Community Mental Health Nurse

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Closing date: May 29, 2018

Location: Fort Good Hope

Department: NTHSSA SA Health Centre

Job Code: 15558

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 Centers and 1 Community Health Station in the Sahtu Region with approximately 2,900 residents.  
Located within the Fort Good Hope Health Centre and reporting directly to the Regional Manager, Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) is a member of the multidisciplinary Mental Health and Addiction  Services team. She/he provides culturally sensitive care to referred clients at any given time. The Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) is responsible to individuals with chronic mental illnesses who are on specialized psychiatric medications (oral and injectable). Services are intended to promote compliances with medication, foster self-care and independence and stabilize health. The provision of these services allows clients to remain in their homes rather than being hospitalized, while allowing families and support systems to be directly involved in client care.
This position impacts on community health and well-being through increased awareness and treatment of mental health issues, therapeutic counseling, and crisis intervention. By being proactive in the delivery of mental health services within the community of Fort Good Hope, fewer individuals will require inpatient psychiatry.
The Community Mental Health Nurse ensures that individual client mental health needs are correctly assessed and appropriate interventions planned. The incumbent provides direct nursing care to clients and acts as patient advocate, facilitating communication between patient family and the physician, specialists and other health care professionals. This will result in a holistic approach to planning organizing, teaching and relationship development that will best meet the needs of the patient.

· Knowledge of current nursing practice, primary health care, mental health care trends in health promotion and disease prevention;
· Knowledge of and an ability to apply advanced nursing processes (completing a bio- psychosocial assessment, formulate a diagnostic impression based on the DSM-V and initiating a treatment plan);
· An ability to educate patients, families, and/or primary care givers (where applicable) on the underlying disease process for mental illness & addictions, treatment options including medications, and other relevant aspects of the client's care plan including self- care techniques and more comprehensive care options for clients;
· Knowledge of biological, physical and behavioral sciences in order to recognize, interpret and prioritize findings and determine and formulate and implement a health care plan for clients with addictions and mental illness, based on accepted standards of practice;
· Knowledge of and an ability to network resources within and outside the NTHSSA (i.e. Stanton, Social Services, Public Health, Community Health Centre's, CCP's, and NGO's etc.);
· An ability to operate and/or use medical equipment (such as but not limited to thermometers, sphygmomanometer, syringes, etc.);
· Ability to provide training, advice and assessment using specialized equipment, (i.e. Telehealth, Electronic Medical Record) medications, tools and techniques;
· An ability to perform pharmacy skills such as dispensing of medications under approved policies;
· An ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing), including in the Electronic Medical Record, etc.;
· An ability to be self-directed, meet deadlines, prioritize own workload and manage several tasks at once;
· An ability to legally operate a motor vehicle in order to provide community outreach;
· 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.
· Working knowledge of the DSM-V (diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders).
· Knowledge of psychiatric medications specific to psychotic, anxiety, and mood disorders, and addictions.
· Knowledge of the different referral agencies/services available within the NWT for those individuals who require in-patient or alternative out- patient psychiatric assessment and care.
· Expertise in assessing mental health issues including suicidal ideation and co-occurring disorders.
· Awareness of and practice with, various standardized mental health and addictions assessment tools.
· Familiarity with best practices relating to mental health, addictions and issues facing individuals with these diagnoses such as: homelessness, unemployment, stigma and involvement in the justice system.
· Training and experience in completing bio-psychosocial intake assessments; re: psychiatric services.
· Expertise in triaging requests for psychiatric services;
· Expertise in mental health 'case management with the seriously  mentally  ill  and co- occurring disorders;
· Familiarity with all pertinent legislation impacting provision of clinical services;
· Self-confidence and an ability to take independent action when necessary and in appropriate circumstances;
· Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team.
· A team player with ability to collaborate across disciplines and build relationships across service providers;
• ·         Knowledge of the community and its resources and ability to work in a multidisciplinary.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
Baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BN or BScN) from a recognized university required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered, with additional training in psychiatric nursing.
Three years of recent Mental Health Nursing experience.
Post  graduate  psychiatric  nursing  course  for  RN's  and/or  Canadian  Nurses  Association certification program in psychiatry (Preferred).
The CMHN must be eligible to be registered with the RNANT/NU. Must have a valid class 5 Drivers License.

NTHSSA-Sahtu Regional Requirements:
Within the Sahtu Region, all health care providers must be able to acquire within a reasonable time frame and remain current with the following training and certifications:

• Cultural Training
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention
• Mental Health First Aid for Northerns (MHFAN)
• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, (ASIST)
• Workplace Safety
• Hand Washing
• Standard First Aid and Certification in basic CPR, Level C and AED
• Training from Accreditation Canada

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Driver's License Requirement

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


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.02 per hour (approximately $95,589.00. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.


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

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. 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 # 15558  Closing Date: May 29, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time.

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