About working as a nurse in a remote and/or isolated community

Nurses working in remote and/or isolated First Nations communities are the main health care providers for these areas, allowing for a level of autonomy that is uncommon in urban or hospital settings.

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Availability of doctors and specialists

Doctors and specialists are available on site from two to 12 days per month. When a doctor or nurse practitioner is not available on site, nurses can consult them by telephone.

Multidisciplinary teams

Nurses work in nursing stations of two to nine nurses as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • health professionals such as dental therapists or hygienists; and
  • community health workers in areas such as home care, addictions and diabetes.

Services offered

Clients of all ages present with medical conditions that range from minor scrapes and bruises to serious trauma. In addition to primary care, nurses deliver public health programs, including:

  • healthy baby
  • pre-natal
  • diabetes
  • immunization clinics

In these nursing positions, you will be challenged and tested to improve and enhance your skill set.

Recognition for excellence in nursing

The awards of excellence in nursing celebrate the dedication, initiative and excellence of nurses employed by First Nations communities, the Government of Canada and Inuit communities.

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