Registered Nurse, Birth Unit - Signing Bonus Available

Company : IWK Health 

Req ID: 145516 
Department/Program: Birth Unit, Women & Newborn Health Program 
Location: Halifax
Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) for 18 months x 9 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $35.2108 - $42.9366
Closing Date: Open until filled



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 18 month 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 Birth Unit, Family-Newborn Care Unit, and Women's and Newborn Health Resource Team, the Registered Nurse is responsible and accountable for the application of current theory and research in the delivery of family-centred nursing care to intra-partum clients, newborns and their families in the Birth Unit, consistent with the philosophy, vision, objectives and mission of IWK Health.

Hours of Work

11.25-hour rotating shifts (0700-1900, 1900-0700), and on-call as needed (days and nights).

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing required (candidates with commensurate experience and education will be considered).
  • Registered, or eligible to be registered, with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) required.
  • Recent Birth Unit experience an asset.
  • Acute nursing experience an asset.
  • 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 completion of NRP and Labour and Delivery experience an asset.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills required.
  • Demonstrated team building, leadership skills and professional development required.
  • Open and flexible, with the ability to facilitate change, required.
  • Ability to foster and create an environment where team members feel empowered and valued required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and acceptance of family-centred care and patient-family teaching required.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to collaborate with families.
  • Competency in other languages an asset.

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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