Registered Nurse, Acute Care/ Emergency

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 24123
Salary: $91,494 - $109,259
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

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 $6000 supplement upon hire and an additional $6000 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.  

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

Reporting directly to the Regional Manager of Acute Care, the Registered Nurse (RN), Acute Care/Emergency provides direct, independent nursing care to a wide variety of adult and pediatric patients requiring medical treatment ranging from non-urgent to emergent/resuscitation in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. The RN may be required to assist the physician with both invasive and non-invasive procedures required to save a patient's life. There is always a physician on call and available to the RNs but the physician is not always present in the facility afterhours or on weekends. As such, you will be required to use independent nursing interventions and approved medical directives to begin treatment of a patient before the physician arrives. In addition, you will also be responsible for answering and dispatching ambulance calls. 

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to educate patients and their families (where applicable) on appropriate self­care methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrate commitment to excellence in nursing practice and continuing education.
  • Ability to operate and/or use standard medical equipment (such as: ECG, IV pumps, stretchers, thermometers, sphygmomanometer, blood glucose monitors, suction tubes; pulse oximeter, etc)
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity - Knowledge and awareness of the culture and traditions of Northern Peoples from the community of Fort Smith and other communities served by the Health Centre.
    Valuing Diversity (Monitors and Modifies Own Behavior) - An ability to monitor and evaluate own beliefs and behaviors with regard to prejudices and personal bias, and values and respects the diversity of the Northwest Territories.
  • Ability to effectively operate non-medical equipment u,sed during the care of patients within the FSHC ( these include bt1t are not limited to lifts, wheel chairs, bathing equipment, etc)
  • Expertise (Volunteers Extra Knowledge) - An ability to go beyond just answering a question, to add extra kmowledge, greater understanding, or to help influence an internal or external client.

Typically attained by:

This level of knowledge is commonly acquired through the successful completion of a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing and at least 1 (one) year of Emergency or Critical Care nursing experience. Equivalencies will be considered.

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 vulnerable sector 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.

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 # 24123    

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $46.92 per hour to $56.03 per hour (approximately $91,494 - $109,258.50) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,903.