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Nurse Practitioner - Withdrawal Management - Mental Health Addictions

Nova Scotia Health Authority
Haliburton NS
APPLY BY August 19, 2019

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) through a population health lens works as an independent practitioner within collaborative practice relationships with Mental Health and Addictions (MHA)  and Primary Care teams for the purpose of achieving integrated and coordinated mental health and addictions treatment for clients and families. The NP will utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills in the ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) effectively utilizing Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM -5) to screen and assess for mental health and addictions/concurrent disorders and conduct crisis and suicide risk assessments consistent with service standards. The NP will assist in referral and access to agonist treatment for Nova Scotians with opioid use disorder and facilitate the provision of mental health and addictions care from inpatient to community settings. The NP works with the nursing staff and unit physicians to initiate withdrawal management protocols and assesses disposition after day withdrawal management. The NP works collaboratively and provides clinical consultation and medical backup as required to inpatient and outpatient mental health and addictions unit physician(s). 

PLEASE NOTE:  This job posting is not all-inclusive. It describes the general nature and level of  demonstrated ability in the provision of  NP care within mental health and addictions.

Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.


  • Completion of a Masters of Nursing – Advanced Nursing Practice stream or equivalent nurse practitioner program.
  • Current registration ( or eligibility) as a Nurse Practitioner – Family/All Ages, and in good standing with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS),
  • Successful Completion of controlled drugs and substances (CDS) education program and registration with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program (NSPMP).
  • Completion of Opioid Dependency Treatment Core Course via Centre for Addiction and Mental Health upon hire.
  • Minimum of two years recent (within last 5 years) NP experience in a Mental Health and Addictions setting preferred*
    • If there are no applicants with 2 years of NP experience in Mental Health & Addictions, applicants with less than 2 years’ experience will be assessed and considered
    • If there are no applicants with nurse practitioner experience, applicants with no NP experience will be assessed and considered
  • Experience, knowledge and respect in the application of harm reduction and determinants of health theory and practice approaches to client care and engagement in promoting health & supporting recovery
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills and the ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) effectively utilizing DSM 5 to screen and assess for mental health and addictions/concurrent disorders and conduct crisis and suicide risk assessments consistent with service standards
  • Prescribe controlled drugs including but not limited to agonist medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder according to Nurse Practitioners’ Authorized Practices: Nova Scotia Schedule of Prescribing Pharmaceuticals and relevant legislation, standards and policies.
  • Identifies points in the patient’s care journey where continuity of care could be at risk and consults with the most appropriate healthcare professional(s) for consultation or referral when a patient’s care requirements exceed the NPs competence or scope of practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written, electronic (Microsoft Office Programs, including Outlook) and verbal communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, public, community partners, primary care team members and other professionals and agencies
  • Ability to promote positive workplace culture, staff morale, cooperation, assertiveness, creative planning for change, innovations and implementation of NSHA policies and protocols

Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, strong ethical standards, a commitment to professional development and life-long learning and the 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
  • Current certification in CPR and CPI
  • 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 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

  • Permanent full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
  • Shifts may include evenings, weekends, holidays and an on-call component 

Salary Information

Nurse Practitioner:

$46.9946 - $54.9415 hourly

With 25 years of nursing experience $56.8644 hourly

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 NSGEU PH and AS 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.

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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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