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Indigenous Nurse Practitioner, Kingston Community Health Centres

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Deseronto, and Napanee, Ontario
Deadline October 16, 2017

External: INP-2017
Posting Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Closing Date: Monday, October 16, 2017

Job Description

Title: Indigenous Nurse Practitioner*
Reports to: Manager, Napanee Area Community Health Centre
Position Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and communities of Deseronto and Napanee
Start Date: November 2017Salary: $88,330 - $94,048 

Position Summary

The Indigenous Nurse Practitioner will be a member of the Napanee Area Community Health Centre primary health care team.  However, the majority of the time, this position will be working at the Wellbeing Centre on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (TMT).   The emphasis will be on providing wholistic care, health promotion and disease prevention.  They Indigenous Nurse Practitioner diagnoses and manages common disorders and diseases seen in primary health care, in collaboration with the client and the physician.  The Indigenous Nurse Practitioner is responsible and accountable for their practice. The Indigenous Nurse Practitioner works as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team to address issues in the community which affect health. 

Tis position requires culturally appropriate skills and abilities to work effectively with the Indigenous population.  There will be an expectation to incorporate and integrate traditional Indigenous approaches to health into their Western based primary health care and health promotion practices.  

*This position description is currently under review to incorporate core competencies. Final position description will be provided to the successful candidate when available.

Key Responsibilities / Detailed Responsibilities

Client Care

  • Works within the scope of practice set for a Nurse Practitioner to provide primary care to clients.
  • Takes into account environmental, social, psychological and medical risk factors (social determinants of health) in a manner that is culturally safe, can be understood by clients, appropriate to their family situation and attuned to their cultural background (ex: Indigenous populations)
  • Incorporates and integrates traditional Indigenous approaches to health care into practice.
  • Works with and refers to other members of the care team or other health care professionals to ensure clients receive comprehensive, competent and appropriate health care.  This could include Indigenous Elders, Traditional Healers, Knowledge Keepers, etc.
  • Acts as a health advocate for clients and uses health care resources effectively.
  • Assesses clients for routine health and illness care, prescribes treatment, prescribes medications, orders diagnostic tests, and promotes chronic disease self-management principles as appropriate.
  • Remains accessible to clients during the hours of service scheduled by KCHC, at on and off-site locations and provides home visits as required.
  • Counsels and educates individuals on health and lifestyle issues and evaluates the effectiveness of education and counseling approaches and strategies.


  • Maintains accurate records of clients' visits and encounters, including phone encounters, using the charting and recording formats established by Kingston Community Health Centres.
  • Participates in developing, facilitating and evaluating mental and physical health promotion programs.
  • Identifies areas where development of protocols and procedures are needed to improve client services or to promote more effective staff functioning.
  • Assists other nursing staff in administrative and clinical duties as required, including supporting coverage for other Nurse Practitioners.

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Complies with all relevant legislation and KCHC policies, including privacy laws
  • Supports consistent application and development of KCHC policies and procedures
  • Supports KCHC’s student and volunteer placement programs
  • Promotes awareness of and participation in KCHC and TMT Community Wellbeing Centre activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement

Basic Education and Experience Requirements

  • On-going registration as Registered Nurse (Extended Class), Ontario College of Nurses.
  • Three to five years nursing experience in a primary care setting; or a combination of community, hospital or public health settings. Applicants with less experience may be considered.
  • Experience supporting marginalized clients, such as Indigenous populations, clients with addictions, mental health, and/or complex psycho-social issues.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and familiarity with traditional Indigenous approaches to healthcare an asset. 

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • This position requires culturally appropriate skills and abilities to work effectively with the Indigenous population
  • Knowledge of management of clients with addictions and mental health diagnosis
  • Familiarity with trauma informed care
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to engage marginalized clients, and a commitment to being a “team player.” This position involves two teams: Napanee Area Community Health Centre and the Community Wellbeing Centre team on the TMT.
  • Demonstrated ability to attend work on a regular basis and ability to meet the physical demands of the position
  • Excellent organizational skills and above average attention to detail
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and relevant software applications (Microsoft Office), including Electronic Medical Record software (Nightingale on Demand preferred)
  • Ability to communicate in Mohawk, other Indigenous language, or French language is an asset


  • Organizational Competencies: Accountability, Client Focus, Collaboration, Continuous Learning
  • Position Competencies: Attention to Detail, Communication, Knowledge/Professional/Technical Expertise, Negotiation, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Time Management

Other Requirements

  • Current and satisfactory Criminal and Vulnerable Persons Check
  • Reliable access to a vehicle and ability to travel between the communities of Napanee, Deseronto and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Application Instructions 

Please include a cover letter clearly outlining how your skills and experiences correspond with the specific job qualifications along with your resume.

Save all documents as a single file using your own name (Last, First). A PDF format is preferred.

Email to citing reference “INP-2017” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by the Human Resources Manager by 4:00 PM  Monday, October 16,2017

As a registered professional, to abide by and be accountable to the ethics and standards set out by the relevant regulatory body of the profession.

All KCHC staff have a duty to understand and follow KCHC policies, uphold high ethical and professional standards, and maintain confidentiality and privacy, using tact and good judgment in all dealings with other staff and clients.

KCHC is an equal opportunity employer, respecting and embracing the needs and diversity of our employees. If you require an accommodation to fully participate in the hiring process, please notify Human Resources.

Kingston Community Health Centres, 263 Weller Ave. Kingston ON, K7K 2V4