William Osler Health System is a group of hospitals serving the city of Brampton and Etobicoke.
It comprises of two hospitals and an ambulatory care clinic.
- Brampton Civic Hospital,
- Etobicoke General Hospital, and
- Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
Does William Osler hire PSWs: Yes
Under what title: Personal Support Worker and Health Care Aide
In which departments: Rehabilitation, Respirology, Neurology, Close patient watch
What type of positions are available: Casual, Part-time, Full-time
What is the pay rate: $22.23 to $22.75 hourly
William Osler Health System has been earning the recognition as the “Greater Toronto’s Top Employers” for seven years in a row.
It has also been recognized as the “Canada’s Best Diversity Employers” for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.
BRAMPTON CIVIC HOSPITAL
It is a fairly new community hospital in the Region of Peel that opened in October 2007.
Brampton Civic is a big hospital employing more than 4000 employees including the Personal Support Workers (PSWs).
ETOBICOKE GENERAL HOSPITAL
Opened in 1972, Etobicoke General Hospital is a smaller hospital with 262 beds and a staff of about 1000.
It has served Etobicoke and surrounding areas for more than 46 years and is now undergoing a major transformation.
A new patient tower is being added to complement the existing building.
The new tower will be home to many services such as Labour and Delivery, Emergency, Respirology and Intensive Care.
A Wellness Centre is also being built and will replace the existing medical office building.
This new building will house many specialties such as pre-anesthesia clinic, dialysis clinic, diagnostic imaging and Doctor’s offices.
PEEL MEMORIAL CENTRE
A new facility that opened in the heart of Brampton in 2017. It has replaced the Peel Memorial Hospital that stopped operations in 2007.
Peel Memorial is primarily an ambulatory care facility with an Urgent Care Clinic on premises.
WHERE DO PSW’S WORK AT OSLER?
Personal Support Workers are hired primarily at Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General Hospital for many inpatient care areas such as:
- Slow and Active Rehab,
- Respirology, and for
- Close patient watch as per the unit needs.
WHERE ARE THE JOBS POSTED?
Jobs are posted in the careers section of the William Osler website and applications are accepted online only.
William Osler website offers the functionality of creating an account.
It is highly recommended that you create this account so that it becomes easier for you to apply for positions as they get posted.
Once you have created an account, you can:
- upload your resume,
- track applications for positions you have applied to, and
- create a job alert
HOW TO CREATE A JOB ALERT?
This is one of the most useful features you can use to stay on top of your PSW job search.
When you create a job alert for any PSW related jobs at William Osler Health System, you get an email notification about the new posting as soon as it is posted.
This will help you ensure you’re one of the first to find out when a new PSW position is posted.
Creating a job alert is super easy.
Go to the “My Account” section and click on “Create a job alert”.
In the new window that opens, enter your best email address (try to use the same email address you used to create the account”.
And in the keyword field, enter the following job titles:
- Personal Support Worker,
- Health Care Aide
Ensure you separate all the job titles by a comma.
WHY INCLUDE PORTER AND ORDERLY?
You see, the hourly rate for PSWs in a hospital is much higher than in Long-term care homes and community settings.
And, only 1% of almost 90,000 PSWs in Ontario work in hospitals.
As a result, the competition for any PSW position in a hospital is quite high.
If you want to work in a hospital, you must keep your options open and accept whatever comes your way to get your foot in.
Once you become part of the organization, you get access to “internal positions” and can always transfer to a PSW position.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON PRE-REQUISITES?
As with any other hospital PSW job, pre-requisites to apply are:
- A Personal Support Worker Certificate from an accredited College
- Current First Aid and C.P.R. certificate
- Prior Hospital experience is always considered an asset.
- Basic computer skills and knowledge of Meditech charting system (you may be given training once you’re hired)
WHAT ARE THE JOB DUTIES?
At Osler, Personal Support Workers are utilized across the organization.
While the primary duties are assisting patient’s with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s), you may be required to have specific knowledge and skills when required to work on certain units such as Surgery and Neurology.
For example, working on a surgical unit may require you to have basic knowledge about the weight-bearing status and any other limitations that the patient may have due to the surgical procedure they had done.
You may also be required to closely watch a confused patient who is constantly trying to get out of bed. This is basically one on one care that you will be responsible for.
You can click here for details on other duties that you may be required to perform.
Volunteer positions are available at all three sites: Brampton civic, Etobicoke General and Peel Memorial.
A total of more than 1200 volunteers work at all three sites.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and also serves a great purpose if you’re considering working at Osler.
You see, once you start volunteering, you become a part of the organization. This gives you the opportunity to know the inpatient care units and network with staff.
William Osler is very active on social media.