Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine

Date: Nov 20, 2022

Location: Bridgewater, NS, CA, B4V 0A1

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Requisition ID: 141385 

Opportunity Type: Long Term Assignment 

Estimated Annual Salary: $78,000 - $104k


About This Opportunity

The Emergency Department at the South Shore Regional Hospital is seeking a certified Physician Assistant to join the interdisciplinary team involved in the provision of clinical care to patients and their families, engage in quality and safety processes, and participate in trainee education and academic activities. Guided by a series of medical directives, the successful applicant will be assigned a Primary Supervising Physician and provide clinical services under the direct supervision of Emergency Department attending physicians. This position will offer the PA an opportunity to work to full scope of practice.

The position will report to the Health Services Manager Emergency Department with functional reporting relationship to the Primary Supervising Physician.

South Shore Regional Hospital (SSRH), originally founded in 1988, is a primary and secondary care hospital and designated district trauma centre. 
Located in Bridgewater, SSRH has 85 inpatient beds including medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetrics, and mental health units. The modern regional hospital is the cornerstone of Bridgewater’s residents and surrounding community members’ quality of life.
ambulatory care
cancer care and support services 
continuing care
diagnostic imaging (including CT scan, mammography, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound)
electrocardiography department
emergency medicine
general medicine
internal medicine
intensive care unit (ICU)
medical and surgical units
mental health and addictions services
midwifery program
Nova Scotia hearing and speech clinic
nutrition and diabetic counselling 
obstetrics and gynecology services
occupational therapy
palliative care
perioperative services 
plastic surgery
respiratory therapy
social work
surgical intermediate care unit (SIMCU)
telehealth services
walk-in clinic


Duties to be fulfilled by the Physician Assistant include: 

  • Obtain health history as appropriate, including patient demographics, chief complaint, history of the present illness or injury, past medical, surgical, family and psychosocial history, medications, allergies and systems review. 
  • Conduct comprehensive and focused physical assessments and interpret findings. This includes assessment of vital signs, inspection, palpation, and examination of all major body systems. In addition, the PA performs psychological, ob-gyn, neonatal, paediatric and geriatric assessments. 
  • Utilize primary and secondary assessment results to formulate a differential diagnosis and determine if further clinical investigation is required. 
  • Order and complete preliminary interpretation of necessary diagnostic tests, which may include, but are not limited to, haematology, microbiology, chemistry, serology, urinalysis, blood gas, ECG, peak flow and plain film x-ray. 
  • Perform the following diagnostic procedures: ECG, Peak expiratory flow tests, Slit lamp examination (including fluorescein dye and intraocular pressure measurement), Visual acuity, Pap smear. 
  • Collect blood samples (arterial and venous), minor surgical samples, body secretions and body fluids (semen, sputum, wound drainage, and urine). 
  • Formulate a treatment and management plan based on assessment and investigation results, availability of services and special needs of patient. 
  • Implement effective treatment plans that include preventive and therapeutic interventions, demonstrating  appropriate procedural skills, as determined by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Scope of Practice and National Competency Profile, and the supervising physician.  
  • Collaborate with and seek appropriate consultation from the supervising physician and other health professionals involved in the patient’s care to work as physician extender. 

Expected Hours

  • full-time


  • Successful completion of a recognized accredited Physician Assistant educational program in Canada or the United States of America 
  • Certification through the Physician Assistant’s Certification Council (PACC) or National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) 
  • Membership with the Canadian Association of the Physician Assistants 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Ability to work in an inter-professional healthcare environment
  • Must have recent well rounded clinical experience and preferably been exposed to Emergency Medicine in the workplace or as part of clinical training
  • all applicants must have a current PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) Certification
  • all applicants must have a current ATLS  (Advanced Trauma Life Support) Certification
  • all applicants must have a current ACLS  (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Certification
  • written and spoken competence in English is required

Community Details

The Town of Bridgewater is located along the LaHave River and is surrounded by the coastal beaches and fishing communities of the south shore. It is the largest town in this region with a population of over 8,500. Self-titled "The Main Street of the South Shore," Bridgewater has long been established as the primary commercial and professional service centre in the southern half of the province. The community boasts a diverse local economy and is home to larger national and international employers. Physicians build a life and career they love in this beautiful town. 

Here, year-round activities like surfing, cycling, hiking, stand up paddleboarding, and sea kayaking await you. Love to sail, or have always wanted to learn? You've come to right place! Camp and explore Kejimkujik National Park or enjoy our abounding craft breweries and wineries. Art galleries and historical escapes provide hours of entertainment in your down time as your explore the wonderful surrounding communities. There is something for everyone in Bridgewater - and all within a one hour commute to Nova Scotia's capital city of Halifax!

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine.  

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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