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Registered Nurse - Public Health (Surge Team)

Reference number: DIS23J-097997-000013
Selection process number: 23-DIS-AB-EA-596331
Indigenous Services Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Edmonton (Alberta), Northern Alberta - Other locations (Alberta)
$81,513 to $92,653

For further information on the organization, please visit Indigenous Services Canada

Closing date: 31 January 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

--> SELECTED CANDIDATES MUST BE WILLING TO RELOCATE TO ALBERTA. Applicants may wish to review the Relocation Directive for information pertaining to entitlement for relocation benefits: http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/nrd-drc/index-eng.php


First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), Indigenous Services Canada, is recruiting Registered Nurses to provide quality, evidence-informed nursing services.

The Public Health Support (Surge) Team delivers comprehensive health programs which include promoting, protecting and preserving the health of First Nations populations. Programs are designed in partnership with community members to promote environments that support good health. The maintenance of cultural competence and the provision of culturally safe care is paramount.

Surge Nurses reduce inequities in healthcare through community engagement and home based wellness campaigns. They provide education and mentorship to strengthen health literacy and improve health system processes.

The Surge Team provides health services to all age groups, including but not limited to:

Public Health
• Community outreach and health promotion
• Chronic disease, communicable disease and outbreak management
• Sexual Health and STBBI programming
• Vaccination and well-child clinics
• Maternal child health programming
• Emergency response to support community health needs in the event of a natural disaster (wildfire, flooding)

Home Care
• Case management
• Wound and post-operative care

Work environment

Surge Nurses provide relief services and enjoy both autonomous and team-based work in First Nation communities. Depending on operational requirements, Surge Nurses are assigned to work and travel in the various communities across Alberta, which may include remote and isolated posts, located in Treaty 6, 7 and 8.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates will be established and may be used to staff identical or similar positions at this group and level with various conditions of employment, tenures and in various locations within Alberta.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A response to a text question addressing the following:

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with a degree* from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in nursing, nursing service administration, nursing education or some other specialty relevant to the position

Degree equivalency

Eligibility for registration as a Registered Nurse in a province or territory of Canada

Recent* experience as a Registered Nurse providing Public Health or Community Healthcare services in one of the following areas:

• Public Health *Includes but not limited to immunizations, sexual health and STBBI programming,
maternal and well-child clinics, community outreach, health promotion, outbreak management
• Home Care *Includes but not limited to case management, functional assessments, wound or
post-operative care

Recent* is defined as having at least one (1) year of experience within the last five (5) years

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

•A Master’s degree in Nursing or a field related to health

•Experience with immunizations such as mass clinics (seasonal influenza, COVID-19), school or well-child clinics
•Experience in the treatment and management of Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections (STBBI)
•Experience with maternal-child development, post-partum or newborn assessments
•Experience in pediatric nursing
•Experience in infection control and prevention or Communicable Disease Control (CDC)
•Experience in harm reduction processes and procedures
•Experience with mental health programs or in providing mental health services
•Experience with health emergency management
•Experience working in outpost or remote settings
•Experience working with Indigenous people or organizations

Indigenous Services Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population its serve. In support of our strategy to achieve our employment equity goals, preference may be given to candidates who, at the time of application, indicate that they are belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups (self-declaration): Indigenous peoples, Women, Visible Minorities and Persons with Disabilities.

Travel in small aircraft, off road vehicles and by boat in varied weather conditions to communities in remote and isolated areas
Willingness to operate a government issued vehicle
Willingness and ability to travel for 14 consecutive days inclusive of weekends
Willingness and ability to work overtime on occasion
Willingness and ability to work overtime in the event of a public health emergency or outbreak
Willingness to relocate to Alberta

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Demonstrating integrity and respect
Thinking things through
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action oriented
Indigenous cultural competency

Ability to communicate effectively orally
Ability to communicate effectively in writing*
*All material collected through this process may be used to assess your written communication

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance
Willingness to be assigned to a variety of communities as operationally required
Possession of a valid driver’s license
Current BLS certificate, renewed annually
Continuous professional registration, without conditions or restrictions, with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta

Medical Clearance
i) PRE-PLACEMENT: Category 1 health evaluation + COVID-19 self-screening questionnaire
ii) PERIODIC: Category 3 health evaluation according to the schedule outlined in the Occupational Health Evaluation Standard for “First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Nurses Assigned to Isolated Posts in Northern First Nations Communities”
iii) For persons proposed for relocation to an isolated post/remote location and who have dependents: a valid Category 1 medical clearance for their dependent(s) in accordance with section 4.2 of the Isolated Post and Government Housing Directive and Appendix A of the Occupational Health
iv) For persons proposed for relocation to an isolated post/remote location and who have dependents: consent to their dependent(s) to undertake a Category 1 periodic health evaluation in accordance with Appendix A of the Occupational Health Evaluation Standard Schedule

Note: Candidates must meet and maintain the above conditions of employment throughout their employment

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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