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Community Mental Health Nurse - Crisis Response Services - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: May 21, 2019

Location: Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada, B4N 5E3

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Req ID: 29244
Location: Western Zone, Valley Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 60019210 MHA WZ Intake & Crisis Response AV
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT  (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Nursing 
Bargaining Unit - NSNU
Posting Closing Date: 30-Jun-19


Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.


Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Reporting to the Manager, Intake & Crisis Response Services, Mental Health & Addictions or designate, the Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Response Service, is a member of a multi-disciplinary team and applies his/her knowledge and experience in the assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation of Emergent/Urgent mental health services across the age spectrum. 


The Community Mental Health Nurse exhibits sound professional judgment and initiative while working within the Mission, Vision and Strategic Directions of the Service and incorporates into daily practice the Core Competencies and Values of the organization.


Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.



* BScN, BN or equivalent.  Masters level an asset.

* Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia.

* Minimum 5 years’ experience in clinical psychiatric/mental health/addiction nursing.

* Training and experience in CISM, Prevention & Management of Aggression & Violence and Suicide Intervention and/or nonviolent crisis intervention 

* Demonstrated assessment, triage and risk evaluation skills across age spectrum, required.

* Experience in group, cognitive, interpersonal, narrative and solution-focused therapies an asset.

* Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive and supportive working relationships with staff, clients, agencies and community resources.

* Commitment to promoting a culture of respect that supports safety, ethical practices, cultural awareness and organizational health.

* Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.

* Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked, interdisciplinary team environment and to adapt to changing needs.

* Computer proficiency (Microsoft Suite or equivalent, E-mail, Internet).

* Demonstrated regular attendance in current and previous employment.

* Valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to reliable vehicle.

* 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

Permanent Full-time (100%) Position; 75.00 Hours Bi-weekly.

Travel to other sites may be required and must have access to reliable vehicle.


Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.

Salary Information

Registered Nurse (RN-3):

$35.2427- $41.3938 hourly

($42.8427 hourly with 25 years of RN experience).

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentations such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check 
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification 
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation 
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on timeliness of delivering the above.

This is a Nursing bargaining unit - NSNU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for Unionized positions.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.
Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) 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: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent 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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