Primary Health Care - Community Nurse Practitioner

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Location: Norman Wells

Department: NTHSSA SA Health Centres

Job Code: 15331

Salary: $104,618 - $124,898

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Territorial Health and Social Services Authority (THSSA) works under the direction of the Minister of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services and the Health and Social Services regions, to support the health and wellbeing of people across the Northwest Territories through planning, development, deliver, evaluation and reporting on program and service delivery. 

THSSA is committed to the development and provision of quality services in such a way as to make the best use of public resources, ensure the sustainability of the system, focus on client safety and best practices and promote positive health and social outcomes. THSSA strives to continually improve the health and social service system to ensure best health, best care, and a better future for the people of the NWT.

Our mission is to work with people to optimize wellbeing through the provision of collaborative and culturally appropriate health and social services.

Job Information

Located primarily within the Norman Wells Health and Social Services Facility and reporting directly to the Regional Manager, Community Health Centres, the incumbent will provide comprehensive  advanced health assessment, make autonomous nursing and medical diagnoses, develop care plans and provide treatment within the nurse practitioners scope of practice to the 800 of residents of Norman Wells. Within the community the PHC- Community Nurse  Practitioner is  the  clinical  leader   providing advanced nursing skills direction and leadership within the primary community care team.


• The PHC-CNP must be able to make accurate medical diagnosis of common illness, identify critically ill and destabilizing chronically ill patients and apply critical thinking when formalizing evaluations resulting in differential medical diagnosis.  In addition, the incumbent must be able to implement appropriate treatment plans based on diagnosis within a PHC-CNP scope of practice.
• The  PHC-CNP  must  have  advanced  knowledge  of and  an  ability  to  apply advanced nursing  processes  (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) and advanced nursing practice to ensure that the all patients'  physical, emotional, psycho­ social, spiritual, educational and daily living needs are met as defined within the PHC-NP registration requirements by the Registered Nurses Association of the NWT and Nunavut.
• An ability to educate patients and their families (where  applicable) on appropriate self-care methods and techniques.
• An ability to  provide emergency care and  treatment, as  the  position  is  required   to perform  advanced nursing functions beyond basic nursing training in accordance with standards, policies and guidelines of the Department of HSS, NTHSSA and the RNANT/NU.
• An ability to effectively triage patient's health care needs.
• 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 patients and their families.
• Knowledge of best practices in primary health care and particularly public/community health.
• Conceptual understanding of the model of integrated community care delivery, and the application of nurse practitioner competencies to multidisciplinary practice settings.
• Sensitivity to the cultural, social and political issues in the NWT.
• An ability to critique research studies and apply to practice where applicable/appropriate.
• Knowledge of all applicable GNWT legislation and regulations, standards, policies and guidelines related to advance nursing practice in order to provide current, relevant and feasible consultation services.
 Ability to contribute to the satisfaction and goodwill of clients, colleagues and co­ workers is essential  to the position. The incumbent must have the ability to deal with caregivers and health care workers in situations of extreme stress and cope with these situations diplomatically and with empathy.
• An ability to facilitate creative problem solving using a situational approach incorporating conceptual, analytical, interpretive, evaluative, intuitive and constructive thinking skills.
• 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 (part of the professional accountability for code of ethics and standards of practice).
• Knowledge of and ability to operate word  processing applications (i.e. Microsoft Word) in order  to complete training materials and presentations, electronic mail to send  and receive correspondence and the internet in order to conduct on line research.

Typically. the above qualifications would be attained by:

This level of knowledge is commonly acquired through  the successful completion  of a Nursing Degree, plus a postgraduate education  program  as a Nurse Practitioner and  2 years  directly related  nursing experience.

Within  the  NTHSSA  all  NPs must  be  registered as  an  NP with  the  RNANT/NU and  have completed  a satisfactory criminal record check

It  is   expected   that   the   PHC  -  CNP must   maintain   current  knowledge   and   enhance competencies   relevant    to    primary     community    care    practice    through    professional development activities, peer review and other continuing competency strategies.

Must have a Valid Class 5 Driver's License

More Information

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

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #15331     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.

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 vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  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.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $53.65 per hour (approximately $104,617.50 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Driver's License Requirement

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


Eligible for current registration/certification with Registered Nursing Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut  is mandatory for this position. For more information on health and social services careers and practicing in the Northwest Territories please visit