Hiring: Casual Nurse Practitioner

Casual Nurse Practitioner Position

The North End Community Health Centre invites NPs to practice as a member of their interdisciplinary team providing primary health care for clients across their life span.  This is a casual Nurse Practitioner position; hours of work are flexible covering vacations and other leaves as required, there are no guaranteed minimum hours of work.. This position reports directly to the Health Team Lead.

Posted: July 31, 2014                      Closes: August 14, 2014

Job Description

The North End Community Health Centre (NECHC) was created in 1971 to meet the needs of the residents of inner-city and North End Halifax. Today, it is the largest Community Health Centre in Nova Scotia with a staff of over forty-five people. The NECHC provides Primary Care, Outreach and Health Promotion and Prevention using a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. Team members include Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Nutritionist, Social Workers, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Professionals. The Centre serves one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Halifax. The NECHC values collaboration, collegiality, teamwork, accountability, continuous quality improvement and respect for diversity.

Nurse practitioners work closely with clients, families and other health professionals to address complex health needs and manage acute and chronic illnesses, within a holistic model of care. They engage communities in the development, implementation and evaluation of health programs and healthy public policy.

The NECHC is a collaborative practice, Nurse Practitioners are highly autonomous and their practice involves a deliberate, purposeful and reflective use of specialized knowledge and skills, grounded in professional, ethical and legal standards. The Nurse Practitioner works collaboratively with Family Physicians, Registered Nurses and the other health team members to provide a range of Primary Care services.

Scope of Practice

Building on the scope of practice of all Registered Nurses, the scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners also entails:

  • Making a diagnosis identifying a disease, disorder, or condition,
  • Communicating the diagnosis to the client and health care professionals as appropriate,
  • Performing procedures,
  • Initiating, ordering or prescribing consultations, referrals and other acts,
  • Ordering and interpreting screening and diagnostic tests and recommend, prescribe or reorder drugs, blood, blood products and related paraphernalia,
    and also includes research, education, consultation, management, administration, regulation, policy or system development relevant to the above (Registered Nurses Act).

(Direct excerpt as sited: http://www.crnns.ca)

Practice Responsibilities

  • Health Promotion,  Injury and Illness prevention
  • Comprehensive Health Assessments and physical examinations of patients using such as functional analysis, risk analysis and screening.
  • Patient diagnosis and treatment, communicating the diagnosis to the patient and health care professionals as appropriate
  • monitoring of commonly encountered health problems
  • Comprehensive Health Assessments and physical examinations of patients using such as functional analysis, risk analysis and screening. Apply Principles of physiology and pathogenesis in diagnosis of commonly encountered acute illness and in the monitoring of chronic health problems
  • Synthesizing family health information to identify broader implication for health within a family, and family engagement in participatory decision-making

These services are provided within a holistic, client-centered care framework


  • Up to date Nurse Practitioners License
  • NP in good standing with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia

Pay scale:

$45.84-$53.59 range for hourly rate


The successful applicant will ideally have experience working in a primary health care setting, with a minimum of five years practice experience in a culturally diverse community or equivalent qualifications and experience.

Reports to: Health Team Lead

Notes: Incumbent must be in good standing with College of Nurses, detailed job description provided upon request.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Angela Marshall, Health Team Lead at htl@nechc.com no later than August 14, 2014

Location & Hours

2165 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B5
Main (902) 420-0303

CENTRE HOURS (Monday to Friday):
9am to 12pm / 1pm to 5pm
Call for appointment.

EVENING HOURS (Monday to Thursday):
For urgent care - not for everyday health advice or prescription refills.
6pm to 8pm
For registered patients only.
No appointment necessary.

For registered patients only. For urgent care that cannot wait until the next day.

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