Registered Nurse Psychiatry

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 20439
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Jun 23, 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 one 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. Patients within the Psychiatry Unit are often acutely psychiatrically unstable and require extended stays within the Unit in order to receive comprehensive care.

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. You 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. The Registered Nurse (RN) 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. You are 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.
  • Registration under RNANT/NU prior to commencement of employment.
  • Proof of immunization in keeping with current public health practices is required.


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

Shift Work

This position involves a Rotating/Irregular Shift Schedule which may change due to operational requirements.

Term Position

This job opening is for a 12 month term.

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 the Registered Nurses Association of 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 # 20439    

Closing Date: June 23, 2021 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $47.68 per hour (approximately $92,976. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.