COVID-19 Testing and contact tracing remain an organizational priority in AHS. Our Assessment Centre and “Fast Tracks” in the Edmonton Zone have a key role in population health and surveillance through the early identification of disease and prevention of the spread of COVID19. The temporary Community Tester position reports to the Managers of Immunization and Rapid Response and works regularly with site Clinical Leads. We are seeking individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds, who present with a calm demeanor and positive approach, and are skilled in interacting efficiently and accurately while testing high volumes of clients. Staff are responsible to prepare for and conduct testing via nasopharyngeal swab and/or throat swabs, for all age groups, with both symptomatic and asymptomatic populations. Testing is offered for both ambulatory clients and clients presenting for testing within their vehicles. In this position, you will be on your feet for an extended period of time (both walking and standing). In order to be able to respond to the evolving/changing needs related to the Covid-19 response, you may be cross-trained to enable reassignment to other Covid-19 response areas, such as Contact Tracing and Health Link as the needs arise. Eligible occupations include; Dentist, LPN, Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Paramedic – advanced care/ critical care, Physician, Physiotherapist, RN, RPN, Respiratory Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist , Audiologist, Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Emergency Medical Responder, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Paramedic – primary care, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Psychologist, Registered Dietitian, Social Worker. There are multiple positions available.
The Community Tester supports infectious disease testing and prevention from a population health lens. Working as a member of an interdisciplinary team, staff prepare, test clients, document, and finalize tested samples for the lab. Under the guidance of our Medical Officers of Health, the role adheres to AHS documentation guidelines and lab testing policy, procedures, and standards. As the appropriate use of full Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection) is also required to perform testing, the staff must adhere to all AHS Infection, Prevention and Control requirements, guidelines, and practices and are required to take continued precautions wherever required, including at break and meal times. Staff may be required to work at various locations as designated, based on need, demand, and changing service locations.
Classification: Community Tester
Union: HSAA Facility PROF/TECH
Department: COVID-19 Secondary Assmt Cntre
Primary Location: Central Independent Assessment Center (CIAC)
Multi-Site: Not Applicable
Posting End Date: 05-OCT-2020
Temporary Employee Class: Temp P/T Benefits
Date Available: 15-OCT-2020
Temporary End Date: 01-SEP-2021
Hours per Shift: 7.75
Length of Shift in weeks: 12
Shifts per cycle: 45
Shift Pattern: Days, Evenings, Weekends
Days Off: As Per Rotation
Minimum Salary: $35.81
Maximum Salary: $47.67
Vehicle Requirement: Driver's License, Vehicle Required
Completion of an accredited education program, college, or university. Active or eligible for registration with the applicable regulatory college (i.e. CARNA, CLPNA, ACSLPA, ACP etc). Ability to perform Nasal Pharyngeal and /or Throat swabbing within your professional scope of practice.
Additional Required Qualifications:
Effective organizational, planning and time management abilities. Establishes and maintains effective liaison with multidisciplinary team to ensure coordinated services are provided; must demonstrate working as a team player. Demonstrates ethical practice and professionalism in working with clients, peers, and other health care providers, and the public in a culturally competent manner. Recognizes safety issues and reports appropriately. Demonstrated learning path of continuing competency through ongoing professional development including participation in education programs, research and continuous quality improvement activities. Demonstrates high flexibility and adaptability, in addition to the ability to support orientation of new employees, and preceptorship of students, and work across all assessment centre sites. Ability to be self-directed and exercise strong independent clinical judgment. Effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Ability to stand, twist, lean, walk and bend for the majority of the shift. The role also requires continued use of personal protective equipment. Must be able to raise arms above head to appropriately don and doff PPE as well as lift equipment and supplies.
Current BLS-HCP. Experience with testing in a COVID-19 assessment center or fast track, or testing within acute care. Computer literacy and experience with Sharepoint. Cross-cultural competence and experience working with complex, vulnerable populations. Applies principles of family-centred care and client decision making ability. Preference will be given to those with the ability to perform both Nasal Pharyngeal and /or Throat swabbing within your professional scope of practice.