Employment - Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care

Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Full-Time Permanent

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Job Title: Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care

Req ID: 162202
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital  
Department: OPEZ Palliative Care CBR
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: NSNU Nursing Position
Posting Closing Date: 4-Sep-23

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.

Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with a Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out www.novascotia.com to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

About the Opportunity

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides comprehensive clinical care to patients in a designated service or program areas. The NP partners with and complements other members of the health care team for the achievement of person and family centered care. The NP as the most responsible healthcare provider (MRHCP), works autonomously to diagnose, order and interpret laboratory tests, order and interpret reports of diagnostic imaging investigations, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures. The NP works to admit, transfer, accept transfer of and discharge within the legislated scope of practice. The NP provides direct care (including inpatient care) and partners with other members of the health care team for the achievement of the most appropriate and timely care for patients. working autonomously or in collaboration with other members of the team, the NP provides care for and monitors the physical/biologic, psychologic, spiritual needs of patients and integrates these into holistic care plans engaging as appropriate with family, community, and other agencies/services.

 Nurse Practitioners are accountable to, and ensure their practice is consistent with, both the Nova Scotia College of Nursing Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, as well as the Canadian Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Nurse Practitioners are accountable to provide safe, competent, compassionate, and ethical care within their legislated scope of practice, educational preparation, and individual competence, and to engage in professional development and educational activities to develop and maintain competence meeting role requirements and care needs. NPs are responsible and accountable for their own practice consistent with relevant legislation, professional, and ethical standards.

The NP ensures that the principles and practices that guide Nova Scotia Health (NSH) such as the vision, mission, values, expected behaviors, the leadership philosophy, organizational health, population health, ethics, safety, quality, partnerships, and interdisciplinary collaboration are integrated within the work that they do and through the messages they deliver. The NP will be part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team that cares for palliative patients; at home, in LTC, in the Acute Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Unit (An Cala) and in hospice.


About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following: 

  • Masters of Nursing – Advanced Nursing Practice stream
  • Current registration (or eligibility) to register as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered with the NSCN with active-practicing status, with a license to practice as an NP in Nova Scotia or eligible for registration
  • Successful in the NP examination
  • CNA Certification in Hospice Palliative Care and if not available, the ability to obtain
  • Current certification in BCLS
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and aptitude for progressive, innovative, and creative thinking
  • Adaptable to changing situations and environments
  • Possesses strong leadership and organizational skills and a high degree of judgment and initiative
  • Must have valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications. 


  • Permanent Full-time; 75 Hours Bi-weekly
  • Some travel may be required

Compensation and Incentives

$53.08 - $62.05 Hourly
$64.22 with 25 years of NP experience

Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan. 

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Some opportunities may be eligible for our Employee Referral Program.  If a Nova Scotia Health employee refers a candidate who is not working for the organization and the candidate is hired, the employee who made the referral may be eligible to earn up to $1000.  For more details and instructions, please visit Recruitment - Incentives 

​This is a Nursing bargaining unit 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.

Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire. 

Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

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How To Apply

Nova Scotia Health Authority will be accepting applications for this opportunity via their Human Resource Information System (HRIS), or other external site. Please follow the link and the instructions below carefully. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.


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Intended Audience

This employment opportunity is open for: Canadian, Permanent Residents, and Temporary Residents who are able to work for any employer in Canada (Study Permit and Open work permit holders).

Only applicants who are authorized to work in Canada will be considered.

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Opportunity Information
Nova Scotia Health Authority
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Experience Required
An Asset
Available Openings
Pay Type
To be Determined (Negotiable)
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Posted on
August 24th 2023
October 4th 2023