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Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Job Summary

Location: Fort McPherson
Department: NTHSSA - Beaufort-Delta Region
Job ID: 17266
Salary: $108,732 - $129,890
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. 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.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:
Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
1st Floor, Alex Moses Greenland Building, 105 Veterans Way
Box 1869
Ph. (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620

Job Information

Located within the Fort McPherson Health Centre and reporting directly to the Regional Manager, Community Health Centres, the incumbent will provide comprehensive health assessment, make diagnoses and develop care plans within the nurse practitioners scope of practice. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP) and family physicians will collaborate as providers of primary care to individuals, families and the community as a whole. In addition, the PCNP provides clinical nursing leadership within the primary community care regional team.

The focus of the PCNP is community health nursing with particular emphasis on community development and health promotion as well as knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnosis intervention, treatment management, drug therapy and referral functions which are shared with physicians, pharmacists and other service providers.

PCNP will provide comprehensive nursing care to clients including; health promotion, illness and injury prevention, supportive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care. The incumbent will also be required to collaborate with communities to increase the capacity for self-care and direction as an educator, leader, researcher and advanced clinical practitioner.

Within the overlapping area of practice, the PCNP will perform primary care services for acute illness and injuries and stable chronic health problems commonly encountered in primary care, including: ordering and interpreting selected diagnostic tests; and therapeutics (selecting, recommending, prescribing and monitoring the effectiveness of selected drugs and interventions).


  • The PCNP must have advanced knowledge of, and an ability to, apply advanced nursing processes (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) and advanced nursing practice to ensure that the all patients' physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, educational and daily living needs are met.
  • An ability to provide emergency care and treatment, as the position is required to perform advanced nursing functions beyond basis nursing training. This would include using standards, policies and guidelines of the Department of Health and Social Services, NTHSSA and the RNANT/NU.
  • Knowledge of and an ability resources within and outside the NTHSSA (i.e. Social Services, Public Health, medevac teams etc.) in order to ensure support of patients and their families.
  • Conceptual understanding of the model of integrated community care delivery, and the application of nurse practitioner competencies to multidisciplinary practice settings.
  • An ability to critique research studies and apply to practice where applicable/appropriate.
  • Knowledge of all applicable GNWT legislation and regulations, standards, policies and guidelines related to advanced nursing practice in order to provide current, relevant and feasible consultation services.

An ability to facilitate creative problem solving using a situational approach incorporating conceptual, analytical, interpretive, evaluative, intuitive and constructive thinking skills.


Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

The successful completion of a Nursing Degree, a certificate as a Nurse Practitioner and 2 years directly related nursing experience.



Beaufort Delta Regional Requirements

Within the Beaufort Delta region the PCNP must be able to acquire within a reasonable time frame and remain current with the following training and/or certifications.

• Non-violent crisis intervention.


• CPR.




TNCC would be an asset.


Within the Beaufort Delta region all nurses must be registered with RNANT/NU and have completed a satisfactory criminal record check.


It is expected that the PCNP must maintain current knowledge and enhance competencies relevant to primary community care practice through professional development activities, peer review and other continuing strategies.

More Information

Affirmative Action

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

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

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.


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


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $55.76 per hour (approximately $108,732.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.


Eligible for current registration/certification with the Registed Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut 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.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #17266

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 23:59, Mountain Standard Time