Nurse Inventory

January 26, 2023
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Full Job Description

Correctional Service Canada – Health Services
Dorchester (New Brunswick), Renous (New Brunswick), Springhill (Nova Scotia), Truro (Nova Scotia)
$81,513 to $92,653 (plus a terminable allowance of $4,500 per year, an education allowance up to $3,850 per year and a Correctional Service Specific Duty Allowance of $2,000 per year)For further information on the organization, please visit Correctional Service Canada

Closing date: 30 March 2023 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.Apply online

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

You want to make a difference. You love challenges. You want to be part of an Interdisciplinary Health Team. Then Correctional Service Canada is the place for you!


As a nurse you will:

  • Provide inmates with essential health care.
  • Provide inmates with reasonable access to non-essential mental health care.
  • Contribute to the inmate’s rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the community.
  • Work closely with other professionals at CSC to improve the lives of offenders.

Work environment

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the largest employer of nurses and psychologists in the federal government. CSC provides appropriate interventions to address issues related to physical health, mental health and addiction. Different health care staff address these needs for offenders.

Nurses are the primary health care providers for federal offenders. Nationwide, CSC employs more than 700 nurses. They work in clinics located in institutions.

The services CSC provides in its clinics are similar to those found in your community. They differ by specializing in services that reflect the needs of the inmate population. For example, CSC clinics pay special attention to:

  • Infectious disease prevention and control
  • Methadone maintenance programs
  • Inmate suicide prevention
  • Enhanced discharge care planning
  • Mental health interventions

Nurses at CSC are more autonomous than nurses are normally in the community. They often make their own decisions based on:

  • Experience
  • Judgement
  • Clinical assessment skills

Nurses work in shifts, including some weekends and statutory holidays. They occasionally need to work overtime.

Intent of the process

The CSC will periodically access the applications received and contact applicants selected for further assessments based on the needs of the institution. It is therefore important for candidates to indicate all the locations for which they are interested and registered to work in.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


Registration as a Registered Nurse OR a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in a province or territory of Canada. (In order to be appointed, candidates must be registered in the province or territory where the position is being staffed.)


Experience working in a health care environment, including Clinical fieldwork placements*, such as a medical and/or surgical and/or emergency and/or a psychiatric setting.

  • Clinical fieldwork placement is defined as a guided clinical practice in selected nursing settings to facilitate the application of theoretical concepts and skill development.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
English Essential
Bilingual Imperative CCC/CCC
Bilingual Imperative BBC/BBC

Information on language requirements


Demonstrating integrity and respect
Thinking things through
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action-oriented


Ability to communicate effectively orally.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


Graduation from a recognized post-secondary institution with a Bachelors or Master degree in nursing or in another area relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency


Relevant Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) certification(s) in nursing (e.g. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Community Health, Critical Care, Medical-Surgical Health, etc.).

Certification in Infection Prevention and Control accredited by the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology.


  • Experience providing nursing intervention and/or therapeutic intervention to patients suffering from a variety of mental illnesses or psycho-social difficulties.
  • Experience in Community Health Nursing and/or Public Health Nursing and/or Occupational Health.
  • Experience in the provision of mental health services (e.g. mental health assessment, counselling, triage).
  • Experience in providing crisis/suicide risk assessments.
  • Experience in nursing in Immunizations.
  • Experience in nursing in Infectious diseases screening.
  • Experience in nursing in Health promotion programs.
  • Experience in nursing in a rural and/or remote area.
  • Experience in nursing in a correctional setting.
  • Experience in nursing in a forensic setting.
  • Experience in nursing in substance use treatment and support.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity


To support diversity and inclusion, increased representation of a member of an equity-seeking group.
To meet business objectives, increased representation of a member of an equity-seeking group.


  • Ability and willingness to work shift work, overtime and variable hours.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally.

Conditions of employment


Reliability and Security: Reliability status.

Possess a Registered Nurse license or Registered Psychiatric Nurse license in good standing from the provincial regulatory body in the province or territory of practice.

Valid CPR certification – level HCP (Health Care Provider).

Valid Medical Clearance through Health Canada.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans