Specialty Community Health

Role and Facility Information

Provides education, thought leadership and consultation on clinical practice services that includes orientation, training, in-service, clinical support and clinical competency assessment to nurses who provide health services to First Nations communities in British Columbia. Delivers professional nursing practice and program consultation supporting the development, implementation, and management of community based nursing programs.

This is a term position – end date August 10, 2021.

Union - PIPSC
Hours per week - 37.5

• Understands and respects First Nations cultural principles and protocols and is able to apply this understanding in clinical practices and services offered to communities and other stakeholders.
• Plans, organizes, and delivers a comprehensive range of professional nursing services, including training, consultation, assessment, facilitation, and evaluation to support the development of knowledge and skills for Nurses.
• Collaborates with communities, partners, educators, FNHA employees and nurses to design and deliver education and training for health professionals and community health workers who provide health services to First Nations communities in BC.
• Provides clinical expertise to nurses and allied health workers to assist them in providing care and treatment services to individuals, families & communities.
• Provides orientation to Health Managers/Directors in respect of discretionary and mandatory nursing programs. Leads, prepares, maintains and distributes information in support of relevant health programs
• Utilizes a quality improvement approach when offering educational opportunities and resources in a variety of ways that meet the learning needs and styles of nurses to provide health services to First Nations communities.
• Develops nursing service options and plans that provide advice and support to First Nations managed health services in decisions on nursing service delivery, management, impacts and risk.
• Serves as an expert resource, and provides clinical advice with respect to community health nursing knowledge and skills development and onboarding for nursing staff, mentorship nurses, student nurses, and other health care personnel.
• Contributes to knowledge development in the field of health care through participation in research studies and a range of program development initiatives, as required.
• Provides oversight for the operations of projects and initiatives in the relevant program area by actively engaging in planning, evaluating and implementing new initiatives and supporting through the change management and transition process
• With a relationship centered care approach, support communities in identifying nursing priorities, make recommendations on practise improvements and provide advice & supports on quality assurance.
• Develops and fosters internal and external partnerships to support ongoing educational needs of nurses working in First Nations communities. This may include the development of education plans, clinical decision support tools, revision of supporting documentation.
• Supports and advocates for evidence based and culturally appropriate prevention, care, and management of community public health, primary care and home & community care programs in First Nations communities across the province.
• Support practice according to the respective regulatory college standards of Practice 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.
• Performs other related duties as assigned and within scope of practice.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a recognized university or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Three (3) years of experience in community/public health nursing providing clinical practice support and education to nurses or an acceptable combination of education, training and professional experience.
• Experience Nursing in First Nations communities

Registration & Certification
• Eligibility or current registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
• Current CPR course for Health Care Providers (HCP).
• Current certification in immunizations and communicable disease

• Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations.
• Knowledge of concepts, principles and theories of trans‐cultural nursing, including traditional, homeopathic or other healing practices used in the community.
• Knowledge of community and/or public health models and concepts.
• Knowledge of Home Care practices such as case management, wound/foot care and palliative care
• Knowledge of the nursing process, conceptual frameworks of nursing, and the theories and principles of nursing practice.
• Problem solving techniques/skills, and ability to provide constructive feedback.

• Ability to assess nursing practice in an expanded role e.g. primary care/remote certified practice, community/ public health setting, home care, diabetes.
• Ability to identify learning needs, create learning tools, and design short courses.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Ability to provide in-service and teaching to groups or individual nurses and allied health care workers using the principles of adult learning.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position

• Awareness - Thorough knowledge of the current First Nations health governance landscape in BC.
• Decision making - Uses sound judgment to make good decisions based on information gathered and analyzed. Considers all pertinent facts and alternatives before deciding on the most appropriate action. Commits to decision.
• Problem solving - Analyzes problem by gathering and organizing all relevant information. Identifies cause and effect relationships. Comes up with appropriate solutions with minimal supervision.
• Teamwork/collaboration – Strong interpersonal skills. Interacts with people effectively. Able and willing to share and receive information. Collaborates within the group and across groups. Supports group decisions. Puts group goals ahead of own goals.
• Adaptability - Adapts to changing work environments, work priorities and organizational needs. Able to effectively deal with change and diverse people.
• Planning/Organizing – Proactively plans and organizes tasks and work responsibilities to achieve objectives. Sets priorities and schedules activities. Allocates and uses resources properly.
• Work standards - Sets and maintains high professional and performance standards. Pays close attention to detail, accuracy, quality and ensures follow through.
• Motivation - Displays energy and enthusiasm in approaching the job. Commits to putting in additional effort. Maintains high level of productivity. Self-directed.
• Initiative - Takes action to influence events. Generates ideas for improvement, takes advantage of opportunities, suggests innovations, does more than required.
• Integrity - Shares complete and accurate information. Maintains confidentiality of highly sensitive information. Adheres to organizational policies and procedures. Meets own commitments.
• Reliability - Takes personal responsibility for job performance. Completes work in a timely and consistent manner. Sticks to commitments and reports back on status of assigned tasks.
• Communication - Strong written and oral communication skills. Expresses ideas succinctly and effectively. Organizes and delivers information appropriately. Listens actively.
• Stress tolerance - Displays emotional resilience and the ability to withstand pressure on an on-going basis. Deals with difficult situations while maintaining performance and professionalism. Seeks support from others when necessary. Uses appropriate coping techniques.


Live and work in BC

Prince George

Known as British Columbia’s northern capital, Prince George is located at the approximate geographic centre of the province where the Nechako and Fraser Rivers meet. With forestry as the major industry, residents enjoy affordable housing and a wide range of services and amenities including sports and cultural events. Recreational activities in the area include golfing, skiing, and fishing. Prince George is also home to the University of Northern British Columbia.

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