Advanced Care Paramedic, Emergency Department
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
Kentville, NS
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 Emergency Department Health Services Manager, the Emergency Department Advanced Care Paramedic is assigned tasks or assignments by the Team Leader/Charge Nurse and works in collaboration with other interdisciplinary team members to meet patient care needs. He/she supports patient care by practicing within the Advanced Care Paramedic scope of practice and demonstrated competencies in provision of care.

The Advanced Care Paramedic accepts responsibility for maintaining and continually enhancing competencies through on-going professional development, including participation in education programs, research and continuous quality activities. The Advanced Care Paramedic's practice and conduct is defined by the professional registration body (EHSNS), and they are responsible for ensuring that their registration is current and valid. The Advanced Care Paramedic's practice and conduct is defined by the professional registration body (EHSNS), and they are responsible for ensuring that their registration is current and valid.

The Emergency Department Paramedic is responsible for a wide range of duties within the ED and the key to this position is flexibility. This role will include many of the core competency tasks of an ACP, however be prepared to take on new roles with appropriate training and within scope of practice. Examples of scope of practice roles includes, but is not limited to: medication administration, IV therapy, phlebotomy, arterial blood gases, application and removal of casts, splinting, procedural sedation, patient assessment, trauma team member, intubations - airway management and teaching.


Successful completion of a recognized Advanced Care Paramedic training program
Must be registered and hold licensure with the College of Paramedics Nova Scotia
Meets EHSNS re-registration requirements yearly
Minimum two (2) years’ experience working as an Advanced Care Paramedic
Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required
Canadian Triage Acuity Scores (CTAS) or willing to obtain
Physical and mental capabilities to perform the duties of the position such as moving and mobilizing patients; varying workloads and shift work; exposure to drugs and radiation, soiled and contaminated equipment, supplies and instruments and medical conditions of patients/residents; exposure in specified units to pets such as pet therapy dogs; dealing with stressful situations relating to agitated, confused, aggressive, or hostile behavior of patients
Various other in-services on specific delegated functions and special equipment including defibrillators, IV pumps, rapid volume infusers, PIC lines, Hickman lines, port-a-caths and blood gases, 12 lead EKG interpretation
Ability to delegate, problem solve and resolve conflict
Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal, organizational, patient assessment and telecommunications skills
Ability to organize, prioritize, and supervise patient care
Basic computer skills/MEDITECH or willing to learn
Possesses physical and mental capabilities to perform the duties of the position
Able to perform duties that involve lifting, bending, stretching
NVCI and Cardiac Monitoring willing to obtain
Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) or willing to obtain
PALS or willing to obtain
Experience working in a fast-paced, high-stress, multi-disciplinary environment an asset
Previous work experience in a hospital setting or in emergency care preferred
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.

** Successful candidates who do not possess these courses must be willing to obtain them within the first year of employment and maintain them thereafter.

Please Note: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.

Hours of Work

  • Casual Relief; no guaranteed hours
  • Commencing as soon as candidate is available
  • Shifts may include days, nights, weekends and holidays
  • This posting is to build the casual pool in the Emergency Department at VRH
Salary Information

$27.7135 - $32.1166 hourly

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.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentations such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on timeliness of delivering the above.

This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for Unionized positions.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.
Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) 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. Our priority groups are: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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