Registered Nurse

The IWK Health Centre is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre with a main campus in Halifax, a Secure Care Unit in Waterville, and community based sites across Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve.  We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

At this time, we have immediate needs for two areas of care: the Nova Scotia Youth Facility and within our Emergency Mental Health & Addictions Service.

As a Registered Nurse at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility, you will operate in a modern correctional facility, located in Waterville, Nova Scotia. You would be responsible and accountable for the application of the nursing process in the delivery of family centred patient care consistent with the objectives, mission and vision of the IWK Health Centre. You would provide 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.

As a Registered Nurse with our Emergency Mental Health & Addictions Service (EMHAS), you are responsible and accountable for conducting emergency mental health assessments including, but not limited to, assessment of mental status indicators, multiple risk factors, symptom history, and presenting problems. This role requires independent skills at assessment and formulation of complex presenting problems and the ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team within the EMHAS as well as the IWK Emergency Department. The Nurse will work closely with Psychiatry and Social Work within the EMHAS. They may also work with Nurses on the Garron Centre on the night shift from 0000-0700 hours when there are no EMHAS patients in the Emergency Department.

Key to success in these positions is the Nurse’s application of specialized knowledge gained through education and experience in mental health/psychiatric populations in order to work to full scope of practice. For a confidential conversation, you are welcome to call Arlene MacAskill at 902.470.3939.