NCAS- Nurse Assessor

Application ends: January 31, 2023
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Job Description


Position: NCAS Assessor – Multiple Positions Available

Term: Contractor (on average, 1-2 days per month)

Compensation: $42.00 per hour

Location: Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Note: The majority of NCAS assessments take place on Saturdays or Sundays.


The Nursing Community Assessment Service (or “NCAS”) administers the NCAS Assessment for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses seeking licensure in the Maritime Canada provinces. The NCAS Assessment is a comprehensive, multifaceted competency assessment that evaluates strengths and gaps in entry-level competencies, helps determine readiness to practice, and provides direction for remediation.

The NCAS Assessor plays a key role in the administration of the NCAS Assessment by observing and “scoring” candidates in the Simulation Lab Assessment. Scoring is completed using standardized checklists, which credit the candidates for appropriate actions completed. The Assessor will have minimal direct interaction with each candidate, providing scripted cues and responses only as needed.

Assessments will be delivered at the Center for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


The Nursing Community Assessment Service is a department within the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. BCCNM is the largest nursing regulatory organization in western Canada and is empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate the practice of all licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives in BC. ​

NCAS was launched in January 2017 as a service for assessing the competencies of nurses and health care aides seeking licensure in BC and expanded its services to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in 2021. Our high-stakes assessment is designed to provide a consistent, rigorous, and defensible approach to determining the extent to which potential registrants possess the competencies required to enter practice safely.

BCCNM is committed to treating all applicants and employees with dignity and respect in a workplace free from all forms of discriminatory treatment, behaviour, or practice. We strongly encourage submissions from all qualified individuals, including folks who have been systemically excluded from the health sector, not limited to but including Black, Indigenous, and racialized people, people living with disabilities, and two-spirit, queer, trans and non-binary persons.


  • Participate in initial training (including self-study, one-on-one, and/or group training sessions) as needed (virtual and in-person)
  • Learn and operate NCAS’s assessment scoring methodology
  • Participate in assessment administration by observing (watching and listening) and “scoring” candidates in the simulation lab during live assessments
  • Participate in assessment scoring in a back-up capacity by observing (watching and listening) and “scoring” candidate performances that have been recorded
  • Participate in scenario dry runs and dress rehearsals as needed
  • Learn and adhere to NCAS’s policies surrounding Assessor Currency and Consistency
  • Maintain a minimum availability of 1 weekend day per month as needed (some weekdays may be required; schedule provided in advance)
  • Foster and maintain an organizational culture that promotes mutual respect, teamwork, and service excellence


The NCAS Assessor for RN and/or LPN must possess:

  • Active licensure/registration as a Registered Nurse
  • At least two years’ practice experience in that profession
  • Experience teaching/precepting and/or providing direct clinical supervision is an asset
  • Knowledge of professional standards and guidelines
  • Simulation experience will be an asset

In addition, the NCAS Assessor must be able to demonstrate:

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skill with the ability to interact and communicate effectively, and maintain good relations, with colleagues, registrants, and other key stakeholders
  • Proven ability to think critically and act appropriately while ensuring that policies, procedures, and standards are maintained
  • An ease with data entry on laptops and tablets
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of a team

How to Apply: Please forward your resume and cover letter, indicating your nursing designation, and where you learned of this opportunity, to Positions will be filled on a first come first served basis so please apply immediately.

To learn more about our organization, please visit Thank you for your interest in the BC College of Nurses and Midwives, and the Nursing Community Assessment Service.

While we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $42.00 per hour


  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
covid vaccination required per nshealth guidelines


  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)


  • English (required)


  • Registered Nurse (RN) License (required)

Work Location: One location

Expected start date: 2023-02-25