Therapeutic Assistant - Adult Neurodevelopmental Stabilization Unit - Mental Health & Addictions

​Req ID: 144674
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Central Zone, Nova Scotia Hospital  
Department: MHA CZ ANSU Recreation Therapy
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT (70% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: NSGEU
 Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 8-Jun-23

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

Reporting to the Registered Nurse and working in support role to the Registered Nurse, Recreation Therapist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Occupational Therapists and Psychologist. The Therapeutic Assistant assists in the provision of health, health promotion and therapeutic services to patients on the Adult Neurodevelopmental Stabilization Unit with a dual diagnosis of Developmental Disability and Mental Illness.  The Therapeutic Assistant will work cooperatively and collaboratively with the inter-disciplinary team in carrying out the individual's care plan and communicating patient specific information that will enhance the level of knowledge of the treatment team.

About You

  • Grade XII plus a two year certificate/diploma from a Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation Program or Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Current CPR certification is required
  • Current St. John Ambulance First Aid course preferred
  • Current certification in Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) is an asset
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Competencies in other languages preferred; French an asset

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


  • Permanent part-time (70%) position; 52.5 hours biweekly

Compensation and Incentives

$21.13 - $23.05 Hourly

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


​This is a Healthcare 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.


​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. 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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