The Northwest Territorial Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) works under the direction of the Minister of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services and the Health and Social Services regions, to support the health and wellbeing of people across the Northwest Territories through planning, development, deliver, evaluation and reporting on program and service delivery.
NTHSSA is committed to the development and provision of quality services in such a way as to make the best use of public resources, ensure the sustainability of the system, focus on client safety and best practices and promote positive health and social outcomes. NTHSSA strives to continually improve the health and social service system to ensure best health, best care, and a better future for the people of the NWT.
Our mission is to work with people to optimize wellbeing through the provision of collaborative and culturally appropriate health and social services.
Located within the Sahtu¿ Dene Necha¿ Ko ¿ Long Term Care Facility and reporting directly to the Nursing Clinical Care Coordinator (NCCC), the LPN - Long Term Care provides culturally sensitive care to residents who have medical disorders with predictable outcomes in the 18-bed Long Term Care facility and two transitional care beds. During the day shift on weekdays, a Nursing Clinical Care Coordinator will be on duty. The LPN, under supervision of the Nursing Clinical Care Coordinator, will lead his/her team and be accountable for the overall nursing care of all residents within the facility. Team members include Resident Care Aides and a Rehabilitation/Activity Aide who will require supervision, support and direction from the LPN. In the Supportive Pathway model, additional members may become part of the Team. I.e. cooks, cook helpers and housekeeping staffs.
KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- The LPN - Long Term Care must have knowledge of and the ability to apply the nursing process (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) and practice to ensure that the patients/residents' physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, educational and daily living needs are met.
- An ability to educate patients/residents and their families (where applicable) on appropriate self-care methods and techniques.
- Basic knowledge in biological, physical and behavioral sciences in order to recognize, interpret and prioritize findings and determine and implement a plan of action based on accepted standards of practice.
- Knowledge of, and an ability to network resources within and outside the NTHSSA (i.e. Social Services, Public Health, medevac teams, etc.) in order to ensure support of patients/residents and their families.
- An ability to operate a desktop computer in order to send and receive electronic mail and conduct research over the Internet.
- An ability to operate and/or use standard medical equipment (such as but not limited to thermometers, nasogastric (NG) tubes, sphygmomanometer, stretchers, blood glucose monitors, Kangaroo pumps, suction tubes, etc.).
- Self-Control (Responds Calmly) - Feels strong emotion in the course of conversation or other tasks, such as anger, extreme frustration, or high stress, but controls emotions, and continues to talk or act calmly.
- Flexibility (Adapts to Normal Procedures) - Alters normal procedures or ways of working to fit a specific situation to get the job done and/or to meet NTHSSA goals, (i.e. performs co-workers' tasks when needed).
- Valuing diversity (Monitors and Modifies Own Behavior) - An ability to monitor and evaluate own beliefs and behaviors with regard to prejudices and personal bias, and practice new behavior as appropriate.
- Initiative (Shows Persistence) - An ability to persist that may mean taking two or more steps to overcome obstacles or rejection (i.e. does not give up easily when things do not go smoothly).
- Analytical Thinking (Sees Basic Relationships) - An ability to take apart a problem into pieces an link those pieces together (i.e. A leads to B leads to C) and an ability to sort into order of importance.
- Conceptual Thinking (Sees Patterns) - When looking at information, sees patterns, trends, or missing pieces and notices when a current situation shows some similarities to a past situation, and identifies the similarities.
- Listening. Understanding and Responding (Listens responsively) An ability to demonstrate objective and active listening. This includes an ability to behave in a helpful and responsive manner and an ability to seek out the facts and pertinent information before drawing conclusions.
- Client Service Orientation (Addresses Underlying Needs) - An ability to seek information about the real, underlying needs of the client, beyond those expressed initially, and matches these to available services.
- Teamwork and Cooperation (Cooperates) An ability to participate willingly and
support team decisions (i.e. is a good team player). This includes doing one's own share of the work and sharing all relevant and useful information.
Typically. the above qualifications would be attained by:
- Expertise (Answers Questions) - An ability to answer questions as an expert when asked. This includes telling people about current understanding of technical issues.
- Developing Others (Gives Behavioral Feedback) - An ability to give specific positive or mixed feedback for developmental purposes. This includes giving negative feedback in behavioral rather than personal terms, and expresses positive expectations for future performance.
This level of knowledge is commonly acquired through the successful completion of a Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate and two years recent experience within a long term care setting. Within the NTHSSA - Sahtu Region the LPNs must be registered with the GNWT Registrar.
Sahtu HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
#2 McKenzie Drive
NORMAN WELLS, NT X0E 0V0
Ph. (867) 587-7150
Fax (867) 587-2173