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Director of Finance

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POSITION: Director of Finance

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Finance provides the day-to-day financial services providing a vital link between the finance department, its staff, the leadership team and the Board of Directors. Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Finance must bring management experience with extensive finance and accounting knowledge with the ability to make data driven decisions.

In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Core Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Director of Financial Services, 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:

  1. Effectively oversee the facility budget
    • Flag any significant variances and ensure that these variances are brought to the attention of the CEO and Directors in managing variances.
    • Create policies that enable each department to work in the most organized way
    • Develop and monitor objectives for the financial department.
    • Allocate funds accordingly to ensure each department can function at an optimal pace.
    • Determine realistic goals and establish financial controls to maintain maximum productivity.
    • Manage and oversee all financial operations of the organization.
    • Ensure the conservation of the assets of the Home by planning, developing, implementing, managing, evaluating and monitoring financial policies and procedures, accounting systems and internal and external reporting and analytical systems.
    • Maintain the financial records of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) including reconciliation of the Protected Envelope Budgets.
    • Prepare and assist as required in the required annual audit.
    • Ensure the timely and accurate recording of all financial and statistical transactions including bank reconciliation as well as providing supervision of Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, and trust accounts.
    • Provide monthly financial statement for the Department Directors and Board of Directors.
    • Ensure that accounting decisions are in the best interest of the Board and, in particular, its financial operations, by being fully aware of the home’s accounting requirements.
    • Working with CEO and Department Directors to analyze budget approvals from DOHW against budget requested.
    • Assist in development of home’s business planning process including preparation of an annual budget.
    • Assist all other Directors and HR & Education Coordinators in explaining budget variances and methods of expenditure reductions in areas of deficit.
    • Process the Home’s requests for funding to the Foundation upon approval from SL & Board. Maintains budget/ledger report of such transactions for CEO, Directors and Foundation review.
    • Coordinate submission of data and/or payments to various external agencies such as NSHEPP, Benefits, WCB, CRA, Stats Canada, DOHW, licensing and insurance, etc.
    • Coordinate submission of Nursing Strategy, Leadership and Education Premiums, etc. for recoveries.
    • EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) with updates to Occupancy and Revenue Journals.
    • Process the EFT for payments to Resident accounts and Staff Benefits.
    • Accurate maintenance of data into Acc Pac with monthly reports to Directors.
    • Payroll transfer functions with Accounting Clerk.
    • Annual Vacation Level and Salary review for input into payroll and Benefits.
    • Generation of annual T4 for all employees.
    • Oversees Contracts and Rental agreements.


  1. Coordinate the provision of Finance Department services that are Resident centered and that support and reflect the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home
    • Develop, implement and annually review departmental policies and procedures.
    • Develop annual departmental goals and objectives that support the strategic plan.
    • As per licensing review and update departmental job descriptions every 4 years or when revisions are necessary.


  1. Effectively manage the human services within the Finance department
    • Manages staff performance on a daily basis and performs annual performance reviews on Finance Dept staff.
    • Coaches, mentors and empowers staff.
    • Conducts monthly Finance Departmental meetings.
    • Approves Finance Department LOA and vacation requests.
    • Utilizes progressive discipline process when warranted and upon consultation with HR and or CEO, up to and including dismissal.


  1. Effectively oversees the budget for Hiring, Orientation and Education.
    • Ensure the orientation and ongoing education of Finance Department staff Ensures all Finance Dept staff attend annual mandatory education.
    • Maintains an ongoing relationship with the HR Department in consultation as finances relate to Contract Letters of hire, i.e., rate of pay & terms, Union Contracts, Benefits, Pension, Education.
    • Works with Department Leaders, HR & Education Coordinators to identify Departmental specific needs and keeps them updated on funding opportunities or cuts including development and continuing education and other budgetary needs.


  1. Accountable for the safety and risk management of the financial department
    • Identify potential departmental risks and implement strategies to minimize risk
    • Participate as a leader in the JOHS and Risk Management programs
  1. Communication – through personal behavior and interactions, demonstrates a humanistic, affiliative approach to relationships
    • Within department, with other team members and union representatives
    • In all interactions within and while representing the facility
    • With all Residents and families and staff


  1. Continuous Quality Initiatives
    • Ensure that the independent accounting systems, policies and procedures meet the requirements of the board and government by adhering to CHA/MIS and CICA standards and guidelines and principles.
    • Ensure the efficient operations of the accounting branch through the organization of the work, delegation, setting standards, reviewing operations, conducting meetings, general observations, and implementing the concepts and visions of the quality management program.
    • Establishes and directs systems for measuring and improving quality of departmental services.
    • Encourages use of best practices.


