The aim of this program is to provide participants with foundational knowledge and skills in neonatal cardio-respiratory acute care.
Respiratory therapists at SickKids are committed to working collaboratively within an interprofessional team to provide excellent family-centred, cardio-respiratory care to neonates and infants. This goal is realized through the sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience with the healthcare team. The Neonatal Respiratory Therapy Specialty Program will examine neonatal critical illness from a respiratory therapy perspective with a core focus on cardio-respiratory health. This program will provide an advanced environment for examination and reflection of professional values and provide participants with the opportunity to develop new skills in neonatal respiratory therapy practice including (but not limited to): neonatal assessment, oxygen therapy, invasive and non-invasive ventilation, high frequency oscillation, and lab value interpretation. Participating clinicians will obtain and solidify the foundational knowledge and technical competencies required to deliver high quality care in respiratory therapy practice.
Benefits for Participants:
Develop desired skills while immersed in case-specific scenarios and neonatal-focused instruction in the respiratory care of neonates.
Train to master clinical competencies relevant to the safe delivery of care in the neonatal intensive care unit, including (but not limited to): rapid response assessment, tracheotomy care, and ventilator management. Prepare to address and manage changes in the unstable neonatal patient.
Develop desired skills while immersed in the organization’s neonatal intensive care setting and integrate classroom learning directly into the relevant organizational context.
Benefits for Organizations:
Advance Neonatal Care
Enhance the quality of patient care as individuals and teams develop skills in neonatal intensive care respiratory therapy within their own individualized practice setting.
Sustain Practice Changes
Maximize individual and team performance through interactive curriculum that positions learners to utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning to provide respiratory therapy care for neonates in intensive care settings.
Healthcare professionals delivering cardio-respiratory care with:
- 6 MONTHS work experience in neonatal critical care
- 12 MONTHS work experience in general paediatric care