Many careers in healthcare to consider
Healthcare is the prevention, treatment and management of illness, and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions.
Healthcare on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
Bay Shore Home Health
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Canadian Blood Services
Community Inclusions Ltd., O’Leary and Tignish
Forever Healthy, Charlottetown and Summerside
Hampton Dental Clinic, Hampton
Health PEI hiring practices for the Environmental Services department, Island-wide
Home Instead Senior Care, Charlottetown
K&K Quality Care, Charlottetown
Main Street Pharmasave, SourisMiscouche Villa, Miscouche
Murphy Healthcare, Across PEI
PEI Public Service Commission — Applying for work with the provincial government
PEI Seniors Homes, Island-wide
Public School Branch, Island-wide
Pure Spa, Charlottetown
QEH Nutrition Services, Charlottetown
Queens County Residential Services Inc., Charlottetown
St. John Ambulance, Charlottetown
Healthcare sector job titles & details
- Addiction Counsellor
- Bilingual Administrative Assistant
- Bilingual Medical Administrative Assistant
- Biomedical Technologist
- Cardiology Technologist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Conflict Mediator
- Dental Hygienist
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Family Physician
- Foot Care Profession
- Health Information Management
- Health Records Information Management
- Licensed Opticians
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Medical Device Reprocessing Technician
- Medical Doctor Resident
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Medical Physicist
- Medical Radiation Technologist
- Medical Radiation Therapis
- Medical Student
- Naturopathic Doctor
- Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing (Public Health Nurse Bilingual)
- Occupational Therapist
- Oral & Maxiofacial Surgeon
- Orthodontist (braces)
- Orthopedic Technologist
- Pharmacy Technician
- Primary Care Nurse
- Radiation Therapist
- Registered Dietitian
- Registered Massage Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Registered Nurse Practitioner
- Respiratory Therapist
- Social Worker
- Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
- Speech Language Pathologist (Bilingual): French-language health services
- Youth Worker
PEI Health Careers Directory
2014 Guide of Health Professions – princeedwardisland.ca
The Health Career Guide provides key information on over 60 health care professions in the Province of Prince Edward Island. As a student, you may find this information about salaries, high school academic and other requirements, and educational programs.
Hiring needs for QEH, Hillsborough and Palliative Care
“There is a need for everything from cooks to service workers, RCWs to LPNs,” says Doris Taylor, who is responsible for recruiting staff for all departments of the QEH, Hillsborough Hospital, and Palliative Care. “It’s a constant intake. We often interview for these positions on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Online applications are always preferred, but paper applications are welcome as well.”
Some areas of employment include:
- Medical Laboratory Technicians
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Occupational Therapists
- Addictions Workers
- Administrative Support
- Clerical Support
- Nursing (Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Resident Care Workers)
- Service Workers (environmental, laundry, dietary)
- • Maintenance Workers (Carpenters, Power Engineers, Plumbers, Electricians)
Doris says the jobs most difficult to recruit for are specialty nursing units, and there has been an increase in the number of postings that have been open to the public over the past year.
Thilak Tennekone manages the Public Service Commission Diversity program, which helps newcomers obtain employment with the public service.
“The PSC Diversity office also maintains an inventory of qualified individuals which is our Diversity Talent Pool. We refer them to departments and agencies seeking potential employment opportunities.
Recently there was a significant increase of immigrants that sought PSC diversity program assistance.”
For more information, call 902-368-4080.
To contact the PEI Public Service Commission, call 902-894-2393.
For more details on how to apply, visit www.gov.pe.ca/jobspei/index.php?number=1051145&lang=E. For more tips to apply for PEI government healthcare jobs, visit www.employmentjourney.com/tips-applying-pei-government-healthcare-jobs/.
Where are healthcare workers employed? (small sampling)
Examples of employment in public healthcare:
- Electronic Health Information System
- Environmental Health
- Public Health Programs, eg. Dental Public Health, Public Health Nursing
- Mental Health
- Long Term Care facilities
- PEI Pharmacare
- Home Care
- Acute Care
Health centres: www.healthpei.ca/healthcentres
- Central Queens Health Centre in Hunter River
- Central Queens Satellite Gulf Shore Health Centre in Rustico
- Eastern Kings Health Centre in Souris
- Four Neighbourhoods Health Centre in Charlottetown
- Harbourside Health Centre in Summerside
- Evangeline Health Centre in Wellington
- O’Leary Health Centre in O’Leary
- Tyne Valley Health Centre in Tyne Valley
- Montague Health Centre in Montague
PEI hospitals: www.healthpei.ca/hospitals
- Hillsborough Hospital
- Community Hospital O’Leary
- Prince County Hospital
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- Kings County Memorial Hospital in Montague
- Western Hospital in Alberton
- Souris Hospital
Public nursing facilities: www.healthpei.ca/longtermcare
There are nine public nursing facilities on PEI.
