Nurse Practitioner - Primary Health Care Job in Digby for Nova Scotia Health Authority |

Nurse Practitioner - Primary Health Care

October 27 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Nursing
Digby, NS

​Req ID: 121779
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Western Zone - Digby and surrounding area
Department: PHC WZ YSD FP Digby
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: NSNU Nursing position
Posting Closing Date: 22-Jan-22

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 an 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.

Community Information

We are recruiting Nurse Practitioners to be a part of our strong, growing collaborative practice team, serving Digby and surrounding communities. Our team includes Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, a Family Practice Nurse, and a Licensed Practical Nurse along with the registered nurse and dietitian from the Diabetes Centre. The team works from a new, well-equipped health centre, and we offer mentoring and educational opportunities to support providers new to work in rural settings. Staff also regularly meet outside work for fun and friendship. To learn more about our team, please visit

Digby offers a balanced lifestyle away from the hectic pace of a big city, with clean air and no traffic, beautiful landscapes, and many wonderful restaurants. There is a wide variety of outdoor and active living opportunities, proximity to ferries to the United States and New Brunswick, and family-focused community that make the area a fulfilling place for Nurse Practitioners to live and work.

We would love to discuss what working and living in Digby could mean for you!


Reporting to the Health Services Manager of Primary Health Care, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides comprehensive and coordinated care to patients as a member of an interprofessional/collaborative primary care team. The NP partners with and complements other members of the health care team for the achievement of person and family centred care, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and evaluation of patient health and treatment outcomes, screening and health promotion, early detection of illness and disease, chronic disease management, continuity and coordination of care and enhanced access to programs, services and community resources.

The primary care team works together to develop and deliver services to the entire population in the community cluster, including outreach to remote areas and services to meet the needs of priority populations. This position requires work at multiple sites and travel between various community locations throughout the area.

The NP adheres to the NSCN Standards for Nursing Practice and the Code of Ethics and is responsible and accountable at all times for his/her own practice consistent with relevant legislation, professional and ethical standards. The NP is accountable to identify, analyze and evaluate activities that are reflective of quality improvement initiatives.

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 support that is provided by the work that they do and through the messages they deliver.


•Masters of Nursing – Advanced Nursing Practice stream or equivalent nurse practitioner program
•Current registration as a Nurse Practitioner – Family/ All Ages, and in good standing with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) or eligible
•Recent experience working in a Nurse Practitioner role with family of all ages preferred
•Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, public, community partners, primary care team members and other professionals and agencies using verbal, written and computer communication means
•Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the application of current concepts to client care and coordination of unit activities.
•Demonstrated commitment to self-learning and continuing education.
•Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning), care planning, case management, evaluation of client competence in self-care and other related outcomes coupled with the provision of nursing care
•Demonstrated critical thinking skills within scope of practice including clinical judgment and problem solving skills and the ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve effectively
•Demonstrated leadership capabilities and strong ethical standards and a commitment to professional development and life-long learning and ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitive to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns


•Strong understanding of health promotion, population health, and the determinants of health theory and practice
•Excellent communication (verbal, written and listening) skills and demonstrated ability to adapt to and cope with change.
•Ability to use factual information, prior learning and basic principles and procedures to support decisions and actions with relevant research-based evidence and integrate best practice from nursing and health-related disciplines and the humanities, arts and sciences disciplines into professional practice along with commitment to continuous learning for self, interprofessional team and supportive of interprofessional health discipline students through formal/informal mentoring opportunities
•Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Programs, including Outlook
•Demonstrates a high level of autonomy in decision making and accountability related to client health outcomes.
•Commitment to promoting a culture of respect that supports safety, ethical practices, cultural awareness and organizational health.
•Demonstrates reflective practice through a commitment for lifelong learning and continued professional development.
•Demonstrates an awareness of organizational and community needs.
•Ability to relate well to clients, families, staff and others demonstrating sensitivity, empathy and warmth.
•Superior ability to organize and maintain client health records within an EMR including continuous learning around EMR functionalities (as applicable)
•Valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to reliable vehicle.
•Successful external applicants will be required to submit a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment.
•Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred, and ability to work with language agency to deliver care to patients in other languages is considered an asset

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

Hours of Work

Permanent, Full-time position; 75 hours bi-weekly

Shifts may include evenings, weekends, and holidays

This position is 50% at Digby & Area Health Services Centre and 50% at Islands Health Centre in Freeport

Travel time and mileage is covered for travel to Islands Health Centre from Digby


The successful candidate may be eligible for a signing bonus of up to $10,000 and up to $5,000 for relocation assistance.

Salary Information

$49.14 - $57.46 hourly

$59.47 with 25 years' of RN experience

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 please visit Recruitment - Incentives

​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.

​As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021.

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. Our priority groups are Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and 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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