Shift type: Days
Shift times: 06:30-14:30
Days of work: Monday to Friday
Days off: Sun, Sat, STAT
In accordance with established vision and values of the organization, the Thoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner (NP) cares for patients with Thoracic and Respiratory diseases as well as related co-morbid conditions. The Thoracic Program NP integrates knowledge and skill from nursing and medicine in order to assess, diagnose, treat and evaluate individuals who have thoracic related disorders and other co-morbid conditions. This role contributes to patient care through advanced nursing clinical practice, education, consultation, research, administration and professional practice.
The role is a balance of independent practice and collaboration with the Thoracic Surgeons and other interdisciplinary health care team members. This team includes the registered nurse, nutritionist, social worker, pharmacist, respiratory technician, Thoracic Surgeon, Respirologist, Hospitalist, Anaesthesiology, Emergency Room physician, other consultants as well as the patient’s primary care provider.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provides care to thoracic disease patients referred by their primary care provider or other members of the health care team. Care is provided within the boundaries of Kelowna General Hospital. Facilitates the transition of the patient back to their home community.
2. Diagnoses and treats previously undiagnosed patients/clients/residents for undifferentiated diseases, disorders, and conditions within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice; writes orders for treatment and medications; provides first line care in emergencies.
3. Monitors ongoing care, orders appropriate screening diagnostic investigations; interprets reports of investigations and analyzes information to monitor progress and plan treatment.
4. Establishes priorities for management of health, diseases, disorders, and conditions; provides follow-up treatment; communicates with patients/clients/residents and families about health findings, diagnoses and priorities, outcomes and prognoses; supports and counsels patients/clients/residents in their responses to diseases, disorders and conditions.
5. Collaborates and consults with physicians or other health care and social service providers as appropriate to assess and diagnose patient/client/resident status. Develops and implements treatment plans. May admit and discharge patients/clients/residents to facilities according to organizational policies.
6. Prescribes drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits, and conditions for Nurse Practitioners and within applicable employer policies and procedures.
7. Assigns work to other nursing and health care personnel; evaluates work and provides education and supervision as necessary; provides input in to performance evaluations and the hiring of staff.
8. Participates in research contributing to improved patient/client/resident care and advances in nursing, health policy development and population health.
9. Maintains population health focus by implementing screening and health promotion activities for populations at risk.
10. Participates in interdisciplinary staff and nursing education through case presentations, mentoring, role modeling and facilitating the exchange of knowledge in the classroom, the clinical setting and the community; fosters health care partnerships.
11. Develops implements, and evaluates policies and procedures related to nursing, interdisciplinary care, and health system practices.
12. Performs other related duties as required
13. Collaborates with family members regarding patient treatment plans.
• OSCE exam reimbursement
• Relocation incentive
** Incentives are subject to change and current rates are confirmed at time of offer **
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. Come and join our team. Apply today!
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).
• Recent, relevant clinical nursing experience
• The successful candidate will be required to become privileged and credentialed as member of the KGH medical staff
Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate and collaborate with patients/clients/residents and families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, self care and prognosis.
• Ability to collaborate, consult with and formally refer patients/clients/residents to physicians and other health professionals when appropriate.
• Ability to critically assess and evaluate health research literature to determine best practices; ability to introduce education and evidence based research.
• Ability to assess and recognize population health trends; ability to plan and implement strategies for population based prevention and health promotion.
• Ability to implement and evaluate planned change.
• Ability to supervise others and evaluate the care they deliver.
• Ability to lead a team and work within a team.
• Ability to self-direct, interact, and adapt effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations.
• Ability to transfer knowledge, teach, coach and mentor others.
• Ability to identify and respond appropriately to legal and ethical issues that may arise in patient/resident/client care.
• Ability to self-assess performance and assume responsibility and accountability for own professional development, educational or consultative assistance when appropriate.
Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).
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.