Nova Scotia Health Authority
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A great place to work if you have experience to advance but if not it takes time to climb the ladder. Benefits are good if you have a certain percent position.
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Bad work environment

•12 hour shifts•Poor communication from managers•Hospital staff are rude•Often get yelled at by visitors for asking screening questions•No benefits, have to pay for hospital parking or park 10/15 min walk away.•Consistent scheduling problems•A lot of coworkers don't do their job so you are forced to do everything•The only good thing about this job is the pay.
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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.

Pros

Benefits, flexibility

Cons

Inconsistent schedule
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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.

Pros

Benefits, pension, and income

Cons

Management attitude
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Great work place

Great work environment, very supportive team work. Lots of skills to learn on a daily basis . Great work hours , wage and benefits. Overall great company to work for.
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Not a great experience

Did not enjoy working for NSHA. The overall culture is quite negative. Compensation after deductions (benefits, vacation, pension) is essentially minimum wage.
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Stressful working operations, short-staffed

Covid has decimated the landscape and most positions are now short staffed. High burnout rate and poor training. Was at one time a fun place to work but the good old days are over.

Cons

long days, angry patients
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Stressful

A good place to work. room for growth. The pay does not align with living wage in Nova Scotia. Co workers are nice and helpful most times. Can be very stressful and busy

Pros

Room for growth

Cons

long hours
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a good place to work

long term with internal advancement opportunitiesgreat benefits packageflexible work hours.........................................................
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Repetitive tasks

The job is repetitive, and boring at times. However, I love my cooworkers and overall team. 12 hour shifts allow me to have more days off, although working every second weekend isn't the best. The pay could be higher but the benefits are pretty good.
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Toxic environment

A toxic work environment that affected my work performance. People arguing all the time and not acting professionally. Would not recommend them at all. Management were appalling.

Pros

Good health benefits

Cons

New management needed
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Great place to work.

Nsha has good pay, a good union, great people and great lunch breaks. A typical day is around 10 hours of handing out masks, asking people to sanitize thier hands and directing people to thier destination.

Pros

1 lunch good pay

Cons

some shift work
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CTA Viewing on NSHA and It's Culture

Working for Nova Scotia Health does have it's benefits and disadvantages. A typical day can be a 12 hour shift, which consists of patient care, vitals, and other delegated tasks. Some times things change quickly and you need to be able to adapt to these changes quickly. Depending on your unit you can do various jobs according to the employer policies and what management tells you. Know your scope of practice well and know what can be delegated to you. Management can be difficult and they show they have favorites, and believe me they will listen to the employees who have been there for years compared to new hires. There is a lack of communication and respect between CTA's and RN's and they will prove that they are much more important then you are. Culture wise it is mostly white dominated and very little representation is shown and apparent. The hardest part is knowing you are overlooked for everything, always make sure everything is done in a timely manner. The most important part of the job is getting documentation done correctly and quickly before rounds are completed. Otherwise the place is not horrible, just needs some work and respect needs to given to everyone.

Pros

New Experience, gaining of new skills, working within the interdisciplinary tearm

Cons

non paid half hour break, management, lack of communication
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Decent pay, mixed work pace.

Pay is decent, long/quick days as it can be super busy and sometimes slow. No complaints but if you want to progress or change your department, seniority, union and all things are hurdles. It took me more than 6 months to secure my education related work and I started as a casual over again.

Pros

Decent pay

Cons

Seniority stops you to progress despite education
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Hiring Process

The hiring process is BRUTAL. Takes several weeks for management to get their ducks in a row. Training during covid was pretty much non existent. ...

Pros

good money

Cons

no parking
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highly political work environment

this is a great job with amazing benefits and great co-workers however the job is a politically charged environment with lots of emphasis on local standing.

Pros

great benefits decent hours lots of opportunity for overtime

Cons

politically charged, poor work life balance
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Across Canada, this has been my best professional opportunity by far!

I've worked in BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. By far the salary and work-life balance have been superior working and living in Nova Scotia. Colleagues on the work team are truly collaborative and respectful. Great salary and benefits, too.
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Poor Management

As a new grad, I experienced nothing but bullying from both positions I held with NSHA. Not only from co-workers but mostly from managers. Very unsupportive, unkind and sometimes very unprofessional

Pros

Good pay, benefits

Cons

Bullying, poor management, poor staffing ratios
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Great place to work.

Enjoy working here. Benefits and salary for full time/ permanent employees are quite good for Cape Breton. It is a safe, friendly place to work. Also the backing of a union.
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Stable employment and excellent benefits

The benefits and pension plans are both phenomenal. Stable employment, as it's the largest employer in Nova Scotia and healthcare always seems to remain relatively reliable. Great workplace.
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Great staff to work with

Great opportunity for a young person to advance. I worked there in all the hospitals for nearly fifteen years. The experiences I had at all different levels of care were great.

Pros

Vacation and health benefits
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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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