Licensed Practical Nurse, Youth Forensic Services (Waterville)

Date: Jul 28, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Department/Program: Secure Care Unit, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment:
Casual Relief x 2 position(s)
Req ID: 108086 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $28.3268
  - $30.4229/hour
Posting Date: May 19, 2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Start Date: ASAP

IWK Health is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve.  We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

Position Summary

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will be located at the Nova Scotia Youth Centre (NSYC), a modern correctional facility, located in Waterville, Nova Scotia.  Reporting to the Manager through the Clinical Leader, the LPN is a member of an interdisciplinary care team, collaborating on the delivery of care to meet the needs of clients/families. The LPN is responsible and accountable to the public for his/her own practice according to the standards defined by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia, Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics and Standards, and policies and procedures of the IWK. The LPN provides care independently to patients who have: well defined and established care needs; coping mechanisms and supports systems in place; well controlled or managed health conditions; little fluctuation in condition over time; obvious signs and symptoms; predictable, localized and manageable responses; predictable outcomes; and predictable changes in health condition. The LPN works within a multi-disciplinary team to provide care to Youth who have mental health needs with disruptive behavior disorder. The LPN is responsible for medication administration facilitation, admission nursing assessment and other assigned duties associated with providing care. The LPN leads and participates in psychoeducational and health awareness groups, one to one coaching and skill development with patients.  The LPN would provide care, under the guidance and direction, and in collaboration and consultation, with a Registered Nurse and/or physician and /or other appropriate health care provider when: care needs are not well defined or established or changing; coping mechanisms and supports are unknown, not functioning or not in place; health condition not well controlled or managed; frequent monitoring and reassessment required; fluctuating assessment; unpredictable outcomes and unpredictable changes in health condition. The LPN applies practical nursing theory in the assessment of patients, collaboration in the development of the nursing care plan, implementation of the care plan and ongoing evaluation of the patient. The LPN works in consultation with RN/LPN colleagues and other members of the interdisciplinary team to meet the needs of patients/clients. In accepting care the LPN considers: patient/client factors, nurse factors such as competence, environmental factors, Health Centre policies and job description.

Hours of Work

7am - 7pm on a rotating basis, 7 days per week


  • Graduate from an approved Practical Nurse Program, 2 year diploma program required.
  • Licensed, or eligible to be licensed, with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) 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 clinical experience that includes administration of medication and health assessments is required.
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention certification preferred.
  • Previous psychiatric nursing experience preferred.
  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team and to request and accept direction as required is essential.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking required within scope of practice including: clinical judgment, problem solving skills and strong decision making ability.
  • Demonstrated professional manner required, along with effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must have demonstrated initiative, effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and skills.
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License required
  • Competency in other languages considered an asset; French preferred.

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