Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Mental Health
Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre
Halifax, Nova, Ca
6d ago
source : SuccessFactors

Department / Program : CMHA, Mental Health & Addictions Program

Type of Employment : Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Req ID : 45577

Union Status : Nursing Bargaining Unit

Compensation : $41.193 - $48.5582 / hour

Posting Date : January 23, 2020

Closing Date : Open Until Filled

Start Date : ASAP

The IWK Health Centre 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.

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.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Community Mental Health, the Clinical Nurse Specialist will work with children, youth and families, utilizing the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) to deliver care to children and youth up to 19 years of age in an ambulatory mental health care setting.

This is done in accordance with the mission, philosophies and vision of the IWK Health Centre. Interventions and follow-up may be provided utilizing a direct, consultative or supervisory approach.

Responsibilities include clinical work with children, youth and their families specific to their mental health needs, with an emphasis on individual and family therapy as well as delivery of evidence based group interventions.

Hours of Work

Monday to Friday; 8 : 30am - 4 : 30pm. Some evening work and flexibility required depending on caseload.


  • Masters Degree in Nursing required.
  • Licensed or eligibility for licensure with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN).
  • Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Canada.
  • Minimum five (5) years recent clinical nursing experience required. Minimum three (3) years experience in mental health and addictions required.
  • Experience working in a pediatric mental health and addictions setting preferred.
  • Current successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support (BLS) program required within the last 12 months or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MHA disorders and evidenced treatment modalities.
  • Experience in assessment and treatment planning required.
  • Experience in individual, family and group interventions preferred.
  • Ability to match criteria for clinical treatment protocols to identified patient and family needs.
  • Ability to assess risk of harm to self and others and triage appropriately.
  • Knowledge of the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) model of service delivery, preferred.
  • Knowledge of a harm reduction approach to care.
  • Knowledge of the mental health and addictions services offered within the IWK Health Centre, the community and the Provincial Health District Authorities to assist in the navigation of services for patients and families, preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of clinical case management.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, organizational, problem solving and administrative skills.
  • Ability to use databases to collect patient information and retrieve reports related to patient demographics and wait time.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and independently in a family-centered atmosphere.
  • Competency in other languages an asset; French preferred.
  • Thank you for your continued interest with the IWK Health Centre.

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    Applications are accepted until 11 : 59 PM on the Closing Date.

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