Clinical Assistant
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
Halifax, NS
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.


Under the supervision of the Division Head, the Clinical Assistant functions as a member of the Medical Oncology team, liaising with pharmacy staff, nursing, house staff, attending staff, patient’s families and other members of the health care team in the development and implementation of the overall patient care plan both in the inpatient and outpatient settings on a daily basis. Clinical responsibilities will include but are not limited to completing admissions, providing daily assessment and active management of inpatients including writing medical orders on charts, handling of urgent or emergent situations in the chemotherapy area, arranging consultations with other departments for care, laboratory and radiologic investigations; minor procedures and discharge summaries, attending out-patient Neuro-Oncology and Genitourinary oncology clinics on a weekly basis, all under the supervision of the Medical Oncology Attending Staff. The procedures include but are not limited to performing thoracenteses or paracentesis. In any and all of the above, the Assistant will not proceed until full training and competence has been established with sign off by the Division Head or his/her designate. This is a teaching hospital with varying degrees of participation from medical students, residents and hematology fellows. The Clinical Assistant will be encouraged to attend and participate in appropriate educational and academic activities within the Division of Medical Oncology, including Medical Oncology Grand Rounds, Cancer Site Team Rounds (e.g.: Thoracic, GI, Breast), monthly Mortality & Morbidity rounds, journal clubs, etc. The Division of Medical Oncology recognizes the importance of continuing medical education for all of its members and Clinical Assistants. The Clinical Assistant may have the opportunity of attending appropriate medical conferences where funding is available Candidate must be able to make sound decisions and communicate effectively.

These responsibilities are meant to be indicative of the job responsibilities and duties and are not inclusive. Performance evaluations will be conducted bi-annually by the Department Head or Site Lead and annually reviewed with the Zone Medical Executive Director. Failure to meet performance standards will result in termination.


  • Must meet the requirements to obtain a Clinical Assistant License from The College of Physicians and Surgeon of Nova Scotia (
  • Must have obtained (in writing) Review of Qualifications from The College of Physicians and Surgeon of Nova Scotia prior to application deadline
  • CMPA coverage required
  • ACLS certification required
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Must be able to promote and maintain good interpersonal skills
  • Prior experience in the area of Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology is an asset
  • Physical demand - Must be able to sit, stand, walk and perform duties as outlined above
  • Mental and Visual demand – High; must be able to deal with stressful situations
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.

Hours of Work

  • Temporary full-time position; 96 hours biweekly
  • Beginning April 23, 2019, with an anticipated end date of January 1, 2020 (approx. 8 months)
  • Dates are subject to change
Salary Information

$44.9779 - $57.2903 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, a as a condition of employment. Additional documentations 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 Rregistration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on timeliness of delivering the above.

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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.

Only online applications are accepted.

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