Relief Registered Nurse- Psychiatry

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Location: Yellowknife

Department: Northwest Territories HSSA

Job Code: 16453

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority –Stanton Territorial Hospital (NTHSSA)  is offering challenging nursing work and work life balance.  Join our health care team as a Registered Nurse (RN).   Stanton Territorial Hospital (STH) is a 100 in-patient bed accredited facility, located in Yellowknife Northwest Territories (NWT). This is an exciting time to work at Stanton as the hospital is undergoing  major redevelopment with a new $350 million facility being built with operations scheduled to transition into the new facility in 2019, for more information on the redevelopment visit

STH is the referral center for approximately 43,000 NWT residents and 5,900 residents from the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. STH provides health care services to adults and children on an inpatient/outpatient and outreach basis in order to restore health with dignity.  STH maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property, recognizing the health hazards associated with tobacco in the workplace, both to smokers and non-smokers alike.  Therefore, Stanton maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property.


Job Information

The Relief Registered Nurse (RN) - Psychiatry provides direct care to acute psychiatric patients that experience psychosis or serious mental health issues that result in them being a significant risk of harm to themselves and/or others.  The Relief RN Psychiatry ensures that the patients' safety, physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and educational needs are met and coordinates the necessary resources and referrals to community and outpatient programs.

The Psychiatry Unit is a ten (10) bed unit (plus one locked seclusion room) within Stanton Hospital and provides care to acute mental health patients on the only locked acute care psychiatric unit in the Northwest Territories (NT) and Nunavut. Relief RN - Psychiatry reports directly to the Manager, Mental Health Services and Extended Care, and is clinically supervised and supported by the Clinical Coordinator (CC).

Patients on the Psychiatric Unit are adults over the age of 18 years, who are typically diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and may be considered a danger to themselves or others.  These patients are often dealing with multiple complex social issues such as homelessness, trauma, poverty, corrections, addiction, FASD or may be cognitively delayed.  These patients may be voluntary and/or involuntary (admitted against their will under the Mental Health Act).  Patients on the Psychiatry Unit require specialized 24 hour supervision on a locked unit.  Considering this high risk group of individuals, safety is especially important and must be considered at all times during the assessment, care and treatment of an acute mental health patient.  The RN, Psychiatry must be skilled at de-escalation of potentially violent situations and regularly conduct crisis and risk assessments to ensure a safe environment for all patients, staff and visitors.  They provide care to patients, 24/7, 365 days per year, and with significant independence in assessment and ongoing management, due to the fact that psychiatrists are only available during the day and for after-hours call coverage only 25% of the year.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

This level of knowledge is commonly acquired through the successful completion of a Bachelor of Nursing Degree with one (1) year of current Mental Health Nursing experience (within the past three (3) years).  Equivalencies will be considered on a case by case basis.



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Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Eligible for current registration with the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (RNANT/NU) 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.


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 $3,450.00.


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 # 16453      


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

Relief Worker

This job opening is for a Relief position where there are no established hours of work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and may be required to report to work on an as and when required basis for facilities where services operate on a daily basis throughout the entire year.