Immediate Need for Registered Nurses for Heart Health Intensive Care Units
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
Halifax, 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.

Who We Are

Nova Scotia is known as Canada's Ocean Playground, being almost completely surrounded by 7,500 kilometers of coastline. Our playground ranges from mountains to valleys, forests to beaches, and includes two National Parks and many Provincial Parks. Nova Scotia also celebrates diversity and multiculturalism, with more than 100 languages spoken and over 200 cultures proudly represented from all over the world.

Nova Scotia's largest healthcare facility, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, is home to the Maritime Heart Centre which provides tertiary cardiac care for all Nova Scotians. As the only Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Lab and Open Heart Surgery program in Nova Scotia, we provide advanced cardiac care with the use of leading technologies for Nova Scotians as well as Heart Transplantation for Atlantic Canadians. As an academic teaching centre, we are affiliated with Dalhousie University and provide a learning environment for many healthcare professionals as well as opportunities for research and advances in care.

The purpose of this posting is to collect applications for immediate needs within Nova Scotia Health Authority in our Heart Health ICUs in Halifax. Below is a brief description of the units; you will be asked to specify your preferences once you submit your application.

5.1 Cardiovascular Surgery ICU
CVICU is a 13 bed Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit. Our primary focus is recovering patients after post-operative open heart surgery, including CABG, Valve Replacement/Repair, Adult Congenital surgeries, Thoracic Aneurysm repair, Medical and/or surgical repair of aortic dissections, Heart Transplant and major vascular chest trauma. We also care for patients requiring temporary and durable VAD placement, ECMO therapy, and offer technology such as CRRT and IABP therapy as required.

6.4 Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
Provides care to the following patients: Acute Coronary Syndrome ST Elevation MI’s; Cardiogenic Shock; Post Cardiac Arrest requiring Induced Hypothermia; Life threatening Cardiac Arrhythmias; and Acute Congestive Heart Failure; Cardiomyopathies, and Endocarditis with hemodynamic instability or respiratory failure; Transvenous Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR); Pre and Post Heart Transplant Patients; Hypertensive Crisis and patients from Atlantic Canada requiring tertiary cardiac care.


Our Nurses work in collaborative environments with strong interdisciplinary teams, focused on a patient centered care model in a richly diverse work space. Under the direction and general supervision of the Nurse Manger, the Registered Nurse (RN) utilizes the nursing process, critical thinking and problem solving skills to provide holistic care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the life span. The RN is responsible for the overall coordination and direction of nursing care in the ICU. The RN provides clinical leadership particularly in complex or unpredictable patient/client care settings. The RN has the knowledge, skill and judgment needed to provide competent, evidenced based nursing practice to the critically ill patient. The RN is accountable for the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the plan of care to achieve patient/client outcomes. The RN supports the development of students and colleagues through acting as a preceptor and providing ongoing mentorship. The RN contributes to the efficient and effective functioning of the unit, coordination of patient care and staffing. The RN accepts responsibility for maintaining and continually enhancing competencies through ongoing professional development including participation in education programs, research and continuous quality activities. The RN practices according to the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia Standards of Nursing Practice, specialty standards as applicable and the policies and procedures of Nova Scotia Health Authority. The RN is responsible and accountable for his/her nursing practice and conduct as defined by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia and for ensuring that his/her registration is current and valid.


Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with current certification of registration in the province of Nova Scotia
Critical Care experience required
Completion of an approved Critical Care Course/Critical Care Certificate/CCNP
BLS-C (HCP) certification
Strong communication, interpersonal and assessment skills coupled with sharp problem solving and decision making skills
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Where there are no qualified applicants consideration will be given to the following:

Critical Care experience without completion of a Critical Care Course
Emergency Nursing experience and/or the completion of Emergency Nursing Program
Hours of Work

We are pooling applicants for current vacancies in our CVICU/CCU areas in Halifax
Permanent / Temporary / Full Time / Part Time positions available

Salary Information

$34.1762 - $40.3968 hourly
($41.8107 hourly with 25 years RN experience)

Successful candidates may be eligible for one or more of the following incentives:

Up to $5000 in Relocation Assistance from out of province
Up to $2500 for zone to zone relocation
$5000 Signing Bonus

Thank you for your interest in the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Please note this is a pooling posting only, not an actual vacancy.

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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