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Specialty Nurse Practitioner

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NOTE: preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.
Nature of Position:
The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society is seeking an experienced and qualified Nurse Practitioner to work with the urban Indigenous community. The Nurse Practitioner is responsible and accountable for the comprehensive assessment of patients and clients including diagnosing diseases, disorders, and conditions within an Indigenous context. The Nurse Practitioner initiates treatment including healthcare management and therapeutic interventions and prescribes medications in accordance with statutory and regulatory standards, limits, and conditions, as well as any applicable Society policies and procedures. The Nurse Practitioner collaborates with patients/clients and other health professionals to identify and assess trends and patterns that have implications for patients/clients and communities. The Nurse Practitioner participates in peer and self-review to evaluate the outcome of services at the patient/client, community, and population levels.
Responsibilities:
 Diagnoses and treats previously undiagnosed patients/clients for undifferentiated diseases, disorders, and conditions within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice; writes orders for treatment and medications; and provides first-line care in emergencies.
 Monitors ongoing care, orders appropriate screening diagnostic investigations, interprets reports of investigations, and analyzes information to monitor progress and plan treatment.
 Establishes priorities for management of health, diseases, disorders, and conditions; provides follow-up treatment; communicates with patients/clients and families about health findings, diagnoses, priorities, outcomes, and prognoses; supports and counsels patients/clients in their responses to diseases, disorders, and conditions.
 Collaborates and consults with physicians or other healthcare and social service providers as appropriate to assess and diagnose patient/client status. Develops and implements treatment plans.
 Prescribes drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits, and conditions for Nurse Practitioners, and within any applicable Society policies and procedures.
 Practice that is informed with an empathy and understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by Indigenous people in connection to accessing healthcare—in particular issues surrounding systemic racism, trauma, colonization, and residential school experiences.
 Include, and/or provide allowance for, traditional Indigenous healing practices within the overall context of client/patient care.
 Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications:
 Knowledge of, and empathy for, barriers and challenges faced by Indigenous people in relation to accessing healthcare.
 Knowledge of Indigenous cultures, practices, and traditional healing modalities.
 Must be able to practice in a client-centred, trauma-informed manner.
 Previous work experience in an Indigenous community or Indigenous organization is an asset.
 Ability to work within a team, and independently.
 Ability to communicate and collaborate respectfully with patients/clients and families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, self-care, and prognosis.
 Ability to collaborate, consult with, and formally refer patients/clients to physicians and other health professionals when appropriate.
 Ability to critically assess and evaluate health research literature to determine best practices; ability to introduce education and evidence-based research.
 Ability to assess and recognize population health trends and the ability to plan and implement strategies for population-based prevention and health promotion.
 Ability to implement and evaluate planned change.
 Ability to self-direct, interact, and adapt effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations.
 Ability to identify and respond appropriately to legal and ethical issues that may arise in patient/client care.
Ability to self-assess performance and assume responsibility and accountability for own professional development, educational, or consultative assistance when appropriate.
Requirements:
 Current registration and exam-qualified as a Nurse Practitioner with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)
 Successful completion of Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
 Recent, relevant clinical nursing experience.
 Valid B.C. Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle.
 Non-violent Crisis Intervention training is an asset.
 Mental Health First Aid training is an asset.
 Must submit to a criminal record check.
 Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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