Critical Care Nursing Program (Sponsorship Opportunity) – Nova Scotia Health

Critical Care Nursing Program (Sponsorship Opportunity) – Nova Scotia Health

​Req ID: 141140
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Central Zone, Halifax, Dartmouth
Department: Halifax and Dartmouth Intensive Care Units

Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 18 position(s)
Status: Nursing Bargaining Unit 
Posting Closing Date: December 1, 2022

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.


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Facility & Community Information

Check out the below links to learn more about our facilities and community within Central Zone:

About the Opportunity

Are you interested in a Critical Care Nursing career with Nova Scotia Health? We are currently accepting Critical Care Nursing Program (CCNP) applications and we would love to hear from you! This is an educational opportunity available to current Registered Nurses who have limited or no Critical Care experience and are interested in developing their skills.

The program will be 16 weeks in length. It will include both full-time and part-time study aimed at ensuring the nurse achieves the knowledge, skills and abilities required to meet the program competencies. The program will be aligned with a transition to practice approach, with blended clinical and study time, that will support the nurse in transferring program competencies into his/her critical care practice. Students accepted into the program will also be scheduled for regular periods of orientation in the critical care environment with the purpose of providing further support in transitioning to this specialized area.

Registered Nurses who successfully complete the CCNP will be hired into existing vacancies in our Halifax and Dartmouth Intensive Care Units, specifically the following:

  • VG 3A Med-Surg ICU
  • Halifax Infirmary 5.1 Cardiovascular CVICU
  • Halifax Infirmary 5.2 Med-Surg Neuro ICU
  • Halifax Infirmary 6.4 Coronary Care Unit
  • Dartmouth General ICU

Successful applicants will agree to complete the program and will be required to sign a Return of Service Agreement.

Course Start date: January 2022

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

About You

  • Currently working as a Registered Nurse
  • Minimum of one (1) year acute care experience required, two (2) years preferred
  • IMCU experience preferred

How to Apply

Please apply to this opportunity with your resume and cover letter outlining: 

  • Reasons for applying to this specialty program
  • What you wish to achieve through the program
  • Goals and aspirations
  • Skills, resources, and experience that would facilitate completion of the program
  • Additional comments that support your application
  • Completed reference form from your current manager. The online reference check form is accessible from the following link and should be forwarded to your manager:

Applications will be assessed and followed by an interview.

Salary and Incentives

NSNU Registered Nurse:
$35.21 - $41.48 hourly
$42.93 hourly with 25 years' experience

NSGEU Registered Nurse:
$35.03 - $41.41 hourly
$42.86 hourly with 25 years' experience

Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan.

Successful candidates may also be eligible for a signing bonus and relocation assistance for a return of service commitment.

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in the Critical Care Nursing Program. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


​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. Our priority groups are Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and 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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