- Colville Manor, Souris
- Riverview Manor, Montague
- Prince Edward Home, Charlottetown
- Beach Grove Home, Charlottetown
- Summerset Manor, Summerside
- Wedgewood Manor, Summerside
- Stewart Memorial, Tyne Valley
- Margaret Stewart Ellis Home, O’Leary
- Maplewood Manor, Alberton
Not-for-profit organizations: (small sampling)
Private home care:
Examples of private nursing homes and community care homes:
Lady Slipper Villa, Tignish Seniors Home Care Cooperative, Rev. W.J. Phillips Residence, Valley Lodge
Andrews of Summerside, Perrins Clinton View Lodge, MacEwan Mews, La Cooperative le Chez Nous Ltee, Kensington Community Care Home, Miscouche Villa, Park Hill Place, South Shore Villa
Whisperwood Villa, Valley House, Smith Lodge, PEI Atlantic Baptist Home, Park West Lodge, Grafton House, Garden Home, The Mount Continuing Care Community and more.
Bayview Lodge, Carroll’s Lodge, MacKinnon Pines, Perrins Marina Villa, French Creek Lodge, Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge (both community care and nursing care)
- Dr. David M Collins
- Dr. John DeMarsh
- Dr. Gretchen Maclean
- Dr. Lana McMurrer
- Dr. Tracy Pollard
- Dr. Kali Simmonds
- Dr. Marilyn Yap-Yu
- Murphy’s Pharmacy
- Shopper’s Drug Mart
- Friendly Pharmacy
- Sherwood Drug Mart
- Lawtons Pharmacy
- Atlantic Therapeutic Massage
- Karen Banfill – Montague
- Island Wellness Centre: Kimberly White
- Nova Massage and Laser Clinic
- Carolyn MacGuigan
- Donna Chaisson – Tignish
- Charlottetown Massage Therapy – six registered massage therapists
- David Collins
- Laura Dear
- PEI Sports Massage – Janice Malcom
Physiotherapists: (about 65 on PEI)
- Sports Centre Physiotherapy
- Charlottetown Physiotherapy Centre
Chiropractors: (7 chiropractors listed in phone book for across PEI)
- Dr. Vincent Adams, Summerside
- Dr. Elizabeth Bagnell, Ch’town
- Dr. Darren MacLean
Island EMS: www.islandems.ca
- Dr. Bettles, chiropodist/podiatrist – Charlottetown
- Dr Brian Johnson – Charlottetown and Summerside
- Audiology Associates – Charlottetown and Summerside
- Island Audiology Inc. – Charlottetown – Mary Lou Hughes
- Audiologist for Public Health Department
(about 80 listed in the phone book)
(about 70 are licensed to work on PEI)
(about 145 are registered on PEI)
- Dr. Porter
- Dr. Stewar t Matheson
- Dr. John McManaman
Oral & maxiofacial surgeons:
- Dr. Habbi
- Dr. Gregory Mitton
- Accu-bite Denture Clinic, Montague and Stratford
- Bernard’s Denture Service
- Rhyno Denture Clinic
- Summerside Denture Clinic
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- Island Orthotics Ltd.
Opticians (about 38) & Optometrists (about 20) & Opthamologists:
- Vogue Optical
- Matheson Eyewear
- Family Vision Centre
- Hunter River Vision Clinic
- Island Optical
Other healthcare work:
- Fitness/Wellness Facility
- Health Food Stores
- Occupational Therapy
- Travel immunization
For health job opportunities available in the provincial government:
Recruiting Family Physicians & Specialists to work on PEI
Over the past five years, the Recruitment and Retention Secretariat has focused on the repatriation of Islanders to come home to practice. They have accomplished this by maintaining connections with Canadian medical schools in order to reach Islanders who have been admitted to medical schools. These students are followed throughout their medical school training and into their residency programs.
The Recruitment and Retention Secretariat keeps in touch with medical students with newsletters; regular visits by the Physician Recruitment Coordinator to Dalhousie and Memorial University; visits to other medical schools in Canada; attending a Christmas social with the Medical Society of PEI while medical students are home visiting; connecting with all family medicine residents in training with Dalhousie University’s eight residency training sites; and other opportunities as they arise.
When a position becomes available, word of mouth is one of the greatest recruitment tools available. Physicians who are currently working in the province know of Islanders who are practicing elsewhere in Canada. Recruitment and Retention Secretariat relies on practicing physicians to connect them with Islanders who may wish to return to work.
Community Engagement in Physician Recruitment
In 2010, a pilot project to ensure better integration of Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHP) in the health system was implemented, in collaboration with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada. As a result of the pilot project, a Toolkit for IEHP was developed. Some of the Toolkit’s elements include: mentorship for new physicians in the workplace; host families for the physician and their family in the community; welcome reception for new physician and family; Navigator who meets with physician and family to complete a needs assessment and assists with resettlement and connections; and a Special Orientation Program for IEHP.
