Specialty Nurse Practitioner

Role and Facility Information

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns, and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre, BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.

The Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital provides specialized clinical care for women and children living with HIV/AIDS.

BC Women’s is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages, and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose

Nurse Practitioner – Oak Tree Clinic

Reference # 74623
Temporary part-time (0.60 FTE, until April 2019)
BC Women’s Hospital

The Nurse Practitioner is responsible and accountable for the comprehensive assessment of patients and clients including diagnosing diseases, disorders, and conditions. The Nurse Practitioner initiates treatment including health care management, therapeutic interventions, and prescribes medications in accordance with the statutory and regulatory standards, limits, and conditions, and employer policies and procedures. Nurse Practitioners provide professional guidance to other health professionals and participate autonomously as members of the interdisciplinary health teams, making referrals to specialist physicians as appropriate.

Nurse Practitioners 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 activities that influence health services and practices. As professionals, they participate in peer and self-review to evaluate the outcome of their services at the client, community, and population level. They are responsible for their professional development and maintaining competence and registration as a Nurse Practitioner.

Duties & Accountabilities

Diagnoses and treats previously undiagnosed clients for undifferentiated diseases, illnesses, and conditions within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice; orders appropriate screening diagnostic investigations; interprets reports of investigations; and analyzes information to monitor progress and plan treatment. As part of the multidisciplinary team, develops and implements treatment plans; writes orders for treatment and medications; makes patient rounds as appropriate and monitors ongoing care; and provides first line care in emergencies.
Establishes priorities for management of health conditions; provides follow-up treatment; communicates with clients and families about health findings, diagnoses, and prognoses; and supports and counsels clients in their personal responses to diseases, disorders, and conditions.
Collaborates and/or consults with physicians or other health care and social service providers as appropriate to assess and diagnose client status. Accepts referrals from, or makes referrals to, physicians and other health professionals.
Prescribes drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits, and conditions for Nurse Practitioners and within applicable employer policies and procedures. Applies knowledge of pharmacology and evidence based practice in selecting, prescribing, administering, and monitoring the effects of drugs to treat diseases disorders, conditions, or injuries.
Participates in research contributing to improved patient care and advances in nursing, health policy development, and population health. Synthesizes qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources about determinants of health; maintains population health focus by participating in and implementing evidence-based screening and health promotion for populations at risk; and implements population based harm reduction strategies.
Participates in interdisciplinary staff, including NP & nursing, education and professional development through case presentations, mentoring, role modeling, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge in the classroom, the clinical setting and the community; fosters effective health care partnerships.


Education and Training:

Current registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
Must be eligible to complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
Minimum of (4) years of recent, relevant clinical nursing experience.

Skills and Abilities:

Ability to perform the full scope of Nurse Practitioner duties and responsibilities.
Able to define and articulate the specific areas of practice and client population for whom the NP is competent to provide health care services.
Able to self-direct, interact, and adapt effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations.
Ability to communicate and collaborate with patients and families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, self care, and prognosis.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with nurses and other health professionals and disciplines using a variety of communication strategies.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to lead a team and work within a team.
Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge, teach, coach, and mentor others; ability to implement and evaluate planned change.
Able to critically assess and evaluate health research literature to determine best practices; ability to introduce education and evidence-based research into practice areas.
Skill in assessing and recognizing population health trends; able to plan and implement strategies for population based prevention and health promotion.
Able to supervise others and evaluate the care they deliver as required.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

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