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Specialty Nurse Practitioner

Role and Facility Information

This Community Health Centre is seeking nurse practitioners to work collectively with an interdisciplinary health care team to provide a blend of longitudinal primary care services and focused sexual health services, along with services that address the social determinants of health to populations residing in Greater Victoria, Saanich, and the Western Communities.

The Community Health Centre (CHC) provides wrap-around sexual health care, peer-support, and sexual education. They will be enhancing the centre’s existing sexual health services by extending its services to provide primary care.

The nurse practitioner provides low barrier health care services as part of the interdisciplinary health care team in accordance with the Vision and Mission of the Community Health Centre.

The nurse practitioner is a contracted provider with the CHC and will fulfill the obligations as outlined in the service contract including supporting patient attachment for primary care in accordance with Ministry of Health requirements for panel size and composition. The nurse practitioner will also provide episodic care for sexual health for both attached and unattached patients.

The patient population will consist of people 12 years and older, many of whom who face barriers to care such as histories of mental health challenges, problematic substance use, colonization, discrimination, trauma and poverty.

Nurse Practitioner Duties

1. Provide safe and effective longitudinal primary care and in accordance with the BC College of Nursing Professionals practice standards and guidelines. Patient population will consist of people with moderate to complex health care needs including structural vulnerability such a mental health and substance use challenges, poverty, discrimination, and colonization.

2. Primary care medical practice within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice that includes conducting thorough medical histories and physical assessments, develop and implementing treatment plans, providing appropriate medical interventions, arranging specialist care and referrals as required, providing after hours call as part of the primary care provider group, and documenting in the electronic medical record as required.

3. Prescribes drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits, and conditions for Nurse Practitioners.

4. Assessment and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections. Competence in providing comprehensive sexual health services including independent testing and counselling for sexually transmitted and blood borne infections. Knowledge of prevention methods, including barriers, PEP, and PrEP.

5. Assessment, counselling and dispensing of birth control medications. Extensive knowledge about different birth control methods and medications including IUDs, combined hormonal contraception, progestin only contraception, and barriers.

6. Participating in professional development activities as required to provide effective and safe patient care.

7. Working collaboratively as part of the interdisciplinary care team including consultation and shared care with team members.

8. Participate in interdisciplinary team planning for patient care.

9. Participate in quality improvement and quality assurance activities.

10. In collaboration with the team, provide mentorship to a variety of learners including Nurse Practitioner students.

Additional Information:

Full and Part-time positions available (2FTE)

Work hours:

• Monday – Saturday (variation of shifts)
• After hours care for patients attached to practitioner is inherent in the services.
• Member of on-call group; expected call rotation

Remuneration:

Service Contract; Ministry NP Service rate

Required Qualifications:

• Full licensure with the British Columbia College of Nurse Practitioners
• Obtain Associate Privileges at Victoria General, Royal Jubilee and Saanich Peninsula Hospitals

Preferred Qualifications:

• For all providers, experience working with populations: that are gender and sex diverse (LGBTQ2+), experiencing mental health and substance use challenges, with histories of trauma, and/or have structural barriers to health like poverty, colonization and discrimination, with infectious disease (HIV/HCV/HBV).

Community Information:

Victoria, British Columbia’s scenic capital, is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and enviable quality of life, this is an ideal place to pursue your medical career and create the kind of lifestyle only dreamt about. Few areas in the world can match BC’s scope of outdoor activities, with Vancouver Island offering everything from skiing and snowboarding, to golf, and world-class fishing. With its temperate climate, rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene, Victoria provides the very best of urban and rural living.

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