Title: Nurse Practitioner
Department: Mental Health
Position Number: 50065536
Pay Band: $50.34-$61.53
Hours of Work: Full-Time Position, Rotating Shifts including evenings and weekends
Location: Kingston General Hospital and 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 Operational Director, 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 Mental Health.
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.
The NP Mental Health will have patient care responsibilities on the inpatient unit, critical care, emergency room, urgent care clinic, operating room and outpatient clinics.
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 NP will provide direct, comprehensive clinical care to Mental Health patients, particularly those with critical care needs. 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. The position requires rotating and weekend shifts as first call for hospital consultations, transfer and inpatient care.
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.
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.
Provides consultation for patients and families and our community partners.
Works 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 Nurse in the Extended Class with the specialty class of Adult. With preference for acute care Nurse Practitioner Program.
- 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
- CNA Specialty in area of primary focus (an asset).
- Minimum 3 years of nursing experience in respective clinical area (Mental Health) required.
- Demonstrated understanding of the Ontario Mental Health Act.
- Demonstrated ability to educate staff, patients and families
- 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
- Valid Driver's License 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.
If you require an accommodation to fully participate in the hiring process, please notify the Recruitment Team.
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