SOCIAL WORKER      Permanent Full-time

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home

64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish, NS.  B2G 1W7

Social Worker            Permanent Full-time position

The Home is seeking a dynamic, compassionate person; committed to excellence and quality practice environments; with demonstrated team leading skills; and enthusiastic about a profession in Long Term Care to fill the role of Social Worker 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 In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Person Centered Care, the Social Worker 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.  .

Key Responsibilities:

-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.

-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.

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

-Participates in departmental and staff committee meetings. Maintains records, and documents interventions on charts.

-Submits a monthly report to the Director of Clinical Services.

-Coordinates discharge planning.


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

Competencies specific to position

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.

Hours of Work:                  Non-union regular full-time (1.0 FTE) – Typically 40 hrs. per week Monday – Friday (hours may flex as necessary)

Salary:                                $72,865-79,609 annual salary (based on experience)

Benefits:                              Health & Dental etc. and Pension Plan (Manulife/NSEHPP (HANS),                                               Corp rate for Gym
Deadline                             December 7, 2021

Start date:                          Immediately

Apply by:                             Submit cover letter and resume to Human Resource Coordinator by email or mail: or in person at 64 Pleasant Street Antigonish NS B2G 1W7, for more information please contact HR at (902) 863-2578 ext. 292.

Job description:                 Can be viewed in its entirety on the Home’s website @


The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home provides patient centred care to 136 residents with approximately 290 care partners. The home is filled with people who care deeply about providing excellent resident care and who are committed to creating a safe work environment. If you are looking for an opportunity in a patient centred home than we are the place for you. As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021.  The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities.  We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to Human Resources before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. In addition, proof of applicable education and or certification is required as a condition of employment.