Are you a health care professional who works well under pressure and has knowledge of federal, provincial, territorial, regional, and Aboriginal organizations?
We are seeking an Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) to join our team in Merritt!
About the Role:
In accordance with the established vision and values of the organization, the Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) works as part of the Interdisciplinary Care Team and, as required, acts as a resource for both Aboriginal clients and healthcare providers to ensure the provision of care is culturally safe and client-centered. The APN works with Aboriginal peoples located in the assigned Interior Health (IH) service area across varying sectors of health (e.g., acute care, residential services, mental health, public health, and home health services), depending on the local service area.
Some Key Duties may include:
1. Provides consultative and navigational services for health professionals, the community, and clients to understand and identify client needs by supporting cultural interpretation and/or health literacy translation services and by supporting culturally-competent practice (e.g., access, system barriers, and navigation challenges).
2. Provides support and acts as a resource, as required, for healthcare providers, including primary healthcare physicians, regarding the provision of culturally-safe care. Coordinates client/family spiritual care requests and/or access to sacred spaces within the healthcare system to support Aboriginal beliefs and customs. Coordinates and provides community resources and connections to Aboriginal spiritual services as required.
3. Provides client support services within the hospital care system/community by initiating and maintaining working relationships with Aboriginal clients to assess their needs and ability to access and receive culturally-safe care. Supports clients, as requested in the assigned service area, to understand, access, and navigate acute care, home health, community, mental health, addictions, chronic disease, and public health services. Assists clients in addressing their concerns by linking with the IH complaint process.
4. At the client or healthcare provider’s request, the APN provides client support services related to discharge planning by participating in the discharge planning process, including assisting in the early identification and assessment of clients’ needs and liaising with the appropriate community and IH program and services (e.g., mental health, addictions, and/or other APN or community resources).
5. Provides client-specific navigation of services for Aboriginal clients in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team that may include such work as attending bed meetings, supporting staff with client/family culturally-safe needs assessment, checking for referrals and attending health-related service rounds. As required, coordinates client referrals to and from interagency, Aboriginal communities, urban Aboriginal organizations, and other health programs and services.
6. Provides a link between Aboriginal communities and IH healthcare providers and supports Aboriginal peoples’ understanding of the provincial healthcare system, the First Nations Health Authority, and federal healthcare systems where applicable. Provides information regarding the provision of and access to healthcare programs and services to Aboriginal clients, families, and communities.
7. Supports connection to community services such as Aboriginal translators.
8. Coordinates client-specific meetings between the inter-professional team, including Aboriginal healthcare providers, to address concerns or system barriers that arise.
9. Maintains and updates appropriate documentation and records related to the provision of client care. Completes summary and statistical casework information as required.
10. Attends regularly scheduled meetings with Managers and Administrators and monthly APN teleconference calls. Charts client referrals, receives and documents referrals from home health and community service organizations, and travels as required.
The growing city of Merritt is the service centre for the ranch country of the Nicola Valley and provides an excellent base for exploring the many outdoor recreational opportunities in all seasons. It is particularly scenic in the early fall, when rolling fields and forest foliage take on a golden glow. The surrounding Merritt Forest District supports stands of Engelmann spruce, Lodge Pole pine and Sub Alpine fir at higher elevations.
Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:
An attractive remuneration package and excellent career prospects awaits the right candidate. In addition to a competitive wage, we offer Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage and paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive defined employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.
Interior Health offers work-life balance with competitive wages, excellent employee benefits, professional development and educational leave in a larger-than-life landscape and four seasons playground. Make Interior Health your next best career destination!
If this sounds like a perfect opportunity for you, apply today!
Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.
Education, Training, and Experience:
• A degree or diploma in social work, healthcare, or a relevant field (e.g., Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse).
• Two years of related experience working in a healthcare environment.
• Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and understanding of Aboriginal people and their culture.
• Knowledge of federal, provincial, territorial, regional, and Aboriginal organizations mandated to provide health services.
• OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• Preference will be given to candidates proficient in one or more Indigenous languages.
• Completion of a medical terminology course is an asset.
• A criminal records check is required.
Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability:
o to understand the healthcare system and mainstream institutions.
o to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
o to be solution-focused and resolve conflict.
o to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a team environment.
o to address cultural concerns as they arise with cultural safety and humility.
o knowledge of and experience with marginalized populations.
o to commit to ongoing professional development.
o to work well under pressure, either related to deadlines or unforeseen circumstances.
o to operate related equipment, including computer hardware and software.
• Demonstrated knowledge of social justice issues and the impact of social determinants of health.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with others effectively.
• A valid BC Driver’s License.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Starting salary is approximately from $61,700 to $69,400 and will be based on education, training and experience.
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.