Registered Nurse - Psychiatry

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 19833
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Mar 5, 2021

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

Located in Yellowknife, the Registered Nurse (RN), Psychiatry reports directly to the Manager, Mental Health Services, and is clinically supervised and supported by the Clinical Coordinator (CC).

The Psychiatry Unit is a 10 bed unit (plus two locked seclusion room) within Stanton that provides care to acute mental health patients on the only locked acute care psychiatric unit in the NWT and Nunavut. RNs on this unit are required to meet the needs of complex patients, which will include liaising between multiple departments and NGOs to ensure a patient centered transition to a new living situation.

Patients on the Psychiatric Unit are adults over the age of 18 who are typically diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and may be considered a danger to themselves or others. These patients are often dealing with multiple complex social issues such as homelessness, trauma, poverty, corrections, addiction, FASD or may be cognitively delayed. These patients may be voluntary and/or involuntary (admitted against their will under the Mental Health Act). Patients on the Psychiatry Unit require specialized 24 hour supervision on a locked unit.

Patients within the Psychiatry Unit are often acutely psychiatrically unstable and require extended stays within the Unit in order to receive comprehensive care. Appropriate dissemination of patient education and understanding of their illness has a direct impact on readmission rates related to exacerbation of illness or medication non-adherence.
The environment is dynamic and constantly changing, resulting in continually re-evaluating and shifting priorities. With high acuity and large case-loads, new medications and poly-pharmacy challenges the Psychiatry Unit RNs constantly update their priorities and must be up to date in pharmacological advances.

Considering this high risk group of individuals, safety is especially important and must be considered at all times during the assessment, care and treatment of an acute mental health patient. The RN, Psychiatry must be skilled at de-escalation of potentially violent situations and regularly conduct crisis and risk assessments to ensure a safe environment for all patients, staff and visitors. They provide care to patients, 24/7, 365 days per year, and with significant independence in assessment and ongoing management, due to the fact that psychiatrists are only available during the day and for after-hours call coverage only 25% of the year. The RN, Psychiatry is expected to remain calm, controlled and professional, regardless of the situation and demonstrate compassionate care to the client, family and other members of the health care team.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
A Nursing Degree. Recent experience in a Mental Health setting would be considered an asset.
Equivalencies will be considered on a case by case basis.

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

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.

Immunization Status

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


Eligible for current registration/certification with Registered Nurses of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (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.


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 # 19833         

Closing Date: March 5, 2021 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $47.68 per hour to $56.96 per hour (approximately $92,976 - $111,072) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.