  1. Participates in Committees/ad hoc teams as required
    • Lead or member on committees


  1. Other duties as required
    • Liaison role with external IT services.
  1. Leadership Roles
    • Active participant on the Leadership Team
    • Demonstrates integration of Mission, Vision and Values into practice
    • Active participant in Strategic Planning process
    • Commitment to excellence and moving the organization forward


Safe Work Practices/Responsibilities

The R.K MacDonald Occupational Health and Safety policy establishes employee expectations for working safely.  To achieve these expectations employees at all levels of the organization must adhere to Core Values of Safety and the Safety Responsibilities listed below:

  • Demonstrate leadership commitment to safety.
  • Communicate hazards and controls.
  • Conduct inspections & investigations.
  • Provide Training / Communicate / Lead / Coach.
  • Provide necessary tools / equipment / PPE.
  • Monitor Compliance to SOPs & SWPs.


Leadership Competencies Required

  • Leading Others as demonstrated by the ability to establish focus, to provide motivational support, fostering teamwork, empowering others.
  • Managing Change as indicated by the ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness
  • Managing Others as demonstrated by the ability to work with others to coach and mentor them to develop their capabilities
  • Managing Performance as demonstrated by ability to take responsibility for one’s own or one’s employee’s performance by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against goals, ensuring feedback and addressing performance issue promptly.
  • Communication as demonstrated by the ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed as well as the ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions, in writing and to be able to plan and deliver conversations that have an impact and persuade their intended audience.
  • Interpersonal Awareness as demonstrated by the ability to notice, interpret and anticipate others concerns and feelings and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others
  • Influence Others as demonstrated by the ability to gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, objectives, projects and solutions
  • Building Collaborative relationships as demonstrated by the ability to develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships both internal and external to the facility
  • Customer Service Orientation perspective as demonstrated by the respectful, positive manner in which one responds to expressed concerns and the strong desire to find resolution and meet people’s needs
  • Information Gathering as demonstrated by the ability to identify information needed to clarify a situation and using skillful questioning to draw out information from reluctant sources
  • Thinking abilities including analytical, forward, conceptual and strategic abilities to enable one to tackle a problem, anticipate implications and consequences, find effective solutions and planning for the future direction of the Home
  • Initiative to identify what needs to be done and take action before being asked or the situation requires it
  • Results oriented to enable one to focus on the desired results, sets challenging goals and meeting or exceeding them
  • Thoroughness as demonstrated by ensuring that one’s own work, the work of employees and all information collected and shared is complete and accurate. Ensuring that commitments are fulfilled
  • Decisiveness as demonstrated by the ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner
  • Self Confidence
  • Stress management
  • Personal Credibility
  • Flexibility


Position Specific Competencies, Skills & Abilities

  • Sound knowledge of financial management concepts and systems.
  • Ability to effectively use personal computers, including word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Ability to think creatively, develop policies, terms of reference, implementation plans and result evaluations to continually improve operations.


Educational Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Business Administration with Accounting
  • Secured or in the process of securing Chartered Professional Accountant designation


Experience Required

  • Minimum of three years financial management experience at the senior level, preferably in health care.


Congratulations Michelle!

Congratulations Michelle!

On May 5, 2024, Michelle Tinio is set to graduate from St. Francis Xavier University, achieving her Master of Adult Education and Health. This marks her second time crossing the stage for a significant academic milestone, the first being a decade prior when she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Michelle’s journey began as a student nurse at RK MacDonald Nursing Home, progressing to become a Registered Nurse upon licensure by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing. Over the years, she advanced to the role of Nursing Supervisor, and eventually, to Assistant Director of Clinical Services, now holding the title of Clinical Services Manager.

Michelle’s presence at RK MacDonald Nursing Home is invaluable. With a warm smile and a genuine passion for geriatric nursing, she engages with residents daily, extending personal greetings and showing genuine concern for their well-being. Her commitment is evident as she readily lends a hand whenever needed.

Amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic, Michelle demonstrated exceptional leadership by spearheading the IPAC (Infection Prevention and Control) team. She dedicated countless hours and remained accessible round-the-clock to provide support.

