Specialty Primary Care Clinic

Role and Facility Information

Williams Lake First Nations Wellness Centre

Registered Nurse (RN), Primary Care
Location: Williams Lake, BC

FNHA Overview
The First Nations Health Authority is a diverse and transformational health organization of professional, innovative and dedicated team members and leaders.
The first of its kind in Canada, FNHA works as a health-and-wellness partner with BC First Nations to support self-determination and decision-making to improve health outcomes.
JOIN OUR HISTORIC JOURNEY
At FNHA, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to BC’s history. With a unique governing structure and mandate, our fluid work environment means you can play an active role in real change.
Our talented teams value respect and foster lateral kindness in their working relationships. Our holistic approach to wellness, based on First Nations teachings, is incorporated into all aspects of work culture.
The First Nations-led Primary Care Initiative (FNPCI) aims to improve access to primary health-care services for First Nations people across BC in a way that is culturally safe and closer to home. The FNPCI is part of the Province’s primary care strategy, which is integrating team-based care in communities throughout B.C. and changing the way primary care is delivered with the creation of primary care networks in partnership with the Regional Health Authorities.
In order to meet the health and wellness needs of First Nations people, it is very important that primary care is culturally safe and culturally informed where Indigenous ways of knowing and being are woven into services.
One of the main objectives of the FNPCI is to develop new First Nations Primary Health Care Centres in rural and urban locations across the province.
The centres will provide access to culturally safe, quality primary health care services for First Nations people and their families. The aim is for clients to feel safe, welcomed, valued, respected, and heard when they access care services at one of these centres.
Note: As a health and wellness organization, the First Nations Health Authority has aligned with the Provincial Public Health Order released on October 14, 2021. We have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees at First Nations Health Authority. This policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected for employment, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination by providing a copy of your BC Vaccination Card Passport with the QR code.
Position Summary

About the Opportunity

The Williams Lake First Nations Wellness Centre (WLFNWC) is a new primary care centre opening to improve access to culturally safe care for First Nations people and their families.

Multiple health professionals will work together to provide team-based care based on local First Nations traditional ways of knowing, being and wellness.

The Registered Nurse (RN), Primary Care position is part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary primary care team that provides team based, trauma-informed primary care services by creating a culturally safe environment in order to promote, maintain and/or restore client health;

This position provides direct primary care services to clients at all life stages by observing, assessing, monitoring and documenting client health and progress to make evidence-informed decisions towards health and wellness. The Registered Nurse actively contributes to ensuring a racism-free and culturally safe environment for all clients, their families, and staff. The role is a leader in demonstrating cultural humility and trauma and violence informed care that acknowledges the client’s values, cultural beliefs, and practices.

This position provides care and service that meets the standards for Registered Nurses within the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) and works within the scope of practice for Registered Nurses as determined by relevant legislation.

Union Code: PIP (Prof Instit of Public Srvc Cda); Hours per week: 37.5

Responsibilities

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provides holistic patient assessments that include health history, medication history, and physical evaluations with patience and Cultural Humility.
• Demonstrates cultural humility, trauma and violence informed practice and provides care that acknowledges the client’s values, cultural beliefs, and practices. Respectfully acknowledges lived experiences, history and provides nonjudgmental advice/answers to client’s primary concerns
• Respectfully acknowledges lived experiences, history and provides nonjudgmental advice/answers to client’s primary concerns.
• Monitors, assesses and documents observations, symptoms, interventions and changes in client health status.
• Where relevant within scope of practice, orders diagnostic testing and/or collects specimens to make evidence informed decisions for care.
• Documents all information in the client’s personal health file.
• Applies health promotion, chronic disease management, advanced care planning, and/or self-care management principles to conduct assessments, identify issues, provide direct care, and address concerns or variances from the plan of care with empathy and Cultural Humility.
• Administers medications, injections and treatments according to established policies and protocols and within the scope of practice.
• Collaborates with clients and families to plan, implement, coordinate, and evaluate client care plans in consultation with members of interprofessional health team as needed.
• Reviews clinical findings with client/family and the interprofessional team, collaboratively identifies client-centred goals and plans for care that promote self-management and improved health-related quality of life.
• Champions cultural safety and humility in all aspects of the job, and advocates for and applies culturally relevant and appropriate approaches when building relationships and providing nursing services.
• Maintains competency that reflects current standards of practice, including anti-racism and cultural humility standards as they are developed, by engaging in professional development activities including review of relevant literature, attending educational workshops and in-services, consulting and networking with other health care professionals.
• Adheres to the principles and values of FNHA in representing and delivering nursing services.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

