Title: Nurse Practitioner
Department: Chronic Pain Clinic
Hours of Work: Permanent Casual position; Days
Pay Range: $50.84 - $62.15 per hour
Location: Hotel Dieu Hospital Site
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Extended Class with additional educational preparation and experience, who possesses and demonstrates the competencies to autonomously diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform specific procedures within their legislated scope of practice.
The NP must know and practice in accordance with the standards relevant to the practice area as well as the legislation and regulations applicable to an NP practice:
- Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991;
- Nursing Act, 1991;
- Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act;
- Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act, 1990;
- Public Hospitals Act, 1990;
- Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990.
Reporting to the Program Manager, the NP works in an extended nursing role demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill in order to formulate clinical decisions, appropriately manage acute illness and promote wellness within clinical heart failure.
The NP explicitly consults the inter-professional team where care is required outside of the NP scope of practice and/or not covered by a Medical Directive.
Within this role, the NP is accountable for contributing to the delivery of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre strategy and must demonstrate an awareness of and be responsible for actively promoting and supporting patient-and-family-centered care and engagement.
RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES INCLUDE:
The provision of clinical care to patients and their families comprises an essential component of the NP role. The NP works autonomously to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures within the legislated scope of practice and where required, a defined collaborative practice agreement, to provide care to a defined population. The NP will collaborate with the interprofessional team to support the care of the patient and family.
Within the Chronic Pain Program, the Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for providing complex assessments, consultation, treatment and education aimed toward enhancing a patient's functional abilities and work to promote, restore and improve the patient's independence, understanding of chronic pain and their role in its self-management.
The NP will assist in the development of strategies to promote wellness and increase quality of life of patients suffering from chronic pain through education, specialized programming and a holistic approach to care towards the effort of reducing emergency department visits, hospital admissions and specialist referrals; consults and communicates effectively clients, families, professionals, support personnel and other community agencies.
The NP will develop an understanding of the current criteria/prioritization of referrals and expected program expansion inclusive of evaluation, outcomes and discharge with the goal to improve regional wait times, and improve quality of life measures.
The NP will ensure that patient care and nursing practice innovations within the Program are supported by research, and are reflective of, and congruent with, evidence based or current best practice guidelines/standards of practice. The NP will participate in and utilize research which improves patient outcomes, contributes to the expansion of nursing knowledge and advances the profession of nursing. The NP will participate in the evaluation of current practices at the individual and systems levels identifying gaps in practice and areas for future research to enhance the standard of care and nursing practice.
The NP acts as a resource, coach and mentor to the interprofessional team, particularly related to area of expertise and complex patient/client and family situations.
Acts as a resource and preceptor to students
Identifies learning needs and uses adult education concepts in planning, designing and implementing educational strategies.
The NP provides consultation for patients and families and our community partners.
Work in affiliation with Queens University and other academic partners to meet training and professional development requirements.
The NP will identify risk related to clinical practice which is managed through observation, assessment, and discussion with the involved practitioners. NPs improve clinical practice through the development, implementation and evaluation of practice guidelines, standards, policies and procedures that promote excellence in nursing practice in collaboration with key stakeholders. The NP participates in clinical and organizational committees.
The NP will provide leadership by supporting and fostering evidence-based practice and continuous quality improvement processes within the organization. The NP will act as a resource to individuals and groups within the Program and throughout the organization by promoting and ensuring excellence in nursing practice. The NP will provide leadership and consultancy in professional practice to other nursing colleagues within and outside the organization locally and regionally, and to other members of the interprofessional care team.
The NP will advocate for individuals, families, groups and communities in relation to treatment, the health-care system and policy decision that affect health and quality of life.
The NP will identify learning needs of nurses and other members of the interprofessional team and will address those needs within resources.
The proportion of time spent in the various domains of practice will be identified by the program and the population it serves.
NOTE - The above duties are representative but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. A complete job description is available from People Services on Watkins 4.
- Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as Registered Nurses in the Extended Class with one of the following specialty classes: Adult and Primary Health Care.
- Masters of Science (Nursing) or a Masters in a relevant discipline
- Membership with a professional organization such as CNA, RNAO or NPAO
- Each NP maintains and continually improves his/her competence by participating in the College of Nurses of Ontario's Quality Assurance requirements
- BCLS certification at the Health Care Provider Level.
- CNA Specialty in area of primary focus (Chronic Pain) an asset
- Minimum 3 years of nursing experience in respective clinical area required (experience managing patients suffering from chronic pain, and/or chronic disease management where knowledge of pain pathways, impact of pain on health/functioning, and pain management regimes/opioid prescribing were relevant to outcomes.)
- Demonstrated clinical practice at an expert level
- Demonstrated ability to educate staff, patients and families
- Experience in telephone management
- Telemedicine is an asset
- Experience with end of life, pain and symptom management
- Demonstrated leadership skills within the interprofessional care team
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and documentation skills
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with all team members
- Evidence of strong mentoring, teaching, team building, change leadership, organizational and prioritization skills, with the ability to work well in stressful situations
- Demonstrated ability to effectively deal with conflict situations and proactively and effectively resolve issues impacting on quality and continuity of care
- Exceptional time management, organizational and prioritization skills
- Demonstrated ability to problem solve and make evidence based decisions
- Demonstrated critical thinking and decision making skills
- Demonstrated ability to interpret/participate in research
- Demonstrated knowledge of computer database, data analysis and presentation packages required
- Proven ability to attend work regularly.
- Satisfactory criminal reference check required.
The applicant must be able to meet the physical demands of this position.
We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Kingston Health Sciences Centre is committed to inclusive and accessible employment practices.
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