Registered Nurse, Obstetrics

Are you an Obstetrics Nurse interested 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 come 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! 

What are the Benefits?

In addition to highly competitive salaries, the Northwest Territories offers:

  • A Northern Living Allowance
  • Health and dental benefits
  • A generous pension plan
  • Outstanding leave benefits including deferred leave options
  • Relocation assistance
  • Access to professional development opportunities and education support
  • Graduate nurses are also typically eligible for student loan forgiveness through Canada’s Loan Forgiveness program

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.

On the shores of Great Slave Lake lies the city of Yellowknife (population 19,600), located in Chief Drygeese traditional territory. The ‘urban’ centre of the territory, the Northwest Territories’ capital city boasts many of the amenities of a big city, while maintaining its small town charm, with outdoor wilderness adventures just minutes away. Whether you want to catch the latest plays at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, take in one of our many music and cultural festivals, enjoy delicious dining opportunities ranging from Korean to Ethiopian food to our summer farmer’s market, or explore the surrounding environment by snowmobile, skis, boat, or float-plane, Yellowknife has something for everyone.

About the Work

Located in Stanton Territorial Hospital, the Registered Nurse (RN), Obstetrics belongs to a team that provides care for low to high-risk clients of the Obstetrical Unit.  The incumbent 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.

The incumbent may work in any of the following three (3) areas during their shift:

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

Positions are currently available in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Typically these positions require a Nursing Degree with at least one (1) year of experience in obstetrics, or a nursing degree and eligible for enrolment in the Stanton Territorial Hospital Extended Mentorship Program in Obstetrics.   Registration with RNANT/NU and Proof of immunization in keeping with current public health practices are required.  Completion of a Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is also required.

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