Institutional Nurse

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Closing date: Nov 24, 2017

Location: Hay River

Department: JUS SMCC

Job Code: 14867

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and aboriginal values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.


Job Information

Report directly to Warden and functionally to the Manager of Health Services, NWT Corrections; Provide non-emergent medical/nursing care; Respond to medical/nursing crisis that require decision making outside of the usual policies, procedures and standards of nursing care; Deliver health programs designed to promote institutional offender health and wellness (including but not limited to communicable disease treatment and surveillance, chronic disease monitoring and follow up, immunization programs, and well man clinics); Act as an inmate advocate in relation to health issues and concerns; Encourage and promote healthy lifestyle changes through a variety of health education programs; Work closely with outside health agencies coordinating treatment, follow up release care, and referrals; Ensure continuity of health care when transferring inmates to other territorial or federal facilities by following Correctional Services Canada and NWT Corrections policies; Model and promote excellence in nursing care while caring for low, medium and high risk offenders ensuring facility safety and security measures, policies and procedures are adhered to; Work is directed by legislation (Nursing Profession Act, Emergency Medical Aid Act, Mental Health Act, Pharmacy Act, Criminal Code of Canada, Youth Criminal Justice Act, Young Offenders Act, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Territorial GNWT Corrections Act, Public Service Act, Access to Information Privacy Protection Act); and specific policies (Corrections Service Directives, Territorial Safety Acts and Legislation and the HR Manual, Code of Ethics, GNWT Code of Conduct and the NWT Standards of Nursing Practice).

The knowledge, skills and abilities required include: Advanced knowledge of and an ability to apply and assess the nursing process and current nursing practice to ensure that the offender’s physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and health education needs are met; Knowledge of biological, physical and behavioral sciences in order to recognize, interpret, and prioritize findings to determine and implement a plan of action based on the nursing process and the standards of nursing practice; Ability to provide emergency and first aid care and treatment, triage and prepare to transfer for further medical care as deemed necessary; Knowledge and ability to perform transferred medical functions beyond normal hospital roles and responsibilities such as but not limited to venipuncture and immunizations; Ability to operate and / or use standard medical equipment such as, not limited to, peripheral IV pumps and lines, electronic thermometers, blood glucose monitors, pulse oximeter, sphygmomanometer, etc.; Understanding and an ability to perform proper collection of specimens for laboratory tests such as urine for culture and sensitivity, stool for occult blood, and sputum for acid-fast bacillus; Ability to educate offenders on appropriate self – care methods and techniques and to support offenders in changing high-risk lifestyle behaviors; Knowledge and proven ability for confidentially – able to keep personal and medical information private and confidential at all times; Posses self – control and respond calmly at times of high stress, frustrations and emotions. The nurse will have the skills and techniques to communicate without escalating an angry or aggressive offender; Flexible and adapt normal routine and procedures to specific and unique situations; Values diversity and is able to monitor and modify own behaviors and beliefs regarding prejudices and personal biases, practicing new behavior as appropriate; Proven initiative and is able to work independently; Ability to deliver health promotion presentations that are well structured, at the appropriate level of learning in a relaxed self – confident style; Listen responsively demonstrating objective and active listening skills. This includes an ability to behave in a helpful and responsive manner and ability to seek out the facts and pertinent information before drawing conclusions and/ or establishing a plan of action; Ability to participate willingly and support team decisions, including doing one’s own share of the work and sharing all relevant and useful information; Ability to answer questions as an expert when asked.

Typically, the above would be attained by:  A Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Registered Nurse designation or Registered Nurse designation with a minimum of 2 years nursing experience in an acute care setting or within a northern health center. Nurses must be registered with the NWTRNA/NU and have completed a satisfactory criminal records check. Current certification in CPR – A and have successfully completed the immunization certificate; Awareness of diversity, specifically northern Aboriginal traditions and values would be an asset.


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Eligible for current registration/certification with the RNANT/NU is mandatory for this position.

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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $44.75 per hour (approximately $87,263.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of ($5,624.00).


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


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 # 14867

Closing Date:  November 24, 2017 - 23:50, Mountain Standard Time.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Hay River HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
#209, 62 Woodland Drive
Ph. (867) 874-5085
Fax (867) 874-5095

Criminal Records Check

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