Pharmacy Practice Assistant - Distribution (Yarmouth, NS, CA, B5A 2P5)

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Req ID: 100380
Location: Western Zone, Yarmouth Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: PHAR Pharmacy YRH  
Type of Employment: Permanent  Hourly PT     (50% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare  CUPE  
Posting Closing Date: 10-Dec-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.


Reporting  to the Pharmacy Manager, the Pharmacy Practice Assistant participates in the provision of safe, competent, patient or family centered ethical care, ensuring goals and needs of the patient are prioritized and individualized.  The Pharmacy Practice Assistant prepares, packages and dispenses medication under the direct supervision of a Pharmacist.  Responsibilities include packaging of sterile and non-sterile dosage forms, dispensing drugs to inpatients and outpatients in unit dose, traditional and IVA systems, compounding sterile and non-sterile products, preparation of chemotherapy doses, distributing narcotics and participating in quality programs.


* Grade XII plus completion of a recognized Pharmacy Technician/Technology Program, accredited program preferred
* Licensure in Nova Scotia as a Pharmacy Technician ( NSCP) is an asset
* Two years as a pharmacy technician/pharmacy practice assistant experience, preferably in a hospital, an asset
* Knowledge of sterile technique and special precautions used with chemotherapy are an asset
* Experience in unit dose drug distribution systems, automation technology, decentralized medication dispensing cabinets, an asset
* Knowledge of medical terminology, inventory control and record keeping
* Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical calculations related to medications
* Knowledge of the law and regulations pertaining to the receipt, storage and distribution of prescription and narcotic drugs
* Basic typing skills or computer/keyboard experience; skills in Microsoft Office Suite
* Effective communication and interpersonal skills
* Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred 


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be screened on the above qualifications. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the knowledge and competencies in their cover letter and resume. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.  

Hours of Work

Permanent Part Time Position (50%); 37.5 hours biweekly


Salary Information

Pharmacy Practice Assistant

$21.7426 - $24.6306 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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