Registered Nurse Obstetrics

Yellowknife, NT
$94,380 - $112,730, plus annual Northern Allowance
November 18, 2021
January 17, 2022
Registered Nurse
Area of Practice
Maternal / Newborn


Job ID:                            21059

Salary:                            $94,380 - $112,730, plus annual Northern Living Allowance

Employment Type:          Full-Time, Regular and Term

Closing Date:                  Open until filled

Are you an Obstetrics Nurse seeking a workplace with low intervention rates, with a focus on physiologic birth that fosters an expanded scope of practice? Are you looking for truly outstanding compensation and benefits? Does working with a passionate, close-knit team of health care professionals in a hospital setting appeal to you? Then join our team in the spacious obstetrics unit in one of Canada’s newest hospitals in the city of Yellowknife. On the scenic shores of Great Slave Lake, the ‘urban’ centre of the Northwest Territories awaits with its big city amenities while still being so close to nature you can almost touch the auroras!

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.

Home to the Capital City of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife is a captivating mix of city life and untamed wilderness. Fully stocked with the essential businesses and services of a southern city, Yellowknife also embraces its quirky northern roots with colourful houseboats, world famous fish shacks, and houses springing up from the rocks.

About the Work

Located in Yellowknife, the Registered Nurse (RN), Obstetrics reports directly to the Manager, Maternal Child Services, and belongs to a team that provides care for low to high-risk clients of the Obstetrical Unit. 

The incumbent may work in any of the following three areas during their shift:

  1. Labour and Delivery (L&D) (considered a critical care area)
  2. Nursery (preterm and unwell newborn babies, also considered a critical care area)
  3. Antenatal and postnatal combined care.

The RN Obstetrics provides direct nursing care to clients and acts as a client advocate, facilitating communication between the client, family and other health care professionals. Clients within the Obstetrics unit are both ante and post-partum moms and babes (34 weeks gestation or more). Clients are also admitted to this unit for a caesarean birth and postsurgical care.

The RN may be responsible for a number of clients at any given time, and independently makes day-to-day decisions regarding individual nursing care plans based on orders from the physician. The L&D Nurse performs Antenatal screening (Non Stress Test) on out-patients when required. Any client admitted to the Hospital for any reason who is above 20 weeks gestation may be admitted to Obstetrics so the incumbents provide their care as well.

Several positions are currently available in Yellowknife.

Typically these positions require:

  • A Nursing Degree with at least one (1) year of experience in obstetrics;
  • Registration with RNANT/NU;
  • Proof of immunization in keeping with current public health practices;
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP);
  • Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS).

What are the Benefits?

In addition to highly competitive salaries ($94,380 - $112,730 per year for Obstetrics RN), the Northwest Territories offers a Northern Living Allowance ($3,700 for Yellowknife), 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.

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