Registered Nurse – Locum Pilot Program

Location: Eastern Zone, including Strait Richmond Hospital

Salary: $35.21 - $44.48 hourly


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.

About the Opportunity

The Locum Program is focused on specific assignments opportunities for short term periods  to address high staffing needs in the Eastern Zone.

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Registered Nurse is a health professional who, through the nursing process and therapeutic relationship, assists clients and families to attain/maintain an optimal health status.  The Staff Nurse is also responsible for the overall planning and delivery of nursing care. (S)he practices within the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, CRNNS Standards of Nursing Practice for Registered Nurses and the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics, providing guidance and leadership to peers and other staff; working in a collaborative relationship with colleagues, unit staff, students and members of various related health disciplines.

You may be required to work at various rural facilities within the Eastern Zone which could include Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Buchanan Memorial Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, Eastern Memorial Hospital, Guysborough Memorial Hospital, Strait Richmond Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.

About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

Based on the facility and area of need the qualifications will vary.

Qualifications for Medical/Surgical Areas:

  • Registered with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia or eligible for registration.
  • CPR Certification or BCLS –C.
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • One (1) to three (3) years medical/surgical experience
  • Experience working in a rural setting considered an asset

Qualifications for Critical Care Areas:

  • Registered with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia or eligible for registration.
  • CPR Certification or BCLS –C.
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support).
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and/or ENPC (Emergency Nurses Pediatric Course)
  • TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course)
  • ENP (Emergency Nurse Program) or CCNP (Critical Care Nursing Program)
    • If above not available at least three (3) years medical/surgical experience with evidence of good assessment skills.
  • Experience working in a rural setting considered an asset

All applicants must also meet the criteria below:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Evidence of ongoing relevant education.
  • Demonstrated good interpersonal skills, and ability to maintain good relationships with patients/residents, families and co-workers.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Willingness to do ambulance transports.
  • Good attendance and work record; attendance records may be reviewed
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • 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
  • Mental/Physical Demands
    frequent physical demands include extensive standing and walking, bending, lifting, pulling and pushing, transferring and transporting patients / clients and equipment.  Must be able to function in a potential high stress environment of a health care organization at either the primary, secondary or tertiary level. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.


  • Hours may vary depending on the facility needs.
  • Shifts may include days, evenings, weekends & holidays

Compensation and Incentives


Please note that the incentives are available to successful applicants residing outside the Eastern Zone of the Nova Scotia Health and willing to relocate.  Candidates who are currently employed within the Eastern zone must have capacity to accept temporary assignments that do not result in operational disruptions or result in the payment of overtime for regular shift assignments. 

Please Note: This incentive does not apply to internal employees who are already located at the site where the vacancy exists. 

Successful candidates of the locum pilot project will be eligible to receive a Completion Bonus of $1000 after completion of 162.5 hours worked. There is a one (1) month minimum with commitment determined upon hire. Successful candidates will also be eligible to receive reimbursement for mileage or airfare as appropriate, and reimbursement for meals on a per diem basis as well as for reasonable accommodation.

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$35.21 – $44.48 hourly

Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan. (Permanent Long Assignments Only)

Successful candidates may also be eligible for a signing bonus and relocation assistance with a defined Return of Service contract.

Once You’ve Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 

​This is a Nursing bargaining unit 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, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify.

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