The Nurse Practitioner- Cardiac Surgery is a self-directed Advanced Practice Nurse who is educated at the graduate level and functions in a collaborative practice model. Reporting to the Director, Cardiac Sciences, Critical Care and Clinical Neuroscience, the NP will provide general medical care to adult in-patients with a focus on cardiac surgery at the Foothills Medical Centre. The position requires the NP to perform advanced, focused and/or comprehensive health assessments and interventions, as well as order interpret and perform diagnostic tests to formulate differential diagnoses and management plans through the integration of patient information and evidence-based practice. The NP will both communicate assessment finding and/or diagnoses including outcomes and prognoses to patients/families and utilize complex reasoning reflective of expertise and education to safely coordinate and manage care for patients while promoting continuity across the continuum of care. An expectation of the position is to participate in profession-specific and inter-professional practice committees as required as well as collaborating with members of the healthcare team to provide and promote inter-professional, patient/family centered care. The NP will act independently and autonomously within their scope of practice. The NP will identify research needs, develop research activities and lead and/or participate in research projects and promote application of research and evidence in clinical practice.
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are Registered Nurses with advanced education at Master of Nursing level or equivalent and possess competencies as required for NP licensure in Alberta. The NP is an independent and autonomous practitioner who contributes to quality patient care through advanced practices, leadership, consultations and referrals, education and research. The NP, who may be the most responsible healthcare provider for individuals and families, has greater breadth, depth and complexity of application of nursing knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment and performs additional activities beyond registered nursing practice (CARNA, 2011). In practice the NP role includes but is not limited to diagnosing and managing common and complex health conditions, promoting health and preventing illness/injury, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other therapies and performing procedures, interventions and/or treatments. The NP performs restricted activities within their scope of practice as defined by Schedule 24 of the Health Professions Act, the Registered Nurses Profession Regulations, and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Nursing activities performed are determined by legislation, regulation, professional body direction, Alberta Health Services (AHS) policy, educational preparation, practice setting, patient need, and competency of the individual NP.
Current ACLS and Basic Cardiac Life Support - Health Care Provider (BCLS-HCP) certifications. Current registration with CARNA as a Nurse Practitioner (or proven eligibility for CARNA registration). Must be able to support flexible work schedule. Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working directly with patients and their family members and other members of the health care team. Ability to work as a member of a team. Ability to function independently. Must excel at working in a dynamic fast paced environment. Work well under pressure and stressful situations. Application and knowledge of current research.
Additional Required Qualifications:
Minimum of 3 years’ of Clinical experience as a NP within the last 5 years’. Minimum of 1 year of the last 3 years’ of Clinical experience being in an Outpatient Clinic setting.
Meditech, MS Office Suite, Lync and tele-health knowledge. Proven experience of successful teaching. Proven experience in program development. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively with members of the inter-professional team Demonstrates critical thinking, conflict resolution and problem. Solving skills. Demonstrated ongoing responsibility for maintaining own continuing professional and practice competencies through professional development activities.
Alberta Health Services is one of the leading healthcare systems in Canada, responsible for the delivery of health care to more than 3.7 million Albertans. Working at the AHS enables a better quality of life, not only for our staff, but for their families – there’s no shortage of reasons to join our team.