Full Time | Grande Prairie, Alberta
An exciting opportunity for a Nurse Practitioner (NP) exists to be part of a multidisciplinary team supporting individuals in Grande Prairie that are struggling with addiction and mental health issues. As an NP, you would work as a member of the Integrated Crisis Access Team (ICAT) team in providing comprehensive and specialized healthcare services to adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, addiction, and homelessness on an urgent basis.
The primary focus of the NP role is on diagnosing and managing common and complex mental health conditions, promoting health and preventing illness/injury, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmaceuticals, other therapies, and performing procedures, interventions and/or treatments. This is an advanced nursing role required to perform the restricted activity of psychosocial interventions to address the full range of addiction and mental health issues, including prescribing medication when appropriate. Experience is preferred but training will be provided to successful candidate, including support from our current onsite NP. Duties will include seeing clients in a variety of settings in the community and collaborating and consulting with different addiction and mental health teams and community partners in Grande Prairie.
In addition to a competitive rate of pay, AHS currently has a Remote Retention Allowance in place to an annual maximum of $3,000. This allowance is non-pensionable and is payable on an hourly basis for all hours paid at the basic rate of pay.
Reporting to the Manager, Adult Addiction and Mental Health Services in Grande Prairie, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) is required to assess and treat clients in the community. The position provides care for clients who require support for addiction and mental health treatment as well as medical supports. Assessment, medication recommendations and prescribing, follow ups and collaborations with nursing and allied professionals will be critical functions of this position. The NP will provide leadership and support to any medication and complex care support for clients and teams in Grande Prairie in collaboration with community addiction and mental health service providers, nursing staff, community paramedics, and local area staff and managers. The NP will liaise with various agencies, community services providers including physicians and other NPs, and various pharmacies.
The NP is an advanced practice registered nurse with knowledge and skills in health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and health management decision-making at the individual, family and community client levels. The nurse practitioner advocates for clients and supports the integration of harm reduction into practice. The successful candidate will foster collaborative partnerships with clients, physicians, community-based services, and agencies to enhance the provision of services to clients and families.
PLEASE NOTE: The Alberta Union of Nurse Practitioners was certified by the Alberta Labour Relations Board on December 20, 2021, as the bargaining agent for all employees of Alberta Health Services (AHS) who are nurse practitioners performing advanced nursing care or nursing instruction.
Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner Program or equivalent qualifications or approval. Eligible for licensure with CARNA as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the Family/All Ages Stream. New NP grads are welcome to apply. We have mentorship available to new NP’s.
Additional Required Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability to manage change and create innovative solutions for complex and diverse issues. Proven ability to foster partnerships and to achieve organizational goals within an organization. Strong track record in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Effective leadership abilities combined with a strong commitment to operating within a team environment and the ability to motivate and inspire other to achieve common goals. Excellent analytical and decision-making skills. CPR (Basic Rescuer). Possession of a valid driver’s license. NonViolent Crisis Intervention training and suicide intervention training required.
Experience providing Addiction and Mental Health services, including knowledge and/or experience of addiction and/or mental health treatment modalities (e.g.,motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy) is preferred. Experience engaging complex clients in a variety of settings and working with Indigenous clients and clients experiencing homelessness Knowledge and/or experience of harm reduction strategies.