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Government of Nunavut / Gouvernement du Nunavut

Psychiatric Nursing Specialist



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Psychiatric Nursing Specialist

Department of Health

If you are a qualified Psychiatric or Mental Health Nurse looking for a challenging and rewarding career opportunity, bring your expertise to this key role with the Government of Nunavut (GN).

Based in Iqaluit, NU, and reporting to the Territorial Director of Mental Health and Addictions, you will be responsible for providing leadership regarding how the Mental Health and Addictions Division engages with all relevant stakeholders in the development, delivery and retention of quality, evidence-based culturally-informed psychiatric nursing services across the Territory. Your performance as a Psychiatric Nursing Specialist will be assessed on the following key priority areas: Service Delivery, Community Relations, Departmental Efficiency, Personal Development, and Leadership.

More specifically, as a Psychiatric Nursing Specialist, you will be expected to:

·        ensure that the community clinic and hospital-based psychiatric nursing capacity development is integrated within the continuum of mental health and addictions services, and supports the approved mental health and addictions framework and other relevant strategies such as Public Health and Suicide Preventions;

·        provide leadership and direction to cross-functional teams and look for collaboration opportunities with other divisions within the Department of Health and GN departments, in order to ensure coordination and promotion of best practices; and

·        instill a project management discipline and a culture of innovation throughout your area of responsibility.

Your profile as a qualified Psychiatric Nursing Specialist will include the following highlights:

  • A master’s degree in Nursing, certification in psychiatric or mental health nursing, and at least five (5) years’ psychiatric or mental health nursing experience in clinical and/or hospital-based settings.
  • Registration with a professional governing body, in good standing.
  • Computer literacy across MS Office software products.
  • Effective communication, writing and research skills.
  • Proven leadership and abilities to coach respectively in cross-cultural environment.
  • Aptitude to work independently, manage time efficiently, and translate complex matters into direct and understandable documents (e.g. action plans, work plans, or directives).
  • Ease in presenting to and/or facilitating meetings and focus groups.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, creatively and tactfully with internal and external stakeholders.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills, competencies and experience:

  • Extensive clinical experience within Nunavut mental health and addictions service systems or in a similar service context.
  • Experience working within small communities as well as medical service deliveries across tiers of mental health intervention.
  • Knowledge of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies related to psychiatric nursing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pertinent legislation and policies, including the Mental Health Act.
  • Experience with emergency response planning and delivery.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategy development and planning, and the evaluation and implementation of mental health programs and services.

Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.


  • Experience in project management, including the development and implementation of communication strategies for complex initiatives.
  • Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages (Inuktitut, English and French).
  • Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.

Compensation & benefits: This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union and has a starting salary of $97,734 per annum (for 37.5 hours/week), plus a Northern Allowance of $15,016 per annum. Note: Subsidized staff housing is available.

Stepping forward together

With one of the fastest growing and youngest populations in Canada, Nunavut is a dynamic, vibrant territory, committed to becoming an even better place for future generations. As a government, we are strengthening our unique model of governance – one that integrates Inuit societal values, promotes use of the Inuit language, achieves a representative public service, engages with circumpolar neighbours, and collaborates with partners to achieve the promise of Nunavut. As an employer, we’re enhancing local education and training initiatives while continuing to provide exciting career opportunities in a unique environment. Join us as we step forward together.

For more information and to apply

If you are interested in this Psychiatric Nursing Specialist opportunity (Reference #10-503674), please contact us or send your resume, by midnight (EST), June 9, 2017, using one of the following methods: Department of Finance, Government of Nunavut, P.O. Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut  X0A 0H0. Tel: 867-975-6222. Toll Free: 1-888-668-9993. Fax: 867-975-6220. E-mail: Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your e-mail. Job descriptions may be obtained by fax or e-mail, or online. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.

For position details in French or Inuktitut, please visit the Government of Nunavut website at

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Government of Nunavut / Gouvernement du Nunavut
Posting Date: 10-May-2017Nursing/Healthcare Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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