Nurses are the cornerstone of the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC’s) Health Services operations, and the primary health care providers for the approximately 21,000 offenders under CSC custody and supervision. CSC’s nursing team includes more than 700 nurses working in clinics, which are located in CSC’s correctional institutions.
CSC nurses provide offenders with essential health care and reasonable access to non-essential health care according to professionally accepted standards.
CSC Health Services provides the same range of clinical services that can be found in a community setting, while specializing in services that reflect the needs of the inmate population. These include infectious disease prevention and control, methadone maintenance programs, inmate suicide prevention, enhanced discharge planning, and mental health interventions to support offenders with mental health issues.
Health services provided by CSC include:
CSC nurses act independently and make decisions based on their experience, judgement, and clinical assessment skills. Nurses work closely with other professionals from various occupations with the common goal of making a difference in the lives of offenders.
Your work as a nurse with CSC will support public safety by helping offenders reintegrate into the community after receiving professional diagnosis and treatment as appropriate for their health issues.
CSC has a presence from coast to coast - from large urban centres with increasingly diverse populations, to remote communities across the North.
CSC operates under three levels of management: National, Regional, and Institutional/Parole Offices. The National Headquarters in Ottawa performs overall planning and policy development for the Service, while each of the five regional offices implements CSC activities within the Pacific, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic regions.
CSC operations include 57 penitentiaries at minimum, medium, maximum and multi-level security classifications. These institutions include specialized facilities for women offenders, Healing Lodges designed to address the needs of Aboriginal offenders, and Regional Treatment Centres that provide mental health intervention to offenders.
CSC also operates 16 community correctional centres and partners with 175 Community Based Residential Facilities for offenders on some form of conditional release. As well, CSC operates 84 parole offices and sub-offices in every region of Canada.
In addition, because CSC institutions operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, nurses may be required to work shifts, weekends and statutory holidays as well as overtime.
CSC is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce that is reflective of Canadian society. We encourage all ethnicities, cultures, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities to seek employment as a Registered Nurse.
CSC is a large government agency with a wide variety of occupations. Depending on your interest and skill set, career opportunities exist in a variety of positions in the organization, both within an institutional and community setting, as well as at regional or national headquarters.
About the selection process
CSC job opportunities are periodically posted on www.jobs.gc.ca. In addition, you can send your resume to a regional recruitment representative in your area. Applicants are screened according to essential education and experience listed on the advertisement.
Applicants’ abilities, skills and personal suitability may be assessed with an interview.
As a CSC employee you will be provided with the new employee orientation program.
You will also be provided with support, guidance, and the coordination of a continuous learning programs by the Health Services Branch in each region and at National Headquarters.
Ready to apply?
Please visit www.jobs.gc.ca to learn more about the job opportunities currently available at CSC.