Specialty Aboriginal Health Nursing

Role and Facility Information

You will provide leadership on a comprehensive range of core nursing functions and services within a First Nations community in program areas of community and/or public health, primary care, and home care through promotion and maintenance of the health of individuals, family groups, communities, and populations that value the principles of primary health care and focus on promoting health, preventing disease and injury, protecting population health, as well as a focus on curative, urgent and emergent care, rehabilitation, and supportive or palliative care. In this position you will provide professional guidance and assistance to community leaders and other community health care team members in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for First Nations partners and communities.

1. Manages, plans, implements, delivers, and evaluates community and/or public health, primary care, and home care programs and services for a health care facility in a First Nations community, and ensures nursing care and practice standards are being implemented in the delivery of these programs and services.

2. Provides professional support, leadership, mentoring, advice on policy, practice, and programs, and direct supervision to nurses, health care, and administrative employees, including assignment of duties and assessment of quality of work.

3. Provides professional support, advice, assistance, and consultation on all nursing matters to First Nations leadership, community employed nurses, and communities to build capacity.

4. Applies and utilizes key nursing knowledge and critical thinking to choose options and to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and interventions to address health issues, taking into account relevant evidence, legislation, and regulations and policies.

5. Collects, assesses, analyzes, and applies information from various data sources to make evidence informed decisions for nursing services, assessment of health needs, program planning, and priority setting for the community with individuals, families, groups, and community leadership and interprets information for professional, non-professional, and community audiences.

6. Utilizes evidence and research to influence health policies, programs, and practices and synthesizes nursing and health knowledge from a broad range of theories, models, and frameworks to address the heath status of populations, inequities in health, determinants of health, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection, case management, as well as the factors that influence the delivery and use of nursing and health services.

7. Advocates for public policy and services that promote and protect the health and well being of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

8. Involves individuals, families, groups, and communities as active partners to take action to address health inequities and foster a self management care approach for chronic conditions.

9. Collaborates and shares knowledge with colleagues, students, First Nations, and other members of the health team.

10. Leads and participates in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral partnerships to enhance the health of individuals, families, groups, and populations in First Nations communities.

11. Manages the health facility team engaged in the delivery of integrated community health programs by assessing community health needs, coordinating, scheduling, and assigning work, authorizing leave and setting priorities, monitoring work, evaluating performance and initiating corrective action, initiating requests for staffing, resolving staff relations, providing advice on professional development and recommendations for training.

12. Informs community health nurses and other health unit staff of health and safety requirements at the work site.

13. Provides professional guidance and advice to First Nations health program managers and community employed health care staff relating to community health programs.

14. Chairs and facilitates meetings or committees involving other health facility staff, colleagues, managers, and other professionals in the community.

15. Collaborates with visiting health professionals, such as Environmental Health Officers and Dental Therapists, in the treatment of clients and the promotion of health education to First Nations communities.

16. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a recognized university or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Successful completion of approved training in public health nursing or approved training in obstetrics, mental health, or some other specialty.
Two (2) years of nursing experience.
Current practising registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
Requires a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License

Job Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations.
Knowledge and the application of concepts, principles, and theories of trans-cultural nursing, including knowledge of traditional, homeopathic or other healing practices used in the community.
Knowledge of First Nations cultures and backgrounds, and the understanding of how culture impacts on communication patterns, and attitudes and approaches to health issues.
Knowledge of nursing which includes the nursing process, conceptual frameworks of nursing, theories and principles of nursing practice.
Problem solving techniques/skills.
Knowledge of public health models and concepts to work effectively with other health disciplines internally and externally, and to integrate nursing plans and strategies with other health plans.
Knowledge of advanced clinical nursing practice for the development of policies or guidelines to support the delivery of treatment services, including current clinical treatment practices, principles, techniques, disease symptoms, and accident indicators.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position


Live and work in BC

Klemtu

Located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on Swindle Island, Klemtu is a peaceful hamlet that is home to the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation and the mysterious white Spirit Bear which attracts wildlife enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world. An excellent location not only for wildlife viewing but also for fishing, kayaking and canoeing, Klemtu is a place where nature abounds.

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