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Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (NSWOC)

Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

New Glasgow, NS, Canada
Temporary Hourly PT long-assignment (40% FTE) x 1 position(s)
$41.40 – $47.15 hourly

Job Description


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.

Hours of Work

Part-Time (40%) Position; 30 hours biweekly Long-Assignment, commencing as soon as possible for approximately one year Dates are approximate and may be subject to change



  • 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.

  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.


  • B.Sc.N or BN degree.

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

  • Current Heart & Stroke Certification in ACLS.

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

  • Two (2) years recent demonstrated continuing nursing education.

  • Previous work attendance may be considered.

  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.

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 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.

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