Frequently Asked Questions

 

What qualifications are required for northern nursing?

Nurses must meet one of the following criteria:

  • one (1) year experience, in the past five years, working in remote, isolated and/or semi isolated communities;

      Or

  • two (2) years experience, in the past five years performing nursing activities and services in primary care and advanced clinical assessments. This experience may be within the emergency, intensive care unit, or within community settings such as health care centres (e.g. urgent care centre, quick care centre) and home and community care.

What is the application process?

Please fill out the online application and someone from our office will be in contact with you within 3 business days.

What courses and certifications are mandatory to work in Ontario?

  1. HCP level CPR
  2. CNO License
  3. Professional Liability Insurance - either through RNAO or CNPS
  4. Driver’s License (both sides must be legible, as well as the expiration dates & special conditions
  5. Medical note- from your family doctor or nurse practitioner must read that you are mentally and physically fit to work in an isolated community. Nursing Degree or Diploma
  6. ACLS
  7. ITLS/TNCC
  8. PALS/ENPC
  9. Security Clearance

What courses and certifications are mandatory to work in Manitoba?

I.     HCP level CPR
II.    CRNM Licence
III.   Driver’s License (both sides must be legible, as well as the expiration dates & special conditions
IV.   Medical note- from your family doctor or nurse practitioner must read that you are mentally and physically fit to work in an isolated community. Nursing Degree or Diploma
V.     ACLS
VI.    ITLS/TNCC
VII.   PALS/ENPC
VIII.  Security Clearance

What training and/or orientation is provided prior to a nurse’s first assignment?

We provide a full and comprehensive orientation that covers the clinical guidelines for working in the north in addition to a cultural component and skills evaluation. The orientation is completed over eight days, 6 of which are distance education and the final 2 are on site at our office in Cambridge, ON.

What is your pay structure?

We offer a very attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package which can be discussed after a candidate is selected for interview.

What is the role of a Community Health Nurse (CHN)

Community Health Nurses work in an expanded role, and will be trained to plan and implement culturally appropriate health programs.

What is considered an average contract length and how far in advance are you scheduling nurses?

The majority of our contracts are 2-3 weeks. If you are able to work longer than this duration there will be a larger choice of contracts as we are receiving more that are 4-6 weeks in length. Most contracts are scheduled about a month prior to departure.

Travel & Accommodations arrangements

Travel and accommodations are arranged by the agency for the nurse prior to leaving on contract. Accommodations are typically onsite in a nursing residence or a very short walk from the nursing station. 

Where do CHCA nurses work?

CHCA works in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Nunavut. The majority of the locations our nurses work are remote fly in communities.

Does the agency employ International nurses?

We do not hire nurses from outside of North America.

Does the agency employ subcontracted nurses?

We no longer hire subcontracted nurses