Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence

Government of Northwest Territories | Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority

Yellowknife, NT X0E, Canada
Full-Time, Regular
$92,976 - $111,072

Job Description

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About the Company

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is responsible for the design and delivery of territorial health and social services planning across the Northwest Territories.


The NTHSSA is responsible for delivering health and social services in most communities across the NWT. Partnership with the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency and the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority continues to make improvements to the entire health and social services system in the NWT. Health services are provided to some residents of the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut in acute care and community care settings.


With a land area of approximately 1,144,000 square kilometers and serving approximately 44,000 people, including First Nations, Inuit, Metis and non-aboriginals. Health and Social Services include the full range of primary and continuing community care, secondary and tertiary health and social services.


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. Wound, ostomy and continence care must be holistic and sensitive to the person with a complex health status as well as incorporating the resources available to the individual within the family, health care setting, community organizations and the community at large.


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.


The incumbent is expected to provide expert nursing advice in wound, ostomy and continence care to other health care providers in the Northwest Territories. The NSWOC provides client centered wound, ostomy and continence care with liaison through community and acute care settings by direct care, care planning and communication.


This position is responsible for the provision of expert care and education in circumstances with multiple variables which require concentration, judgment, knowledge, skill, confidence and adaptability. In the provision of care and special treatments the incumbent will be required to navigate settings with poor lighting, frequent interruptions and constant observation by formal and informal caregivers and documentation in a variety of paper and electronic charting systems.


The job holder is expected to remain calm, controlled, and professional and to demonstrate compassion and teamwork in situations which are intensely emotionally disturbing for the client and/or their family (e.g. new stoma, life-altering medical diagnosis). The NSWOC is expected to communicate with a wide variety of health and social service providers, community organizations and other acute and rehabilitation units and the public.


The NSWOC provides proven clinical, leadership, research and fiscal benefits in evidence based, well-defined, specialized nursing practice. This position would report indicators for wounds in the NWT to NSWOC responsible for the Wound Care Strategy for the NWT.