Registered Nurse - Senior Services (full-time, 12-month contract)
Reporting to the Clinical Program Manager, and as a member of the Community Services, Transitions and Integration (CSTI) team, the Registered Nurse (RN) - Senior Services provides comprehensive nursing services to patients who are physiologically aged and/or elderly.
The RN - Senior Services provides an advanced level of nursing practice that maximizes the application of in-depth nursing theory, knowledge and skills to meet the complex health care needs of individuals, families and communities. The RN functions as a nursing practice leader and an expert practitioner and educator regarding the more complex geriatric population.
The RN will use critical thinking and clinical judgment to coordinate and facilitate the assessment and management of patients within the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network (CWC PCN). Specifically, they will use a case management approach when assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care needs. The RN will utilize the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) in maintaining accurate and timely records, documenting all phases of patient care.
Responsibilities include providing clinical expertise to patients of CWC PCN physicians who have been referred to the Primary Care Centre. The RN works to full scope of practice delivering evidence-based care, assessments and interventions with an emphasis on providing comprehensive care, education and guidance to the elderly and their families. They are accountable for facilitating the transition of a patient’s care between and across services and providers including the transitions between acute, primary and community-based services. The RN will work collaboratively with all members of the Senior Services team and other stakeholders.
- Under the direction of the physician of record, works collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to enhance the delivery of primary care services to patients 65 years of age and above and those who are over 55 years of age who are physiologically aged.
- According to practice protocols, performs and documents a comprehensive history and in-depth assessment of the health status including physiological, psychosocial, economic, learning, cultural and spiritual factors affecting health and well-being. Initiates and implements management strategies and provides appropriate evaluation, followup and modifications to care plans.
- Integrates scientific theories and current research and evidence from nursing and allied healthcare professions. Identifies and articulates the rationale for selecting interventions, and implements innovative approaches to support the health, learning and transitional needs of the individual, family and community.
- Works in collaboration with the family physicians and other members of the collaborative care team, or independently as appropriate, to assess and evaluate the needs of patients. Home visits and providing care in the patient’s home are key components of this role.
- Provides chronic disease management and mental health services within the context of geriatric care, incorporating monitoring progress and response to treatment, and promoting the preventive aspects of patient care. Provides necessary interventions, within the scope of practice.
- Initiates appropriate investigations and community referrals to broaden the basis of support for patient, family and caregiver.
- Supports, fosters and implements evidence-based practice.
- In accordance with CWC PCN policies, procedures and established standards, employs expert consulting skills with nurses and other professionals in various clinical settings to directly and indirectly influence patient care.
Primary Care Geriatric Nursing Program Delivery
- Works with the Clinical Program Manager to implement the CWC PCN primary care vision, outcomes, operational plans, systems, policies, protocols and metrics.
- Supports the family physicians by keeping abreast of current trends in geriatric nursing within primary care and the dementia network of Calgary.
- Responsible for personal professional development through a variety of strategies highlighted in the performance management/personal development plan. Participates in the CWC PCN education programs, clinical review meetings, and multidisciplinary and geriatrics program team meetings.
The ideal candidate is a Registered Nurse who has an advanced level of nursing expertise to maximize the application of in-depth nursing theory, knowledge and skills to meet the complex health care needs of geriatric individuals, families and communities.
Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an approved post-secondary healthcare program with an equivalent combination of training and experience in geriatrics is required. A Master’s degree in Nursing is an asset.
- If not already attained, must have a willingness to undertake the Canadian Nurses Association professional certification related to Geriatrics: Gerontological Nurse Certified (C)anada.
- Certificates: Current for Health Care Providers required.
Knowledge: Demonstrated clinical skills in primary care nursing, with evidence of own continued professional development. Proven ability to build good working relationships with healthcare professionals, patients and other members of the community. Knowledge of and ability to use EMR. Demonstrates ability to use equipment and supplies according to established standards and procedures.
- A minimum of five years of broad clinical nursing practice required; a minimum of three years’ nursing experience within gerontology; chronic disease management is preferred; minimum of two years recent full-time medical/surgical nursing experience is preferred. Must have the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision in a professional and mature manner. Ideally has experience working in a primary care environment.
Organization skills: Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Strong organizational skills. Proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a highly challenging environment. Ability to work with fixed deadlines, cope with frequent interruptions and changes required.
Communications and customer relations skills: Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills; able to handle requests and complaints in a professional, non-confrontational manner. Excellent followup and problem-solving skills, with ability to make intuitive decisions. Discretion and ability to handle sensitive information and material appropriately.
Attention to detail: Precision, accuracy and high attention to detail in all aspects of work.
Team-oriented: Ability to work effectively independently as well as with a team.
Safety conscious: Promotes a healthy/safe practice environment, recognizes safety issues and reports appropriately, and participates in correction and prevention action plans.
Hours of work: Regular office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Transportation: This role requires the incumbent to drive their personal vehicle for CWC PCN-related business; therefore, the employee must:
- Own a reliable vehicle and hold a valid Alberta driver’s licence
- Notify manager if driver’s licence is suspended or revoked
- Maintain adequate vehicle insurance coverage with a minimum of $1,000,000 liability coverage.
- Evidence of driver’s licence and insurance must be provided by signing the Verification of Valid Driver’s Licence and Insurance Coverage Form.
Background check: a clear criminal background check, inclusive of vulnerable sector check, is required to start. If you have resided outside Calgary in the past 12 months, you will need to contact the local police or RCMP detachment in your previous residential municipality to be able to obtain a full report.
Why Work for Us?
Employees of the CWC PCN enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes employer-paid premiums for health and dental benefits, health spending/wellness account, learning account, eligibility to contribute to our group RRSP plan and receive an employer match, flexible working options, generous vacation and personal time off allowances, and education days as well as professional development opportunities.
The CWC PCN is a leader in the provision of primary care through collaboration, innovation and teamwork, creating healthy patients and satisfied providers.
How to Apply
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only those who apply through the CWC PCN website and complete the CWC PCN online application form will be moved forward in the recruitment process.
Please submit your application through the CWC PCN Careers web page.
Only submissions received with the following three (3) documents will be considered:
1) completed and signed application form (available on the Careers page at cwcpcn.com)
2) cover letter
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Posting will remain open until the position is filled.
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