Nurse - Wound, Ostomy, Continence

Are you a determined and successful Nurse specialized in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence? Do you want to take the next step in your career? Come and work in a place that truly understands what you're seeking in a work/life balance!

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

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) - Yellowknife Region provides community health, primary health care and social service programs to the people of Yellowknife, N’Dilo, Dettah, Lutsel K'e, and Fort Resolution. Clients encompass a broad range of cultural backgrounds, age groups, cognitive ability, illness acuity and disease processes. Their needs are physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.

As a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC), you would be responsible for providing advanced, specialized nursing expertise and leadership to protect, restore, maintain or improve the wound, ostomy and continence issues for people of all ages in the acute care, long term care and home and community care settings in the Northwest Territories both independently and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. This position is also responsible for leading the Wound Care Strategy for the NWT including indicator tracking.

Reporting to the Territorial Manager, Continuing Care the NSWOC balances individual client needs, complexity and acuity with the need for consultation, collaboration, education and program development. It is the incumbent’s responsibility to set priorities, develop work plans and manage workload. Critical thinking, skill and judgment are required to develop, implement, or adapt care guidelines and practices. The position has the expectation of continuous expansion of depth and breadth of knowledge, skill and judgment.  There is also an expectation to travel regularly throughout the NWT and the duty would be shared with other NSWOCs.

The position is currently available in Yellowknife but can be located in any NWT Community if a successful candidate is from one of those communities.

Typically this position requires a Nursing Degree, and five (5) years recent nursing experience, or equivalency, in the care and management of ostomy, wound, and continence problems. A Certificate in Enterostomal Therapy Nursing or a Certificate of completion of a recognized Wound Ostomy Continence program is required.

What are the Benefits?

In addition to highly competitive salaries, the Northwest Territories offers a Northern Living Allowance ($3,700 for Yellowknife to $40,433 for Ulukhaktok), 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. The Government of the Northwest Territories is also recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2019) and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2018).

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