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Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (NSWOC)

Nova Scotia Health

Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Abenaki Road, Truro, NS, Canada
Permanent, Full-Time position; 75 hours bi-weekly
Compensation and Incentives
$41.40 - $47.15 Hourly
$48.80 with 25 years RN experience

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.
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How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply, please email your application to and reference Req #156718.

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Some opportunities may be eligible for our Employee Referral Program.  If a Nova Scotia Health employee refers a candidate who is not working for the organization and the candidate is hired, the employee who made the referral may be eligible to earn up to $1000.  For more details and instructions, please visit Recruitment - Incentives

​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.

Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire.

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. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

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Job Description

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Health Services Manager, the Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (NSWOC) provides leadership and applies evidence-based, advanced nursing knowledge, skills and judgement specific to wound, ostomy, and continence care in providing care to all individuals.  As an independent practitioner within an inter-professional and collaborative team, the NSWOC acts as a resource and consultant for healthcare professionals and provides education and support to patients and families.

Ambulatory Care is committed to excellence in the delivery of quality patient care. We are seeking a Registered Nurse who is interested in joining and investing in the NSWOC education and care provision, in keeping with established guidelines and best practices with the Ambulatory and Inpatient population supported with Wound, Ostomy and Continence Care.


About You

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

  • Current registration with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing

  • Graduate of an accredited Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

  • Current membership with the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Canada (NSWOCC)

  • Minimum five (5) years nursing experience

  • The ability to work independently and as an effective team member

  • Current Heart & Stroke certification in BCLS

  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills with strong decision making, critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Experience developing education tools and providing education to staff, patients and families

  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships and work collaboratively and effectively with patients, families and health care professionals

  • Current WHMIS Certification

  • Proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Power Point) and Outlook

  • Minimum one (1) year experience with ostomies, complex wound care and continence preferred

  • Current Heart & Stroke Certification in ACLS preferred

  • Certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention/willingness to enroll

  • Two (2) years recent demonstrated continuing nursing education

Where there are no applicants who meet the above qualifications, consideration may be given to applicants who agree to complete further education and training. The successful candidate would be required to enroll in the NSWOC education program and commit to a twelve (12) month Return of Service agreement upon completion.

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


  • Permanent, Full-Time position; 75 hours bi-weekly

Company/Organization Description

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 centers 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.

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