Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Professional Practice Nurse Practition - Aboriginal Health
Other sites - Lu'ma Medical Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Temporary Full Time
June 2020 until approximately June 2021
Saturday, Sunday, statutory holidays
Are you the next Nurse Practitioner at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)? Apply today to join our team!
We have an exciting opportunity for a Nurse Practitioner to join the Professional Practice Nurse Practition team at the Lu'ma Medical Centre. Apply today to join our team! The Lu'ma Medical Centre provides culturally safe health care through an Indigenous lens of holistic wellness by a team utilizing a wide range of approaches. Our focus is upstream primary health care for children, youth, women, and families in the urban Aboriginal community.
The Nurse Practitioner works autonomously to meet the primary care needs of their patients with support from the social workers, traditional healers/elders, and clinic staff. The clinic is currently staffed with one other Nurse Practitioner and General Physician providing primary care. The Nurse Practitioner will be based in Lu’ma clinic and be part of the primary care team and they also will be deployed to cover Nurse Practitioners working in other indigenous communities as backfill relief including Musqueam, Tla’Amin (Powell River), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Urban Native Youth Association Primary Care Clinic (Vancouver), Vancouver Native Health Primary Care Clinic (Vancouver).
- all travel will be included and provided. Indigenous ancestry is an asset.
As a Nurse Practitioner with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:
Be responsible and accountable for the comprehensive assessment of patients and clients including diagnosing diseases, disorders and conditions.
Initiate treatment including health care management, therapeutic interventions and prescribe medications in accordance with the statutory and regulatory standards, limits and conditions, and employer policies and procedures.
Provide professional guidance to other health professionals and participate autonomously as a member of the interdisciplinary health teams.
Collaborate with clients and other health professionals to identify and assess trends and patterns that have implications for clients, families and communities; develop and implement population and evidence-based strategies to improve health and participate in policy-making and quality improvement activities that influence health services and practices.
Participate in peer, program and self-review to evaluate the outcome of the services at the client, community and population level.
Be responsible for own professional development and maintain competence in the position, and maintain privileges as active medical staff as required. Report to an Operational Director, Professional Practice and have key accountabilities for quality assurance and patient safety within the Regional Department of Nurse Practitioners.
Education & Experience
Current registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) plus 4 years of recent, and relevant clinical nursing experience.
Successful completion of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) required.
Knowledge & Abilities
Ability to perform the full scope of NP duties and responsibilities.
Applies for and maintains core and non-core privileges, as required by the program, as active medical staff within the VCH Regional Department of Nurse Practitioners and cross-appointments as described in the VCH Medical Staff Rules and Medical Bylaws.
Ability to apply knowledge of developmental stages, behavioral sciences, pathophysiology, psychopathology, epidemiology, and evidence-based practice to clinical diagnosis and patient management.
Ability to apply knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to prescribing and evaluating treatment responses.
Ability to communicate and collaborate with patients and families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, self care and prognosis.
Ability to collaborate, consult with and formally refer clients and patients to physicians and other health professionals when appropriate.
Ability to critically assess and evaluate health research literature to determine best practices; ability to introduce education and evidence-based research.
Ability to assess and recognize population health trends; ability to plan and implement strategies for population based prevention and health promotion.
Ability to implement and evaluate planned change.
Ability to define the specific areas of practice and client population for whom the position is competent to provide health care services.
Ability to apply lead leadership skills within a program and team setting.
Ability to self-direct, interact and adapt effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations.
Ability to transfer knowledge, teach, coach and mentor others.
Ability to identify and respond appropriately to legal and ethical issues that may arise in patient care.
Ability to self-assess performance and assume responsibility and accountability for own professional development, educational or consultative assistance when appropriate.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.
***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***
Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.