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InterRai Update

LTC Digital Transformation (interRAI)

We are pleased to share a project update about the LTC Digital Transformation (also known as the interRAI Project). The goal of this project is to implement an assessment that will identify a resident’s needs and can be used to develop more effective care plans and interventions leading to improved resident care and health outcomes.

Project Background

The interRAI-LTCF assessment is considered best practice for assessing the needs of our residents. The assessment is embedded in a technology application, making the resident’s assessment and care plan accessible in an electronic format at the point of care. By completing an interRAI assessment, staff can assess the function, mental and physical health, social support, and service use to gather the full picture. This assessment will improve access to accurate, timely client information and increase use of evidence-based care plans all while improving communication between staff and facilities.

Project Go-Live

  • The implementation of the interRAI assessment will “go-live” on February 14, 2023
  • Staff will begin using the assessment and leveraging technology and IT services from this date

Horticulture & Music Programming Assistant

DEPARTMENT:                  Recreation
RESPONSIBLE TO:            Director of Recreation, Spiritual, & Volunteers

Scope of Position

As a member of the Recreation Team, the Horticulture & Music Programming Assistant provides programs and opportunities for the Residents which allows for their engagement in their own Home, their R.K. Community, and the larger community.  Reporting to the Director of Recreation, Spiritual, and Volunteers, the Horticulture & Music Programming Assistant is responsible for the delivery of Horticulture & Music programming. The essential functional areas of responsibility include providing Horticulture & Music programming for residents. As an employee of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, every person has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the Residents – creating an alive and vibrant community based on meaningful relationships. In keeping, with our Mission, Vision, & Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Horticulture & Music Programming Assistant as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient, and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide Horticulture & Music services, programs, and opportunities for the Residents which allows for engagement with their own Home, their R.K. Community, and maintain contact with the larger Community.

  • In consultation with the Department Director & the Horticulture Therapist, the Horticulture & Music Programming Assistant will facilitate programs based on an understanding of the Resident needs and abilities and the available resources from the Home and the community.  And, support visiting musicians. 
  • To organize work in a time effective manner so as to complete all required elements of program planning.
  • Promote positive relationships with all the departments and with the local community.
  • Participates in Recreation Staff meetings and contributes toward periodic reviews of program effectiveness. 
  • To collect, monitor, and document program participation daily in any program and make periodic reports to the Director & Horticulture Therapist.
  • To communicate regularly with the Department Director & Horticulture Therapist (i.e. need for supplies, support, challenges, and opportunities).
  • Co-operates with other staff, volunteers, and Residents to promote effective communication within the facility.  Supporting an interdisciplinary team approach.
  • Assist with training and support and recognition of volunteers in assigned programming.
  • Horticulture & Music Programming Assistant must complete an in-house training orientation program (including dementia education) and demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of the Long Term Care Setting.

Educational Qualifications:

  • The Horticulture & Music Programming Assistant must have a minimum of diploma/degree in Horticulture and demonstrated expertise/experience in the performing Arts (i.e. music, improv).

Experience required

  • Preferred experience in Long Term Care and/or community setting.
  • Proven leadership ability and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Understanding of the value of the arts and connection to nature for well-being.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • An ability to work collaboratively within the team and independently and be accountable for all actions and decisions, with a high degree of initiative.
  • Creative and innovative thinking – flexibility and adaptability is essential.
  • Strong facilitation skills & organization skills.
  • Must be physically able to perform all aspects of the work.

Approved by:                                                      Director of Recreation, Spiritual & Volunteer Services

Message from the CEO

Reflecting on 2022, each one of us has contributed to our mission of “providing loving, dignified quality care and enabling people to love full and abundant lives”. Over the past year, there have been many instances where the word “awesome” was used to describe our efforts, our services and our annual Continuous Quality Indicators provides amble evidence of your awesomeness!

According to the staff based Accreditation Survey on Well-Being, Quality and Safety, 80% of responses were positive. I am very pleased to note that 96% of responses regarding diversity, equity and inclusion were positive … which tells me the RK is a respectful and welcoming place for staff, residents and their families representing a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds! Well done!