About You
Education
• Completion of a recognized Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Occupational Certification
• Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM);
• CPR Certification;
• BCCDC Immunization Certification an asset.

Experience
• A minimum of 3 years of recent related experience in primary care, public health, community and/or chronic disease care;
• Experience working with and delivering health services to First Nations clients;
• Training in anti-Indigenous racism response and cultural safety and humility;
• Experience integrating holistic Indigenous approaches with Western approaches.
Knowledge
• Strong knowledge of cultural safety, humility and trauma informed approaches to care;
• Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations;
• Sound ability to practice using culturally safe and trauma-informed approaches;
• Ability to apply a two-eyed seeing approach to balance western and Traditional Indigenous worldviews in practice;
• Understanding of own intersectionality, power, privilege, and how these concepts may impact own work and perspectives;
• An understanding of rural and remote communities and their inherent challenges and barriers;
• Creates and fosters a healthy and engaging environment that enables personal excellence, contributes to FNHA’s vision of “Health through Wellness” and cultural safety and humility in the workplace;
• Knowledge of health status of populations, inequities in health, the determinants of health and illness, principals of primary care, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection, curative, urgent and emergent care, rehabilitation and supportive or palliative care;
• Knowledge of nursing which includes the nursing process, conceptual frameworks of nursing, theories and principles of nursing practice;
• Demonstrated understanding and integration of Trauma Informed Practice to care;
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

Why Work at the Williams Lake First Nations Wellness Centre (WLFNWC) and FNHA

• We have a common foundation at FNHA through our Vision and Seven Directives to guide us in our daily work;
• What happens to communities and people we serve happens to us—we care for and respect one another. What happens to us happens to community and the people we serve—we strive for excellence and believe First Nations deserve the best we have to offer;
• We are wellness champions. We have the historic opportunity to achieve transformative change in First Nations health & wellness, and an obligation to make the most of this opportunity;
• We are for change makers. Those who are called to act, open to cultural understanding and teachings, and undaunted by unique challenges. We are a young organization, still growing and fast changing;
• We provide meaningful work rich with transformational learning opportunities;
• When you work with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), you will truly make a difference in your life and for many others;
• Find purpose beyond your profession. “It starts with me”. Here, your work changes lives, starting with your own;
• We work together, not apart, with our beautiful and culturally rich First Nations communities in British Columbia;
• We raise hands to recognize FNHA family members for Teamwork, Partnership, Innovation, and for being Wellness Champions.

A full job description is available upon request to careers@fnha.ca

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.


Closing Statement

Diversity

The First Nations Health Authority is committed to respecting diversity within our workforce; preference will be given to individuals with Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis).

What You Can Expect From Us

First Nations Health Authority is a first of its kind in Canada and joining our family means being part of a collaborative, diverse and compassionate organization committed to innovating, transforming and redesigning health service delivery for First Nations communities in BC.

Leading with culture, all FNHA employees complete San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. We support our people to be leaders in wellness and all staff members develop a yearly wellness plan as part of their performance partnership and goal setting.
Please note that only those applicants shortlisted will be contacted. If you do not hear from us about this position, please accept our sincere appreciation for your interest in FNHA!



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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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