Primary Health Care - Community Nurse Practitioner

Job Summary

Location: Norman Wells
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 19031
Salary: $111,443 - $133,146
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

Located primarily within the Norman Wells Health and Social Services Facility and reporting directly to the Regional Manager, Community Health Centers, the incumbent will provide comprehensive advanced health assessment, make autonomous nursing and medical diagnoses develop care plans and provide treatment within the nurse practitioners scope of practice to the 800 of residents of Norman Wells. Within the community the PHC- Community Nurse Practitioner is the clinical leader providing advanced nursing skills direction and leadership within the primary community care team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The PHC-CNP must be able to make accurate medical diagnosis of common illness, identify critically ill and destabilizing chronically ill patients and apply critical thinking when formalizing evaluations resulting in differential medical diagnosis.  In addition, the incumbent must be able to implement appropriate treatment plans based on diagnosis within a PHC-CNP scope of practice.
  • The  PHC-CNP  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 as defined within the PHC-NP registration requirements by the Registered Nurses Association of the NWT and Nunavut.
  • An ability to educate patients and their families (where applicable) on appropriate self-care methods and techniques.
  • An ability to provide emergency care and treatment, as  the  position  is  required   to perform  advanced nursing functions beyond basic nursing training in accordance with standards, policies and guidelines of the Department of HSS, NTHSSA and the RNANT/NU.
  • An ability to effectively triage patient's health care needs.
  • Knowledge of and an ability to network 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.
  • Knowledge of best practices in primary health care and particularly public/community health.
  • Conceptual understanding of the model of integrated community care delivery, and the application of nurse practitioner competencies to multidisciplinary practice settings.
  • Sensitivity to the cultural, social and political issues in the NWT.
  • 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 advance nursing practice in order to provide current, relevant and feasible consultation services.
  • Ability to contribute to the satisfaction and goodwill of clients, colleagues and co-workers is essential to the position. The incumbent must have the ability to deal with caregivers and health care workers in situations of extreme stress and cope with these situations diplomatically and with empathy.
  • An ability to facilitate creative problem solving using a situational approach incorporating conceptual, analytical, interpretive, evaluative, intuitive and constructive thinking skills.
  • The incumbent must be aware of the importance of confidentiality and be able to keep personal and medical information private and confidential at all times (part of the professional accountability for code of ethics and standards of practice).
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate word  processing applications (i.e. Microsoft Word) in order  to complete training materials and presentations, electronic mail to send  and receive correspondence and the internet in order to conduct on line research.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

This level of knowledge is commonly acquired through the successful completion of a Nursing Degree, plus a postgraduate education program as a Nurse Practitioner and 2 years directly related nursing experience.

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

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Health Recruitment
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

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

More Information

Job Share Position

This Job Opening is for a 12 Weeks Job Share position.


Eligible for current registration/certification with Registered Nursing Association  of Northwest Territories and Nunavut is mandatory for this position. 

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Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License

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 $57.15 - 68.28 per hour (represents Pay Range 20), plus Northern Allowance


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 # 19031    

Closing Date: Open Until Filled