Professional Practice Leader

Professional Practice Leader

Locations: Vancouver Hospice and Abbotsford Hospice

Reporting to: Director, Clinical Program

Job status: Temporary part-time 0.8 FTE (60 hours bi-weekly)

Anticipatory Start Date: September 2021

Anticipatory End Date: September 2022


Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.


HERE’S WHY IT’S SO GREAT TO WORK WITH US. Aside from being surrounded by a friendly, inclusive, dedicated team, Canuck Place offers employees up to 16 days’ vacation (pro-rated to their full-time equivalency), an 100% employer-paid benefits package, Municipal Pension Plan (MPP), a Health Spending account that provides up to $500 annually to provide additional coverage for health and wellness activities/services, weekly onsite massage therapy, informative lunch n’ learns, as well as various learning opportunities. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice also has a ‘Care For the Caregiver’ committee who provides ongoing, creative activities to connect us with one another as a reminder that it’s ‘this’ moment that really counts.



Reporting to the Clinical Program Director, the Professional Practice Leader is a leader, innovator, knowledge translator, and change agent who is accountable for advancing inter-professional practices, and promoting excellence in pediatric palliative care. The incumbent collaborates with a wide range of individuals and groups within and beyond the clinical team in order to plan, lead and coordinate quality improvement, knowledge and innovation initiatives that support and enhance the quality of care, service delivery and advances in pediatric palliative care across the organization.

The Professional Practice Leader is required to lead or manage complex projects and initiatives independently with little supervision. In order to accomplish assignments, they are required to have extensive knowledge of the health care system, inter-professional practice and quality improvement, and possess expertise in advanced communication, leadership, problem solving, and project management. The Professional Practice Leader advances knowledge creation and innovation by engaging in and supporting the use of current research, evidence/best practice standards, and novel ways of working in order to address professional, program and patient problems and concerns.

The position is forward focused, so the incumbent is expected to anticipate challenges and lead planning and implementation initiatives to address them in a proactive way. In order to do this, the incumbent will be expected to exercise judgment at a high level and to manage both expected and unexpected outcomes of these initiatives with skill and diplomacy.



  • Take a leadership role in a wide range of projects designed to address CPCH strategic and operational goals, including quality of practice initiatives, new technology integration or innovative practice approaches. Engage in consultation with clinicians at all levels of the organization and with other disciplines to ensure that planned practices are designed to support the maintenance or enhancement of clinical care delivery.
  • Leads and manages complex and innovative projects and initiatives and engages all disciplines to find solutions. Scans the environment and the literature to identify emerging practice trends and challenges and implements strategies to address challenges. Take steps to ensure that the plans and strategies are grounded in best practice standards and reflect advances in knowledge about nursing practice and patient care. Utilizes and models effective change management strategies to achieve system level transformation.
  • Identifies, implements, and monitors quality improvement initiatives.  Takes a leadership role in developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies that support safe, competent, and ethical practice by promoting evidence-based practice. 
  • Provides leadership and oversight to the Practice Committee and Mediation and Safety Committee to address practice issues, identify and implement quality improvement initiatives to improve quality of care.
  • Manages, coaches and leads  Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Educator.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Clinical Program Director regarding trends and opportunities that will help to address clinical issues, advance professional practice, promote quality of care or maintain sustainability of the clinical  workforce. Support other program leaders in the development of goals and objectives related to quality of care.
  • Works with program staff to develop, implement, and evaluate clinical service outcomes and performance; prioritize quality initiatives based on program functions, needs and performance measurement system; plan, develop and implement Patient Safety and Quality Improvement education, initiatives and materials including evaluation and sustainment plans.
  • Ensures CPCH quality and safety practices and processes meet regulatory requirements of licensing, accreditation standards and PHSA quality indicators. Leads program level actions to address new accreditation requirements, respond to recommendations arising from accreditation surveys, and ensures accreditation education to program staff as required.
  • Identifies operating budget needs to support quality improvement initiatives and/or excellence in inter-professional practice.
  • Leads retrospective (e: Root Cause Analysis) and/or prospective reviews (e.g. Failure Modes Effect Analysis) necessitated by safety events, critical incidents or process issues related to the program; monitor program staff and physician perceptions of safety, risk and quality improvement.
  • Advises the Director, senior nursing and other program leaders, and other interdisciplinary care providers within and beyond the organization about issues related to pediatric palliative care to promote optimum and effective interdisciplinary teams and resource allocation.
  • Collaborates with other discipline/program leaders in the development of the system wide quality improvement and risk management programs through facilitation of structures, processes and strategies to promote evidenced based practice. 
  • Provides systems leadership in creating, articulating, innovating and sustaining a vision for inter-professional collaborative practice that emphasizes highest quality family centered care. Supports strong inter-professional collaboration through the development of structures, processes and mechanisms that support positive patient outcomes. Tracks, analyzes and reports progress in relation to designated quality and performance indicators.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of local, provincial, and national pediatric palliative care and/or professional practice initiatives through mentoring, and organizational and cross organizational task forces and committees.. 
  • In collaboration with discipline leaders, participates in the planning, development and evaluation of discipline specific and inter-professional research proposals, projects and surveys and prioritizes according to clinical and resource availability. Shares knowledge about current research and literature including innovation in practice.  Establishes opportunities to support staff in implementing evidence based practices and in clinical research endeavors. Promotes and advances best practice through publications, presentations, and conferences.
  • Directs development and delivery of educational programs and other knowledge translation strategies regarding professional standards, regulation and best practice as required. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Nursing or related field
  • Ten (10) years of recent related experience in a progressively senior leadership or advanced practice roles
  • Eligible for registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives or relevant professional governing body
  • Holds a current certification in CPR



What you bring to the role:

  • Demonstrated specialized pediatric and palliative care clinical knowledge.
  • Demonstrated competency in clinical practice, program development, education, leadership and research.
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving, decision-making, and evaluative skills.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, communication and human relations skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with all levels in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to work effectively as a change agent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of quality improvement, and Accreditation
  • Proven ability to develop partnerships and work diplomatically and persuasively with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to identify learning needs and develop educational programs using principles of adult education.
  • Ability to provide and/or develop resource materials, including educational materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, set, organize and accomplishes objectives.
  • Ability to conceptualize, conduct research, analyze, strategize and plan.
  • Knowledge and skill to operate a personal computer which includes knowledge of MS Office and Windows programs such as MS Word, Excel, MS Outlook etc.


You have:

  • High integrity; creativity; balance, good judgment and objectivity; high vision and conceptual capabilities; consultative, facilitate and collaborative; sense of humor.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrates flexibility that allows you to work with high energy, creative people.
  • Able to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing, ambiguous environment.


Note: Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require occasional weekend and evening work and travel within and outside the Lower Mainland.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.



Please submit your cover letter and your resume at by August 9, 2021. We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted.