AMENDED- Community Health Nurse, Correctional Health Services -1 Year Term and Relief position

Job Summary

Location: Across the NWT
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 23522
Salary: $104,910 - $125,307
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Mar 31, 2023

Labour Market Supplement

A recruitment and retention supplement will be offered to front line Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and Midwifery positions within the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority.   The successful incumbent will receive a $5000 supplement upon hire and an additional $5000 supplement after completion of 12 months of continuous employment contingent on remaining employed in an eligible position for a further 12 months.   This is a taxable benefit and will be subject to applicable deductions.


End date Changed to March 31, 2023.

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

Currently we have following positions available:

Community Health Nurse- 1 position in Yellowknife- 1 year term 

Relief Community Health Nurse- in Yellowknife- various positions

Community Health Nurse- 1 position in Fort Smith- 1 year term

The Community Health Nurse, Correctional Health Services (CHN) reports to the Territorial Manager, Correctional Health Services, and is physically located within the correctional facilities in the NWT. In accordance with established standards of nursing practice the CHN, Correctional Health Services, will promote the health and wellness of patients within the correctional facility, act as a patient advocate, and provide non-emergency medical care; respond to medical crisis that may require decision-making outside of the usual policies, procedures and standards of nursing care; and deliver nursing core services designed to promote community health and wellness, decrease suffering and prevent injury across the lifespan.

The CHN model allows for an expanded scope of practice, providing the CHN’s with the ability to work autonomously (as well as within the team environment), and allows the patient to receive the right care, by the right person, at the right time. The CHN, Correctional Health Services has the capacity to perform/request preventative screening, the ability to follow clinical practice guidelines to provide assessment and select treatment (within scope), offer facility based programming/services as per the NWT Community Health Core Service Standards and Protocols from the DHSS (vaccinations/assessments, chronic disease management programs, STI screening/treatment), offer health promotion, and generate referrals to appropriate services/resources as required.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Nursing Degree, and two (2) years of recent nursing experience in an ER setting or within a Community Health Centre or Public Health Unit.
Knowledge and experience equivalencies will be determined 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

Term Position

This job opening is for a 1 Year Term and relief position

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 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is committed to promoting, protecting, and providing for the health and wellbeing of the people of the Northwest Territories. In order to decrease the risk of workers contracting and/or spreading vaccine preventable communicable diseases in NTHSSA workplaces, unless specifically stated, the NTHSSA will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 11, 2022.  Candidates must provide proof that they have met the vaccination requirements or provide a valid medical or Human Rights exemption to complete the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 23522         

Closing Date: March 31, 2023 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $53.80 per hour to $64.26 per hour (approximately $104,910 - $125,307.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700 for Yellowknife and $7,374 for Fort Smith.