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Nurse Practitioner - Cottonwoods (Kelowna)

Position Summary

In accordance with the established vision and values of the organization, the Short Stay Unit (SSU) Nurse Practitioner (NP) cares for patients, usually for less than three months, who require care as follows:

• Convalescent care is provided to clients with defined and stable care needs who require a supervised environment for reactivation or recuperation, usually prior to discharge home, and most commonly following an acute episode of care.
• Hospice care is provided to clients who require support with comfort, dignity and quality of life in the final days or weeks of their lives.
• Respite care provides a client’s main caregiver a period of relief, or to provide a client with a period of supported care to increase their independence.

Link to Short-Stay Services info

In this position, the NP performs pertinent physical examinations and clinical evaluations, manages clinical care, performs procedures, orders and reviews diagnostic studies, orders and monitors medications, and participates in short-term and long-term planning of patient care. Joins with members of the inter-professional team in coordinating the transitions in care. A high level of autonomy is expected along with collaboration, consultation and referrals to physicians and other members of the health care team. Requires credentialing and privileging into medical staff of IH NP Regional Department.

As NP you will be most responsible provider (MRP) to the patients admitted. Cottonwoods has 58 bed and Ponderosa has 48 beds. Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours a week. On call expected- group to be determined.

Candidates with 2 years NP clinical experience, SSU, hospitalist or rehab experience are preferred.

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!


1. Diagnoses and treats underlying acute and chronic conditions and disorders within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice.

2. Monitors ongoing medical care, orders appropriate screening diagnostic investigations, interprets reports of investigations, and analyzes information to monitor progress and plan treatment.

3. Provides follow-up care; communicates with patients and families about health findings, diagnoses, priorities, outcomes, and prognoses; supports and counsels patients/clients/residents in their responses to diseases, disorders, and conditions.

4. Collaborates and consults with allied healthcare professionals as appropriate to optimize plans for discharge. Participates in family meeting and planning for home.

5. Admits and discharges patients in accordance to organizational policies.

5. Prescribes drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits, and conditions for Nurse Practitioners and within applicable employer policies and procedures.

7. Participates in research/quality improvement initiatives that contribute to improved patient/client/resident care and advances in nursing, health policy development, and population health.

9. 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 healthcare partnerships.

10. Develops, implements, and evaluates policies and procedures related to nursing, interdisciplinary care, and health system practices.

11. Performs other related duties as required.

Hiring Incentives
• Exam reimbursement
• Relocation incentive
** Incentives are subject to change and current rates are confirmed at time of offer **

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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.

LEADS Capabilities
Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility – self-awareness, demonstrates character; noticing and adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.
• Engages Others/Empathy – fosters the development of others, communicates effectively, builds effective teams, listens with heart rather than reacting
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation – takes action to implement decisions, assesses & evaluates results, follows culturally respectful processes that also produce results
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship – builds partnerships & networks to create results, demonstrates a commitment to customers & service, navigates socio-political environments, building personal relationships in addition to professional ones, participating in open exchanges of experiences and culture
• System Transformation/Credible Champion – demonstrates systems/critical thinking, strategically oriented to the future, champions & orchestrates change, remains self-aware and maintains effective relationships, shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment of Aboriginal people.

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 and the 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 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.
• Valid BC Driver’s license.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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 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.

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