Registered Nurse, Acute Care/ Emergency

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: NTHSSA - Fort Smith Region
Job ID: 17002
Salary: $86,639 - $103,467
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

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.

Job Information

This position reports directly to the Regional Supervisor of Acute Care and located in Fort Smith. The Responsibility Nurse will act afterhours in the absence of the Supervisor to make decisions appropriate to the RN’s scope of practice. The Responsibility Nurse will be assigned on a rotating basis.
The RN is a member of the nursing team and responds to actual or potential health problems, plans and performs interventions and evaluates patient outcomes with the intention of maintaining or regaining patient health.  There will be two RNs on duty for each shift.
The RN acts as a patient advocate and facilitates communication between the patient, family, 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. In addition, the RN may be required to assist the physician with both invasive and non-invasive procedures required to save a patient’s life. There is always a physician on call and available to the RNs but the physician is not always present in the facility afterhours or on weekends.  As such, the RN may be required to use independent nursing interventions and approved medical directives to begin treatment of a patient before the physician arrives. These proactive steps may include but are not limited to IV initiation, ECG completion, cardiac monitoring, oxygen therapy, and some medication administration.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
This level of knowledge is commonly acquired through the successful completion of a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing and at least 1 (one) year of Emergency or Critical Care nursing experience.



GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
83 Breynat Street
Box 876
Ph. (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

More Information


Eligible for current registration/certification 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 $44.43 per hour (approximately $86,638 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,450


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

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.

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 # 17002       

Closing Date: Open Until Filled