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Specialty Nurse Practitioner

Role and Facility Information

The North Secwepemc First Nations and the Central Interior Rural Primary Care Network (PCN) invite applications from Nurse Practitioners, with an interest in Aboriginal health, to come and join their extensive, multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Together, the team (which consists of NPs, physiotherapy, pharmacist, lab technician, RN, LPN, mental health clinician, integrative therapist, counsellors, dental therapist and family connections liaison) delivers comprehensive, holistic, patient-centered, culturally safe care to individuals and families from the five Secwepemc communities surrounding Williams Lake, in collaboration with community-based agencies and services. As part of the PCN, additional resources are being added locally and regionally to further support this dynamic team.
Three Corners Health Services Society provides community services for Aboriginal individuals living on and off reserve such as housing support, alcohol and drug counselling, and children and family development programs. Collaboration with community resources is strengthened and the development of meaningful, longitudinal relationships grounded in knowledge of family and community is facilitated through regular outreach opportunities in community.
Situated in Williams Lake, in the heart of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, you'll find everything needed to balance a rewarding career with unending leisure, recreation and adventure opportunities. Explore the backcountry's hiking and mountain bike trails or enjoy it on horseback. Take in the Stampede, swim, canoe and fish the lakes, white water raft down rushing rivers, visit galleries, unique shops and eateries or relax at the spa. Come winter, try ice fishing the same lakes and x-country ski or snowmobile on the hundreds of miles of trails.
Primary Care Network NP Contracts:
The Ministry of Health has negotiated provincial NP contracts to support the Primary Care Network (PCN) initiative; the new, robust and integrated system of care launching across BC to increase patient attachment and access to quality primary health care that effectively meets their needs.

The contract covers 1680 hours of service over a minimum of 220 days per year to ensure sufficient access and continuity of longitudinal primary care services. It allows NPs to be the regular and most responsible primary care provider for a patient panel that is appropriate to their scope of practice and broad with respect to factors such as age and complexity. In rural areas such as the Central Interior, a panel of 800 patients is anticipated by year 3 of the contract. A panel size of 600-700 by year 3 is anticipated when providing services to priority populations.

If you’re new to contracted positions, the NNPBC has Regional PCN NP Leads who are available to support you. Feel free to let us know if you're interested in contacting her, even prior to applying, as she has a wealth of knowledge that’s she’s eager to share.

PCN Core Attributes:
PCNs are characterized by the following attributes:
• processes to ensure all people in a community have access to quality primary care and are attached within a PCN;
• provision of culturally safe care;
• provision of extended hours of care, including early mornings, evenings and weekends;
• provision of same-day access for urgently needed care through the PCN or an urgent primary care centre;
• provision of comprehensive primary-care services through networking of primary-care providers and teams, to include maternity, inpatient, residential, mild/moderate mental health and substance use, and preventative care;
• co-ordination of care with diagnostic services, hospital care, specialty care and specialized community services for all patients and with particular emphasis on those with mental-health and substance-use conditions, those with complex medical conditions and/or frailty and surgical services provided in community; and
• clear communication within the network of providers and to the public to create awareness about and appropriate use of services.

Central Interior Rural PCN: Optimizing accessible primary care service delivery with coordinated, team-based, culturally safe approaches.

Here in the Central Interior Rural area our PCN has been authorized to augment existing primary care services, delivered primarily by fee for service physicians. The introduction of multi-disciplinary teams will support existing practices, patients and facilitate attachment. In addition to NPs, the following Allied Health Professionals will make up these teams: social workers, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, Mental Health and Substance Use clinicians, dieticians and clinical pharmacy.

If relocating into the region, our PCN team can offer a variety of supports to assist you and your family’s integration into the community. We can connect you to rental property owners or real estate agents, as well as any number of community services/resources you might be interested in, i.e., schools, recreation facilities, etc. We can also assist with a site visit, tour of the community, introduction to the medical community and assist with integrating you into the clinic team and building your panel.

Anticipated start date: June 2022

Job Qualifications
Education, Training and Experience:
• 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); although supervision of provisionally licensed NP may be an option
• Recent, relevant clinical nursing experience
• Cultural Safety Training
• OAT Certification
• Valid Driver's License

Hiring Process:
Once your application is received and reviewed you will be contacted by either a clinic representative or the PCN Manager, who will answer any questions you might have and arrange for an interview. The interview will be conducted over Zoom to connect yourself and the 3 panel members. If you are located in the region, it may be possible to arrange for you to be interviewed in the same location as at least one member of the panel. The panel will consist of a Nurse Practitioner, a representative of Three Corners Health Services Society, an Interior Health and a PCN representative. During the interview, there will be time for you to ask whatever questions you might have about the position, the clinic or the communities.
All interviewed candidates will be notified of the panel’s decision within 5-10 days, whether successful or not. The successful candidate will then enter into contract and practice agreement discussions with the clinic and PCN Managers. Again, Julia Walker is the PCN NP Regional Lead for our area and is available to support you through this process.

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Williams Lake

Set in the heart of the Frontier, Williams Lake has been the focal point of the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions since the turn of the century. Here you will find a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and ample opportunity for fishing, hiking and mountain biking. Explore pristine forests, lakes, and rivers in the temperate summer, and experience snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Williams Lake has retained its magical western frontier character while becoming the modern commercial centre and transportation hub of the Cariboo. Hometown hospitality mixed with a high-quality lifestyle make this an ideal place to raise a family, start a business or retire.

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