This toolkit is now implemented in all west and east health networks and currently underway in Queens. As a result of the implementation of this toolkit, retention of IEHP has significantly improved.
- Q: “I’m in high school and would like to become a doctor. How can I be successful?”
A: Before applying to medical schools, you need to complete an undergraduate degree. Sciences are best, but other majors may be acceptable. While still in high school, it’s important to demonstrate leadership, such as leading a project or chairing a committee, as well as volunteering for various activities.
- Q: “What do I need to know about medical school admissions?”
A: Check out the admissions criteria of various medical schools. Most universities have a rating system which considers leadership, volunteer work, maturity, grade point average, application and interview. Admissions to medical schools require applicants to write the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).Dalhousie University has an informal arrangement where six Island students are accepted into medical school annually. The Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University admits approximately 110 students each year and 90% of these students are residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island. Health PEI has a formal agreement with Memorial University in Newfoundland where four students from PEI are accepted into medical school annually. There is also an agreement with Université de Moncton for one admission annually awarded to a Francophone student.In Canada, each year there are over 2,000 new students attending one of the seventeen Canadian medical schools.
- Q: “Can I talk to someone about becoming a physician?”
A: Recruitment and Retention Secretariat staff enjoy discussing health professions. Reach out by phone, e-mail or Twitter with questions about becoming a physician or health professional.
Family Medicine Residency Program
To complete their training as a family physician, a medical school graduate must complete two years of residency training under the guidance of a practicing physician, also known as a preceptor.
The Family Medicine Residency Program with Health PEI was launched in December 2007. Five new residents are trained each year on PEI. This program is accredited through Dalhousie Medical School. The program operates from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with rotations at the Prince County Hospital and across Island communities.
Residency training is mandatory for physician licensure in Canada. Residency training opportunities are limited and the Canadian Resident Matching Service (www.carms.ca) is a national organization which provides a fair and transparent application and matching process for residency training.
Physician Recruitment and Retention Strategy 2014
The Recruitment and Retention Secretariat updated the Physician Recruitment and Retention Strategy in 2014. To realize this work a consultation process was undertaken with recently recruited physicians to the province. The results of the consultation demonstrate that successful recruitment is achieved with recruiting Islanders or Dalhousie and Memorial Medical School graduates. Also, one of the keys to great recruitment is to promote the beauty and safety of the Island.
The 2014 Physician Recruitment and Retention Strategy has three primary focuses:
- Islanders Studying Medicine
Identify and stay in contact with Island students studying medicine and in residency training, maintain relationships with Canadian Faculties of Medicine and continue the partnership with Dalhousie Medical School and Memorial University.
- Financial Incentives
Continue to offer financial incentives to physicians and ensure they are flexible and competitive to remain attractive for recruitment.
Develop programs and initiatives to ensure improved retention of recruited physicians.
Physician job titles on PEI:
All combined (family physicians and specialists) there are approximately 240 physicians working in the province, in addition to Locums and visiting specialists.
- Family Physician
- Addiction Services Physician
- Emergency Physician
- Medical Oncologist
- Obstetrician / Gynecologist
- Radiation Oncologist
The jobs that are hard to fill and in demand are:
- Medical Oncologists
- General Internal Medicine
For more information about physician recruitment, contact Calleen Gillis, at 902-620-3874, and e-mail [email protected].
To see what educational institutes in Atlantic Canada offer health programs, visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/publications/2014_healthcareers_en_low.pdf
This guide provides key information on over 65 health care professions in the province of PEI.
To explore careers in healthcare
- PEI College of Pharmacists
- PEI Massage Therapy Association
- Volunteer in a hospital, nursing home, youth group, or non-profit organization Visit www.jobbank.gc.ca
- PEI Health Recruitment and Retention Secretariat: www.healthjobspei.ca
- More job opportunities, visit www.gov.pe.ca/jobs
- Student job opportunities, visit www.gov.pe.ca/jobspei/index.php?number=1051157
- For informational articles about the healthcare sector, visit www.employmentjourney.com
- Medical Society of PEI: http://mspei.org
- PEI Occupational Therapy Society: www.peiot.org
- Association of Registered Nurses of PEI: www.arnpei.ca
- PEI Nurses Union: www.peinu.com
- Licensed Practical Nurses Association of PEI: www.lpna.ca
- PEI Society for Medical Laboratory Science: http://peismls.com
- PEI Association of Naturopathic Doctors: www.peiand.com
- Heath PEI: www.healthpei.ca
- Resident Care Workers on PEI: www.hollandcollege.com/programs/resident-care-worker
PEI Public Service Commission assists with the hiring for provincial government departments including Health PEI
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