Registered Nurse, Obstetrics

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 24438
Salary: $95,784 - $114,426
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

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

The NTHSSA is the single provider of all health and social services in the Northwest Territories (NWT), with the exception of Hay River and Tlicho regions, covering 1.2 million square kilometers and serving approximately 43,000 people, including First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and non-aboriginals. Health and social services includes the full range of primary, secondary and tertiary health services and social services including family services, protection services, care placements, mental health, addictions, and developmental activities, delivered by more than 1,400 health and social services staff. While the Tlicho Community Services Agency (TCSA) will operate under a separate board and Hay River Health and Social Services Agency (HRHSSA) will in the interim, the NTHSSA will set clinical standards, procedures, guidelines and monitoring for the entire Northwest Territories. Service Agreements will be established with these boards to identify performance requirements and adherence to clinical standards, procedures, guidelines and policies as established by the NTHSSA. Stanton Territorial Hospital (STH) is the referral center for approximately 43,000 NWT residents and 5,900 residents from the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. STH provides healthcare services to adults and children on an inpatient/outpatient and outreach basis in order to restore health with dignity.

Located in Yellowknife, the RN reports directly to the Manager, Maternal Child Services (Manager), and belongs to a team that provides care for low to high-risk clients of the Obstetrics Unit. The Obstetrics unit averages 600 births per year and on any given day there is an average of 5 clients in the unit. The RN must have completed specialized training in order to provide Labour and Delivery (L&D) support to mothers during the birthing process. The incumbent is required to be motivated and innovative in the area of continuing education and practice to encourage the professional growth of self and others.


· Knowledge of and an ability to apply advanced nursing processes (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) and current nursing practice to ensure that the obstetrical clients' physical, emotional, psycho- social, spiritual and educational needs are met.

· Knowledge of biological, physical and behavioural sciences in order to recognize interpret and prioritize findings and determine and implement a plan of action based on accepted standards of practice.

· Ability to operate and/or use standard medical equipment (such as but not limited to - peripheral IV pumps and lines, stretchers, thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, sphygmomanometer, suction tubes, sharps, pulse oximeter, etc.)

· Ability to provide training, advice and assessment using specialized equipment, medications, tools and techniques (e.g. fetal monitors, isolettes, etc.).

· Ability to educate clients and their families (where applicable) on appropriate self-care methods and techniques.

· Knowledge of and an ability to network resources within and outside Stanton (i.e. Social Services, Public Health, Medivac teams etc.) in order to ensure support of clients and their families.

· Ability to operate desktop computer in order to send and receive electronic mail and conduct research over the Internet.

· Ability to commit to actively upholding and consistently practicing personal diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness, as well as safety and sensitivity approaches in the workplace.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

·A Nursing Degree with at least one (1) year of experience in obstetrics.

·Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


· Registration under RNANT/NU prior to commencement of employment.

· Proof of immunization in keeping with current public health practices is required.

· Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).

· Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN) certification is desired.

· Applicable certifications from the Canadian Nursing Association are desired.

Labour Market Supplement
By signing a term or indeterminate contract, you will receive a supplement upon hire, and an additional supplement at the same rate after completing 12 months of continuous service in an eligible nursing position! Community breakdown and rates are:

•    Yellowknife: $5000

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. 

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.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 24438        

Closing Date:  Open until filled.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $49.12 per hour to $58.68 per hour (approximately $95,784 - $114,426.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.