Registered Nurse, Emergency Department- Signing Bonus and Relocation Assistance Available

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Department/Program: Emergency Dept, Children's Health Program 
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 12 position(s)
Req ID: 135843 
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $35.2108  $42.9366/hour
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Start Date: ASAP
Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a one-time Signing Bonus of $10,000. In turn, a Return of Service will be required for a (3) three year period. Relocation assistance of up to $10,000 may be included to those that qualify. In turn, a Return of Service will be required for an additional (1) one year. 

IWK Health is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth, and families across the Atlantic region. Come and join our dynamic team as we step into the future and Build Better Care together with the upcoming construction of a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department for the IWK!

IWK Health is committed to employment equity and the reduction of barriers to employment and career growth. We encourage all who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of the Emergency Department, the Registered Nurse (RN) is a member of an interdisciplinary care team, providing holistic, comprehensive evidenced based care to meet the needs of individuals, families and/or communities. The RN provides leadership in nursing assessment, and the planning, implementation and evaluation of patient/family care for the purpose of promoting, maintaining or restoring health, preventing illness, injury, and disability or supporting a peaceful death. The RN provides care in collaboration with the patient and family, other nurses and health team members throughout all stages of health and complexities of illness. The RN builds professional relationships with other nurses and health team members to support the work of a strong interprofessional team and provision of quality patient/family care. The RN ensures the goals and needs of the patients and families are prioritized and individualized, using nursing knowledge, critical thinking and clinical judgment. The RN engages in independent, interdependent and dependent functions to provide healthcare focusing on comprehensive assessment, patient/family education, and coordination of care. The RN helps to build our reputation for excellence in the Maritime community, contributing to a sustainable health care system through formal and informal partnerships. The RN pursues excellence in care, teaching and research through a spirit of inquiry, discovery and innovation, leveraging our reputation and influence to advocate for health. The RN practices according to the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, the Nova Scotia College of Nursing Standards of Nursing Practice, specialty standards as applicable and the policies and procedures of the IWK.

Hours of Work: Rotational, 24/7, 7.5 to 11.25 hour shifts


  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing Program.
  • Licensed, or eligible for licensure, with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) required.
  • Minimum one (1) year of pediatric nursing or one (1) year of Emergency Care experience required.
  • Current successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support Level (BLS) Program within the last 12 months, or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate, required
  • PALS and TNCC Trauma Course required within one year.
  • ACLS an asset.
  • CNA Certification in Emergency or Critical Care Nursing an asset.
  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills, including clinical judgment, problem solving skills and strong decision making ability.
  • Demonstrated strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills with patients, families and colleagues
  • Competencies in other languages an asset.

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health. We will only contact those applicants selected for interview/testing. Applicants we invite to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.

Please note: our offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. 

Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant. Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.