Graduate Nurse 2023-2024

Req ID: 165884

Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Sites and Community Based Locations Throughout Nova Scotia
Department: Services and Programs Throughout Nova Scotia
Type of Employment: Permanent, Full-Time
Status: Nursing

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.


Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with an Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.



About the Opportunity
Nova Scotia Health is committed to Nurturing the Future of Healthcare.

We will do this by hiring graduate nurses who will be completing studies in the next 12 months. Nova Scotia Health’s mission is to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together. NSH will provide you with the challenge and opportunity you are looking for by entering the Nursing field!

The Graduate Nurse will be:

  • Utilizing nursing process, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to provide holistic care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the life span
  • Responsible for the overall coordination and direction of nursing care, and accountable for the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the plan of care to achieve patient/client outcomes
  • Knowledgeable, skilled, and has the judgment needed to provide competent, evidenced based nursing practice, and contributes to the efficient and effective functioning of the unit/program/specialty
  • Responsible for maintaining and continually enhancing competencies through ongoing professional development including participation in education programs, research, and continuous quality activities
  • Responsible to practice according to the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Graduate Nurses, the Nova Scotia College of Nursing Standards of Nursing Practice, specialty standards as applicable, and the policies and procedures of NS Health
  • Responsible and accountable for nursing practice and conduct as defined by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing and for ensuring that registration is current and valid

Facility Profiles

Please refer to our ‘Locations’ page for more detailed information on our facilities, and for more detailed information on the surrounding communities.

What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation - Nova Scotia Health offers one of the highest entry level hourly wage in Canada
  • Signing bonuses starting at $5000 for some programs/units with potential for up to $10,000 for rural placements
  • Up to $5000 in relocation expenses
  • Extensive health and dental benefits
  • Enrollment in the Provincial Pension Plan
  • Shift and weekend premiums
  • Premiums for completing Masters Degree in Nursing
  • Variety of available shifts
  • Continuous clinical education and support
  • Opportunity for advancement within the organization

Compensation and Incentives

  • Graduate Nurse - $34.37 per hour
  • Registered Nurse - Starting at $39.76 per hour after you provide proof of your active-practicing license with the Nova Scotia College of Nurses 
  • Shift, weekend, degree and other premiums are provided on top of your hourly rate

About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing within the last twelve months or coming twelve months, and eligible for licensing with the Nova Scotia College of Nurses
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work in a high-stress environment
  • BLS Certificate (active First Aid and CPR at Health Care Provider (HCP) level)

Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications. We would also appreciate that you include the units/programs of your previous clinical placements in order to better match you with available units.

Other Information

  • Should you be hired into ICU, ER, OR, or NICU (Cape Breton) you will be required to provide proof of your active-practicing license prior to starting employment and complete the relevant post graduate nursing program after commencing employment and attend all the training sessions for the unit. Graduate Nurses sponsored for a relevant post graduate nursing program will be required to sign a return of service agreement based on the hiring zone.
  • Every effort will be made to assign Graduate Nurses to their nursing areas of interest. Matching depends on positions availability, the unit's ability/capacity to accept Graduate Nurses and date of application.


  • Permanent full-time positions (100%); 75 hours bi-weekly. 
  • Shifts may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.


Once You've Applied
Should you have specific questions related to this posting, please email  


​This is a Nursing bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. 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.


Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.


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