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Specialty Nurse Practitioner

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Nurse Practitioner - Medical Oncology

BC Cancer

Abbotsford, BC

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

You’re on a professional mission to reduce the burden of cancer in your community, and with great hope, across the globe. A person-centred nursing professional, you remain steadfast in your efforts to support all individuals who are undergoing cancer care, along with their families and friends. Working with a team of health care colleagues who share your values of compassionate care and excellence through innovation makes all the difference in your work days, as you share the highs and lows with support, kindness, and excellence in care.

Nurse Practitioners who work in Medical Oncology care for patients before, during, and after they receive systemic therapy for their cancers. As the science of cancer therapy evolves and changes, individuals receiving oncologic therapies need additional patient-centered care that nurse practitioners are exemplary at providing their patients. As part of a multidisciplinary team that puts the patient first, nurse practitioners are critical to caring for patients with a cancer diagnoses. Become part of a valued member of a specialized team that focusses on combining science, research, and patient care.

At BC Cancer, we have a number of NPs working in various settings with diverse populations. NPs play a role in managing care during active treatment, palliative care, and after-cancer care. They provide mentorship to medical and NP trainees, and to nursing and allied health staff. They also take part in research clinical trials and drive patient-focused research. They are part of the leadership team and are key players in NP role development and evaluation. Most of the NPs at BC Cancer work with a variety of cancer patient populations, including patients diagnosed with hematological, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast, brain, and head and neck cancers. Some NPs at BC Cancer have a more generalist focus, providing primary care and surveillance for those who are undergoing treatment or have experienced cancer at some point in their life as well as provide end of life care. In total, we currently have 22 NPs working at BC cancer in full and part time positions around the province.

What you do

Diagnose and treat previously undiagnosed clients for undifferentiated diseases, illnesses and conditions within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice; orders appropriate screening diagnostic investigations; interpret reports of investigations and analyzes information to monitor progress and plan treatment. As part of the multidisciplinary team, develop and implement treatment plans. Write orders for treatment and medications; make patient rounds as appropriate and monitors ongoing care; provide first line care in emergencies.

Establish priorities for management of health conditions; provides follow-up treatment; communicate with clients and families about health findings, diagnoses and prognoses; support and counsel clients in their personal responses to diseases, disorders and conditions.

Collaborate and/or consult with physicians or other health care and social service providers as appropriate to assess and diagnose client status. Accept referrals from, or make referrals to, physicians and other health professionals.

Prescribe drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits and conditions for Nurse Practitioners and within applicable employer policies and procedures. Apply knowledge of pharmacology and evidence based practice in selecting, prescribing, administering and monitoring the effects of drugs to treat diseases disorders, conditions or injuries.

Participate in research contributing to improved patient care and advances in nursing, health policy development and population health. Synthesize qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources about determinants of health; maintain population health focus by participating in and implementing evidence based screening and health promotion for populations at risk and implement population based harm reduction strategies.

What you bring

Current registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

Must be eligible to complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) through the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

Minimum of four (4) years of recent, relevant clinical nursing experience.

You also have the ability to:

Perform the full scope of Nurse Practitioner duties and responsibilities.

Define and articulate the specific areas of practice and client population for whom the NP is competent to provide health care services.

Self-direct, interact, and adapt effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations.

Communicate and collaborate with patients and families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, self care and prognosis.

Communicate effectively and build relationships with nurses and other health professionals and disciplines using a variety of communication strategies.

Transfer knowledge, teach coach and mentor others; ability to implement and evaluate planned change.

Critically assess and evaluate health research literature to determine best practices; ability to introduce education and evidence based research into practice areas.

Supervise others and evaluate the care they deliver as required.

What we bring

Reimbursement for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) who complete the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is available. Upon successful completion, for NP candidates who have not yet completed the exam; and who are hired into a regular or temporary position with PHSA, OSCE reimbursement will be distributed in the form of a forgivable loan. The loan will be forgiven after one (1) year of continuous employment in a regular or temporary position with PHSA.

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.

Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.

Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.

Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.

PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).

Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full Time

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0800-1600

Requisition # 118509

BC Cancer – Abbotsford offers patients the opportunity to receive a spectrum of world-class cancer care services closer to home. It expands BC Cancer’s ability to pursue innovation, research and improve patient outcomes. BC Cancer, Abbotsford is integrated with Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre site in partnership with Fraser Health Authority and BC Cancer.

What we do

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia. BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

PHSA and BC Cancer are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

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