Caring Support is a healthcare-focused job matching platform in a constant state of improvement and growth. As part of that ongoing process, we’ve recently opened our candidate section to more healthcare workers by integrating three new roles which are Developmental Service Worker (DSW), Clinical Support Aid (CSA), and lab technician.
The new roles plus the roles that have been part of the platform since its inception, which are Personal Support Worker (PSW) and Nursing (RPN, RN, and others), allow a wider range of healthcare workers to find success in our platform. At the same time, this makes it possible for new employers to share their job postings on our job board for those new candidates that match what they’re looking for.
If you’re a Developmental Service Worker (DSW), Clinical Support Aid (CSA), or lab technician, we invite us to join our platform and start your journey to employment. And if you are not in these occupations but are interested, we encourage you to keep reading this article where we will talk about each of these roles in detail for your information.
Developmental services workers (DSW) are professionals who work with people that have been diagnosed with any physical, mental, and/or intellectual developmental disability. These people can be of any age, gender, but some of these specialists focus on children in the hopes of helping them perform better in the classroom. Others work with adults, assisting them with their daily lives and making it possible for them to get and keep a job.
Becoming a DSW is considered a challenging but rewarding career that enhances the lives of people with special needs. To pursue a career in this field most programs (in Ontario) require students to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. There are more advanced programs at the post-graduate level that require students to have a post-secondary diploma or degree, as well as volunteer or work experience in the field.
As part of the training to become a DSW, students learn about the different types of disabilities, influential factors, pharmacology, and more. Students are also encouraged to learn and get certified in CPR and First Aid on their own, as these abilities allow them to perform better.
DSWs are usually employed by educational and community organizations, such as schools, long-term care centers, and even group homes. In these work settings, people with this occupation usually apply a diversity of inclusion techniques and specialized support practices to assist people with disabilities.
Clinical Support Aides (CSA), and the clinical support staff in general work with nurses, midwives, doctors, and other health professionals to deliver high-quality care to patients, looking after their general well-being and comfort. Clinical support roles also offer an ideal entry route to many other careers in healthcare, such as nursing, especially for people with commitment and enthusiasm for this field, as well as the right academic qualifications.
Some of the people in this career path work with an individual practitioner or a team, taking on tasks such as welcoming and preparing patients, explaining treatments and updating patient records.
For anyone looking to pursue a career as a CSA, they could take on a role that focuses simply on providing support and care for patients, like working as a maternity support worker, as a nursing healthcare assistant, or as an occupational therapy assistant. Alternatively, they could take on a more technical clinical support staff role, such as working as a phlebotomist, or as a radiography assistant.
The duties carried out by professional laboratory technicians and technologists include running diagnostic tests on tissue, blood, and body fluid samples that can be used to aid in the diagnosis or monitor medical conditions.
Laboratory studies programs at Ontario colleges and in the rest of Canada provide students with training in detecting and identifying diseases and infections, chemical analysis of samples, checking for blood transfusion compatibility, and much more, preparing them for careers in the medical industry.
Anyone who graduates as a laboratory assistant, technician, or technologist, should know that there are diverse career opportunities for them in a variety of disciplines like research or even the development of medical diagnostics. They could also and in a number of different facilities, from hospitals, clinics, or research labs to government agencies and consulting firms.
In closing, we hope these new roles that we have added to the platform are exactly what you were looking for and that the information we provided is enough for you to have a better understanding of what professionals in these three fields actually do.
If you have any questions about Developmental Service Workers (DSW), Clinical Support Aides (CSA), or Lab Technicians, or questions about how to joining our platform as a healthcare worker, don't hesitate to leave us a message below or reach out directly to us.
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