Clinical Leader Development, Emergency Department - Signing Bonus Available

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Req ID: 138122 
Department/Program: Emergency Dept, Children's Health Program 
Location: Halifax
Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) for one year  x 1 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $37.0492 - $44.9061
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a one-time Signing Bonus of $5,000. In turn, a Return of Service will be required for a (1) one year period.


IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.


Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia, and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination, but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Manager of the Emergency Department, the Clinical Leader Development acts as a resource to interdisciplinary team members by identifying, prioritizing, implementing and evaluating strategies that support competency development and maintenance of team members. Working in collaboration with the Emergency Department Care Team, the Clinical Leader Development facilitates a learning environment whereby team members are supported to work to their full scope of practice and/or scope of employment. The Clinical Leader Development has overall responsibility for on-going continuing education and support associated with new and returning staff, new preceptors, practice and equipment changes, quality initiatives, and family-centred care. The Clinical Leader Development demonstrates excellence in leadership, role-modeling, communication and organizational skills, problem solving and decision-making.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Collaborates with ongoing orientation and learning for new and transferring staff, as well as learner placement initiatives.  Focus on Bedside preceptorship and mentoring. 
•    Demonstrates support and commitment to professional development.  
•    Mentors staff through supporting, teaching, role modeling and coaching.  
•    Mentors preceptors in competency development process for new staff.  
•    Identifies clinical issues requiring staff education and works collaboratively with the Pediatric Critical Care Team to address learning needs.  
•    Role models professional practice and promotes best practice.  
•    Acts as a clinical resource for staff in patient/family care issues.  
•    Responsible and accountable for the application of the nursing process in the delivery of family centred care consistent with the philosophy, objectives, vision and mission of the IWK Health Centre. 

Hours of Work

Monday to Friday and Weekends, 11.25 hour day shifts. 

Your Qualifications

•    Registered, or eligible to be registered, with Nova Scotia College of Nursing required.  
•    Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required.  Compensatory experience and education will be considered
•    Minimum of five (5) years clinical experience in pediatric emergency nursing required   
•    Current successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support Level (BLS) Program within the last 12 months, or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate, required.
•    Recent experience with preceptor role an asset.  
•    CNA Certification in Critical Care Nursing an asset.  
•    Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning required 
•    Completed continuing education in adult education/learning, leadership or team training an asset.  
•    Demonstrated time management, communication (verbal and written), organizational and interpersonal skills required.  
•    Demonstrated leadership, delegation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills involving innovation/creativity in solution development.  
•    Proven team building, leadership, goal development and evaluation skills.  
•    Competency in other languages considered an asset


Where there are no qualified candidates who meet the minimum 5 year requirement for pediatric emergency nursing experience, consideration may be given to Registered Nurses with 3 years’ pediatric emergency nursing experience.

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.


Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.


This is a Nursing  bargaining  unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.


An  offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis


If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant. 

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