Our annual Family Satisfaction Survey and Resident Satisfaction Survey also provide evidence of our collective awesomeness! Family satisfaction surveys revealed 87% of responses to be positive and 82% of Residents responses were positive!  Although each of these surveys are very positive, they provide critical feedback in terms of where we can improve.

The past year has certainly thrown us a few curves; COVID made its presence felt, we braved several storms and staffing was a challenge. Yet, our quality indicators are all very positive and I feel the root of our success lies in our everyday commitment in role modelling our core values!

Our strengths are a dedicated staff, continuous family feedback, generous Foundation support, strong Board leadership and Government support. Special thanks to the Hon. Barbara Adams, Minister, Dept. of Seniors and Long Term Care and the Hon. Michelle Thompson, Minister, Dept. of Health and Wellness for your financial support, advice, team building and leadership!

For 2023, a few goals…

  1. Accreditation: To maintain our status as a nationally accredited Long Term Care Facility
  2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: To continue to support a culture that welcomes, promotes and respects diversity, equity and inclusion
  3. Infrastructure Renewal: To implement a process where all stakeholders have the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the future of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home

I truly believe our 2022 quality indicators support our claim of “awesomeness”; they substantiate our commitment to our core values and reflect the RK family is well positioned to meet the exciting challenges that await us in 2023!

We have a great team …. thank you for being you!

Most sincerely,

Terry MacIntyre, CEO
RK MacDonald Nursing Home

Lights of Love Christmas Campaign 2022 Begins

Join us in celebrating Christmas this year by helping the R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home light its tree with bulbs dedicated to love. This is the 25th year that our “Lights of Love” Christmas tree will be lit to honour individuals in whose name donations have been made. Those honoured do not have to be residents of the R.K.

Your donation will be used to “Enhance the Journey of Life” to the residents of the R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home. This will include comforts in the dining areas and comfortable furniture in the common spaces for residents and guests consistent with a home like atmosphere.

You can dedicate a bulb in memory of a deceased loved one or honour someone presently in your life. There is no limit to the number of bulbs you can purchase. In addition to a tax receipt for your donation, you can receive a card to send to anyone you have honoured.

It is at 7:00pm on Sunday December 4, 2022 and the tree on the front lawn of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home will be lit at that time. All dedications will be entered in a “Lights of Love Memorial Book” that will be on display in the R.K. Chapel throughout the upcoming year.

For more information or to donate in support of the campaign, please visit the Lights of Love page.

Clinical Support

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

POSITION: Clinical Support
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

The Clinical Support develops and facilitates the supervision of current and future nursing students working in the role of CCA (Continuing Care Assistant).  Clinical Support will impart knowledge, experience, and skillset to nursing students to improve clinical practice in nursing. The provision of support to focus on the R.K. MacDonald’s Mission, Vision and Core Values as well as best and emerging practice in geriatric care. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, Clinical Support serves as a 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.


1. Facilitate and oversee nursing students clinical placement (orientation/ mentoring) based on skill needs of student.

  • Coordinates assignment of CCA Mentor with assistance of HR Coordinator.
  • Supervises and provides support to all student nurses during clinical placement to determine educational needs and growth opportunities.
  • Plans and coordinates extra one on one support or activities to enhance skills as required.
  • Provides clarification of clinical practices, documentation and treatment plans for residents.

2. Evaluates and documents training, mentorship, and educational process’s outcomes.

  • Ongoing shift supervision and provides support in the provision of Care as needed.
  • Provides constructive feedback on nursing student performance to decide on such things as: needs more mentorship, good fit can proceed, or not in the PLAR program
  • Conducts Performance Reviews as student progresses through i.e. PLAR (On site Education Program) students, mid-way and end of mentorship (2 mos. with CCA Mentor)
  • Upon a successful completion organizes date of placement on own rotation and submits CAT Tool signed to HR to start PLAR Phase I application.
  • Acts as a Proctor for Module Tests for PLAR Students as necessary onsite.
  • Assist HR to monitor and motivate the PLAR students to ensure completion all components of the CCA Program from a recognized education provider meet set deadlines and set them up to successfully pass the provincial certification examination.
  • Conducts Audits as required i.e. care, bath, etc.

