Nurse Specialized WOC

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Closing date: Dec 11, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: NTHSSA YK Homecare

Job Code: 16293

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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 NSWOC is expected to communicate with a wide variety of health and social service providers, community organizations and other acute and rehabilitation units and the public. The incumbent is expected to provide expert nursing advice in wound, ostomy and continence care to other health care providers in the Northwest Territories. The NSWOC provides client centred wound, ostomy and continence care with liaison through community and acute care settings by direct care, care planning and communication.

The NSWOC provides proven clinical, leadership, research and fiscal  benefits  in  evidence based, well-defined, specialized nursing practice. This position would report indicators for wounds in the NWT to NSWOC responsible for the Wound Care Strategy for the NWT.

Clients encompass a broad range of cultural backgrounds, age groups, cognitive ability, illness acuity and disease processes.  Their needs are physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Wound, ostomy and continence care must be holistic  and sensitive to the person with a complex health status as well as incorporating the resources available to the individual within the family, health care setting, community organizations and the community at large.

Reporting to the Manager of Home and Continuing Care, Yellowknife Region, the NSWOC balances individual client needs, complexity and acuity with the need for consultation, collaboration, education and program development. It is the incumbent's responsibility to set priorities, develop work plans and manage workload. Critical thinking, skill and judgment are required to develop, implement, or adapt care guidelines and practices. The position has the expectation of continuous expansion of depth and breadth of knowledge, skill and judgment.

The Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) is responsible for providing advanced, specialized nursing expertise and leadership to protect, restore, maintain or improve the wound,ostomy and continence issues for people of all ages in the acute care, long term care and home and community care settings in the Northwest Territories independently and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. This position is also responsible for leading the Wound Care Strategy for the NWT including indicator tracking.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.
  • A Certificate in Enterostomal Therapy Nursing or a Certificate of completion of a recognized Wound Ostomy Continence program.
  • Must be able to obtain Certification with the Canadian Nurses Association as a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (WOCC(c)) (formerly known as Certification as an Enterostomal Therapy Nurse (CETN(c)) within the first 5 years if not already certified.
  • 5 years  recent  nursing  experience,  or equivalency,  in the  care  and  management  of ostomy, wound, and continence problems.


  • Registration with the Registered  Nurses Association  of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Possess a Class 5 Driver's License, a satisfactory Driver's Abstract, and be willing to drive in inclement weather.
  • Current knowledge of community resources.
  • Ability to travel to communities/regions in the NWT.
  • Membership in the Association  for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Canada (NSWOCC) (formerly the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) is preferred.
  • Maintain  and  improve  current  knowledge  and  practice  in  Wound,  Ostomy,  &
  • Continence nursing through professional continuing education activities.
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. WHIM IS.
  • Basic CPR certification.

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Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


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

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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 range for this position is from $44.75 per hour to $53.44 per hour (approximately $87,263 - $104,208.) 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 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 # 16293

Closing Date: December 11, 2018- 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

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