With her Master’s degree in Adult Education, Michelle is poised to contribute significantly to the realization of our vision for a center of excellence, laying the groundwork for future success.

Seniors and Long Term Care (SLTC) Road Show 2024

Seniors and Long Term Care (SLTC) Road Show 2024

Mark Chisolm, Dir. of Environment along with Maintenance staff , Eric Tulkens and Donnie Farrell attended the recent Seniors and Long Term Care (SLTC) ROAD SHOW 2024: Nova Scotia LTC Facility Information Event. The event hosted information sessions on such topics as HANS Bed and Mattress Program, Developing Your Building Maintenance Plan, Interpreting Facility Condition Assessments, Hazardous Materials in LTC Facilities, Opportunities for Saving and Reducing your Carbon Footprint and a presentation from the Office of the Fire Marshall related to safe exits and common code concerns. Unfortunately, nobody from the RK Team won a door prize.

Occupational Health and Safety: Awareness and Engagement Session

Occupational Health and Safety: Awareness and Engagement Session

Byron Donovan, OHS Consultant lead the RK staff in education sessions capturing the RK’s safety goals of: 1) Respect the autonomy of our residents including the right to risk within an informed and collaborative decision-making process and; 2) fostering a culture of safety and respect for all who come in contact with our facility.

Our commitment to a culture of safety is founded in always thinking about safety, which determines how we safely carry out our duties and in turn, defines our culture. The OHS Internal Responsibility System states: “All persons employed by the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home share responsibility for their personal safety and that of their co-workers”. Safety is important to us!

During the presentation, Mr. Donovan touched on the OHS Act, Regulations, Standards and Code of Practice.  As well, he laid out our responsibilities as Senior Leaders and staff. Such responsibilities include a commitment to work safely, adhere to safety rules, conduct inspections, report incidents and hazards, wear PPE as required and to apply our safety training.

The topics covered during this presentation can be reviewed at the “Right to Know Board” located at the staff entrance.

Rehabilitation Assistant

POSITION: Rehabilitation Assistant
DEPARTMENT: Walking Stick Rehabilitation Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director Rehabilitation/Clinical Services

The Rehab Assistant is responsible for implementing rehabilitative strategies for improving residents’ quality of life through the provision of prescribed therapeutic programs, related documentation and communication. All services provided are in accordance with residents’ personal choice and preferences with the aim of achieving excellence in the care and well-being of those living in the RK MacDonald community. As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home every person 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 Resident Centered Care, the Rehab 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.

Functions And Responsibilities

  • Understands that the Resident and family are central to all departmental activities, services and decisions
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships and performs all work in keeping with the Mission, Vision, Values and philosophy of resident centered care of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home
  • Assists the PT / OT with the assessment of residents to obtain data necessary for treatment planning and implementation.
  • Assists in transfer and walking code assessment and posting
  • Provides supervision to residents utilizing Walking Stick or Front Porch accessing:
  • exercise equipment
  • paraffin wax
  • hot packs,
  • ice packs
  • massage table
  • TENS units
  • Administers treatment plans (exercise class, Front Porch and Walking Stick programs) , as prescribed by the PT / OT with resident’s consent and direction, respecting personal choice and preference including goals and methods to achieve identified goals.
  • Co-ordinates treatment plan with residents, and care team, involving family as necessary.
  • Monitor resident’s response to interventions and notifies PT / OT of changes in clinical presentation
  • Maintenance and cleaning of Red Cross equipment prior to returning to Red Cross
  • Transports residents to and from the Walking Stick / Front Porch area
  • Participants in monthly safety audit of the Walking Stick and Front Porch
  • Participates in safety audits – wheelchairs, mattresses, slings, transfer and mobility codes, roho cushions, mat alarms and rolators
  • Tracking and maintenance of Red Cross Specialized Equipment
  • Administers staff and student Resident Safe Lifting, Handling and Transfer In-services
  • Seeks out, attends and participates in personal and professional education programs.
  • Works to create a culture of safety for all
  • Provides verbal encouragement and support to any resident to maintain independence,
  • Supports interventions designed by other members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Documents result of resident’s treatment according to approved format
  • Checks and cleans equipment, maintains treatment sand storage areas, orders necessary supplies
  • Conducts group exercise classes weekly tailored to meet resident needs

Educational Qualifications

  • Graduation from a recognized Community College Rehabilitation Assistant Program or recognized OTA or PTA College program
  • Basic Medical Terminology
  • Has or willingness to obtain safety programs such as WHMIS and CPR

Experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long Term Care and/or Community setting

Skills or Competencies

  • Ability to foster, demonstrate and maintain good public relations with residents, families, visitors, and the public.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers and other members of the health care team.
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned work
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be physically able to perform all aspects of the work.

