A high-profile, high-impact mandate within Nunavut’s Department of Health for a motivated executive and
relationship-builder who welcomes the opportunity to exert significant influence on the Nunavut’s health
system. A vital part of the leadership team envisions: “the well-being of all Nunavummiut, with individuals
leading productive lives in self-reliant and healthy communities throughout the territory.”
Officially founded in 1999, Nunavut exists where tradition meets progress. Much of the Territory has
inherited millennia of the history and culture of Inuit. Rooted in this rich tradition, the Government of
Nunavut (GN) prepares for a prosperous future by investing in high-quality education, health care, culture,
environmental protection, and industry growth.
The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is the most senior nursing leadership position within the Department of
Health and is a member of the Executive Management Committee. Reporting to the Assistant Deputy
Minister (ADM) of Operations, you will be responsible for planning, establishing, implementing, and
monitoring quality nursing services throughout the Territory. The CNO provides executive nursing
leadership, expertise and strategic direction to varying levels of government to ensure Nunavummiut have
equitable access to high quality, culturally informed, value based care. You will be responsible for
implementing a territorial nursing strategy and expert advice to the Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy
Minister Operations on design, delivery and utilization of nursing services in the territory.
The Government of Nunavut’s governmental and departmental goals, vision and priorities drive the CNO’s
activities. This position is accountable for providing management and leadership to the assigned team of
direct reports. This team is responsible for assisting the CNO in the development, implementation and
evaluation of Health Education programs, quality clinical nursing policies, clinical nursing programs and
standards; the monitoring and maintenance of clinical competencies; the allocation of nursing resources;
the development and delivery of clinical nursing training; and the recruitment and retention of a qualified,
casual nursing pool.
This role offers an exciting opportunity for a senior nursing professional with a strong working knowledge
of emerging health trends in Nunavut and Canadian society, the unique needs of remote community
health care service provision, nursing policy and practices.
The activities of the incoming CNO will impact both inter and intra departmental divisions with the goal of
continuously improving the patient experience and healthcare excellence. Conversant with the latest
trends in nursing and health care administration, you should be well equipped to lead teams of
stakeholders and work closely with nurses in both direct and indirect clinical roles, the territorial nursing
regulatory body (RNANT/NU), Physician Services, Nunavut Employees Union, Nunavut Arctic College,
Human Resources and other territorial departments to ensure health care excellence within the Territory.
These relationships are critical to effecting change and improvements to the overall health care system,
not just nursing services. In addition, as CNO, you should be prepared to provide clinical support to
regions within the scope of a Registered Nurse.
As the new CNO, it will be your mission to provide strategic direction and expertise on nursing policy,
education, recruitment and retention, health care program delivery, and quality improvement and risk
management initiatives. Your focus will be to ensure that Inuit Societal Values are a core consideration in