Registered Nurse, AIS 24/7 Concurrent Unit

Date: Jun 25, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3L 4E5

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Department/Program: AIS Addictions/Concurrent 24/7, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT short-assignment (100% FTE) until October 01, 2022
  x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 132530 
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $35.2108 - $42.9366
Posting Date: June 28, 2022
Closing Date: July 03, 2022
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. IWK Health is committed to employment equity and the reduction of barriers to employment and career growth. We encourage all who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

Position Summary

The Staff Nurse works as an integrated member of the inter-professional team in the planning and provision of care to youth up to the age 19 who are harmfully involved with substances and/or gambling, or who may present with concurrent mental health disorders. The Staff Nurse is responsible and accountable for the application of current theory and practice in the delivery of family centered nursing care consistent with the philosophy, objectives, mission and vision of the IWK Health Centre. The Staff Nurse is responsible for the initial and ongoing nursing assessments, participating in the interdisciplinary treatment plan and ensuring the integration of the identified treatment plans on the 24/7 unit. The Staff Nurse could be reassigned to other Mental Health and Addictions units as operationally required. The Registered Nurse (RN) is a member of an interdisciplinary care team, providing holistic, comprehensive evidenced based care to meet the needs of individuals, families and/or communities. The RN provides leadership in nursing assessment, and the planning, implementation and evaluation of patient/family care for the purpose of promoting, maintaining or restoring health, preventing illness, injury and disability. The RN will be in a position of charge on the unit and responsible as such.The RN builds professional relationships with other nurses and health team members to support the work of a strong inter-professional team and provision of quality patient/family care. The RN ensures the goals and needs of the patients and families are prioritized and individualized, using nursing knowledge, critical thinking and clinical judgment. The RN engages in independent, interdependent and dependent functions to provide healthcare focusing on comprehensive assessment, patient/family education, teaching and coordination of care.  The RN practices according to the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, the Nova Scotia College of Nursing Standards of Nursing Practice, specialty standards as applicable and the policies and procedures of the IWK.

Hours of Work

7.5 and/or 11.25 hours shifts; Monday-Friday,Weekends and Holidays; Days, Nights and Evenings.


  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing Program.
  • 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.
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification an asset.
  • Ability to support/co-facilitate psychoeducational, psycho-therapeutic, life skills and recreation therapy evidence based groups.
  • Two (2) years experience with adolescent substance abuse preferred.
  • Two (2) years psychiatric nursing experience preferred.
  • Experience working with an adolescent/youth population in a rehabilitative treatment setting required.
  • Knowledge of mental health and or concurrent disorders required.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction approach and Best Practice modalities for substance abuse and or concurrent disorders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to Family Centred Care required.
  • Demonstrated inter-professional teamwork, time management, prioritization, communication (verbal and written), leadership, critical thinking, organizational and interpersonal skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of an inter-professional team required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and practice required.
  • Knowledge of addictions, substance misuse and harm-reduction approach to treatment.
  • Valid Class 5 drivers license and willingness to drive program van as required.
  • Competency in other languages an asset; French preferred.

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health. We will only contact those applicants selected for interview/testing. Applicants we invite to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.

 Please note: our 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.


Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

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