Nurse Practitioner – Cardiology
Full time | Calgary, AB
Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta is the epicenter for cardiovascular care in Southern Alberta and is looking for a full time Cardiology Nurse Practitioner (NP).
The NP will manage patients admitted to the cardiology wards including a high observation stepdown area as part of a team, including cardiologists, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health members. The NP will provide directed, autonomous, comprehensive, holistic care to the medical cardiology population. The NP will also have the opportunity to contribute to the program and patient care through advanced clinical practice, leadership, consultations, referrals, education and research.
Reporting to the Manager, PCU 81, 82 and Cardiac Intensive Care, this position functions as part of a multidisciplinary team working closely with the Division of Cardiology within the Medical Cardiology Units. As a regulated member of the health care team, the NP utilizes critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills to provide care with a focus on medical cardiology to patients who present with acute medical illness for medical assessment, care, and treatment.
The primary responsibility of the NP is to provide comprehensive direct patient care as a central member of the team. The NP is authorized and competent to perform comprehensive assessment, diagnosis (including the ordering and interpretation of tests), intervention (including the prescribing of medications), management, referral, and evaluation of client care across the continuum of health care services.
The NP provides leadership and actively participates in program development and evaluation, research, and clinical teaching activities. The NP participates in interdisciplinary collaboration in the practice setting to ensure consistency for drug prescribing and distribution in accordance with provincial guidelines.
As a NP, you will formulate differential diagnoses and management plans through the integration of patient information and evidence-based practice. This will be done in collaboration with the attending medical team. The NP plays a key role in coordination of efficient discharge planning/disposition planning and discharge documentation for both patients and physicians. The NP is responsible for the continuous care of the patient and their family by conducting daily assessments, investigation, management, and medical documentation of assigned inpatients. The NP will both communicate assessment findings and/or diagnoses including outcomes and prognoses to patients/families in collaboration with the medical team and utilize complex reasoning to safely coordinate and manage care for patients while promoting continuity. The NP is also responsible for daily communication with nursing and allied health team members.
The NP is expected to contribute to and create opportunities for team members’ and other healthcare providers to optimize knowledge, clinical skills, and client care. This includes the identification of gaps and/or opportunities to improve processes and practices and provide evidence-informed recommendations for change. The NP is expected to participate in quality improvement initiatives and identify areas of research, participate in research projects, and promote application of research and evidence in clinical practice. The NP will act autonomously within their scope of practice and remain updated on CRNA standards and guidelines.
Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner Program at Master’s level. Valid Nurse Practitioner in the adult stream practice permit from the College of Registered Nurse of Alberta (or eligible to be registered). Current ACLS and Basic Cardiac Life Support – Health Care Provider (BCLS-HCP) certifications. Minimum of 2 years recent experience as an NP in a relevant clinical setting and/or front-line clinical work with preference for those working in an acute care setting. Minimum of 5 years recent clinical nursing experience relevant to the specialty area. Computer literacy skills mandatory.
Connect Care and MS Office Suite knowledge preferred. Experience in a wide range of cardiac assessment, treatment and therapeutic interventions, health promotion, diagnostic procedures, and follow-up care.
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