Community Health Nurse

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Location: Tulita

Department: Northwest Territories HSSA

Job Code: 14729

Salary: $98,046 - $114,134

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.



Job Information


The NTHSSA administers all regional health and social services delivered to 4 Community Health Centres and 1 Community Health Station, in the Sahtu Region of the NWT, with approximately 2,475 (2006 census) residents. The NTHSSA provides and supports the delivery of health care services to adults and children on an short term observation, outpatient and outreach basis, in order to enhance healthy communities well-being through excellence, accountability and respect for regional diversity.

Located within the Harriet Gladue Health Centre, and reporting directly to the Nurse in Charge (NIC), the Community Health Nurse (CHN), delivers core community health services to a client population of approximately 505 residents in Tulita. The Health Centre is the sole health and social services facility in the community. The Harriet Gladue Health Centre also provides services to a visiting transient population and out of territory clients.

Community Health Services include providing non-emergency medical care; responding to medical emergencies, within & outside the community, that may require decision making outside of the usual policies, procedures and standards of community health nursing care; and deliver  core  community  health  programs  designed  to  promote community  health  and wellness (i.e. including but not limited to Well-Child/Adult clinics, pre and post-natal clinics, school health program, chronic disease clinic (non-communicable disease), immunization programs, communicable disease surveillance, treatment (emergency & sick clinic), and Home Care). The provisions  of critical incident services  are supported by other CHNs/NIC and physician/NP over the telephone or in person, with further assistance of other health centre staff Promotion & Health Prevention Worker; Mental Health & Addictions Counselor; Child Protection Worker, Home Support Worker.

Services may be provided within the Health Centre, via Tele-health, at the community hall, schools or client's home (i.e. Home Care) and are intended to promote a healthy lifestyle, and a decrease in the incidence of disease, injury, and death. Services may be provided on an individual basis or as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The CHN is a member of the Primary Community Care Team (PCCT), as per the Integrated Service Delivery Model (ISDM).

In Tulita, the CHN/NIC will be required to provide on-call coverage, on a rotational basis, during the evening and weekends to provide emergency nursing care. Nurses also provide emergency transportation as per policy and medical rescue in cases of on-the-land medical emergencies and within the community.



  • The CHN must have a working knowledge of and an ability to apply and assess the nursing process (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) and current nursing practice (community health nursing, including public health and home care) to ensure that the client's physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and educational needs are met.
  • Knowledge of biological, physical and behavioral sciences in order to recognize, interpret, and prioritize findings; and determine and implement a plan of care based on accepted standards of practice, in the GNWT Dept. of Health.
  • The CHN must have an ability to provide emergency care and treatment as the position is required to perform transferred health functions beyond normal hospital training. This includes an ability to perform advanced nursing functions such as but not limited to: suturing, vena-puncture for all age groups and immunization techniques.
  • A knowledge of and an ability to apply sanctioned transferable medical functions as outlined in the Nursing Administration Manual's standards, policies and guidelines (i.e. pap smears).
  • An ability to operate and/or use standard medical equipment (such as but not limited to - ECG, peripheral IV pumps and lines, stretchers, thermometers, NG tubes, sphygmomanometer, blood glucose monitors, suction tubes, sharps, pulse oximeter, x-ray machine, etc.)
  • An understanding of and an ability to perform basic laboratory functions such as but not limited to: ESR, HGB, blood smears, pregnancy tests, various swab specimens, the preparation of specimens for culture and sensitivity, ECGs and quality control of laboratory machinery, in accordance to Canadian Laboratory Standards .
  • An ability to perform radiological examinations (X-rays) of the chest and extremities and transmit for reading via Di-Pacs computerization.
  • An ability to apply and remove casts or splints, emergency stabilization equipment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate computer applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel and electronic medical records) in order to complete training materials and presentations, electronic GNWT email, scheduling of appointments and maintenance of health records (iEHR and EMR, Di-Pacs), Share Point NTHSSA for internal messages, forms, links, and the internet in order to conduct on-line research and People Soft (employment records).
  • An ability to educate clients and their families (where applicable) on appropriate self-care methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of and an ability to network resources within and outside the NTHSSA (i.e. Social Services, Public Health, medevac teams etc.) in order to ensure support of clients and their families.
  • The incumbent must be aware of the importance of confidentiality and be able to keep personal and medical information private and confidential at all times and in accordance to Access to Information legislation & Public Health, WSCC, etc. mandatory reporting.


Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Degree in Nursing, 2 years of recent nursing experience with one year in a Community Health Centre, as a Community Health Nurse.

Equivalency Knowledge & Experience: Registered Nurse Diploma Program, 4 years of recent nursing experience with one year in a Community Health Centre, as a Community Health Nurse.

Recent nursing experience is define as a total of full time hours in the past 5 years

Community Health Centre is define in the NWT as a level A, B or B/C facility or equivalency for other provinces and territories

Driver’s License is mandatory


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Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.02 per hour (approximately $95,589. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $24,493.

Affirmative Action

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


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.



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


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14729   Closing Date: Open Till Filled


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.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Sahtu HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
#2 McKenzie Drive
Box 360 
Ph. (867) 587-7150
Fax (867) 587-2173


Eligible for current registration/certification with the Registered Nurses Association is mandatory for this position. 

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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.