BC RRTs are Running for the CSRT Board of Directors!

Kuljit Minhas RRT

Dear Canadian Colleagues,

My name is Kuljit Minhas and I am interested in the CSRT Board position as Director of the Leadership Perspective. I graduated from the Respiratory Therapy program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops BC, following the completion of a Bachelor of Sciences at TRU. I have been a Respiratory Therapist for 13 years. Currently my role is Respiratory Therapy Supervisor at Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster, BC), which I have been in for the last 2 years. Prior to this my role for 5 years was the Clinical Resource Therapist/Educator. In addition to this I was the president of the British Columbia Society of Respiratory Therapists from 2015-2018. During my time as president, I was instrumental in the implementation of provincial educational road shows. I have been participating the last 3 years in the development of a college/regulation for Respiratory Therapists in BC. With these roles I have gained substantial knowledge and experience in our profession and how important it is that we keep moving forward as proactive health care workers. I have spoken at the CSRT educational conference 3 times over the last few years, and through my involvement with the society, I have discovered the importance of the role of the national society. I would like to bring my skills of educational development, supervisory leadership, engagement and motivation to the board so we may keep advancing and promoting the Respiratory Therapy profession.

Thank you for your consideration,

Kuljit Minhas

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Two CSRT Board of Directors Candidates are from BC

Jason Zurba RRT

Brief Biography:
I have been a practicing Respiratory Therapist for the last 19 years. I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops in 2000 after previously completing a B.Sc in Biology at UVic. I worked bedside at The Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC for 8 years. There I honed my skills in neonatal and adult respiratory care. I have been Clinical Supervisor of the RCH RT Department for the last 9 years where I have learned how to be a leader. I have a passion for research and critical care, and have published critical care related articles and abstracts in a number of journals including the CJRT. I am a board member and reviewer for the CJRT, and am a member of the RCH Foundation Research Committee. I am part of a team of early adopters at RCH that are continually examining what we do and adopting new solutions to do it better. My team created a novel PAV + based prolonged weaning protocol that has seen adoption at several centers across Canada. I have presented at BCSRT, CSRT, SAM, and ANZICS with most of the talks centering on PAV+, prolonged weaning, or intubation complications. I am married to my lovely wife Jennifer and have a 9 year old son named Hunter. When not at work or doing research, you will find me in the Dojo practicing Goju Ryu karate with my son. I hope to earn my black belt in 2.5 years.

Statement of Intent:
I am willing to stand up and say the things that need to be said and do the things that need to be done to advance our practice and keep our patients safe. The CSRT Vision from the strategic agenda is “Empowering Respiratory Therapists to provide exemplary leadership and care”. I believe that RTs have the critical thinking skills and abilities to really make a difference in the critical care setting. RTs are integral parts of many of the most dangerous procedures in critical care. It is rare for intubation or ventilation to happen without an RT present. We are uniquely positioned to make sure that these procedures are as safe as possible. I was a founding member of the airway committee that brought Anesthesia, Emergency medicine, Intensivists, and RTs together to make intubation safer after a tragic sentinel event. I helped to give RTs the power to change intubation culture at our facility. I want to bring this power to RTs across the country, not just surrounding intubation but with ventilation as well. Ventilation is one of the most poorly understood therapies in the ICU. A physician colleague once confided that the dirty little secret was that most intensivists don’t really understand ventilation that well, but cant admit it. RTs are the experts in ventilation. We just need to recognize this in ourselves. We can make a real difference and save lives if we just recognize our power to do so. I want to bring this to the CSRT.


Go to https://www.csrt.com/candidates/ – the link for voting is on the bottom the the page.

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CSRT Letter of Support

February 7, 2019
Val Avery,
Health Sciences Association
180 East Columbia Street,
New Westminster, BC
V3L 0G7

RE: Proposed profile-based classification system for HSBPA

Dear Ms. Avery,
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) is the national professional association
representing respiratory therapists across Canada and is responsible for providing the
Registered Respiratory Therapist credential in British Columbia. The CSRT has recently been
made aware of the concerns being voiced by many respiratory therapists in British Columbia
regarding a proposed profile-based classification system for a new Health Sciences Professional
Bargaining Association (HSPBA) collective agreement.

As is outlined in the December 2018 memorandum of agreement between the Health
Employers Association of BC and the HSPBA, development and implementation of the proposed
profile-based classification system is underway. In response, BC respiratory therapists are
raising concern that the proposed classification system does not fairly or adequately consider
the contributions they make to the care of patients and families, and to the healthcare system.
In particular, respiratory therapists indicate that there is a lack of sensitivity of the proposed
classification system to important and highly relevant qualitative measures of practice, such as
recognition of role and responsibility.

The professional practice of respiratory therapists encompasses a wide range of competencies
that have significant impact on the health and quality of life of patients. The National
Competency Framework for Canadian respiratory therapists represents the required
competencies an entry-level respiratory therapist is expected to be able to perform in the
workplace. As you will see, these competencies span practice settings, patient demographics and level of acuity. The level of responsibility undertaken in the daily practice of respiratory
therapists in BC, as elsewhere in Canada, is impactful to even the most vulnerable.
Recognizing that an important goal of the proposed profile-based classification system is to
address exiting inequities, we implore you to incorporate measures that recognize and
incorporate these important aspects of professional practice and patient care.
On behalf of the CSRT, I would like to thank you in advance for your consideration of the serious
concerns outlined in this letter. Should you like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to
contact me directly.


Dr. Andrew West
Chief Executive Officer

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