Family Practice Nurse – 0.8 FTE Permanent Position

About The City of Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie is located in Northwestern Alberta, in the heart of the Peace Region, and is the largest city north of Edmonton. It is a thriving young city full of continuous growth and opportunity. The population of Grande Prairie is 69,088 (2018 census), with the greatest population being between the ages of 30 and 34. This population includes representation from more than 80 different cultural and ethnic groups.

Grande Prairie has been the hub of the Peace Region since the early 1900s, making it rich with the culture and heritage of its many residents past and present. Across the city, there are many ways to immerse yourself in the experience of Grande Prairie’s culture and heritage. Grande Prairie possesses several state-of-the-art recreational facilities and has a vibrant arts and culture community.

Grande Prairie has something for all those you live and work in this great city. Visit one of our many historic exhibits, check out a significant landmark or one of many other opportunities to explore the city in new ways today! To learn more go to www.cityofgp.com

About The Grande Prairie PCN

The Grande Prairie Primary Care Network, in beautiful Grande Prairie, Alberta – a city rich in cultural and economic opportunities, and a great place to raise a family – was formed in 2010 to work with local primary care physicians in the delivery of primary healthcare services. The PCN provides innovative and collaborative initiatives that improve communication, increase coordination of services, and enhance medical clinic practices to better meet the needs of the community.

This position is with the Grande Prairie PCN FTE: 0.8 FTE
Status: Permanent Hours per Week: variable
Hours per Shift: 7.5 hours per day Reference ID: FPN20221116
Primary Location: Grande Prairie PCN
Position Summary

The Family Practice Nurse (FPN) is a Licensed Practical Nurse who will work collaboratively within a family practice environment to enhance the delivery of primary care services in alignment with the Patient’s Medical Home Model of Care.

The FPN will work to full scope of practice within one or more Grande Prairie Primary Care Network (GP PCN) member clinics. The FPN will provide a broad range of services, including but not limited to, health education and promotion, management of routine screening maneuvers, chronic disease prevention and management, acute episodic care, therapeutic interventions, well-woman/well-baby care, and care coordination. The FPN will be a complementary source of support to the physician providing wound care, injections, and other clinical interventions to patients as directed by the physician. The FPN will have scheduled patient appointments and will be available as needed for non-scheduled patient encounters.

What you will do...
  • Facilitate continuity of care and support comprehensive team-based care under the supervision and leadership of the primary care physician(s)
  • Coordinate and manage patients’ care within professional scope of practice
  • Utilize a patient and family-partnered care approach to care delivery which ensures that patients/families are partners in their health care planning and treatment
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with primary care physicians, PCN team members, health care professionals from external agencies, and contacts at other health/social care organizations
  • Integrate best practices in the maintenance and management of patient panel(s)
  • Organize and standardize the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software for optimal use
  • Maintain professional requirements, current knowledge and skills and collaborate with the physician(s), PCN Transformation Manager and PCN Nurse Educator to identify professional development and training needs
  • Assist in developing clinical policies and protocols
  • Utilize quality improvement activities to improve care delivery
  • Participate in evaluation and reporting activities related to the clinical role and the PCN’s Practice Transformation Program (PTP)
  • Attend relevant PCN education and training opportunities, interdisciplinary team meetings, and nursing meetings as required

Clinical

  • The FPN will have scheduled patient appointments and be available for non-scheduled patient encounters
  • Provide education and counselling on chronic diseases, preventative care, and other health conditions
  • Offer wound care, injections, ear syringing, fetal heart monitoring and other clinical skills as required and directed by physician
  • Routinely review chronic disease registries to ensure patients are completing routine screening and managing health conditions
  • Provide routine screening measures (blood pressure, foot screens, etc.) and refer to other health care professionals as required (ophthalmologist for eye exams.)
  • Identify patients who are due for preventative screening measures (Alberta Screening and Prevention). Work collaboratively with physician to provide requisitions and follow up for same
  • Provide routine follow up to patients after medication or lifestyle changes
  • Assist with supporting documents for patients (AISH, disability or insurance paperwork, medicals)
  • Coordinate referrals to PCN programs and community agencies
  • Role expansion opportunities (i.e., paps)
  • Other duties as required
What you need to succeed...
  • Fluency in English language (written and verbal)
  • Computer skills: email, MS Word, MS Excel, EMR software
  • Effective teaching and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Nursing Competency Profile and Standards of Practice
  • Ability to recognize change in a patient’s health status and act accordingly
  • Ability to maintain accurate records in line with practice policy
  • Ability to make evidence-based decisions in accordance with best practice guidelines
  • Knowledge of privacy legislation and associated obligations within a health care setting
  • Ability to build collaborative and respectful relationships with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals
  • Awareness of the Patient’s Medical Home Model of Care, social determinants of health, Alberta Screening and Prevention maneuvers (ASaP) and principles of self-management
  • Ability to occasionally work outside of normal business hours
  • Use of vehicle for business use will be required which necessitates possession of a valid Alberta driver’s license and access to a motor-vehicle insured for work-related travel
  • Registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and in good standing
  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification – BLS for Health Care Providers
  • Current Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
  • Combined minimum of 5 years of primary care, acute care and chronic disease management nursing experience preferred
  • Experience working in a care team preferred
  • Certifications in wound care, diabetes education/foot care are considered an asset
Application Instructions
  • Please email your resume, cover letter, and professional references to careers@grandeprairiepcn.com
  • Please include the Reference ID in the subject line of the email
  • All candidates will be required to undergo a security clearance check

The Grande Prairie PCN thanks you for your interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Grande Prairie PCN is an equal opportunity employer. The Grande Prairie PCN welcomes applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.