Palliative Care Consultation Nurse

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) - Bridgewater, NS (21 days ago)

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Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Health Services Manager, Cancer Care & Palliative Care Services or designate, the Palliative Care Consultation (Specialist) Nurse (PCCN) provides a specialized consultative nursing service to individuals who are living with a life-limiting illness. The PCCN is a member of the intra-disciplinary Palliative Care Consultation (Specialist) Team. The PCCN completes comprehensive assessments and works in partnership with interprofessional care teams, primary care providers, community agencies and volunteers in addressing the full range of physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the individual. This includes a strong emphasis on the provision of skilled and timely pain and symptom assessment and management. The PCCN recognizes the patient and family as “the unit of care”.

The PCCN provides clinical leadership that is focused on improving the quality of care delivered to individuals and family members coping with life-limiting illness. The PCCN serves as an educator, coach and mentor in the provision of the palliative approach to care.

The PCCN exhibits sound professional judgment and initiative while working within the Mission, Vision, Strategic Directions and incorporates into daily practice the Core Competencies and Values of the organization.

Qualifications
Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing Program
Registered or eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN)
Minimum of five (5) years continuous nursing experience required
Work experience in the care of palliative patients and families essential
Palliative Care Consultation (Specialist) Nurse experience an asset
Certification in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing (CHPCN) required or willing to become certified within two years of hire
Mental Health First Aid Training an asset
Demonstrated ability to understand and utilize the domains of care associated with illness and bereavement
Excellent physical assessment skills including pain and symptom assessment/management
Experience organizing, leading and facilitating in services, education programs and group meetings
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and as an effective team member
Demonstrated leadership skills including effective decision-making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills required
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to demonstrate interpersonal effectiveness with patients, families, volunteers and other healthcare providers including family physicians/nurse practitioners,.
Ability to facilitate patient/family/team conferences in various settings
Exhibits characteristics of warmth, empathy, humor and a non-judgmental philosophy of care
Physical and mental capabilities to perform the duties of the position such as the ability to tolerate high stress levels, including multiple losses; adaptable to flexible and variable work hours
Commitment to promoting a culture of respect that supports safety, ethical practices, cultural awareness and organizational health
Demonstrated competency in basic computer skills (Microsoft Suite, E-mail, Internet, Excel, SHARE, and Meditech); and the ability to acquire additional skills as necessary (e.g. SEASCAPE)
Minimal travel within the geographical area may be required
Valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and/or daily access to a reliable vehicle
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work
Long Assignment Part-time (40%) Position; 30 hours bi-weekly
Beginning January 6, 2020 with an expected end date of January 7, 2022
Dates are approximate and subject to change
Shifts include days, nights, weekends & holidays
Salary Information

$35.0356 - $41.2784 Hourly

($42.7230 with 25 years' RN experience)

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Nursing bargaining unit - NSNU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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