Registered Nurse - Acute Care/Emergency

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Adventurer’s Wanted!

Are you a Registered Nurse with a passion for acute care? Are you looking for an opportunity to expand your scope of practice, while living and working in a vibrant community? Do you value time spent outdoors, adventure, and a healthy work/life balance?

Then the Northwest Territories may be the perfect fit for you!

Why the Northwest Territories?

Located above the 60th parallel, the Northwest Territories awaits with seemingly endless lakes and unmatched vistas. The opportunities available in our communities are perfect for the outdoors enthusiast looking for adventure, a healthy work/life balance, and an escape from the hustle of the big city.

Fort Smith is a welcoming community of 2,500 that is rich with culture and history. Located in the south-eastern portion of the Northwest Territories on the spectacular Slave River, Fort Smith is a stone’s throw away from nature. With world class rapids, the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve, and Canada’s largest national park Wood Buffalo National Park all within reach, Fort Smith is an incredible community to live and grow. Opportunities for outdoor recreation range from paddling, hiking, biking, skiing, camping, fishing, and more! The community is also home to many annual festivals including the Slave River Paddlefest, the Dark Sky Festival, and the Wood Buffalo Frolics Carnival!

Fort Smith is full of modern amenities and facilities for all ages and is the education centre of the NWT. The Fort Smith Region of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) operates the Fort Smith Health Centre, Northern Lights Special Care Home, and community based health and social services programs for the Fort Smith region.  Fort Smith employees over 100 employees who provide health and social services such as home care, mental health, medical care, counseling, rehabilitation services, public health, and laboratory and diagnostic imaging services.

About the Work

The Registered Nurse (RN), Acute Care / Emergency acts as a patient advocate and facilitates communication between the patient, family, and other health care professionals. This will result in a holistic approach to planning, organizing, teaching, and relationship development that will best meet the needs of the patient. In addition, 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 after hours or on weekends. As such, the RN may be required to use independent nursing interventions and approved medical directives to begin treatment of a patient before the physician arrives. These proactive steps may include, but are not limited to, IV initiation, ECG completion, cardiac monitoring, oxygen therapy, and some medication administration.

The RN is required to assist the Midwifery department in providing routine and emergency care during labor and delivery to low risk clients. Mother and baby may be transferred to the Acute Care ward post-delivery and the RN will follow established Midwifery guidelines for postnatal and newborn care.

The RN is also responsible for answering and dispatching ambulance calls. There is a dedicated ambulance phone at the Acute Care desk from which calls for ambulance assistance are received. It is the duty of the RN to receive the call, complete the call sheet, and dispatch the ambulance.

Typically these positions require 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. Successful candidates must also register with RNANTNU.

What are the Benefits?

In addition to highly competitive salaries, the Northwest Territories offers a Northern Living Allowance ($6,406 for Fort Smith), health and dental benefits, a generous pension plan, and outstanding leave benefits including deferred leave options. On top of that, we offer relocation assistance, along with professional development opportunities and education support. Our graduate nurses are also typically eligible for student loan forgiveness through Canada’s Loan Forgiveness program.

Positions are currently available in Fort Smith.

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