Registered Nurse - Psychiatric Emergency Services - Mental Health & Addictions Job in Halifax for Nova Scotia Health Authority |

Registered Nurse - Psychiatric Emergency Services - Mental Health & Addictions

November 6 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Nursing, Security, Protective Services, Defence, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology
Halifax, NS

Req ID: 104316
Location: Central Zone, Halifax Infirmary Robie Street Entrance - QEII
Company: NSHA
Department: MHA CZ Psych Emerg Assess

Type of Employment: Casual Relief (3% FTE) x 3 position(s)
Union Status: Nursing NSGEU

Posting Closing Date: 25-Jan-22

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

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.


The Registered Nurse reports to the Health Service Manager or delegate of the Psychiatric Emergency Service. The Psychiatric Emergency Service is located at the Halifax Infirmary Emergency Department. This is a 24/7 service with a full rotational schedule. The candidate is responsible for assessment and triage of patients presenting with psychiatric emergencies. The RN conducts emergency psychiatric assessments through the completion of a comprehensive assessment and mental status exam. The RN collaborates with physicians, other Mental Health and Addiction Program services, the patient, family, formal and informal supports and team members to identify priorities for intervention and a plan for care. Within a collaborative problem-solving framework, the nurse uses a wide range of psychiatric nursing interventions to promote resolution of immediate care needs. Working as a member of an inter-professional team, the RN collaborates with other disciplines while providing comprehensive nursing care as well participates in team activities as required i.e. service planning, quality improvement initiatives etc.


  • Graduate of an approved school of nursing
  • Current registration with the Nova Scotia College of Nurses
  • A Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing is preferred
  • BLS-C (HCP) certification
  • One year Acute mental health Inpatient experience required.
  • Critical thinker with an ability to work with clients to resolve or stabilize crisis and other difficulties
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • A capacity for coping with challenging clinical situations
  • Flexibility, adaptability, good critical judgment
  • Ability to effectively contribute as a member of the team
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful external applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment

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

Hours of Work

Casual Relief

Salary Information

$35.0366 - $41.4138 Hourly
($42.8633 with 25 years of nursing experience)

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.

This is a Nursing bargaining unit - NSGEU 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.

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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