Nova Scotia Health Authority

Registered Nurses for Heart Health Intensive Care Units
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 and eligible for 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
Hours of Work
  • Permanent / Temporary / Full Time / Part Time positions available
  • Salary Information
  • As per the collective agreement
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

To apply to this opportunity, please click here.
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Posted: February 22, 2019
Expires:  March 24, 2019