Registered Nurse - Permanent, Temporary, and Casual Opportunities - Waterville, Kings County

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Department/Program: Youth Forensic Services
Location: Waterville, Kings County  
Type of Employment: Permanent, Temporary, and Casual Opportunities 
Start Date: June-August, 2023
Union Status: Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $35.2108 $42.9366/hour
Closing Date: 30-May-23  (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)

About the IWK

IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults, and families each year across the Atlantic region.  We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers, and learners at sites across Nova Scotia.  People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities.  We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes.  We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs.  We are proud to support our patients, families, and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.

Promoting an anti-racist environment and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us.  We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.  Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization.  There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years.  We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country.  Nova Scotia has the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country.  We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination, but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face.  We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer.  We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.

About the Opportunity

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.  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 healthcare 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 IWK Health.

The RN will be located at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility (NSYF), a modern correctional facility in Waterville, Kings County Nova Scotia.  The RN provides primary health care for both general incarcerated adolescent population and for youth admitted to the acute inpatient care unit who present with medical and/or mental health problems and is an integral part of the Forensic interdisciplinary team.

About You

We would love to hear from you if you are eligible for license with Nova Scotia College of Nursing and successfully completed a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support (BLS) program within the last 12 months.

Previous psychiatric nursing experience and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification an asset.

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

Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+.


Various permanent, temporary, and casual opportunities available.  

12-hour rotational shifts that include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

You will be asked to specify your preference of permanent, temporary, and casual in the screening questions that follow once you click 'Apply'.


Successful candidates may be eligible for signing bonus, relocation, referral, and travel incentives.

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.

Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing.  If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation.  Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.

This is a Nursing bargaining unit position.  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.

An 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. 

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