Medical Laboratory Assistant - Laboratory Services

Nova Scotia Health Authority - New Glasgow, NS (30+ days ago)

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Req ID: 54502
Location: Northern Zone, Aberdeen Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 3004086 PLM Specimen Procurement PCHA
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT (80% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare Bargaining Unit - CUPE
Posting Closing Date: 27-Feb-20

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Under the direction of Management (or designate), the Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) Works in collaboration with and supports all members of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PLM) by performing various functions relating to the pre and post-analytical phases of testing. These functions can include: specimen procurement/receipt/processing, data entry, media/reagent/smear preparation, sterilization, clerical duties, and loading specimens on an analyzer. Positive patient identification and accurate specimen handling are essential to the job. Additional responsibilities may include: supply management, troubleshooting, and customer service activities.

The MLA may be required to work rotating shifts, weekends, and/or holidays, dependent on the requirements of the site/division/area. The MLA may also be required to interact with various stakeholders and clients. Incumbents must adhere to all PLM policies and procedures. Strict adherence to safety and infection control procedures is required. MLAs must be able to work independently, use good judgment, and maintain a professional appearance (adhering to dress code policy) and demonstrate excellent customer service.

Recognized Medical Laboratory Assistant Program or equivalent (as determined by employer)
Candidates must have successfully completed the Medical Laboratory Assistant examinations of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and have current registration with CSMLS (Where there are no applicants who meet the above qualification, consideration may be given to applicants who agree and commit to completing an accredited MLA program and achieving certification with CSMLS within one year of hire date)
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Basic understanding of medical terminology.
Strong attention to detail
Manual dexterity to handle sharp instruments and small objects.
Must be able to perform procedures with a high degree of accuracy
Ability to accurately number/label specimens and file slides/requisitions
Ability to adapt to updates/changes in operating procedures
Basic computer skills, Meditech experience is preferred
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position
Access to reliable transportation as travel may be required
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.
Hours of Work

Permanent Part Time (80%) Position; 60 hours bi-weekly

Salary Information

Medical Laboratory Assistant

$21.6346 - $24.5079 hourly

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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