Registered Nurse - Community Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions Program
IWK Health Centre
Lower Sackville, NS, CA, B4C 0A2, Canada
6d ago

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.


The Registered Nurse's primary role for Community Mental Health employs a population health model to meet a variety of mental health needs in a community based practice.

The context of practice for this role is independent requiring a high degree of critical thinking and problem solving. The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide consultation services to care teams, general practitioners and other providers in the community.

This position also builds capacity and provides support and consultation services in a variety of local and rural settings, such as hospitals, group homes, nursing homes, personal residences, provincial correctional facilities, halfway houses and clinics.

In the role of principle clinician, the incumbent also provides individual focused care which includes comprehensive mental health assessments, and provisional DSM diagnosis.


  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing
  • Registered with NSCN
  • BLS certification
  • Two years nursing experience in mental health required
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM )
  • Previous experience working in adult community mental health preferred
  • Ability to reach a joint formulation with the client and family
  • Ability to complete mental health assessments using DSM formulations.
  • Awareness of local community resources and agencies would be considered an asset
  • Valid Nova Scotia Driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to demonstrate effective time management and disciplined self-organization
  • Demonstrated comfort and skills working collaboratively with community partners
  • Maintains awareness of current concepts in nursing
  • 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.

  • A skills test will be included as part of the selection process*
  • Hours of Work

  • Permanent, Full Time (100%) Position; 75 hours bi-weekly
  • Travel to various sites maybe required
  • Some evening work is required
  • Registered Nurse :

    $35.2108 - $41.4848 Hourly

    $42.9366 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.

    This is a Nursing bargaining unit - NSNU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions.

    Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. 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.

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