Community Mental Health Nurse - Crisis Response Services - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 29244
Location: Western Zone, Valley Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 60019210 MHA WZ Intake & Crisis Response AV
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT  (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Nursing 
Bargaining Unit - NSNU 
Posting Closing Date: 31-Mar-19


Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date. Only online applications are accepted, interested candidates please apply here:


Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.



Reporting to the Manager, Intake & Crisis Response Services, Mental Health & Addictions or designate, the Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Response Service, is a member of a multi-disciplinary team and applies his/her knowledge and experience in the assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation of Emergent/Urgent mental health services across the age spectrum. 


The Community Mental Health Nurse exhibits sound professional judgment and initiative while working within the Mission, Vision and Strategic Directions of the Service and incorporates into daily practice the Core Competencies and Values of the organization.


Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.



* BScN, BN or equivalent.  Masters level an asset.

* Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia.

* Minimum 5 years’ experience in clinical psychiatric/mental health/addiction nursing.

* Training and experience in CISM, Prevention & Management of Aggression & Violence and Suicide Intervention and/or nonviolent crisis intervention 

* Demonstrated assessment, triage and risk evaluation skills across age spectrum, required.

* Experience in group, cognitive, interpersonal, narrative and solution-focused therapies an asset.

* Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive and supportive working relationships with staff, clients, agencies and community resources.

* Commitment to promoting a culture of respect that supports safety, ethical practices, cultural awareness and organizational health.

* Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.

* Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked, interdisciplinary team environment and to adapt to changing needs.

* Computer proficiency (Microsoft Suite or equivalent, E-mail, Internet).

* Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position, such as working flexible hours, managing stressful situations and travelling within the South Shore Geographical Area as necessary.

* Demonstrated regular attendance in current and previous employment.

* Valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to reliable vehicle.

* Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

* Successful external applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application.  Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.


Hours of Work

Permanent Full-time (100%) Position; 75.00 Hours Bi-weekly.

Travel to other sites may be required and must have access to reliable vehicle.

Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.


Salary Information

Registered Nurse (RN-3):

$35.2427- $41.3938 hourly

($42.8427 hourly with 25 years of RN experience).


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.