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Psychiatric Nursing Specialist

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This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union
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Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
09 June 2017

Reporting to the Territorial Director of Mental Health and Addictions, the Psychiatric Nursing Specialist is responsible for providing leadership regarding how the Mental Health and Addictions Division engages with all relevant stakeholders in the development, delivery and retention of quality, evidence-based culturally-informed psychiatric nursing services across the Territory. The Psychiatric Nursing Specialist ensures that the community clinic and hospital-based psychiatric nursing capacity development is integrated within the continuum of mental health and addictions services, supports the approved mental health and addictions framework and other relevant strategies such as Public Health and Suicide Preventions. The incumbent provides leadership and direction to cross functional teams, looks for collaboration opportunities with other divisions within the Department of Health and GN departments in order to ensure coordination and promotion of best practices.  The Psychiatric Nursing Specialist is accountable for instilling a project management discipline and a culture of innovation throughout the area of responsibility. The position’s performance will be assessed on the following key priorities areas: Service delivery, Community relations, Departmental efficiency, Personal development and Leadership.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Nursing with certification in psychiatric or mental health nursing in addition to minimum 5 (five) years psychiatric or mental health nursing experience in clinical and/or hospital-based settings. Registration with a professional governing body in good standing is required.

The incumbent must have computer literacy across MS Office software products; effective communication, writing and research skills; proven leadership and abilities to coach respectively in cross-cultural environment; aptitude to work independently, manage time efficiently, translate complex matters into direct and understandable documents (e.g. action or work plans, directives); must be comfortable in presenting to and/or facilitating meetings and focus groups; must be able to work collaboratively, creatively and tactfully with internal and external stakeholders.

The following will be preferred skills and competencies: extensive clinical experience within  Nunavut mental health and addictions service systems or in a similar service context; experience working within small communities as well as medical service deliveries across tiers of mental health intervention; knowledge of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies related to psychiatric nursing;  knowledge and understanding of pertinent legislations and policies, including the Mental Health Act; experience with emergency response planning and delivery; demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategies development and planning, evaluation and implementation of mental health programs and  services. Experience in project management, including the development and implementation of communication strategies for complex initiatives will be highly regarded.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, English and French. Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
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  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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