Relief Public Health Nurse - Anticipatory Hiring

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: NTHSSA - Yellowknife Region
Job ID: 17237
Salary: $86,639 - $103,467
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

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

The Relief PHN is a registered nurse with advanced education and training beyond the scope of a graduate nurse. The PHN must practice not only according to the territorial and national registered nursing practice guidelines (RNANT/NU and CNA) but also according to national practice guidelines specifically for public health nurses (CHNC). This is an expanded scope of practice position that demands independent thinking, judgment and critical decision-making skills.

The PHN specialty promotes the health of individuals, families, communities and various populations and their environments. The PHN practices in diverse settings, such as, clinics, homes, schools, local hospital and primary care clinics, shelters, churches and nongovernmental organizations and in public areas, such as, malls, bars and the street. The PHN collaborates with individuals, families, groups, communities and other care providers to develop, deliver and evaluate a wide range of health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

The PHN is assigned to one of the following specialty teams: Communicable Disease; Maternal Child; or, Child and Adolescent Health. However, the incumbent is required to be knowledgeable and proficient in all areas, teams and programs delivered by the Public Health Unit.

The PHN becomes a program leader within his/her team and specialty. The PHN is expected to direct and organize other public health nurses, administrative staff and team members when delivering programming in his/her area of expertise or when facilitating and advocating for clients or programs.

The Relief PHN communicates with and educates, using appropriate strategies, all clients, community members, groups and health care providers. The PHN is an expert on public health practice and information. The incumbent is a mentor for nursing and advanced practice nursing students during their practicum experiences at NTHSSA. The PHN provides expert advice and guidance to other health and non-health related professionals within the Northwest Territories on a wide range of specialized public health issues. The PHN may be asked to represent NTHSSA on relevant local, departmental and territorial health committees and research projects and at workshops/conferences.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
The successful completion of a BScN or BN nursing degree program with two (2) years of nursing experience in a public health or community health environment.

NTHSSA-Yellowknife Regional Requirements
Must be eligible for registration with the RNANT/NU, have completed a satisfactory criminal record check and possess a Class 5 driver's license.


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

More Information

Anticipatory Hiring

The Department of is anticipating vacancies within the next 6 months.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from  $ 44.43 per hour to $53.06 per hour (approximately $86,638 to $103,467. ) plus an annual Northern Allowance  $3,700.


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.


Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Eligible for current registration/certification with RNANT/NU is mandatory for this position. 

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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 # 17237

Closing Date: Open Until Filled