3. Communication: through personal behavior and interactions, and consistently demonstrates a humanistic, affiliative approach to relationships:

  • Within department, with other team members and with union representatives
  • In all interactions, within and while representing the facility
  • With all Residents and families
  • While establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships
  • Maintain confidentiality with resident, staff, and all matters concerning the Home.
  • Creates an effective and encouraging learning environment
  • Visible and accessible to staff
  • Build relationships with staff and assist them in identifying skill and educational needs and supports
  • Communicate person centered philosophy. That which is a holistic social model of care, which considers the person and their families to be at the center of the care and services provided.

4. Orientation and Skills/ Education

  • Coordinate an effective on boarding experience via Department Orientation and within the Clinical Experience.
  • Ensure Education is provided on Safe Lifting and Transfer Training and Transfer Codes.
  • Initiate, plan, training and educational programs as required for students in PLAR program based upon needs assessments conducted in each department
  • Ensures quality educational experiences to prepare the nursing workforce.
  • Clarification of Nursing Terms, Proper Bed Making, Equipment, Personal Care, Bathing, Documentation, and Transfer techniques, etc. as necessary.
  • Where necessary assists staff with one on one education in regards to performance, or policy or arranges same as deemed necessary by the Departmental Director.
  • Coordinates with IPAC Nurse training necessary for Infection Prevention.

5. Contributes to Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives in the Nursing Department

  • Understands the CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework that defines the CCA Scope of Practice.
  • Provide feedback as need on CCA Program Framework as a resource for evaluating and refining the existing education to ensure the relevance of the CCA curriculum.
  • Establish systems to monitor effectiveness of clinical orientation program.

6. Participates in Committees/teams as required

7. Other duties as may be required.


  • Resident centered focus (builds positive family relations)
  • Communication (adapts communication to others)
  • Conflict Management (anticipates and addresses sources of potential conflict)
  • Self & Community Awareness (recognizes emotions & being pro-active)
  • Teamwork (fosters Teamwork) Ability to work successfully with all levels in a team environment


  • Demonstrated Clinical Nursing skills
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have great interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess critical thinking skills.
  • Must have organizational and mentoring skills.
  • Must possess relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to assess and identify the learning needs of staff and recommend appropriate educational programs to meet those needs
  • Experience in the MS Office suite of programs is an asset
  • Demonstrated leadership in a unionized environment
  • Knowledgeable in providing Personal Care
  • Scope of Practice and CCA Competency Framework
  • Recent training in Safe Lifting & Handling Transfer Training & knowledge of Transfer Codes


  • Graduate from CCA (Continuing Care Assistant) Program
  • Registered in CCA Registry of NS
  • Or Graduate of an accredited LPN school with pharmacological training
  • Licensed with the CLPNNS
  • Certification in CPR, WHMIS, Food Handlers, Dementia/Alzheimer, Palliative care courses and Gentle Persuasion Approach (GPA)
  • Minimum of three years clinical experience
  • Teaching experience would be an asset
  • Mentor or Instructor Certification an asset


  • Recent clinical experience, including medication administration and leadership duties
  • Experience in geriatric LTC setting an asset

Closed to All Visitation

Due to an outbreak of COVID-19, all care areas in the Home are closed to all visitation effective June 2, 2022 until further notice.

Martha’s Place Re-Opened

Dear Family members,

We are pleased to announce that Martha’s Place will open for general visitation effective today, Thursday May 12th at 11am. We want to thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support and look forward to welcoming you back.

RK MacDonald Senior Leadership Team

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Nurse

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services, the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Nurse is accountable for the planning, development, implementation and coordination of the Infection Prevention and Control Program.

Key Responsibilities:

Pandemic planning and management. Liaison with various partners and agencies.  Education to staff, residents, families, students and volunteers on IPAC policies, programs and practices.  Collaboration with teams, committees, families, residents and volunteers to develop best practice solutions to IPAC issues.  Auditing and surveillance of the IPAC program within the facility. Various quality improvement initiatives related to IPAC throughout the facility. Development and updating of IPAC related policies and procedures.  COVID-19 Vaccines and audits. Consistent resource for staff.


