Year: 2019

Strategic Planning Update

The Rk MacDonald is proud to release the annual update to our Strategic Plan for 2019/2020.

These directions were created through a community process and capture the voices of residents, families, staff, Board members, volunteers and other community partners. We were excited to embark on this consultation process and the end result is a reflection of both our past and our collective vision for the future.

Dementia: Challenges & Rewards

Families, Friends, & Anyone Interested, please join Dominic Boyd—Education Co-ordinator from the Nova Scotia Alzheimer Society on Saturday, November 09th, 2019 at 3:30PM – 4:30PM. This education session will be held at the Rhubarb Patch.RK MacDonald - Alzheimer Society

Water main break

Water main break has been fixed and water has been restored to the building.

Water Main Break

The Town of Antigonish has experienced a water main break today that has significantly impacted the water supply at RK. They are hopeful the water will be restored this evening. We are prepared to manage overnight if it is necessary.

We have implemented the following:

  • Drinking water is available in each of the care areas for staff, visitors and residents.
  • Non-potable water is available on each care area to flush toilets.
  • Potable water for handwashing and resident care has been made available to the care areas.
  • We have converted to disposable plates and cutlery for the evening meals.
  • We have reached out to St. Martha’s to assist us with linen.
  • Additional staff will be brought in as required to support front line staff with activities such as dishwashing, laundry and to ensure that any missed showers or regular baths are done once the water is restored (or next business day)


We have had several meetings with staff throughout the day to keep them updated and to bring information back to staff and residents in each care area and department.


When water is restored we will post a note on the website.


Buddy Bench 2.0

We are very pleased to reproduce the below excerpt of an article by Richard MacKenzie of The Casket published on August 22nd, 2019.

Antigonight, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home collaborate on project

RK Macdonald - Buddy Bench 2.0

Stella Merry decided a hand-print is nice but a foot-print is even better, when contributing to the ‘buddy bench’ Aug. 16, a collaboration between the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and Antigonish: Art after Dark Festival which will sit outside the People’s Place Library. – Richard MacKenzie (The Casket)

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — The ‘buddy bench’ created for the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home’s garden last year proved so popular, a second one has been created for the People’s Place Library.

“Last year, Antigonish: Art after Dark Festival, in partnership with the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, crafted a buddy bench for their new garden. We brought the bench to Antigonight as a seating option for people during the festival and the library liked it so much, they wanted one,” festival director Emma MacDonald said Aug. 16, as the activity of putting hand and foot-prints on the colourful bench took place, just outside the library on Main Street.

You can read the rest of the article on The Casket’s website here.

RK Artists Meet & Greet

Please join us on Friday, July 26th

2:15-3:15 p.m.

to Meet & Greet


RK MacDonald Nursing Home Artists

Celebrating their Art Show 2019

at the

People’s Place Library – Main Street

Rk Artists





Rk Artists

General Worker (Janitor)

Please note:  This is not a job listing, this is a job description. For current opportunities click here.

POSITION: General Worker (Janitor)
DEPARTMENT: Environmental Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Environmental & Food Services

Scope of Position

Reporting to the Director of Environmental & Food Services, the General Worker (Janitor) provides janitorial duties for the facility. As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home, he/she has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the General Worker (Janitor) serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Understand that the Residents/Families are central to all departmental activities, services and decisions.
  2. Establishes and maintains working relationships and performs all work in keeping with the Mission, Vision, Core Values and Philosophy of resident Centered Care of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home.
  3. To promote and maintain the safety of Residents, staff and visitors as a strategic priority for the home at all times.
  4. Work as a team with other departments in the Home.
  5. Attend monthly Departmental meetings and serve on other committees as required.
  6. Assist in orientation of new staff.
  7. Ability to organize and complete assigned workloads.
  8. Work under constant interruptions in daily work routines.
  9. Knowledge and practice the safe use of all department equipment.
  10. Report necessary home/equipment related repairs to Department Manager or Supervisor.
  11. Assist Director or Supervisor in evaluating new equipment and chemical products.
  12. Attend and participate in education in-service, workshops, seminars, etc.
  13. General cleaning of specific areas as assigned by the Director or Supervisor.
  14.  Sweep, wash, buff, burnish and wax floors as per established procedure.
  15. Assist with loading washers & dryers in the Laundry Department to start shift.
  16. Do Laundry and Garbage runs at beginning of shift.
  17. Assist in keeping walkways clear of debrie, litter, snow, etc.
  18. Collect waste and clean containers as per established procedure inside and outside of building.
  19. Vacuum floor mats on a daily basis.
  20. Clean ceilings, walls, windows, lights shades, wheel chairs, vents, sprinklers, etc as per established procedures.
  21. Assist in the transportation or removal of furniture or equipment as necessary.
  22. Current certification in Confined Spaces and Transportation of Dangerous Goods, NVCJ.
  23. Maintains storage in Shed and Resident storage.
  24. Assist with the ground care; mowing lawns, wiper snipping, watering lawns, at R.K. and Ant. Manor
  25. Familiar with Departmental Policy and Procedure Manual.
  26. Annually assess or attend required in-service training for staff provided on-site and via on-line Surge Learning tool provided by the RK.
  27. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director or Supervisor.

