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Specialty Nurse Practitioner

Role and Facility Information

The Nanaimo Primary Care Network is seeking a nurse practitioner to work with a team of practitioners and other health providers to collectively deliver care to patients at the Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre.

The Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre is a 4,000-square-foot facility located on the hillside overlooking Nanoose Bay, BC and is adjacent to the Tsow-tun Le Lum Society Substance Use and Trauma Treatment Centre. The Health Centre provides Primary Care and other health services, including both modern treatments and traditional healing methods, to the Snaw-Naw-As people, of the Nanoose First Nation. Along with 18 other tribes in the Salish Sea we are Coast Salish people, one of the northern most tribes on the east side of Vancouver Island.

The Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre is home to an interdisciplinary team of providers including Physicians, Community Health Nurse, Maternal Health Worker, and Wellness Counselor, as well as, several visiting service providers including a Massage Therapist, Reflexologist and Chiropractor.

More information about the Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre can be found here: https://snawnawas.org/health-centre

The Nurse Practitioner will provide low barrier primary care to an Indigenous patient population with complex medical needs. This can include patients of various ages with multiple co-morbidities, past experiences with trauma and/or significant social and cultural barriers to care. The NP will also provide primary care to Indigenous patients from the Tsow-Tun Lelum Treatment centre, who are participating in residential programs for substance use and trauma.

The nurse practitioner will participate in an after-hours call group sharing after-hours coverage with other practitioners that includes physicians and nurse practitioners.


NP Clinical Service Contract

Hours of operation:

• The Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre operates from 0900 to 1630 Monday to Friday, however clinic hours may change based on practice needs. Full time is 1680 hours of direct care over a minimum of 220 days per year


• Full licensure with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)

• Experience in working in First Nations Communities and/or with Indigenous people; Ability to provide patient centred and family centred care, with respect to the importance of traditional healing practices;

• Training in cultural safety and trauma informed practice; Knowledge in care of patients with substance use and trauma; Ability to develop strong collaborative relationships with multidisciplinary teams to provide effective team-based care.

Community Information:

Nanaimo, an exciting urban community with a breathtaking waterfront, provides an opportunity to enjoy an active exciting lifestyle with a multitude of year-round recreational opportunities including golf, mountain biking and walking trails, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing, or dive to explore three artificial reefs created by wrecks sunk in the harbour. In winter, both downhill and cross-country skiing can be enjoyed at Mount Washington, just 1.5 hours north. This vibrant, growing city of 97,000 boasts its own symphony and theater, offers postsecondary education at the Vancouver Island University, is just 15 minutes by seaplane to downtown Vancouver and a short drive to Victoria.

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