Location: Abbotsford Hospice, Dave Lede House
Reporting to: Clinical Program and Site Manager
Job status: Temporary 0.5 FTE (37.5 hours bi-weekly)
Anticipated Start Date: January 2021
Anticipated End Date: January 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 20 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 $250 annually to provide additional coverage for health and wellness activities/services, 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.
The Nurse Practitioner enacts advanced nursing practice to provide pediatric palliative care for children with complex conditions and their families across the health care continuum. The Nurse Practitioner within Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is an independent practitioner who contributes to collaborative inter-professional pediatric care to children and families through advance clinical practice, leadership, consultations, referrals, education and research. The Nurse Practitioner is accountable for the comprehensive assessment of patients including diagnosing diseases, disorders and conditions; initiating treatment including health care management, therapeutic interventions and prescribing medications in accordance with the statutory and regulatory standards, limits and conditions, and CPCH policies and procedures. Nurse Practitioners provide professional guidance to other health professionals. The Nurse Practitioner will support inpatient and virtual health care services at Dave Lede House, reporting to the Clinical and Site Manager. This position will be based primarily out of our Abbotsford Location.
- Diagnoses and treats illnesses and conditions within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice, orders appropriate screening and diagnostic investigations, interprets reports of investigations and analyses information to monitor progress and plan treatment.
- Writes orders for treatment and medications; provides direct care and monitors ongoing care in the hospice and in families’ homes.
- As part of the interdisciplinary team, participates in patient rounds and collaborates with team members to develop and implement care plans.
- Establishes priorities for management of health conditions; provides expertise in pain and symptom management, and ongoing care needs of children and families’; providing and supporting discussion about serious illness and goals of care with children and families.
- Prescribes drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits and conditions for Nurse Practitioners and within applicable employer policies and procedures.
- Promotes ethical decision-making and child/family advocacy.
- Acts as an advocate, clinical resource, consultant, and role model for the provision of content, holistic and ethical pediatric palliative care for Canuck place children and families.
- Provides consultation and education to inter-professional health care providers, community groups, and health care institutions regarding pediatric palliative care.
- Collaborates and coordinates to facilitate complex care at transition points, including admissions/transfers between hospice, hospital and home. Collaborates with other community partners as needed to provide continuity of care based on the family’s goals of care in conjunction with best practices of pediatric palliative care.
- Maintains documentation of patient assessment, treatment and discussions and communicates information to team members and providers.
- Provides input into the development, implementation and evaluation both of organizational and departmental philosophy, objectives, policies and procedures to ensure appropriate levels of care and cost effective use of resources.
- Promotes excellence in clinical practice and patient safety through application of clinical expertise and principles of continuous quality improvement. Evaluates and analyses appropriateness of research for use in the clinical setting and participates and promotes dissemination of research finds and knowledge translation.
- Understands and is able to apply the concepts of outcomes research; identifies research needs within the program or larger pediatric palliative care specialty. Collaborates with physicians, advanced practices nurses, and research team to develop research activities and lead or participate in research projects as appropriate
- Assumes other related responsibilities, as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner program with a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN).
- Current or qualifies for registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
- Must have completed or be eligible to complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in pediatric care and/or palliative care.
What you bring to the role:
- Models CPCH’s quality of care standards and professional advanced nursing practice
- Demonstrated specialized pediatric and palliative care clinical knowledge. Expertise in pain and symptom management, serious illness conversations with families.
- Excellent leadership, coaching, mentoring and team building skills.
- Strategic thinker with sound decision making, problem solving and evaluative skills.
- Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, build effective relationships and resolve conflict situations with individuals at all levels.
- Effective change agent skills with ability to implement and evaluate planned change.
- Proven ability to develop and sustain partnerships and work diplomatically and persuasively with a variety of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to provide progressive and innovative approaches and solutions to gaps and challenges.
- Able to critically assess and evaluate health research literature to determine best practices; ability to introduce education and evidence based research into practice areas
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, set and successfully accomplish objectives
- Able to define and articulate the specific areas of practice and client population for whom the NP is competent to provide health care services.
- Strong computer skills including MS Office suite programs.
- Self identifies learning needs and is a continuous, lifelong learner.
- Experience and comfort working independently and as part of a larger team as well as in a hospice, hospital and home environments.
- Physical ability to do the duties of the position and ability to operate related equipment
- 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 https://www.canuckplace.org/about-us/careers/ by November 15, 2020. 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.