Other Duties

Other related duties as assigned

Approved by: Director Rehab/Clinical Services

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Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator

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POSITION: Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator (Contract Position)
DEPARTMENT: Administration

To provide Occupational Health and Safety support to the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. This position works with all RK employees, residents and their family members to promote a positive work environment and a culture of safe work practices across the organization.


The Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the Home’s Occupational Health & Safety program. The Coordinator will provide advice to the Home as it relates to employee safety, Health and Safety legislation, reporting requirements, and best practices. This position requires strong attention to detail, organizational skills, excellent communication and research skills, and the ability to evaluate the impact of Health and Safety activities/programs.


  • Complete the WCB Certification Program
  • Address 2023 Occupational Health & Safety Inspection deficiencies including a review of the Home’s Health & Safety Program
  • Lead in policy / procedure review and staff training meeting Accreditation Standards pertaining to Occupational Health & Safety
  • Review and revise Incident Reporting policy and procedures


  • Participates as a member of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Participates in the development of safe work policies and procedures
  • Recommend and facilitate safety training
  • Ensure company adherence to Provincial and Federal Safety legislation
  • Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the RK MacDonald Nursing Home policies and procedures
  • Develop new employee on-boarding safety education


  • Prepares bi-weekly Briefing Notes for the CEO on deliverable progress
  • Submits bi-weekly invoices noting hours of work



  • Diploma in Business Administration or Occupational Health and Safety


  • 2 years direct experience in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Experience writing policies and procedures
  • Experience in the Accreditation process


  • Strong communication skills orally and written
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and diplomacy
  • Self-motivated and engaged


  • Necessity to be able to work effectively from Home
  • Shared office space onsite
  • Own computer
  • RK will provide remote access to RK Cloud

Social Worker

POSITION: Social Worker
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services, the Social Worker is responsible for planning, developing and implementing services to meet the emotional and social needs for our residents and their families that are in keeping with the philosophy of RK MacDonald Nursing Home and its established policies and procedures.

This will involve assessing resident’s needs, and planning, implementing and documenting Social Work services while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. All services provided are in accordance with residents’ personal choice and preferences with the aim of achieving excellence in the care and well-being of those living in the RK MacDonald community.

As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home every person 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 Resident Centered Care, the Social Worker, 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

1. Reviews applications for admission and coordinates admissions to the Home. Obtains and documents personal and family histories upon admission. Orients residents/families to Home and its philosophy.

2. Prepares for and participates in Resident Care Conferences. Consults with family prior to review and invites residents’ families as appropriate. Identifies social/emotional needs and takes appropriate action in consult with the Health Care team.

3. Develops and maintains liaison with the recreational and community resources.

4. Participates in departmental and staff committee meetings. Maintains records, and documents interventions on charts. Submits a monthly report to the Director of Clinical Services.

5. Coordinates discharge planning.

6. Provides in-service instruction.

7. Provides individual consulting and group services to residents and their families. Acts as a consultant to residents vis-à-vis financial and/or personal problems.

8. Supervises student practicum and participates in community education and research.

9. Develops resources to meet the social and emotional needs of our residents and their families.

10. Participates in the Home’s Continuous Quality Indicator and Strategic Planning programs.

11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Education, Training and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long Term Care setting, geriatric and/or Community setting
  • B.S.W. or recognized equivalent from an accredited School of Social Work
  • Member of, or eligible for, membership with the Nova Scotia College Social Workers (NSCSW)
  • Eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers.
  • The Social Worker adheres to the NS Board Registration for Social Workers Code of Ethics and the Canadian Association of Social Workers Standards of Practice.
  • Safety courses such as, BCLS, CPR, CPI and WHIMIS
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to organize, develop and initiate ideas and programs.
  • Commitment to working in an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Good attendance
  • Alzheimer and Related Dementia course
  • Criminal Records check including Vulnerable Sector Search

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to recognize needs and develop appropriate resources to meet social/emotional needs.
  • Ability to empathize with elderly, emotionally and/or physically handicapped persons. Maturity and dependability required to gain resident, families and staff confidence.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters in a professional manner.

