Nurse Practitioner - Emergency Department - Locum Program

Req ID: 155211
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Western
Zone, Digby General Hospital  
Department: OPWZ EMG Emergency Digby

Type of Employment: Casual Hourly FT short-assignment (100% FTE) x 2 position(s)

Status: NSNU Nursing Position
Posting Closing Date: Open Until Filled


This is a reposting of Requisition 155211; therefore, candidates who have previously applied for this Req are unable to reapply

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 Our Nurse Practitioners

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The Nurse Practitioner (NP) will provide direct, comprehensive clinical care to patients in the Emergency Department (ED). The NP works autonomously to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures within the legislated scope of practice and where required, a defined collaborative practice agreement, to provide care to a defined population. The NP provides direct care and partners with other members of the health care team for the achievement of immediate care to patients. Working in collaboration with a physician, the NP assess the physical needs of highly acute complex patients admitted to the ED.  The NP orders, interprets, and records results of clinical tests and reports results to physicians.  
The NP integrates selected tasks and knowledge from the NSHA Emergency Program of Care into a framework of advanced nursing practice.  The NP works in close collaboration with Emergency Department Physician, nursing and interdisciplinary team.
The NP adheres to the NSCN Standards for Nursing Practice and the Code of Ethics and is responsible and accountable at all times for their own practice consistent with relevant legislation, professional and ethical standards. The NP is accountable to identify, analyze and evaluate activities that are reflective of quality improvement initiatives. 
The NP ensures that the principles and practices that guide Nova Scotia Health (NSH) such as the overall organizational and Emergency Program of Care’s vision, mission, values, expected behaviors, the leadership philosophy, organizational health, population health, ethics, safety, quality, partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration are integrated within the support that is provided by the work that they do and through the messages they deliver.

About You

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

•Masters of Nursing – Advanced Nursing Practice stream or equivalent nurse practitioner program
•Current registration as a Nurse Practitioner – Family/ All Ages, and in good standing with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) or eligible
•Recent experience working in a Nurse Practitioner role with family of all ages preferred
•Valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to reliable vehicle
•Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred, and ability to work with language agency to deliver care to patients in other languages is considered an asset
Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.


  • Short assignment, Full-time x 2 positions; 75 hours bi-weekly
  • Assignment duration from one (1) month to three (3) months
  • Shifts may include evenings, weekends, and holidays

Compensation & Incentives

$53.08 - $62.05 hourly
$64.22 with 25 years' of NP experience


Incentives are available to successful applicants residing outside the Western Zone of Nova Scotia Health and willing to relocate. Candidates who are currently employed within the Western Zone must have capacity to accept temporary assignments that do not result in operational disruptions or result in the payment of overtime for regular shift assignments. 


Successful candidates of the locum project will be eligible to receive a Completion Bonus of $1000 after completion of 162.5 hours worked. There is a one (1) month minimum with commitment determined upon hire. Successful candidates will also be eligible to receive reimbursement for mileage or airfare as appropriate, as well as for reasonable accommodation.


Please Note: This incentive does not apply to internal employees who are already located at the site where the vacancy exists. 

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 Recruitment - Incentives  


​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.


​Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire. 


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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