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Medical Laboratory Assistant, Multi-functional Lab Core Lab, Powell River General Hospital - Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services

Powell River, Canada

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Overview

As a successful candidate, you will be part of a team that processes and analyzes patient samples and produces results that healthcare practitioners rely on to make diagnoses. You will follow established protocols and utilize quality control guidelines to produce accurate laboratory test results. You will collaborate with highly trained colleagues in a technical, ever changing, analytical environment.

  • Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time, Casual, Contractor
  • Job Level: Entry, Mid
  • Travel: Minimal

Success Profile

What does it take to be a successful Laboratory team member at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Analytical
  • Consistent
  • Detail-oriented
  • Focused
  • Logical
  • Productive

About Lower Mainland Laboratories


Lower Mainland Laboratories (LM Labs) is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). We are responsible for providing public laboratory services at 31 laboratory sites and 33 patient services centres throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Hospital-based laboratories within Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and PHSA provide both inpatient and outpatient laboratory services. Our specialty laboratories provide a variety of reference and specialized testing.

Seventy to eighty percent of clinical decisions are based on laboratory test results. Our highly trained staff are committed to providing the highest quality laboratory services to all our clients. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people, Be compassionate, Dare to innovate, Cultivate partnerships, Serve with purpose.

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“Labs often work in the background of our health care system, operating largely behind the scenes and out of sight – to provide the data clinicians need for diagnoses and treatment decisions.”

Craig Ivany

Chief Provincial Diagnostics Officer, PHSA

“I began my career with PHSA as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, and currently I am a Technical Coordinator. Working at PHSA has allowed me to work with others who are also passionate in delivering the best patient care by providing high quality laboratory results.”

Amadea Kristanti

Technical Coordinator, BC Children’s & Women’s Labs

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“If working in St. Paul’s Anatomical Pathology department has taught me anything throughout the three years of my time working here, above all else, engaging with the highly supportive leadership and team has been essential to my development and growth as a technologist.”

Jason Chao

Medical Lab Technologist, St Paul's Hospital

Benefits

Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.

  • Healthcare

    Extended Health and Dental Benefits

  • Health and Wellness Programs

    Discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs

  • Professional Development

    Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs

  • Paid Time Off

    13 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement

  • Collaboration

    Work within a coordinated Provincial lab network

  • Awards & Recognition

    Internal awards programs, such as PHSA+, that recognize the outstanding efforts of our people

Job Details

Medical Laboratory Assistant, Multi-functional Lab Core Lab, Powell River General Hospital - Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services Powell River, Canada
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Job ID 2410303_pl355 Date posted 02/20/2024

Medical Laboratory Assistant, Multi-functional Lab Core Lab, Powell River General Hospital

Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services

Powell River, BC

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountain range the city of Powell River boasts world class mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, 32 beautiful lakes to explore and endless stunning sunsets. Working in a small community, you will enjoy- shorter commute (or virtually none), lower housing costs, family orientated services and the beauty of the outdoors that gives ample opportunity to relax and recharge.

"Working at qGH, a smaller rural facility, is a unique opportunity to balance professionalism with your casual life. Hands on contact with patients gives you satisfaction in seeing that you’re directly affecting patient care. As a professional working in a small facility, you grow as a more rounded technologist, expanding your skills and gaining confidence as an individual. The team atmosphere and support from our co-workers and leaders encourages personal and professional growth. An ever changing environment keeps the job fresh and interesting." - Colleen & Melissa, Medical Laboratory Technologists, qathet General Hospital


What you’ll do

  • Receive patients and examine test requisition/s to confirm patient demographics are current, check for physician's signature, enter demographics into Laboratory Information system, print label indicating patient information such as referring physician, name and test and affixes to requisition. Explain procedure for collection of laboratory specimens and respond to routine inquiries.  
  • Greet, identify and prepare patients for specified tests; collect blood specimens by performing venipuncture and skin puncture in accordance with established procedures, label specimens with required information and ensure safe disposal of sharps and other material as required. Perform routine lab tests such as urine tests for protein and/or glucose using colour coded dip sticks. 
  • Prepare specimens such as blood and urine for analysis. Check specimen identification against requisition, identify whether additional tests or special testing is required. Separate serum or plasma from cells by centrifugation and prepares blood films by spreading blood specimen onto slide. Forward to Technologist for analysis. 
  • Receive specimens, spin down and split specimens into different containers, sort and label for testing, log data into a computerized database and batches specimens in order of established priorities for distribution to applicable area. Store analyzed specimens and discard outdated specimens as directed in accordance with established facility procedures. 
  • Arrange for the shipment of specimens to referral laboratories. Complete forms, package specimens in accordance with safe procedures and regulations outlined in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Contact courier, air transport or alternate carriers. 

What you bring

Qualifications

  • Grade 12, successful completion of a recognized Lab Assistant training program plus one year's recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 

You will also have

  • Ability to type 25 wpm.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to deal with others effectively. 
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position. 
  • Ability to organize work. 
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Casual
Wage: 
$28.17/hour

Location: 5000 Joyce Avenue Powell River, BC V8A 5R3

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 
Rotating; varying shifts

Requisition # 157133E

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services (PLMS) provides laboratory testing at 31 sites across the lower mainland and central coast of BC, including acute care hospital laboratories and specialty laboratories.

PLMS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

PHSA and PLMS are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

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