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Nurse Practitioner, Queen Square Family Health Team, Central West Local Health Integration Network

Brampton, Ontario
Deadline August 20, 2013             

Position: Nurse Practitioner (NP)   
Status: Full Time (2.0 FTE)
Sector: Community – Family Health Team
LHIN: Central West Local Health Integration Network (CW LHIN)
Region: Peel Region
Deadline: August 20, 2013
Start Date: November 2013

Queen Square Family Health Team (QSFHT) provides primary health care, including chronic disease management, health promotion and disease prevention, to a rostered population of patients in the city of Brampton and surrounding area. The FHT employs an inter-professional team of health care providers who work in a collaborative model of care.   

Position Summary:

The NP is a key part of the patient care circle and should be comfortable working to their full scope of practice. In addition to assisting with physician-managed care, the NP will also be engaged to provide care and services to patients independent of direct physician involvement.  He/she will assist the FHT in achieving its vision, mission and values. The NP will support patient care and the delivery of programs including chronic disease and geriatric care, by focusing on the identification, provision and management.

Examples of core duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing comprehensive primary care both within a solo and team-based dynamic
  • Providing health care and treatment plans for clients with minor episodic illnesses, minor injuries and stabilized chronic illnesses, as well as for clients with complex health and social needs
  • Assuming a lead role in the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment, education, counseling and health promotion programs and services

The Family Health Team staff will be working on a schedule that equally meets the needs of the patients and physicians and thus evenings and weekends are expected.

Accountability

The NP is ultimately accountable to the Executive Director of the FHT.

Responsibilities:

  • Completes health assessments, including a health history and physical examination
  • Formulates and communicates medical diagnoses
  • Participates in the development, planning and evaluation of treatment, education, counselling and health promotion programs and activities
  • Develops and evaluates educational resources, presentations, workshops, etc.
  • Determines the need for, and orders from, an approved list of screening and diagnostic laboratory tests and interprets the results
  • Determines the need for, and orders and interprets reports of X-rays, ECGs and diagnostic ultrasounds for diagnosis
  • Monitors the ongoing therapy of patients with chronic stable illness by providing effective pharmacological, complementary or counseling interventions
  • Consults with a physician in accordance with the standards for consultation with physicians, and/or refers the patient to another health care professional
  • Works collaboratively with other team members to manage the needs of patients
  • Shares results of assessment and intervention with referring physicians and other Team clinicians as requested within a specified timeframe
  • Recommends and arranges for specialist referrals and appointments in consultation with physician(s)
  • Facilitates referrals to other services as well as communication and networking between the primary care practice and hospital or home care
  • Maintains relationships with networks, related professional organizations and other related service providers
  • Provides input into plans for the purchase of equipment for the FHT
  • Exercises reasonable care and caution in protecting confidential and sensitive information related to clients and personnel
  • Participates as a clinical team member in the development and delivery of targeted programs including but not limited to palliative care, cancer care, case management, chronic disease, mental health and addictions, reproductive and child health  
  • On a rotating basis, provides service at the after-hours clinic
  • Undertakes home visits when required
  • Actively participates in staff, team and committee meetings as appropriate to facilitate program development and implementation

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing - Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program Certificate (or recognized equivalent)
  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing required
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as a RN(EC) is required
  • Current membership with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
  • Evidence of professional liability insurance
  • Basic CPR certification
  • Demonstrated experience in a community and/or primary care setting
  • Current Ontario Driver’s License
  • Knowledge and proficiency in current, evidenced-based methods and practices of primary care delivery, with an emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction and chronic disease management
  • Knowledge of client-centered philosophy, change management, basic principles and practices of community service delivery, short-term treatment options and chronic disease management models
  • Knowledge of community resources connected to the provision of health promotion and illness prevention related services
  • Works effectively, both independently and as part of an inter-disciplinary team
  • Possesses superior leadership, organization, research, evaluation, time management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in the use of computer hardware and software
  • Comfortable and experienced in working within an electronic medical record system
  • Exhibits a desire and ability to update knowledge and skills through various means including technology-based opportunities, courses, workshops and conferences
  • Exhibits an ability to be open and non-judgmental
  • Ability to work flexible hours (some evening and weekend work may be required)
  • Demonstrated understanding of the goals, structures, policies and procedures of the FHT
  • Outstanding multi-tasking ability related to the delivery of efficient primary care

Queen Square Family Health Team offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental benefits. We also offer an attractive and rewarding work environment. Please note that only positions that work over 21 hours per week will be eligible for the benefit package.

Queen Square Family Health Team is an equal opportunity employer. We are situated in a multi-cultural neighborhood and are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce who will work together to create & sustain a vibrant, healthy, safe and caring community.

While we thank all applicants, only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview. In Accordance with The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Queen Square Family Health Team will provide accommodation, accessible formats and communication supports for the interview upon request

Contact Information:

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume to the attention of:  [email protected]

Please include the following reference in the subject line: NP-01082013

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note any telephone/ email inquiries related to this role won’t be accepted.