Nova Scotia Health Authority
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The health care workers I have met are really great people. Passionate and caring and doing really important work. The managers on the corporate side, not so much.
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Good place to work

Good supportive management Optimal staffing Exceptional infection control measures Friendly work environment Good salary and benefits Fast paced work environment


Good salary and benefits
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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Clear sense of purpose
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  • Energizing work tasks
  • Sense of belonging
  • General feeling of work happiness

Environnement de travail agréable.

Easy integration within the NS health system, and high educational values.


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No respect or apprecation in this Organizatioin

Admins are some of the lowest paid in the province (and within the organization); there's no incentive to do a good job; many departments lack Management support
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Great place to work; good work life balance; good senior management staff; outstanding team all together; healthy competition; good benefits; good pay.
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Great benefits and coworkers

I love my coworkers and the flexibility that management give you regarding holidays and vacation. Communication is not great and a lot of red tape. Lack of communication seems to be across the board at NSHA for the most part.
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Good people, great benefits, fast paced work environment

Good place to work. Changes can be slow and challenging but people are working hard to do the right thing. Feedback is taken and used. Fast paced work environment.
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Good not great

Not sure how it has changed since I was there, but the biggest issue is that the position was considered "part time casual" even though we worked full time hours, often in the exact same role/position so many of us should have been transitioned to full time positions with benefits, etc. Depending on the department, the work was either very challenging and rewarding, or you were basically a "sitter" and just sat with patients all shift. Overall was a good learning experience.
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Great workplace

Awesome place to work.I missed working at the veterans memorial building.Coworkers were awesome, worked as a team. Very supportive and relaxed environment
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Lots to do!

An abundance of work to do in the older buildings. Lots of demands from customers (clinical) and challenging to keep up. Not enough money and staff to keep co-workers
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Fast paces

Working in food and nutrition is not the worst job. Get to talk to nice patients. Lots of work expected in a 12 hour shift with little time to take your breaks. Pay is good.
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Average for bedside nursing work

Antiquated equipment, staffing always questionable, a good manager goes along way but unfortunately there are too few of them. Could be much more continuing education for employees


Quarterly or semi-annual education days, unionized environment


Pay is not competitive with agency jobs, senior leadership rarely (if ever) present on the floor
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Great salary, guaranteed hours

All depends where you work. NSHA is a huge organization with many different departments and roles. The stress level for a utility worker working in the cafeteria would be far less than a nurse working in an ICU.
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Good coworkers but often understaffed

Very good coworkers where I work, but often understaffed, there’s a bedside nursing shortage but not recognized by higher ups. High turnover due to shortage of nurses on some floors


Good culture, good benefits


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Depends on where you work

I worked in the lab department and it really depends on which division you work for. Some managers are great but the head of the department fosters a stressful work environment. People can be gossip-y but in general are nice. Sometimes unionized positions retain staff who otherwise would be let go due to their behavior or work ethic.
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Busy place to work

Overall good place to work. Good pay with benefits after probation period. As a medical clerk your tasks will consist of many duties throughout the day. Very fast paced environment. Repetitive work.
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Very difficult to advance to management

Difficult to advance to any management portfolio if not an RN. Extremely well rounded and capable employees are passed over in favour of RNs with connections
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Great workplace

Great place to work, lots of benefits, always learning something new and meeting new people from all backgrounds. The work feels very meaningful, however, there is a totem pole to climb, which is expected.


Benefits, flexibility


Inconsistent schedule
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One of the most unorganized organizations I've ever worked in

So top-down that noone gets anything done. They want to be innovative, but their org structure is archaic and their communication is dreadful. They want to be evidence based but everything they do is just based on what 'the boss' wants, not what the evidence says.
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Think very, very hard before accepting an offer here.

NSHA is just an OK place to work. The salary, job security, and benefits are the only good things this employer has to offer. You will, in time, be disgusted by the bloat and dormancy that is universally accepted, and promoted. It is a very middle-management heavy organization, yet for all the management, no one wants to make a decision and there is no accountability. Collective agreements are barely followed, and barely upheld, consider it have no union representation. Amalgamation has stalled which is funny because it never got started. There is little interest in changing for the better or being efficient. There is a very strong hierarchy here too, good luck if you're near the bottom because you will barely be appreciated or respected. You will not be working for a cutting edge, patient and healthcare focused, and innovative organization. Money is never spent in the right direction. All of this is the biggest contributor to why healthcare access and quality is poor in this province. If you can sometimes show up, do the bare minimum, ignore how poorly it is ran, ignore the cultural issues, and appreciate job security with a decent pension and benefits, you'll be okay.


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Could use some more cultural awareness

Stable job to have. Can be a hit or miss depending on which unit you are in. So you can either have great work environment but not much for management. I find that most people are oblivious to other cultural norms
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Based on 173 reviews

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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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