Registered Nurse, Youth Forensic Services

Department/Program: Secure Care Unit, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment:
Casual Relief x 2 position(s)
Req ID: 136059 
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $35.2108
  - $42.9366/hour
Posting Date: June 28, 2022
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Start Date: ASAP

Location: Waterville, NS


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 will be located at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility (NSYF), a modern correctional facility, located in Waterville, Nova Scotia. The Staff Nurse is responsible and accountable for the application of the nursing process in the delivery of family centred patient care consistent with the objectives, mission and vision of the IWK Health Centre. The Staff Nurse provides primary health care for both general incarcerated adolescent population and for youth admitted to the acute inpatient care unit who present with medical and/or mental health problems and is an integral part of the Forensic interdisciplinary team. The RN helps to build our reputation for excellence in the Maritime community and beyond. He/she contributes to a sustainable health care system through formal and informal partnerships. The RN pursues excellence in care, teaching and research through a spirit of inquiry, discovery and innovation, leveraging our reputation and influence to advocate for health.

Hours of Work

12 hour shifts, full rotational schedule (Days, Evenings, Nights, Weekends, Holidays)
12 hour shifts; 0700-1900 or 1900-0700


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required (candidates with commensurate experience and education will be considered).
  • 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.
  • Previous psychiatric nursing experience an asset.
  • Primary health care experience an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to Family Centred Care.
  • Demonstrated time management, prioritization, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and practice.
  • Competency in other languages considered 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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