Nurse Practitioner – Palliative Care

Nurse Practitioner – Palliative Care

Full Time | Sydney, Nova Scotia


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 to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

Recruitment Incentives
Successful candidates may be eligible for a $5,000 – $10,000 signing bonus and up to $5,000 of relocation assistance with a defined Return of Service contract.

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.

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

Compensation and Incentives
$58.30 – $68.16 Hourly
$70.55 Hourly with 25 years RN 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

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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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.

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