J457 | Community Tester – COVID Assessment Centre

J457 | Community Tester – COVID Assessment Centre

26 Aug
Alberta Health Services
Smoky Lake

26 Aug

Alberta Health Services

Smoky Lake

Your Opportunity:

COVID-19 Testing and contact tracing remain an organizational priority in AHS. Public Health, North Zone, in the Community, Rural and Continuing Care portfolio leads testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic cases at a variety of sites in the community. Our Assessment Centre and “Fast Tracks” in the North Zone have a key role in population health and surveillance through the early identification of disease and prevention of the spread of COVID19. The Community Tester 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, with a calm/ positive approach,

skilled in interacting efficiently while testing high volumes of clients. Responsibilities include: 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; repetitive data and record management; stand, walk, lift, pull, push, bend and carry during the shift; appropriate use of full Personal Protective Equipment between clients; work across a variety of testing sites and locations in North Zone depending on demand and staffing and is also involved in outreach activities to test vulnerable populations. 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. There are 6 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: NZ LLB CHC Disease Inj PrvCntl

- Primary Location: Smoky Lake Community Health

- Multi-Site: Multisite

- FTE: 0.50

- Temporary Employee Class: Temp P/T Benefits

- Hours per Shift: 7.75

- Length of Shift in weeks: 2

- Shifts per cycle: 5

- Shift Pattern: Days, Evenings, Weekends

- Days Off: As Per Rotation

- Vehicle Requirement: Driver's License, Vehicle Provided

Required Qualifications:

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, bend and reach 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.Ability to be adaptable and work in a high pace frequently changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

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. Clinical skill and expertise applicable to program areas.

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