Graduate Nurse 2023

​Req ID: 142567
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Sites and Community Based Locations Throughout Nova Scotia
Department: Services and Programs Throughout Nova Scotia Health
Type of Employment: Permanent Full-Time
 Nursing Position
Posting Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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 Authority will provide you with the challenge and opportunity you are looking for as a professional Graduate Nurse. We are seeking Graduate Nurses who share our values of compassion and excellence, and our commitment to building our culture.


The Graduate Nurse (GN) is:

  • Accountable to function within her/his level of competence 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 NSHA
  • Responsible and accountable for his/her nursing practice and conduct as defined by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing and for ensuring that his/her registration is current and valid



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


What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation and incentives
  • Enrollment in the Provincial Pension Plan
  • Variety of available shifts
  • Continuous Clinical Education & Support
  • Opportunity for advancement within the organization
  • Successful candidates may also be eligible for a signing bonus and relocation assistance for a return of service
  • For select opportunities, successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, longer-term disability, life insurance coverage, and a defined benefit pension plan.



Hours of Work

  • Permanent, full-time supernumerary position; 75 hours biweekly
  • Shifts may include evenings, weekends, and holidays

Salary Information

NSNU Graduate Nurse $31.1326/per hour and after you provide proof of your active-practicing license with NSCN it is $35.0356/per hour
NSGEU Graduate Nurse $31.1326/per hour and after you provide proof of your active-practicing license with NSCN it is $34.8623/per hour


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 area of interest/unit/program/specialty.
  • These positions are Nursing Bargaining unit positions.
  • Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.
  • Applicants currently working permanently as a Graduate Nurse/Registered Nurse or in the process of being hired permanently with Nova Scotia Health are not eligible for consideration.
  • Successful applicants hired for difficult to recruit to areas may be eligible for financial hire incentives.


Should you have specific questions related to this posting, please email

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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 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.


​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, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.


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