Graduate Practical Nurse 2023-2024

Req ID: 165888

Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Sites and Community Based Locations Throughout Nova Scotia
Department: Services and Programs Throughout Nova Scotiaa
Type of Employment: Permanent, Temporary and Casual Relief Positions
Nursing Position

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 is committed to Nurturing the Future of Healthcare.

We will do this by hiring graduate nurses who will be completing studies in the next 12 months. Nova Scotia Health’s mission is to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together. NSH will provide you with the challenge and opportunity you are looking for by entering the Nursing field!

Graduate & Licensed Practical Nurses are a vital resource in our healthcare system. We are seeking GPN & LPN's from all backgrounds and skill levels to join our growing organization. You will work with a team of healthcare professionals within a collaborative care model, who strive to improve patient care throughout Nova Scotia.

The Graduate Practical Nurse:

  • Provides nursing care independently to patients with an established plan of care
  • Applies nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills consistent with educational preparation
  • Is 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
  • Is responsible for maintaining and continually enhancing competencies through ongoing professional development including participation in education programs, research, and continuous quality activities
  • Assesses patient needs and provides nursing interventions within their scope of practice.    
  • Is responsible and accountable for nursing practice and conduct as defined by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing and for ensuring that registration is current and valid

Facility Profiles

Please refer to our ‘Locations’ page for more detailed information on our facilities, and for more detailed information on the surrounding communities. 

What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation - Nova Scotia Health offers one of the highest entry level hourly wage in Canada
  • Signing bonuses starting at $5000 for some programs/units with potential for up to $10,000 for rural placements
  • Up to $5000 in relocation expenses
  • Extensive health and dental benefits
  • Enrollment in the Provincial Pension Plan
  • Shift and weekend premiums
  • Variety of available shifts
  • Continuous clinical education and support
  • Opportunity for advancement within the organization

Compensation and Incentives

  • Graduate Practical Nurse - $22.44 per hour
  • Licensed Practical Nurse - Starting at $31.12 per hour after you provide proof of your active-practicing license with the Nova Scotia College of Nurses
  • Shift, weekend and other premiums are provided on top of your hourly rate

About You

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

  • Graduate of an accredited practical nursing program in within the last 12 months or upcoming twelve months
  • Licensed, or eligible for license, with Nova Scotia College of Nurses (NSCN)

Please ensure your resume includes all relevant education, experience, training and certifications.


  • Various permanent, assignments (temporary) and casual relief (no guaranteed hours) opportunities available
  • Shifts may include days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays


Once You've Applied

Should you have specific questions related to this posting, please email Please visit to review the Graduate Nurse FAQs. 

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.


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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