Pharmacy Practice Assistant - Pharmacy Services

​Req ID: 143585
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Northern Zone, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre  
Department: PHAR Drug Distribution CRHCC
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT (50% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: CUPE
 Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 6-Feb-23

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.

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Pharmacy Operations Manager, the 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. Using professional knowledge, critical thinking and clinical judgment, the Pharmacy Practice Assistant engages in independent, interdependent and dependent functions to provide health care focusing on appropriate data collection, inventory management, medication preparation, patient/family education, safe and accurate medication dispensing/distribution, coordination of care, internal and student education, and research. These functions may be self-determined, assigned by management, the pharmacist, another Pharmacy Practice Assistant or requested by other members of the care team.

About You

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

  • Graduate of a recognized pharmacy technician/technology program (accredited program preferred). Candidates with commensurate experience and education may be considered.
  • Licensure in Nova Scotia as a Pharmacy Technician is an asset
  • Current CPR certification is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical calculations related to medications
  • Knowledge of USP Chapter <797> Standards, Accreditation Standards and CSHP Compounding Guidelines for Pharmacies.
  • Experience in unit dose drug distribution systems, automation technology, decentralized medication dispensing cabinets, an asset.
  • Superior skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of Pharmacy Information Systems, other patient information systems, as well as various software programs
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of the law and regulations pertaining to the receipt, storage and distribution of prescription and narcotic drugs
  • 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.


  • Permanent / 50% FTE / 37.5 Hours Bi-weekly 

Compensation and Incentives

$22.74 - $25.76 Hourly


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.

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


​This is a Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.


​As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021. 


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, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.


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