Nova Scotia Health Authority - RN, PACU

Registered Nurse – Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)
Req ID:       19351
Location:   Dartmouth General Hospital
Company:  NSHA
Department: Recovery Room
Type of Employment: Permanent, Full-time (3 Positions)
Union Status: NSNU Nursing Bargaining Unit
Posting Closing Date: 7-June-2018
Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

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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 (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.  He/she is responsible for the overall coordination and direction of nursing care. The RN provides clinical leadership particularly in complex or unpredictable patient/client care settings. This individual has the knowledge, skill and judgment needed to provide competent, evidenced
based nursing practice. He/she 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 and 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. This individual 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 the Nova Scotia Health Authority.


  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with current registration in the province of Nova Scotia
  • Critical Care Nursing Course or equivalent course, or one year full-time critical care experience is required
  • PACU experience is preferred
  • BLS-C (HCP) is required
  • ACLS an asset
  • Previous IMCU, ICU, ED experience is an asset
  • Completion of a physical assessment course preferred
  • Demonstrated clinical skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful 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
  • Where there are no qualified applicants for this position, the Employer may hire candidates without the Critical Care Nursing Program or critical care nursing experience that have medical/surgical experience and the IMCU course (or equivalent as deemed by the Employer). Successful incumbents will be required to complete the Critical Care Nursing Program (when operationally feasible for the unit) as a condition of continued employment in this position.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 

Hours of Work

  • Regular full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
    • Shift work (including days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays)

Salary Information

  • $32.8441 - $38.6964 hourly
  • $40.0507 with 25 years experience

How to Apply

Please apply directly by clicking here: Apply Here

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 a criminal record check and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment. 

This is a NSNU Nursing bargaining unit 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.

Posted:   May 8, 2018
Expires:   June 8, 2018