  • Certification or current enrollment in an approved IPAC Canada recognized program is an asset
  • Proficient in use of various computer programs (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Current knowledge in concepts and trends in nursing and continuing care
  • Excellent clinical, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge and clinical competence in IPAC
  • Skilled in policy development and utilizing evidenced-based practice
  • Knowledge in quality improvement initiatives, including outcome measures
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing tactfully with difficult situations

Education Requirements

Current registration with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN)

Current CPR, CPI, WHIMIS certification required.

Required Experience

Recent clinical experience in IPAC including leadership duties

Recent experience in geriatric (Long Term Care) setting preferred.

Competencies specific to position

Resident focused, Communication, Conflict Management, Self-and community awareness, Teamwork, Adaptability/flexibility, Decision making, Initiative, Leading & Developing others, Stress management,

And Values & Ethics

Hours of Work:                 
Non-union Regular Temporary full-time (1.0 FTE) – Typically 40 hrs per week Monday – Friday (hours may flex as necessary i.e. weekend and afterhours).

Competitive Salary commensurate with education and experience

Health (Travel), Dental Life, and Pension Plan (Manulife/NSEHPP (HANS), Corp rate for Gym

COVID-19 Case

Families of RK Residents,

A resident living in Martha’s Place has tested positive for COVID-19 and their family has been notified.  The resident is in isolation and all residents in Martha’s Place are being monitored for symptoms. As a result, Martha’s visitation is restricted to Designated Care Givers only.

We ask that family members receiving this e mail to notify family and friends that visit with a resident on Martha’s Place to make them aware of the change in visitation.  

The remainder of the Home remains open to visitation and we will keep everyone up to date on any further changes to visitation.

March 11, 2022 Update

The silent infectious period of COVID-19 is our central risk factor in managing COVID. However, another risk needs to be considered; the balance between protecting the physical health of our residents from and supporting the overall well-being versus becoming COVID +ve. The key word here is “balance”.

We know the value of having visitors in the Home; you bring a vibrant energy that is shared not only with your family member, with others residents and staff you meet along the way. Furthermore, our safety practices requiring us to screen you, check your temperature, support proper mask wearing and hand washing helps to keep our safety measures front and center.

Please note, in the event COVID does make its presence known in the Home, we are all vaccinated, we have an excellent staff and we have immediate access to our Government partners. Trusting our safety measures, it’s time to take the next step.

DCG Visitation: Phase 3 – effective Monday, March 14, 2002

  • Long-term care residents can have up to 3 visitors at a time in a private resident room and two (2) visitors at a time in a semi-private resident room (doesn’t need to be the same visitors each time).
  • Visitation is open seven (7) days a week from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
  • Visitors at long-term care facilities need to wear a maskand be fully vaccinated (exceptions for vaccinations for end-of-life visits). Visitors need to follow social distancing guidelines (except for a quick, close contact, like a hug).
  • Residents can leave the facility to visit with family in their homes (overnight stays are not permitted). Residents can also leave the facility to visit indoor and outdoor public places (like parks, stores and restaurants). Residents and visitors need to follow public health measures: social distancingand masks are required – a brief risk assessment is completed on return to the Home

Outings should be pre booked with the front screener by calling ext. 222 or cell 902 870-3458 and resident needs to return by 6:30pm to complete the Outing Risk Assessment.

  • In event we experience a COVID +ve case, pending circumstances, our goal will be to only restrict access to the care area involved.
  • Wash your hands regularly when visiting.
  • Keep your mask over your nose and mouth at all times – this is the most important component of our safety practices – no gaps in masking!
  • Please do not bring food or drinks to the Home as it creates a “gap in masking” opportunity for you. Feel welcome to bring treats for your family member.
  • On arrival, Visitors [including DCG’s] will be provided with a mask for themselves and second mask for their family member resident – we strongly recommend residents wear a mask during the visit
  • New resident DCG’s and volunteers will be provided with the Infection Prevention and Control in-service prior to their initial visit.
  • Please do not visit the Home if you are feeling unwell or are a close contact of a COVID +ve individual. If you become unwell and test positive for COVID-19 after visiting, please let us know immediately by calling 902-714-5656.
  • Phase 4 will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks.


Please share this visitation update with friends and family members!

Senior Leadership Team at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home