RN, Acute Care/ Emergency

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 18446
Salary: $88,803 - $106,061
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.

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.

The RN is required to assist the Midwifery department in providing routine and emergency care during labor and delivery to low risk clients. Mother and baby are transferred to the Acute Care ward post-delivery and the RN will follow established Midwifery guidelines for postnatal and newborn care.

The RN is also responsible for answering and dispatching ambulance calls. There is a dedicated ambulance phone at the Acute Care desk from which calls for ambulance assistance are received. It is the duty of the RN to receive the call, complete the call sheet, and dispatch the ambulance.

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. Equivalencies will be considered


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

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 vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  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.


Eligible for current registration with RNANTNU is mandatory for this position. 

For more information on health and social services careers and practicing in the Northwest Territories please visit www.practiceNWT.ca

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.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 18446         

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $45.54 per hour (approximately $88,803 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,406.