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Req ID: 91843
Location: Central Zone, [[location_obj]]
Company: NSHA
Department: [[department_obj]]
Type of Employment: Permanent [[cusECemployeeSubGroup]]   (70% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare [[cusECUnion]] 

Posting Closing Date: 23-Oct-20

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

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.


Reporting to the Registered Nurse and working in support role to the Registered Nurse, Recreation Therapist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Occupational Therapists and Psychologist. The Therapeutic Assistant assists in the provision of health, health promotion and therapeutic services to patients on Emerald Hall with a dual diagnosis of Developmental Disability and Mental Illness. 

The Therapeutic Assistant will work cooperatively and collaboratively with the inter-disciplinary team in carrying out the individual's care plan and communicating patient specific information that will enhance the level of knowledge of the treatment team.


  • Grade XII plus a two year certificate/diploma from a Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation Program or Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Current CPR certification is required
  • Current St. John Ambulance First Aid course preferred
  • Current certification in Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) is an asset
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Competencies in other languages preferred; French an asset
  • 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 demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.  Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information

Hours of Work

Permanent, Part Time (70%) Position

Salary Information

$20.4122 - $22.2619 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.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - [[cusECUnion]] 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.

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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