Physician Assistant Positions Available for Emergency and Primary Health Care

September 18 2023
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Customer service,
Amherst, NS • Full time

​Req ID: 156581
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various locations across Nova Scotia
Department: Primary Health, Emergency
Type of Employment: Permanent, full-time positions

Posting Closing Date: Open Until Filled

About Nova Scotia Health

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.

Facility and Community Information

Check out the below links to learn more about our facilities, zones and communities:

Facility Profiles
Central Zone (Halifax Regional Municipality, Eastern Shore and West Hants areas)
Western Zone (Annapolis Valley, South West and South Shore areas)
Northern Zone (Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou County)
Eastern Zone (Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough areas)

Please refer to our 'Locations' page for more detailed information on our facilities, and for more detailed information on the surrounding communities.

About the Opportunity

Nova Scotia Health is currently accepting applications for Physician Assistant in variety of clinical and community settings. These exciting new positions with Nova Scotia Health are assisting in transforming healthcare delivery and patient care throughout our province. Join a team of individuals working to help patients, families and caregivers with the right care at the right time in the right place.

As a member of the team, the Physician Assistant (PA) will report to the Primary Supervising Surgeon and functions within a dynamic collaborative care team. Under the supervision of a surgeon/physician, the PA will provide general medical and surgical care to patients with a wide variety of traumatic injuries, acute conditions, and elective surgical disorders.

Emergency Department:

As a member of the Emergency Department (ED) team, the Physician Assistant (PA) will report to the Primary Supervising Emergency Physician and provide assessment and care to patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED).

Positions available include:

  • Cumberland Regional Hospital
  • South Shore Regional Hospital

Primary Health Care:

As part to the Nova Scotia Health (NSH) Physician Assistants initiative in Primary Health Care (PHC) and Department of Family Practice, the Physician Assistant (PA) will participate in an NSH and/or NSH affiliated family practice team. The PA will deliver care in accordance with NSH policies, professional standards, and care directives. The PA will perform routine clinical duties, within the PA scope of practice and under the supervision of a licensed physician in accordance with the goals and objectives of this initiative.

Positions available:

  • Various clinical and community based settings throughout Nova Scotia

For more detailed information on each program, check out our extended "Opportunity Briefs":

​​​​​​​Responsibilities Can Include

  • Conducting history and physical examinations
  • Requests for consultation
  • Assessment and plans for treatment of in-person consultation
  • Workup, including documentation of consults
  • Patient care rounds
  • Surgical assisting
  • Post-operative orders and in-hospital management of patients, and follow-up clinic assessments and treatment plans

This position will offer the PA an opportunity to work to full scope of practice as outlined in the agreement between the Primary Supervising Physician and the PA.

About You

  • Graduate of or currently enrolled in an accredited recognized Physician Assistant program
  • Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA), granted by the Physician Assistants Certification Council of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
  • Three to five years of professional experience in a similar related academic health care environment
  • Medical Liability Insurance required
  • Experience in the area/program is preferred
  • The following certifications or willingness to obtain
    • Certification in CTAS
    • Certification with Heart & Stroke in ACLS
    • PALS or equivalent
    • TNCC or equivalent
  • Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal, organizational, patient assessment and telecommunications skills
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

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


  • Permanent, full-time positions available throughout the Province; 75 hours biweekly

Compensation and Incentives

$43.9075 - $58.3398 hourly ($85,619 - $113,762 annually)

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. (Permanent Long Assignments Only)

Successful candidates may also be eligible for a signing bonus and relocation assistance with a defined Return of Service contract.

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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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