West Park is a Centre of Excellence for Long-Term Ventilation. Service offerings include: inpatient complex continuing care (Chronic Assisted Ventilatory Care), Transitional Home Ventilation Service, and Long-Term Vent Outreach Services.
- Master's degree in Nursing
- Undergraduate Bachelors of Science in Nursing
- Current registration with the College of Nurse of Ontario as an RN(EC) in good standing
- Ability to practice without restrictions (completion of approved controlled substances education)
- Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner/ Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate (RN Extended Class)
- Certifications that complement clinical focus, i.e. Canadian Nurses Association certifications preferred
- Current/previous experience as an NP
- Current experience and demonstrated success as a clinical nurse (5+ years' experience)
- Demonstrated ability to provide clinical leadership and mentoring to staff
- Recent experience supporting vulnerable and medically complex ventilated patients
- Demonstrated ability in best practices and/or protocol development, implementation and evaluation
- Comprehensive knowledge of clinical health issues associated with specific clinical population: neurodegenerative diseases (ALS, Muscular Dystrophy), respiratory issues and management, invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation
- Experience in health services research and quality improvement methodologies
- Evidence of satisfactory attendance record
- An employee’s disciplinary record will be reviewed as part of the assessment of qualifications
- Ability to work in a manner that exemplifies the centre’s core values and helps patients get their life back
- Should be aware of conditions and measures that may affect the safety of patients, residents, students, employees, volunteers, physicians and visitors
- The provision of clinical care to patients comprises the central aspect of the NP role.
- The NP works autonomously to perform comprehensive health assessment, performs a complete or focused health history , performs a complete or focused physical examination, identifying and interpreting normal and abnormal findings, synthesizes health assessment information using critical inquiry and clinical reasoning to diagnose health/illness conditions, formulates differential diagnoses through the integration of patient information and evidenced informed practice and treats and manages acute and chronic illness within a holistic model of care.
- The NP orders and interprets screening and diagnostic tests, prescribe medications and performs procedures within the NP legislated scope of practice and the Centre's policies within defined patient populations including admitting and discharging patients as well as transferring patients to acute care.
- NP is accountable to communicate with patients about health assessment findings and diagnoses, further required testing and referral to other health-care professionals. The NP is also responsible for patient follow-up. The NP counsels patients on symptom management, health maintenance, pharmacotherapy, alternative therapies, rehabilitation strategies and other health programs.
- The NP makes appropriate referrals to other health care professionals within West Park as well as external health care providers.
- The following competencies are demonstrated:
- advanced health assessment and diagnosis
- therapeutic management
- health promotion and prevention of illness and injury
- The NP works in collaboration with physicians and the interprofessional team to provide consistent quality of care to vulnerable and medically complex demographic of mechanically ventilated patients to improve quality of life and reduce unnecessary emergency department transfers and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions. The NP also works in collaboration with acute care hospitals, the LHIN and community to assist in the transition of medically stable mechanically ventilated patient's home through the West Park Transition to Home Ventilation (THV) Program.
Professional Role, Responsibility and Accountability
- The NP works collaboratively with physicians, the interprofessional team, innovation and research and administrative partners to meet key responsibilities within the following domains:
1. Leadership: The NP provides leadership by:
- Working in a manner that exemplifies the core values of the Centre: excellence, respect, trust, collaboration and accountability.
- Acting as a preceptor, resource, consultant and coach to nursing colleagues, members of the interprofessional team and students.
- guiding, initiating and providing leadership in the development and implementation of policies, standards, practice guidelines, quality assurance, education and research initiatives, both corporately and program/unit specific.
- Providing consultation to both program and corporate initiatives through committee involvement, and program development and evaluation.
- Advocating for and participating in creating a practice environment that supports safe patient care, collaborative practice and professional growth.
- Maintaining eligibility to be cross appointed to an academic institution and belonging to the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario and other relevant organizations
2. Knowledge Translation: The NP contributes to disseminating and embedding of evidence informed practice by:
- Integrating evidence into clinical practice
- Analyzing, apprising and synthesizing research and evidence informed practices.
- Embedding research-based knowledge into daily practice and to support and educate other members of the health care team, including students.
- Contributing to the development of patient/family education
- Participating in the development and delivery of educational approaches for both patients and practitioners, including students.
- Contributing to the dissemination of knowledge through presentations and publications.
3. Scholarship: The NP is a collaborative, innovative practitioner who supports scholarship by:
- Collaborating with nurses, physician colleagues and the interprofessional team to evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns and systems of care against local and national benchmarks to identify variances in practice outcomes and population trends of specific patient populations.
- Identifying issues related to clinical practice and patient care and recommending innovations to improve care approaches and care delivery
- Recommending and being involved in quality improvement opportunities to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable patient-centered care.
- Participating in research that contributes to improved outcomes for patients
- Engaging in continuous professional development that demonstrates responsibility for maintaining and further developing NP competence.
At West Park Healthcare Centre, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment, an important part of living our values. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community. Our accessible employment practices are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodation during any phase of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter. For further assistance please contact the Human Resources Department at (416) 243-3600 extension 4633.