Orthopaedic Technician - Ambulatory Care, VRH


Nova Scotia Health Authority

Kentville, Nova Scotia

Req ID: 1672
Location: Western  Valley Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 3000378 AC Ambulatory Care VRH
Type of Employment: Casual  Casual Relief   ( 3%  FTE) x 1.0  position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare  CUPE Healthcare
Posting Closing Date: 07-May-17
Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on closing date.
The 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 Manager, Oncology and Ambulatory Care Programs, and working under the direction of Orthopaedic Surgeons and in collaboration with other members of the health care team, the Orthopaedic Technician provides care to clients with orthopaedic problems through the application, adjustment and removal of a variety of casts, splints, and braces as well as the removal of pins, external fixators, staples and sutures. The Orthopaedic Technician provides services in the Ambulatory Care setting and on the inpatient units. Occasionally, the Orthopaedic Technician may be consulted to the Emergency Department and/or other units as necessary to provide patient care.

The Orthopaedic Technician ensures that the principles and practices that guide NSHA such as the mission, vision, values, expected behaviours, the leadership philosophy, organizational health, population health, ethics, safety, quality, partnerships and interprofessional collaboration are integrated within the services they provide and through the messages they deliver.


* Grade 12
* Completion of an accredited Orthopedic Technician Program or a Post Secondary Diploma in a health care program which includes anatomy and physiology
* Registration with the Canadian Society Of Orthopaedic Technologists (CSOT) or must obtain registration within 24 months of employment
* Ongoing development, maintenance, and upgrading are required.
* Computer proficiency and ability to use information systems.
* Experience using Orthopaedic devices
* Detailed understanding of anatomical structures and orthopaedic conditions.
* Medical terminology
* Ability to apply and remove all types of casts, splints and orthopaedic devices
* Understanding of theory and application of skin and skeletal traction.
* Understanding of the proper application of aseptic technique in dressing change, pin and suture removal, setting up surgical fields.
* Demonstrated organizational and priority setting skills
* Current CPR
* Demonstrated accountability and responsibility
* Demonstrated judgement and decision making skills
* Motivated with a strong customer service orientation building solid health care client/partner relationships
* Demonstrated communication and conflict resolution skills
* Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills
* Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation
* Demonstrated leadership abilities
* Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
* Commitment to health and safety
* Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position.
* Demonstrated good attendance in current and past employment.
* Exemplary work history as demonstrated in current and past employment
* Travel may be required
* Successful applicants are required to provide a criminal record check to People & Organizational Development before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment

Preferred (Considered an Asset)
* Experience using PACS and Meditech (EMR and OE modules)
* Knowledge of Orthopaedic equipment, supplies and devices
* Experience in wound care
* Previous Orthopaedic Technician experience
* LPN preferred
* Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Hours of Work

Casual Position

Salary Information

$21.3676 - $ 24.7611

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 applicants will be required to submit a criminal record check and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment.
This is a Healthcare CUPE Healthcare Unit Position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions
The Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.
Only online applications are accepted.

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