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Be part of a collaborative team of Indigenous Services Canada health care professionals. Deliver care to clients of all ages in remote or isolated First Nations communities.

 

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RN - Primary Care (Community Health Nurse NU-CHN-03)

Apply now: RN - Primary Care (Community Health Nurse NU-CHN-03)

Job description

Community health nurses deliver comprehensive health services in First Nations communities. They are responsible for:

  • in-depth nursing knowledge, skills and clinical expertise
  • advanced judgment through consultation and clinical practice
  • leadership
  • knowledge transfer
  • health promotion
  • disease prevention
  • mental health assessment
  • referral

Salary

A base annual salary of $80,948 to $92,653 (plus applicable allowances), or $96,747 to $130,579 (per annum inclusive of applicable allowances)

RN - Public Health (Community Health Nurse NU-CHN-03)

Apply now: RN - Public Health (Community Health Nurse NU-CHN-03)

Job description

Public health nurses deliver programs that support the good health of First Nations peoples. They are responsible for:

  • wellness: well-baby, well-woman, well-man
  • public health screening
  • immunization and infection prevention
  • health teaching and promotion
  • communicable disease screening

Salary

A base annual salary of $80,948 to $92,653 (plus applicable allowances), or $90,747 to $124,579 (per annum inclusive of applicable allowances)

RN - Nurse in Charge (Nurse in Charge NU-CHN-04)

Apply now: RN - Nurse in Charge (Nurse in Charge NU-CHN-04)

Job description

In addition to providing culturally safe and quality patient care, Nurses in charge are responsible for:

  • promoting positive relationships within the clinical team and community
  • coordinating and supervising care delivery
  • providing clinical guidance
  • supporting management
  • administration of the clinic or health centre

Salary

A base annual salary of $84,187 to $98,114 (plus applicable allowances), or $105,986 to $142,040 (per annum inclusive of applicable allowances)

NP - Nurse Practitioner (Nurse Practitioner NU-CHN-04)

Apply now: NP - Nurse Practitioner (Nurse Practitioner NU-CHN-04)

Job description

Nurse practitioners provide onsite and remote consultative services to the population health and primary care team. They are responsible for:

  • illness treatment
  • referrals
  • ordering and interpreting tests
  • prescribing medications
  • performing minor medical procedures
  • educating clients and their families on:
    • healthy living
    • disease prevention
    • managing illness

Salary

A base annual salary of $84,187 to $98,114 (plus applicable allowances), or $115,836 to $148,590 (per annum inclusive of applicable allowances)

LPN/RPN - Public Health (HS-PHS-07) Licensed Practical Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse

Apply now: LPN/RPN - Public Health (HS-PHS-07) Licensed Practical Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse

Job description

Registered Practical Nurses care for patients with predictable outcomes and are responsible for:

  • supporting primary care programming
  • comprehensive health and chronic disease assessments of clients at all stages of life
  • urgent and emergent care
  • patient education
  • health and wellness promotion
  • disease prevention
  • referrals

Salary

Hourly rates of pay (in dollars) $36.81 to $40.02

What we offer

Come for the experience. Stay for the people. Enjoy the rewards.

ISC nurses face a unique set of challenges, with every day a new opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Work alongside a talented team of nurses, other health professionals and community members, dedicated to delivering quality care in a culturally safe way.

ISC nurses carry out a full scope of practice and provide a broad range of services unique to northern nursing in Canada. Becoming a nurse in a First Nations community means building relationships and connections that will last a lifetime.

The benefits

Information about employee entitlements

For the most up–to-date information about employee entitlements, please visit these Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) web pages:

If the information provided here does not match the TBS website information, TBS is the prevailing authority.

Allowances

The increase in recruitment and retention allowances went into effect September 1, 2022, and will continue through to March 31, 2025, or when a new collective agreement is reached, whichever comes first. It will be provided to both full- and part-time ISC registered nurses delivering critical services in remote and isolated First Nations communities in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

As of August 2023, ISC has new nursing recruitment and retention allowances for Registered/Licensed Practical Nurses:

  • Registered Practical Nurses in remote or isolated Indigenous communities will receive $2,150 in the month of hiring and $3,150 at the end of the 12 months after hiring.
  • Registered Practical Nurses in remote or isolated Indigenous communities will receive an additional $5,300 per year to be paid bi-weekly.

Applicable allowances may also include:

Position Education Recruitment
**Increased on September 1, 2022
Retention
**Increased on September 1, 2022
Expanded professional role Nurse-In-Charge Nurse Practitioner Isolated post
Allowance amount $605 to $3,850 $6,750
upon signing

$9,750
after 12 months
$16,500 $6,000 $6,000 $18,000 $4,299 to $23,126
(w/o dependents)
Registered Nurse, Primary Care Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Not eligible Not eligible Eligible
Registered Nurse, Public Health Eligible Eligible Eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Eligible
Registered Nurse, Charge Nurse Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible Not eligible Eligible
Nurse Practitioner Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible* Not eligible Eligible Eligible
Registered Practical Nurse Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Eligible
* Nurse practitioners are not eligible for the expanded professional role allowance when in receipt of the nurse practitioner allowance.

** Recruitment allowance for registered nurses (RNs) will be paid in 2 installments ($6750 in the first month of hire and $9,750 after 12 months for a total of $16,500. For part-time employees, the amounts are prorated.

Multiple locations

Positions are located in Remote or isolated First Nations communities in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Quebec.

Flexible schedules

Travel and outpost nursing rotations may vary and will include a combination of days, evenings, nights, and weekends.

Common rotations in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta may include:

  • 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off
  • 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off
  • 4 weeks on, 4 weeks off
  • Rotations in Quebec are: 16 days on, 12 days off.

Additional benefits

Nursing students and recent graduates opportunities

Canada Student Loan forgiveness

We offer student loan forgiveness.

If you are a nurse or nurse practitioner and you qualify, you could receive up to $20,000 in Canada Student Loan forgiveness. $4,000 a year over a maximum of 5 years.

Note: Loan forgiveness will apply to your outstanding loan principal balance after the end of your 12 months of service. You will be required to keep making regular payments.

Your 5 years of service do not have to be consecutive. If you have a Canada Student Loan balance at the end of each year of service in an eligible community, you will qualify for loan forgiveness for 5 years.

For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit: Canada Student Loan forgiveness.

Nurse Development Program

For information and how to apply, please email the Centre for Nurse Recruitment: nursing-infirmiers@sac-isc.gc.ca.

Who can apply

Citizenship/permanent residency

  • People residing in Canada, permanent residents of Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad may apply

Experience

  • Candidates must be either a registered nurse or eligible to be a registered nurse, registered practical nurse or a nurse practitioner. They must be licensed by the time of appointment within the province in which the position is located. Specific areas of experience can be found on the apply link for each position.

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For more information, please email: nursing-infirmiers@sac-isc.gc.ca

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