Registered Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Practice Assistant) - Various Positions within Nova Scotia

Req ID: 173033 
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Sites and Community-based Locations Throughout Nova Scotia

Department: Services and Programs Throughout Nova Scotia Health
Type of Employment: Permanent, Assignments, and Casual Relief Opportunities Available
Status: Based on Bargaining Unit and Constituent Union Position 

Posting Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.

Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with an Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

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About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Pharmacy Manager/Operations Manager, the Registered Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Practice Assistant) participates in the provision of safe, competent, patient or family centered ethical care, ensuring the goals and needs of the patient are prioritized and individualized; prepares, packages and dispenses medication under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.  Responsibilities include compounding of sterile and non-sterile dosage forms, dispensing drugs to inpatients and outpatients in unit dose, physician order entry, working with automation, Inventory control, medication reconciliation, and CIVA systems.  Preparation of chemotherapy doses, distributing narcotics and participating in quality programs and patient safety initiatives.


About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

•    Graduate of an accredited Pharmacy Technician Program
•    Licensure and registration in Nova Scotia as a Pharmacy Technician (NSCP) required

  • If there are no candidates who meet the above qualification, candidates actively pursuing Pharmacy Technician licensure within the Province of Nova scotia will be considered
  • If there are no candidates who meet the above qualification, Pharmacy Practice Assistants may be considered

•    Drug administration by injection technical permit (Pharmacy Technician) an asset
•    Experience as a pharmacy technician/pharmacy practice assistant, 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 good decision making and problem solving skills
•    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, Excel, etc.
•    Effective communication and interpersonal skills
•    Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
 Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.


  • Various permanent, assignments (temporary), and casual relief (no guarantee of hours), opportunities available in various locations throughout Nova Scotia. 
  • Shifts may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. 
  • You will be asked to specify your work hours and location preferences in the screening questions that follow once you click 'Apply now'.

Compensation and Incentives

Registered Technician: $24.96 - $27.89 Hourly

(Pharmacy Practice Assistants: $23.19 - $26.27)


Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan.  

$$ - Registered technicians may be eligible for a signing/relocation bonus if they are successful.


Once You've Applied
Thank you for your interest in this position. A Recruiter will reach out to you to explore whether your qualifications and skills match an opportunity. 

Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire.  

Nova Scotia Health 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. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

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