Professional Accountability

  1. Carries out assessments, plan implementation, plan evaluation and education in accordance with RK policies and procedures
  2. Conducts self within legal/ethical/professional obligations and requirements.
  3. Performs beyond entry level competencies Works as a champion of resident centered care.
  4. Respects the individuality, autonomy and confidentiality of the resident and ensures the resident is treated respectfully and uses a person-centered approach involving shared decision making and responsibility with the resident and Substitute Decision Maker.
  5. Demonstrates professional integrity and a commitment to the well-being of all residents.
  6. Engages in professional development and lifelong learning activities.
  7. Orientation of new employees and mentoring /preceptoring of new and existing employees as appropriate.
  8. Acts as a mentor / preceptor for student clinical internships.

Communication and Collaboration

  1. Establishes and maintains effective communication with residents, relevant others and professional colleagues.
  2. Maintains an accurate account of care given through clear, concise, written and verbal communication and evaluates, communicates and documents resident response to care in a timely manner.
  3. Develops and maintains information systems to ensure appropriate access to accurate, objective and relevant information about the resident.
  4. Collaborates, partners, and communicates with the resident, family, and external service providers when there is a difference between the care plan and the wants, needs and abilities of the resident.
  5. Demonstrates effective collaboration and inter-professional teamwork by consulting and sharing information with other health professionals, family and community organizations in a timely manner, provided resident consent is obtained where required, to ensure comprehensive, safe service delivery.
  6. Facilitate admission planning and transitions across the health care continuum, ensuring the resident’s needs are met in appropriate setting.
  7. Participation in staff meetings or working group meetings.
  8. Participation in and /or leadership of program planning, research, continuous quality improvement initiatives, committees, staff education, safety initiatives, and accreditation as requested.
  9. Demonstrates effective verbal and non-verbal communication abilities to prevent adverse events.
  10. Communicates effectively in special high-risk situations to ensure the safety of residents.

Other Related Duties

  1. Other duties as assigned by Director of Clinical Services.

Judgement and Initiative

Identifies the need for and coordinates Social Work services to maintain and enhance the emotional and social performance and engagement of the resident.

  1. Continuously engages in critical thinking, and evaluates plan of care and makes revisions to plan as necessary in consultation and collaboration with the resident, his/her support system and other members of the health care team.
  2. Articulates rationale for decisions that are based on clinical best practice, current theory and research
  3. Intervenes when standards of practice are violated or not upheld.
  4. Refers to appropriate professionals for issues beyond the profession’s scope of practice and the individual’s personal competence.
  5. Seeks direction or assistance from other health care professionals as required.

Safety (resident, worker & workplace)

Demonstrates good stewardship in the identification, reporting & mitigation of unsafe acts or conditions

  1. Contribute to a culture of resident safety.
  2. Work in teams for resident safety.
  3. Communicate effectively for resident safety.
  4. Manage safety risks.
  5. Optimize human and environmental factors.

Clinical Support

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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

Continuing Care Assistant Lead (CCA-Lead)

POSITION: Continuing Care Assistant Lead (CCA-Lead)
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Continuing Care Assistant Lead (CCA-Lead)


Directly reports to the Assistant Director of Clinical Services.  The Continuing Care Assistant Lead is to assist and coordinate direct personal care to residents in accordance with their care plans in order to meet the individual residents’ needs.  Care is to be provided in accordance with objectives and policies of R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Continuing Care Assistant Lead, as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.



Assisting with daily coordination of the following duties as part of entire facility:

