Specialty Community Health

Role and Facility Information

The Serious Illness and Palliative Care Practice Consultant is responsible for the provision of consultation, advice, and education related to clinical practice surrounding palliative care. Works in collaboration with other members of the nursing service, FNHA departments, community based care teams, clients and their families to support appropriate approaches to palliation.

Union Code: PIP (Prof Instit of Public Srvc Cda)

Hours per week: 37.5

1. Plans, organizes, and delivers a comprehensive range of professional nursing services, including consultation, assessment, facilitation, teaching, and evaluation to further the development of knowledge and skills for nurses working in communities.
2. Serves as an expert resource and provides clinical support with respect to palliative care knowledge and skills development for nurses
3. Provides clinical advice and consultation to nurses responsible for clinical decision making and priority setting and provides ongoing, updated evidence on clinical care through in-services, case conferencing, conferences and training sessions.
4. Collaborates with community health practice consultants, Clinical Nurse Specialists, practice consultant/educator, FNHA employees, nurses, communities, and others to collaborate, partner, and plan related learning and training activities.
5. Develops, delivers and evaluates education programs that reflect the goals of the program and those of the nurses participating in the learning activities.
6. Prioritizes and recommends training and educational programs identified by consultation between the Community Health Practice Consultant and the nurse to meet the learning needs of nurses and health care aides and to improve practice for clients. This may include learning plans with regular check in and follow up with nurse or practice consultant.
7. Contributes to knowledge development of materials for nursing education, orientation, training, and evaluation of nursing practice.
8. Participates on committees related to palliative care at the community, health authority, provincial and national levels
9. Develops and fosters inter-agency professional networks to support ongoing educational needs of nurses working in First Nations communities.
10. Performs other related duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a recognized university or equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

Occupational Certification
• Current practicing registration with the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
• Completion of Certified CNA Palliative Care

• Minimum three years of recent clinical nursing experience in palliative care
• Demonstrated knowledge, skill and expertise in palliative care
• Minimum three years of experience in planning and delivering education programs to nursing groups.

Knowledge, skills and attributes
• Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations.
• Knowledge of traditional, alternative, complementary, and other recognized healing practices.
• Knowledge of concepts, principles and theories of trans-cultural nursing, including knowledge of traditional, homeopathic, or other healing practices used in the community.
• Knowledge of health status of populations, inequities in health, the determinants of health and illness, principals of primary care, strategies for health promotion, rehabilitation, and supportive or palliative care.
• Knowledge of the nursing process, conceptual frameworks of nursing, and theories and principles of nursing practice.
• Knowledge of evidence-based clinical nursing practice, including current concepts of primary care nursing in the delivery of treatment services, including clinical treatment practices, techniques of intervention, disease symptoms and identification, and trauma management requiring knowledge and skill in observing, assessing, and diagnosing illnesses and injuries.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position


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