Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Mental Health Focus
Hours of Work/Schedule:
Monday to Friday, 35 Hours (includes 1-2 evenings per week)
Position Reports To:
Manager, Clinical Services
Director, Clinical Services
Carea Community Health Centre is a recognized leader in redefining the experience of community based health and wellness services. We provide access to high quality holistic and inclusive care that is responsive to the needs of the community and empowers individuals to enhance their own well-being. We hold these values equally: (1) Person Centered; (2) Inclusive; (3) Compassion; (4) Teamwork & Collaboration; and (5) Accountability & Reliability. These five core values embody who we are, how we work, and are fundamental to our culture. Every member of our team demonstrates their commitment to these core values in their everyday activities. These values steer our decision making, guide the delivery of care and services, and govern how we interact with our clients, partners, and each other. Carea will continue to focus on building its capacity to provide a full range of health and wellness services to clients of all-ages across Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering.
Working within the West Durham Interprofessional Primary Care (IPC) Team based at Carea’s Pickering office, the NP will provide comprehensive, client-centered primary health care that emphasizes accessibility, health promotion, illness prevention, and continuity of care for clients experiencing symptoms of mental illness who are referred for service by solo primary care practitioners in the West Durham region.
While patients remain connected to their referring primary care provider, Carea’s IPC Team, made up of the NP, Health Promoter, and Therapist, will provide comprehensive assessment related to mental and physical distress. Initial assessment is followed by treatment planning, counselling, medication and referrals to community programs, follow up and on-going communication with the client’s primary care provider. The IPC Team will activate clinical pathways, referring clients to additional Carea services and connecting them with community- based and specialty services as indicated.
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) will be an effective, collaborative member of an inter-professional team providing clinical services to marginalized and at-risk members of our community – particularly those experiencing poverty and discrimination. The NP will demonstrate advocacy and leadership skills to champion and support goals that align with and achieve Carea CHC’s Strategy, Vision, Mission and Values, internally and externally, in the context of safe and ethical NP practice.
Benefits of working at Carea
- Competitive benefits – Health, Dental, Vision Care
- HOOPP benefits – Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
- Paid vacation starting at 4 weeks per year
- Perform clinical assessments, diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions within full scope of practice to address the biopsychosocial needs of clients, including those with multiple comorbid health conditions, mental health diagnoses and/or concurrent disorders involving substance use/abuse, recognizing the importance of social determinants and associated health risks
- Actively participate within an inter-professional model of care which includes Carea clinical services and health promotion staff as well as consultation and collaboration with external providers and partners
- Provide case management and follow-up for client treatment regime, actively participating in case conferences as required within the IPC model of care
- Provide leadership by promoting a proactive and supportive team environment, contributing substantively to the development, implementation, and evaluation of an emerging program and related structures and processes of care
- Contribute to activities related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of medical directives, policies and procedures, and best-practice guidelines
- Complete timely and accurate medical records of client encounters, documentation and third-party correspondence using Carea CHC’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system: Nightingale-on-Demand (NOD)
- Ensure client care and caseload is managed to achieve the goals of Carea CHC’s Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (MSAA) indicator targets with the Central-East Local Health Integration Network (CE-LHIN)
- Participate in chart reviews, development and implementation of Quality Improvement Plans (QIP) and accreditation activities
- May be required to conduct home visits with clients
- May provide clinical supervision and training for NP students and orientees
- On-call coverage as required
- Participation in mandatory education and training as assigned
- Other duties as assigned
- Nursing Degree – completion of a Masters degree in Nursing
- Completion of a recognized primary care NP program
- Registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as RN (Extended Class)
- Must hold a Prescribing Narcotics and Controlled Substances certificate from a CNO-approved training program
- Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario (NPAO) or Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) membership is an asset
- Minimum of three years’ experience working as a primary care NP with clients having complex needs, including children and youth
- Experience working in a CHC setting or other community health practice with experience in resource development and establishing community partnerships strongly preferred
- Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills, organizational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively and respectfully in a collaborative, inter-professional team environment
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with clients in a non-judgmental manner that can be effectively understood – includes active listening skills to understand client needs and coaching of clients as collaborative partners in their health care
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage crises in a professional manner
- Demonstrated report-writing skills for a clinical setting
- Superior communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills
- Basic CPR certification
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word)
- Demonstrated competency in facilitating client group activities
- Valid current vulnerable sector police check – required upon hiring
- Flexibility to work from any of Carea CHC’s locations in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax or Pickering as needed
- Valid Ontario Driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle
Demonstrated Minimum Attributes core to the Agency
- Service oriented, Results oriented, Flexible/Adaptable, Collaborative, Effective Communication Skills, Team Player, Ability to manage risk within one’s responsibility & accountability, Ability to take Accountability.
Human Resources (HR) Management
- Adheres to and applies organization-wide policies and practices in support of organizational health and performance management.
- Adheres to and applies established compliance measures within legislative requirements and equity principles (e.g., AODA, Human Rights Code and Ontario Employment Standards).
- Applies the framework for Accountability-based Management within scope of duties in support of aligned performance management and objectives linked to Strategy.
Organizational Health & Development
- Ensures adoption of Workplace Success - the established People Strategy that fosters organizational health and development.
- Acts as an agent in ensuring organizational health through adoption of established, adaptive and responsive organizational structures for change management and effective change execution as aligned to the Agency’s Vision, Values, and goals.
- Champions and supports Employee Engagement efforts and initiatives.
- Within scope of duties and accountability, conducts work within the established Respect in the Workplace concept that demonstrates commitment to the Agency’s anti-oppression; dismantling the forms and structures of racism, sexism, homophobia, hetero-sexism, harassment, discrimination and violence. Measurable framework includes adherence to policies and practices, and use of training strategy and tools within Respect in the Workplace, AODA, and Diversity.
Health & Safety
- Ensures scope of duties/accountabilities adheres to established Health & Safety program, policies and procedures.
- Ensures work performed by staff and self are in a safe and healthy manner in keeping with the Agency’s obligations under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) legislation, and as guided through the Agency’s Health & Safety program.
1) Please submit a cover letter and resume (as one document) expressing your interest by email to email@example.com on or by 5:00pm on February 28, 2020.
1) The Agency is committed to transparent and merit based selection in all of its recruiting and hiring decisions. We embrace and celebrate our community’s unique multicultural heritage and diversity.
2) This position is subject to the successful completion of the following pre-employment conditions for all external hires: Reference Checks; and Criminal Background checks (including Vulnerable Sector Screening).
We welcome internal referrals and, depending on needs, may conduct an external search concurrent with internal posting. While we thank all applicants for their interest in applying, only those qualified and considered for interview will be contacted. All applicant submissions will be kept on file for six months, for future consideration.
Carea Community Health Centre is committed to complying with all applicable standards as set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code, and any other applicable legislation. Accessibility: If you have accessibility needs and require alternate formats or other accommodations please contact Human Resources at 905-723-0036, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Carea Community Health Centre, and staff are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes diversity.