  • May assist residents with hygiene and daily living activities including bathing, dressing, oral care, skin care, positioning in bed, feeding and transferring.
  • Assist in admission and in-house transfers as directed of the charge nurse.
  • Share in observing changes in resident’s condition and report observations to immediate supervisor.
  • May provide physical assistance to residents in moving and being positioned in bed, getting and out of bed, walking and simple ROM exercises.
  • Perform routine charting when required and provide mentorship and education in documentation.
  • Attend in-service programs and other workshops.
  • Assists in orientation of new CCA employees and follow-up with support from the Assistant Director of Clinical Services.
  • Develop and maintain good public relations with residents, staff and visitors.
  • Be familiar with fire, personnel, EMO policies etc. within the home.
  • Assists Recruitment and Retention by attending job fairs and promoting a positive work culture.
  • Helps with the roll out of specific education.
  • Ensure we maintain proper staffing levels and assists with balancing workload.
  • Helps leadership develop evening and night tasks lists.
  • May be required to come in on evenings and nights to ensure tasks are being performed.
  • Communicates within the team to help problem solve issues as they arise.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.
  • Invoicing of purchase and assists management with pricing of equipment when required
  • Completes year-end inventory.
  • Stocking of all units and oversees the incontinent supplies.
  • Support the RPL program in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Clinical Services.
  • Coordinates with staff Tena products
  • Take every opportunity to broaden his/her knowledge.
  • May be asked to sit on committees when required
  • Other related duties as assigned



  • Ability to work as a team member and foster collaborative relationships
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements initiatives and evidence based practices
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and special attention to accuracy and detail
  • Demonstrated accountability and responsibility.
  • Demonstrated planning, organizational, prioritizing and time management skills
  • Committed to ongoing learning
  • Commitment to promoting a culture that supports safety, ethical practices and organizational health
  • Exemplary work history as demonstrated in current and past employment
  • Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position



  • Successful completion of an approved Continuing Care Assistant Course
  • Current member of the CCA Registry (Continuing Care Assistant Program – HANS)
  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long Term Care and/or Community setting
  • Experience with scheduling
  • Experience in facilitating group education
  • Leadership education or equivalent
  • Experience considered an asset

Medical Director

POSITION                                       Medical Director
DEPARTMENT:                              Administration
RESPONSIBLE TO:                        CEO through contract with R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home


Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. To promote and maintain the safety of residents, staff, and visitors as a strategic priority for the home at all times.
  2. Must be familiar with the following documents related to the provision of medical care to residents of Nursing Homes/Homes for the Aged:

    1. the Homes for Special Care Act and the Regulations pertaining to the provision of medical care to residents of Nursing Homes/Homes for the Aged
    2. the policies of the Department of Health and Wellness related to the provision of medical care to residents of Nursing Homes/Homes for the Aged
    3. the by-laws of the Nursing Home and, in accepting the appointment as Medical Director, agrees to comply with the terms of those documents.

  3. Responsible for liaising with the resident’s physicians, and providing advice and consultation at the request of the physician.
  4. Recognizing that the resident’s physician has primary responsibility for the medical care of the resident, the Medical Director is responsible for ensuring that all residents receive an acceptable standard of medical care from their physician.


    • Where a resident’s physician does not perform in keeping with the expectations of the Nursing Home as outlined in the documents listed above (2a, b, c), it shall be the responsibility of the Medical Director, working with the CEO, to resolve the situation with the physician.
    • Where a resident’s physician has not performed in keeping with the expectations of the Nursing Home as outlined in 2a, b, c, and the Medical Director is unable to resolve the situation with the physician, the Medical Director shall make a recommendation to the CEO that the services of the physician be terminated.
    • The Medical Director shall work with the CEO to ensure that the resident (or where the resident is incompetent, the resident’s legal representative or a designated family member) is consulted before the relationship between the resident and their physician is terminated.
    • The Medical Director shall work with the CEO to ensure that the resident has the services of another physician. In the event that the services of a physician cannot be secured immediately, the Medical Director will provide any necessary medical care to the resident until a physician is confirmed.
  5. Responsible for ensuring residents of the Home have access to medical care at all times.


    • Where a resident does not have a physician on admission to the Home, the Medical Director shall assist the CEO in ensuring that the services of a physician are secured. In the interim, the Medical Director shall serve as the resident’s attending physician.

  6. Responsible for collaborating with the review and development of medical policies, procedures, and standards for the facility.


    • The Medical Director shall identify needs in medical policy, procedure and standards for the facility, and initiating the discussion of these needs with the CEO and the Director of Care.
    • Where necessary, the Medical Director shall assist the facility administration and staff with preparation for accreditation by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation.


  7. Shall participate in the Home’s quality assurance process.
  8. Shall participate in committee work required by legislation including attendance at meetings where the Medical Director’s membership on the committee is mutually agreed upon by the Medical Director and the facility.
  9. Shall hold meetings when necessary, with the medical staff to discuss topics of interest and concern related to the care of residents of the Nursing Home.