Registered Nurse - Inpatient Units - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Oct 17, 2021

Location: Antigonish, NS, CA, B2G 2G4

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Req ID: 100602
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern
 Zone, St. Martha's Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ SMRH In Patient Mental Health

Type of Employment: Casual  Casual Relief  (3%  FTE) x 2  position(s)
Status: NSNU Nursing
Posting Closing Date: 4-Nov-21

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.

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The Registered Nurse practices within the Nova Scotia College of Nurses (NSCN) Standards of Nursing Practice for Registered Nurses and the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics, is responsible and accountable for the nursing care of an assigned group of patients and their families; provides guidance and leadership to peers and other staff; works in a collaborative relationship with colleagues, unit staff, students and members of related health disciplines.
Working as a member of an interdisciplinary team, the Registered Nurse will provide care to clients on the psychiatric unit, utilizing expertise in patient and family centered mental health nursing.  The Registered Nurse will assess behavior, and, with the patient's collaboration, devise a care plan and implement interventions that are adapted to each patient's recovery.  The RN will be available for meetings with family and community members to plan a smooth discharge and return to the community. 
The Registered Nurse will facilitate group meetings, coordinate patient care and act as a member of the facility's code white team as part of their daily assignment.  Strong critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and enhanced communication skills are required to enable clients to recover to an optional level.


  • Current registration or eligibility with the Nova Scotia College of Nurses (NSCN) required
  • Nursing diploma required; Bachelor Degree in nursing preferred
  • One year of recent/continuous work experience in a Mental Health environment preferred
  • Completion of post diploma Mental Health Nursing Education preferred (i.e. completion of "Short Term Clinical Program in Mental Health Nursing" or "certificate of completion of a clinical major in Mental Health Nursing from a University" or "Psychiatric/Mental Health Certification" through the Canadian Nurses Association" or "Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program" through RNPDC)
  • Current Heart & Stroke BCLS (Level C) Certification required.
  • Certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention or willingness to obtain within 3 months of obtaining position
  • Education in concurrent disorders an asset
  • Willingness to obtain further education in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing as directed by manager required.
  • Knowledge or experience in leading Therapeutic Group Work an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful external applicants are required to provide a Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application.  Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Two casual relief positions. 

Salary Information

Registered Nurse (RN2):

$35.21 - $41.49 hourly 

($42.94 with 25 years of RN experience).


Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Some opportunities may be eligible for our Employee Referral Program.  If a Nova Scotia Health employee refers a candidate who is not working for the organization and the candidate is hired, the employee who made the referral may be eligible to earn up to $1000. For more details and instructions, please visit please visit Recruitment - Incentives  

​This is a Nursing  bargaining unit - NSNU  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.

​As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021. 

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. Our priority groups are Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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