Relief Licensed Practical Nurse - Extended Care

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Closing date: Mar 24, 2017

Location: Yellowknife

Department: STHA Chronic Long-Term Care Nu

Job Code: 14163

Salary: $72,677 - $86,775

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

About the Job

Limited Competition

This job opening is limited to residents living within  25 kilometres of Yellowknife.

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority –Stanton  Territorial Hospital (NTHSSA)  is offering challenging nursing work and work life balance.  Join our health care team as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).   Stanton Territorial Hospital (STH) is a 100 in-patient bed accredited facility, located in Yellowknife Northwest Territories (NWT). STH is the referral center for approximately 43,000 NWT residents and 5,900 residents from the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. STH provides health care services to adults and children on an inpatient/outpatient and outreach basis in order to restore health with dignity.  STH maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property, recognizing the health hazards associated with tobacco in the workplace, both to smokers and non-smokers alike.  Therefore, Stanton maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property.

Job Information

Located within Stanton and reporting directly to a Clinical Coordinator, there are 5.5 LPNs who provide culturally sensitive nursing care to patients/residents of the 11 bed Extended Care unit consisting of 10 long-term geriatric or cognitively impaired residents and 1 palliative care patient. During both the night and day shifts there is one Registered Nurse, Extended Care and either one or two LPN(s), Extended Care on duty and/or 1 Nursing Aide.

 The LPN, Extended Care is a member of the nursing team who provides direct nursing care to patients/residents who have common well-defined nursing diagnoses. The LPN, Extended Care acts as a patient/resident advocate and facilitates communication between result in a holistic approach to planning, organizing, teaching, and relationship development that will best meet the needs of the patients/residents. The LPN working alongside the RN to provide


total care to the residents carries a patient load of 2 to 5 patients/residents depending on patient/resident acuity. Although the LPNs provide direct nursing care to patients, when faced with unfamiliar situations or situations outside the LPNs scope of practice the LPN will refer the situation or problem to the Registered Nurse, Extended Care for direction. LPNs cannot legally act on medication orders from physicians within their scope of practice (i.e. and LPN is unable to provide the following, but not limited to, giving intramuscular injections, starting IVs, administering narcotics, etc.). LPNs in Extended Care are able to administer non-narcotic medications upon completion of appropriate certification.

 Patients/residents within the Extended Care Unit are usually long-term convalescent, geriatric, respite or palliative care patients.  These patients/residents live within the unit (home environment) and are experiencing a chronic illness or disability that has resulted in physical frailty and/or cognitive impairment and require 24-hour professional nursing services. The patients'/residents' medical outcomes are somewhat predictable.

 Patients/residents within the Unit are visited a minimum of once per month or more frequently as required by their physician. As a result, the LPN may be called on to make independent day-to-day decisions regarding individual nursing care plans based on written medical orders verified by an RN on duty.

 Based on patients census and acuity throughout Stanton the incumbent may be required to provide standardized nursing care to any and/or all of the nursing units within the scope of an LPN's practice.

This level of knowledge is commonly acquired through the successful completion of a Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate and two years recent experience in a long-term care setting.


More Information

Relief Worker

This job opening is for a Relief position where there are no established hours of work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and may be required to report to work on an as and when required basis for facilities where services operate on a daily basis throughout the entire year.


 Eligible for current licensing with the GNWT Registrar of Professional Licensing is mandatory for this position.

 For more information on health and social services careers and practicing in the Northwest Territories please visit .

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Salary Information

 The salary for this position starts at $37.27 per hour (approximately $72,677. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #   14163     

Closing Date: March 24, 2017 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Human Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445