Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Primary Care Nurse (RN)

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Primary Care Nurse (RN)
    Work Site: North Vancouver Urgent and Primary Care Centre
    Status: Casual
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Salary: $34.83 - $45.73 per hour
    Hours: 0800-1600, with shifts as assigned
    Reference#: 121606-eag

     

    ABOUT URGENT AND PRIMARY CARE CENTRES:

    Urgent and Primary Care Centres (UPCC) will provide care for people with unexpected, non-life-threatening conditions who need medical attention within 12-24 hours but who don't require a visit to the emergency department – this includes sprains, cuts and wounds, an infection, mild asthma attack and less serious child illness and injury. The multidisciplinary health care team will be staffed by general practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.

     

    UPCCs are intended to be an additional service in the community, working in concert with all touch points for care to provide appropriate urgent services to patients, when and where they need it.


    JOB SUMMARY:

    The primary care centre hosts a dynamic team that includes physicians, specialists, and nurses, providing care for patients and families who require high priority care within 24 hours. The primary function of the centre is to assess, diagnose, and treat non-life-threatening illnesses in clients of all ages. The centre is supported with an onsite lab, diagnostic imaging tools, and a pharmacy and will treat patients with high priority care needs.

    Within a team based model of care, the Primary Care Registered Nurse triages, assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients and families who require high priority care within 24 hours. The Nurse develops and maintains partnerships with primary care providers in accordance with the local Community of Care (COC) service delivery model and primary care network.

    The Nurse uses approved triage standards in applying critical thinking skills within safe limits of patient care. Applies chronic disease management, palliative, health management, and/or self-care management principles to conduct assessments, identify problems, provide direct care, and address issues or variances from the plan of care. Acts as a resource for the interdisciplinary team by providing information based on nursing theory and practice related to patients with primary level care needs.

    The Nurse practices in accordance with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) standards of practice for Registered Nurses, and as per VCH policies and decision support tools.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Education & Experience

    • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
    • Two (2) years’ recent clinical experience that is relevant to the designated clinical area, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

    Knowledge & Abilities

    • Demonstrates ability in applying critical thinking skills within safe limits of patient care.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and skills within primary care as well as theory and practice within a patient and family centred model of care.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant Professional Regulations and Standards (ie. Community Health Nurse of Canada (CHNC) competencies and standards of practice).
    • Demonstrated knowledge and demonstrated skill in the provision of evidence-based clinical practice related to primary care.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of provincial acts, regulations, and program policies and guidelines related to home, community and primary care.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of acute, chronic disease, mental health and substance use, palliative and health management and self-management support.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally safe care to diverse populations.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Trauma Informed Practice, Harm Reduction and Recovery Oriented Care.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
    • Demonstrated ability to employ effective conflict resolution.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and set priorities for care.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of other health disciplines and their role in patient care.
    • Demonstrated ability to use research in practice.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of adult education principles and ability to teach and coach patients and families.
    • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
    • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
    • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment.

    This posting has been posted internally and externally concurrently. External applicants will be considered after internals.

     

    The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

    ***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

    Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

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