Nunavut is the largest and northernmost territory of Canada. It is composed of three regions : Kitikmeot in the west, Kivalliq in the south and Qikiktaaluk in the east. The population is about 36,000 people and 85% of them are Inuit. There are 25 communities. The capital city is Iqaluit and it has 7,000 inhabitants.
In Nunavut, there are 4 official languages: Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French. Health professionals communicate in English. Inuit communities speak more and more English.
The weather is cold and dry. In Grise Fiord, the coldest community, temperatures vary from -50°C in winter and 0° in summer. In Kugluktuk, the warmest community, they vary from -15° to -40°C in winter but they can reach up to 30°C during summer.
Cambridge Bay Pangnirtung
Communities where Solutions Nursing is present
Solutions Nursing sends nurses in 9 communities: Cambridge Bay, Cape Dorset, Gjoa Haven, Igloolik, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet and Taloyoak.
Kugluktuk Pond Inlet
Taloyoak Cape Dorset
Generally speaking, Nunavut is in tremendous need of health professionals. The only hospital is based in Iqaluit. However, there is a large health center in Cambridge Bay, with at least one doctor on site. The other communities have small clinics. Doctors visit them every two weeks for a duration of 8 to 10 days. Each nurse his/her own office for patient consultation.
The number of patients per day is high. Babies and children are most affected by health problems. Resources are few, be they equipement or staff. Working as a nurse there is very much like a humanitarian mission.
In order to be able to work in Nunavut, a permit from Nunavut is required (for example, an OIIQ permit is not enough). Solutions Nursing assists you with your application for a permit and covers the costs it may generate. The working language is English, you do not need to speak French. There is few orientation and training on site, so you must be well prepared before you arrive there. Our expanded role training program is the best way to get ready for nunavut. Replacements vary from 5 to 9 weeks.
Weather conditions and the fact that the territory is wide influence transportation. Usually, nurses make stops at Edmonton and Yellowknife. Transport may thus take a bit longer than for northern Quebec and delayed or postponed flights are more common.
Why choose Nunavut?
Nunavut is for you if you like:
- Helping others
- Feeling that your work matters, that you make the difference
- Working autonomously
- Discovering other cultures
- Living in the moment
- Admiring breathtaking northern landscapes
- Doing outdoor activities