Specialty Nurse Practitioner

Role and Facility Information

BC Cancer is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. BC Cancer provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia in partnership with regional health authorities to deliver a range of cancer services, which include prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. It operates six regional cancer centres in Surrey, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford and Prince George, along with two research centres that conduct research into the causes and cures for cancer.

BC Cancer is currently engaged in a Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) project, which will improve the safety, quality, and consistency of patient care as well as streamline processes for care providers and clinicians through a common electronic health record.

BC Cancer is a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates 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, BC Cancer, Kelowna
Reference # 78589
Regular, Full Time

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 review 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 and 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; 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; 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.

Qualifications:

Education, Experience and Training

Current registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
Must be eligible to complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) through the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
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.

For more information on the agency that you are interested in, please visit: www.bccancer.bc.ca

The 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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