • Contact the restaurants one day prior to each dinner to confirm reservation and menu as well as to request that they split the food and drink bill.  Communicate menu choices to the team early in the day so that food can be prepared.
    • Remind members that they are responsible for paying for their own alcohol and collect the funds to pay for the alcohol bill. 
    • Be available to book side trips through the hotel, if people choose to do so on days off.
    • Participate in the post-mission inventory pack-up and recording of all supplies and equipment (1) remaining in Quito and (2) returning to Edmonton.
  • After the Mission: 
    • Ensure that everyone and all bags going directly home following the Mission travel together from the hotel in Quito, through the Houston airport and to the airport in their home city. The travel person should be the last person to pass through any gate.
    • Be available to answer questions and liaise with the hotel on behalf of those not traveling directly home after the mission.
    • Responsible for ensuring that all medical supplies are returned to the warehouse upon return to Edmonton.
    • Provide prompt, actionable feedback about in-mission successes, shortcomings and suggestions for improvement (Good, Bad, Suggestions Report)

Qualifications and Skills

  • Some basic Spanish is helpful.
  • Ability to adapt to quickly changing situations.
  • Ability to deal with multiple requests simultaneously.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to large groups.

Soft Skills

  • Ability to show empathy, patience, kindness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work long hours and multi-task.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Ability to communicate well, think creatively, be flexible, resolve conflicts, adapt quickly, trouble shoot and problem solve while working in a dynamic loosely structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the privacy and concerns of the patients and their families.
  • Willingness to help in multiple areas during the Mission to better understand and appreciate the different roles in patient centered care.

 

 

 

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