Nurse Manager

Thorpe Recovery Centre is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing client-centered and community-based addiction services. We are an accredited facility, providing Residential Treatment, Medically Supported Detox and a Family Program.

From our initial six clients in 1975, hailing from the Lloydminster area to the 700-plus individuals now helped annually from across Western Canada, Thorpe Recovery Centre continues to tailor each person’s treatment experience to meet their individual needs. Everyone’s history is uniquely their own – and we believe their recovery journey should be too. Each person who has walked through our doors has shaped our history and our future; for over 46 years, the development of our services has been based on the needs of our community. Regardless of our size, scope, or geographic outreach, the purpose of what we do remains the same – achieve wellbeing and happiness.

Located on 34 acres in the rural setting of Blackfoot, Alberta, staff are able to access a serenity garden area on the edge of its ponds that is surrounded by a 5k walking path. The facility is over 54,000 square feet has 12 medically supported detox beds and 62 inpatient addiction treatment beds where staff enjoy bright and open lunch/coffee areas and a wellness room for self time.


Nature and Scope

Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Nurse Manager provides leadership, direction, and support to the nursing department, facilitating quality and safe medical services across the continuum of care with a multi-disciplinary team. This position performs and oversees admission assessments and daily nursing care for clients, promoting communication between team members, medical professionals and other departments.


  • Responsible for the supervision, budgeting and staffing for a medically supported detox unit and nursing services for program clients.
  • Provides on call support for staff.
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Director, provides leadership and strategic direction for health-related services and projects.
  • Provides supervision, delivery and coordination of training for the department.
  • Ensures all staff are up to date with current policies and procedures.
  • Develops and manages ongoing relations with nurse practitioner, physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers.
  • Ensures the safety and medical practices of all nursing staff are compliant with provincial licensing and applicable provincial regulatory bodies.
  • Oversees and aids in the establishment of work schedules for the department. Reviews and inputs staff data and timecard entries into ADP.
  • Works with all levels of management to ensure that appropriate communication is maintained throughout the organization.
  • Works closely with the Medical Practitioner and nursing staff regarding client health care and serves as the liaison for medical needs and information.
  • Works with other Thorpe management and staff to ensure that integrated and consistent care is provided.
  • Reviews medical treatment plans and consults and coordinates when necessary with all clinical staff.
  • Ensures that all clients’ health care needs and concerns are being addressed.
  • Audits and reviews client health records.
  • Responsible for ensuring proper medication reconciliation and administration practices are being followed for both controlled and uncontrolled medications.
  • Ensures that all regulatory standards are being met while planning, developing, and implementing new policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that current policies meet necessary frameworks and compliancy measures. Including Accreditation Standards.
  • Oversees individual client care plans.
  • Oversees inventory of supplies and equipment.
  • Provides the necessary expertise and structures needed to meet the requirements of Accreditation Canada.
  • Responsible for implementing and providing supervision for current department policies and procedures.
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Director, establishes a framework for conducting medical evaluations for clients.
  • Oversees and assists when necessary the nursing staff with the delivery of Health related program and content.
  • All other related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing  
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Registered or eligible for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA)
  • Preference given to candidates with 3 years’ nursing experience preferably in the area of mental health and addictions
  • Experience with the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Strong consideration will be given to those with previous management or supervisory experience.
  • Extensive knowledge regarding the nursing process and its applications, including the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care.
  • Ability to work full scope of practice.
  • Conflict resolution, problem solving, strong communication and people management skills.
  • A high degree of resourcefulness, flexibility and adaptability.
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis and/or reasoning.
  • Strong morals and ethics along with a commitment to staff and client confidentiality and safety.




  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • RRSP match
  • 12 stat holidays



Standard Schedule:

Monday to Friday 0800 – 1630

On-call as needed for support


COVID-19 considerations:

Thorpe Recovery Centre follows all Provincial Health recommendations. In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must be in compliance with current provincial health authority and contractual vaccination requirement.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.