Orthopaedic Technician - Orthopaedic Clinic
Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre
Halifax, NS
Req ID: 34049
Location: Central Zone, Halifax Infirmary Robie Street Entrance - QEII
Company: NSHA
Department: 3002294 OPCZ Orthopedics Clinic
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare Bargaining Unit - NSGEU
Posting Closing Date: 24-May-19

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

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.


The Orthopaedic Technician reports to the Health Services Manager and works under the direction of physician and in collaboration with other members of the health care team. The Orthopaedic Tech provides care to clients with orthopaedic problems through the application, adjustment and removal of a variety of casts, splints, braces and traction fittings as well as the removal of pins, external fixators, staples and sutures. Applies and removes dressings according to current wound care policies and practices. Provides both teaching and emotional support to patients and families. Demonstration/teaching of casting techniques and procedures are provided as required to medical students, residents and nurses. Performs casting services in the Ambulatory Care setting and the inpatient units. Occasionally, the Ortho Tech may be consulted to the Emergency Room or the PACU.


Grade XII, plus Orthopaedic Technology Program required
Orthopaedic Technologist registration with the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists preferred
Strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills
Strong organizational and priority setting skills
Detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology as related to orthopaedics
Knowledge of medical terminology
Strong assessment and critical thinking skills
LPN, Paramedicine, or Kenesiology experience an asset
Knowledge of Orthopaedic equipment, supplies and devices
Hand dexterity and mechanical aptitude
Competencies in other languages preferred, French an asset
  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment
**Please Note: Where there are no qualified applicants for this position, consideration may be given to candidates who do not possess a Diploma in Orthopaedic Technology that have completed a program in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g. LPN, Paramedic, Kinesiology) plus one year recent and related health care experience. The offer is contingent upon successful completion of the in-house Orthopaedic Technician training program within eight months of hire. **

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Permanent, full-time position, 75 hrs bi-weekly

Salary Information

Orthopaedic Technician:
$22.3447 - $26.8 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 as a condition of employment. Additional documentation 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 registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - NSGEU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

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.

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