Education, Training, Experience

Must have a valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License.

Good physical health, ability to work independently and with others, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, ability to learn the operation of equipment, ability to perform repetitive tasks, and ability to work in a warm congested area.

Grade 12 Education. Must have a good working knowledge of janitorial and floor care.

Job Fair for CCA’s

Are you kind, caring and compassionate? Always wanted to become a Continuing Care Assistant?

Are you interested in working as part of a friendly, supportive and skilled team?

If so, you may be the person we are looking for!
R.K MacDonald is an employer who is willing to provide and invest in in-house education opportunities and support successful candidates in becoming Continuing Care Assistants.

You can apply now online at or join us at our Job Fairs on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday May 4th, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. at 64 Pleasant Street Antigonish NS.

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a rich and vibrant community that recognizes and appreciates the uniqueness of every person who lives and works here. This uniqueness of spirit and character drives the life plan for our residents. We strive to provide the best possible care and services to our clients and as a result, we are looking for people who genuinely care.

We have immediate vacancies for PCW (PSW, HSW) with employment designed to enable those interested to become a certified Continuing Care Assistant.

RK MacDonald Nursing Home - CCA's

We offer:

  • Comprehensive Benefit package including;
  • Pension contributions; Vacation,
  • Sick benefits (upon Completion of a 528 hr. Probation Period);
  • Health Benefits

We are looking for people who:

  • Have an interest in being a caregiver.
  • Does not have CCA certification but have been working in the role of Personal Care Worker; Home Support Worker; and other classifications of this role.
  • Are a graduate from a related Health and Human Services Programs such as: Social and Community Support; Social Services; Community Residential Worker; Human Services Worker; and are interested in obtaining your certification as a Continuing Care Assistant.

Supervising Registered Nurse

Please note:  This is not a job listing, this is a job description. For current opportunities click here.

POSITION: Supervising RN
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

Scope of Position: The Supervising RN is accountable to the Director of Clinical Services in the provision of front-line leadership to the nursing and support staff and ensures that the mission, vision and core values, expected behaviors, leadership philosophy, ethics, safety, quality and inter-professional collaboration are integrated within the Home. The Supervising RN is responsible for monitoring the quality outcomes [see Appendix A] as they relate to the care provided by our nursing care partners.

The Supervising RN is accountable and responsible to role model our core values; demonstrate excellence in practice and to provide staff with assistance, support in the delivery of holistic, person-centered care. They must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to ensure effective communication with all members of the care team, especially the resident and their family.

Cultural Philosophy: Constructive Leadership
Cultural Norms:

  • Achievement based thinking
  • Self-actualized thinking
  • Humanistic – encouraging based thinking.
  • Affiliative based thinking

Key Responsibilities

Implicit in this role is the responsibility for supervising and participating in the day-to-day provision of quality care for all residents. The Supervising RN is responsible to utilize leadership and management skills to identify and solve problems. In supporting our vision of an alive and vibrant community built on meaningful relationships that celebrates and encourages a uniqueness of spirit and character the Supervising RN is responsible for building and developing, for supporting and encouraging the development and continuance of a cohesive, responsive, cooperative care team that maintains a continual focus on a holistic approach to living. As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home, the Supervising RN has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Core Values and our philosophy of person-centred care, the Supervising RN represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

