Specialty Community Health

Role and Facility Information

Works within a collaborative practice environment to design and deliver diabetes education and training to nurses, allied health professionals, and community health workers who provide health services to First Nations communities in British Columbia. Provides advice and consultation on clinical practice related to diabetes management and services, including orientation, training, in-service, clinical support, and clinical competency assessment. Supports the First Nations Perspective on Wellness and serves as an expert resource for improving health outcomes in First Nations communities related to broad health promotion, chronic disease prevention, and diabetes care.

Union Code PIP (Prof Instit of Public Srvc Cda)

Temporary role with possibility of extension

Hours per week: 37.5


1. Working within a multidisciplinary team, designs and delivers diabetes education and training for health professionals and community health workers who provide health services to First Nations communities in BC.

2. Carries out ongoing assessments to ensure standards of practice and clinical competencies are maintained by First Nations Health Authority nursing employees in nursing practice and diabetes care.

3. Supports and advocates for evidence based and culturally appropriate diabetes prevention, care, and management in First Nations communities across the province.

4. Prepares and disseminates evidence-based diabetes prevention and management resources and information for use by health professionals who provide health services to First Nations communities in the province.

5. Provides clinical expertise to nurses and allied health workers to assist them in providing diabetes care and treatment services to clients, including individuals, families, communities, and populations related to diabetes.

6. Serves as an expert resource, and provides clinical support with respect to community health nursing knowledge and skills development for nursing staff, mentorship nurses, student nurses, and other health care personnel related to diabetes.

7. Ensures the CRNBC Standards of Practice and diabetes care competencies are met by all Registered Nurses, including new graduate and student nurses, by participating in the development and implementation of a preceptorship and/or mentorship program.

8. Plans, implements, and evaluates general clinical and community health nursing orientation programs to meet the needs of new nurses in First Nations communities, and to support public health program operations.

9. Contributes to the development of materials for nursing education, orientation, training, certification, and evaluation of nursing practice.

10. Maintains and develops professional competence through ongoing professional development in nursing and diabetes education.

11. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education, Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a recognized university or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) by the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Three (3) years of experience as a registered nurse providing clinical practice support in primary care or community and/or public health nursing or acute care, ambulatory care and/or outpatient centres, including two (2) years of experience as a diabetes nurse educator.
Current practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
Current CPR course for Health Care Providers (HCP).

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations.
2. Knowledge of First Nations cultures and backgrounds, and the understanding of how culture impacts on communication patterns, attitudes, and approaches to health issues.
3. Knowledge of the Social Determinants of Health and the health status of the Aboriginal population.
4. Ability to assess nursing practice in a primary care, and community and/or public health setting related to diabetes care and management.
5. Ability to identify learning needs, create learning tools, and/or design short courses.
6. Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively within a team.
7. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
8. Knowledge of diabetes, biology, and social sciences.
9. Knowledge of primary care, community and/or public health models and concepts.
10. Ability to work effectively with other health disciplines internally and externally, and to integrate nursing plans and strategies with other health plans.
11. Knowledge of the nursing process, conceptual frameworks of nursing, and the theories and principles of nursing practice.
12. Problem solving techniques and skills.
13. Ability to develop policies, procedures, and practices for community health nurses.
14. Knowledge of advanced clinical nursing practice for the development of policies and/or guidelines to support the delivery of treatment services, including current clinical treatment practices, principles, techniques, disease symptoms, and accident indicators related to diabetes management.
15. Knowledge of, and the ability to apply the concepts, principles, and theories of trans-cultural nursing, including knowledge of traditional, homeopathic or other health practices used in the community.
16. Physical ability to perform the duties of the position

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