Nova Scotia Health Authority hiring new nurse practitioners, family practice nurses who will join collaborative family practice teams across province this New Year

Nova Scotia Health Authority is now starting to hire new nurse practitioners and family practice nurses who will join collaborative family practice teams across the province in the New Year.

“Nurse practitioners and family practice nurses are an important part of our plan to provide coordinated and comprehensive care for the health needs of Nova Scotians,” said Tricia Cochrane, vice president of primary health care and population health, Nova Scotia Health Authority.  

“We want Nova Scotians to have access to a health home, an interprofessional collaborative family practice team where health professionals such as family doctors, nurse practitioners, family practice nurses, and others work together to provide care for people in a timely manner.”

The positions are posted at

In September, the health authority received a new $3.6M investment in primary health care from the Department of Health and Wellness to add these health professionals to family practices across the province.  

Family practices responded to an expression of interest to work collaboratively with nurse practitioners and family practice nurses.

Nurse practitioners and family practice nurses will be joining family practice teams in full time and part time roles in many of these communities over the next few months:

  • four positions in Western Nova Scotia: Digby and area; Shelburne /Lockeport;
  • four positions in Northern Nova Scotia: New Glasgow / Westville / Stellarton, Truro and area;
  • six positions in Eastern Nova Scotia: Port Hawkesbury / Isle Madame / L’Ardoise, Sydney and area;
  • eight positions in Central Nova Scotia: Eastern Shore / Musquodoboit area, Halifax and area, West Hants and area.
  • Further details will be shared once plans are finalized with the family practices. 
  • Adding these positions will mean up to 14,000 more Nova Scotians will be able to join a collaborative health care practice, and get the care they need. 

“By working together as a team, family doctors, nurse practitioners and family practice nurses can see more patients, and contribute their expertise to ensure patients get the care and advice that will help them get and stay healthy,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. 

The new collaborative family practice teams will begin to accept new patients gradually over the next year, as the new health professionals join the teams. The nurse practitioners and family practice nurses will also provide comprehensive care, from birth to end of life, for existing patients of the family practices that they join.  

Anyone who doesn’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner should call 8-1-1 to be added to our province-wide wait list, or visit to register online.

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