  1. Leadership: accountable to inspire care partners to role model our core values and to coach and build a team that will achieve the vision – “leading care partners to excellence”
  • Excellent attendance
  • Self –educator
  • Knowledgeable of and monitors compliance with the provincial LTC Facility Program Requirements
  • Responsible for the efficient and effective day to day functioning of all nursing care areas
    Supports staff and manages the first level of discussion with Incident Reports and care partner / family conflict and addressing resident unmet needs, i.e. behaviors
  • models our core values creating an atmosphere that empowers staff to contribute to the delivery of high quality care
  • Provides a visible, identifiable presence that invites feedback and discussion
  • Contributes to the delivery of organizational objectives
    excellent communication and interpersonal relationships with staff, residents, families and other care providers
  • Enhancing staff satisfaction by creating a challenging and positive work environment
  1. Clinical Care Coordination and Supervision: accountable for the delivery of safe and competent, resident focused care – “be the expert in geriatric nursing”
  • To be familiar with the resident population in order to make safe and appropriate decisions about assignments
  • Provides safe and competent direct clinical care [e.g. assessments and treatment] to support/direct care delivered by the RN Team Lead / LPN / CCA care partners
  • Monitors resident care plans to ensure they are person-centred and focused on achievable goals and outcomes
  • Provides leadership, education, direction and coordination to staff ensuring safe & effective clinical practices are occurring
  • Enhances the resident experience by performing rounds and building relationships
  • Leads the admission process ensuring that the focus of care is holistic and person rather than medically centered
  1. Human Resources: accountable to maximize employee performance in service to the Mission, Vision & Core Values of the Home – “promoting excellence in care”
  • Monitors skills and competencies of nursing care partners and ensures that the skills are kept current taking appropriate proactive or corrective action when required
  • Conducts annual performance reviews with all staff and assists each staff person in developing goals and action plans specific to their performance review and learning needs
  • Conducts care area staff meetings at least monthly, preferably bi-weekly
  1. Family Relations: accountable for the recognition and inclusion of family as care givers. Responsible for establishing and maintaining compassionate and respectful relationships with family members and recognizing the critical role they continue to play in the lives of those entrusted in our care – “ensuring the resident’s voice is heard”.
  • Maintain open and respectful lines of communication with family by ensuring family is invited and welcomed as a partner in care
  • Welcomes and encourages family feedback
  • Encourages family members to support and participate on Family Council
  1. Continuous Quality Improvement & Occupational Health and Safety: accountable for the continuous quality improvement and safety initiatives that will make every important aspect of the resident’s experience better. Responsible for ensuring standards of practice, codes of ethics and health and safety are understood and followed – “driving continuous growth creating a safe and healthy environment”
  • Investigates Incident Reports involving residents to ensure corrective strategies are implemented in an effort to reduce reoccurrences.
  • Participates in implementing and evaluating quality initiatives – see (Appendix) Quality Outcomes
  • Ensures safe work practices are adhered to at all times
  • Ensures staff adherence to infection control practices


The RN Supervisor will have the support of the Director of Clinical Services and the Director of Quality in administering their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this job description

Educational Qualifications

  • RN, B.Sc.N. preferred
  • Current registration with CRNNS
  • Certificate in gerontology nursing [or willingness to obtain]
  • Current CPR, WHIMIS ,CPI
  • Willingness to participate CRNNS certification program pertaining to long term care
  • Food Safety Handlers Course

Experience Required

  • Five years nursing experience in Geriatric Nursing
  • Previous supervisory experience an asset

Knowledge & Skills Required

  • Demonstrated flexibility
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Evidence of the ability to motivate others
  • Strong resident focus and ability to build relationships
  • Commitment to supporting a culture that supports and lives our mission, vision & values
  • Demonstrated self confidence in protect the rights and well-being of residents as opposed to those of our care partners
  • Demonstrated critical thinking & problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to self-learning and continuous professional education
  • Effective and compassionate communication & interpersonal skills
  • Self-confidence in addressing conflict and securing resolution


Competence means the ability to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills and judgement required to practice safely and ethically in a designated role and practice setting.

  • Ongoing professional development and competence is required
  • Maintains an awareness of current trends and issues in gerontology nursing care
  • Identifies, achieves and maintains own professional development needs