Registered Nurse, AIS

Date: Jan 21, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3L 4E5

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Department/Program: AIS Primary Mental Health 24/5, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 123363 
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $35.2108
  - $42.9366/hour
Posting Date: January 20, 2022
Closing Date: January 30, 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, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply.

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 of 19 who have chronic and persistent mental health disorders with serious/profound functional impairment and/or severe disruptive behavior disorder. 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 24/5 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 College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia Standards of Nursing Practice, specialty standards as applicable and the policies and procedures of the IWK and functional impairment and/or severe disruptive behavior disorder in a 24/5 program setting area.

Hours of Work

Shift Work, 7.5 hour shifts; Monday-Friday, and Weekends and Holidays; Days, Nights and Evenings.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required.  Candidates with commensurate experience and education will be considered.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing.
  • Current successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support (BLS) program within the last 12 months required or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge certificate required.
  • Minimum two years previous psychiatric nursing experience required.
  • Previous experience with adolescent substance abuse preferred.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction approach and Best Practice modalities for substance abuse and/or concurrent disorders preferred.
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification an asset.
  • CNA Certification in Mental Health an asset.
  • Ability to support/co-facilitate psychoeducational, psycho-therapeutic, life skills and recreation therapy evidence based groups preferred.
  • 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 ability to collaborate with families and other health care team members.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and practice required.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and willingness to drive program van as required.
  • Competencies 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.


If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant. Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.


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