Community Mental Health Nurse

Job Summary

Location: Fort Good Hope
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 19204
Salary: $101,829 - $121,622
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Oct 29, 2020

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

To provide a comprehensive Community Mental Health Nursing Service (CMHN) to residents of Fort Good Hope in accordance with the Community Mental Health practices in the Northwest Territories, established standards of nursing practice and the philosophy and objectives of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority to protect, restore and promote health under the supervision of the Regional Manager, Mental Health and Addiction Services. Services are provided in accordance with the NWT Mental Health Act, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP) and other applicable legislations.

Located within the Fort Good Hope Health Centre and reporting directly to the Regional Manager, Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) is a member of the multidisciplinary Mental Health and Addiction Services team. The CMHN is responsible to individuals with chronic mental illnesses who are on specialized psychiatric medications (oral and injectable). Services are intended to promote compliances with medication, foster self-care and independence and stabilize health. The provision of these services allows clients to remain in their homes rather than being hospitalized, while allowing families and support systems to be directly involved in client care.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of current nursing practice, primary health care, mental health care trends in health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Knowledge of and an ability to apply advanced nursing processes (completing a bio- psychosocial assessment, formulate a diagnostic impression based on the DSM-V and initiating a treatment plan).
  • Knowledge of biological, physical and behavioral sciences in order to recognize, interpret and prioritize findings and determine and formulate and implement a health care plan for clients with addictions and mental illness, based on accepted standards of practice.
  • Knowledge of the DSM-V (diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders).
  • Knowledge of psychiatric medications specific to psychotic, anxiety, and mood disorders, and addictions.
  • Knowledge of the different referral agencies/services available within the NWT for those individuals who require in-patient or alternative out-patient psychiatric assessment and care.
  • Knowledge of and ability to network resources within and outside the NTHSSA.
  • Knowledge of the community and its resources; able to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of pertinent legislation impacting provision of clinical services.
  • Skilled in assessing mental health issues including suicidal ideation and co-occurring disorders.
  • Skilled with various standardized mental health and addictions assessment tools.
  • Familiarity with best practices relating to mental health, addictions and issues facing individuals with these diagnoses such as: homelessness, unemployment, stigma and involvement in the justice system.
  • Skilled in completing bio-psychosocial intake assessments; re: psychiatric services.
  • Skilled in triaging requests for psychiatric service.
  • Ability to educate patients, families, and/or primary care givers (where applicable) on  the underlying disease process for mental illness & addictions, treatment options including medications, and other relevant aspects of the client's care plan including self- care techniques and more comprehensive care options for clients.
  • Ability to operate and/or use medical equipment (such as but not limited to thermometers, sphygmomanometer, syringes, etc.).
  • Ability to provide training, advice and assessment using specialized equipment, (i.e. Telehealth, Electronic Medical Record) medications, tools and techniques.
  • Ability to perform pharmacy skills such as dispensing of medications under approved policies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing), including in the Electronic Medical Record, etc..
  • Ability to keep personal and medical information private and confidential at all times.
  • Ability to provide mental health  'case  management'  with  the  seriously  mentally  ill  and co-occurring disorders.
  • Ability to take independent action when necessary and in appropriate circumstances.
  • Ability to collaborate across disciplines and build relationships across service providers.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BN or BScN) from a recognized university with a minimum of one (1) year or recent experience in psychiatry and/or mental health.
Completion of a Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) from a recognized program with a minimum of three (3) years of recent experience in psychiatry and/or mental health.

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

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 $52.22 per hour (approximately $101,829. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $27,491.


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 # 19204

Closing Date:October 29, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Time