Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Medicine

Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Medicine

Full-time | North Simcoe Muskoka Region


The North Simcoe Muskoka (NSM) Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) Program is a regional program under the leadership of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. The NSM SGS program was established in 2016 to advance the care of frail older adults in the NSM region and their caregivers. With a mandate for leadership, clinical service, education and mentorship, research and ethics as well as advocacy, the program collaborates with a broad variety of partners from within and outside the NSM health system to improve patient outcomes, build capacity and foster system change.

The SGS Program is currently seeking a Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Medicine. The NP will support the planning, implementation and evaluation of geriatric medicine clinical services across the NSM region. As an advanced practice nurse, this clinician will leverage leadership, education, advocacy, and research skills to improve patient outcomes, build capacity and foster system change. Clinically, the NP will collaborate with local partners to advance sub-region geriatric medicine services by supporting the provision of comprehensive geriatric assessments and, as appropriate, providing diagnoses, treatment and management plans to address the needs of older adults and their caregivers. **Note: This position is based outside the Penetanguishene campus and travel within the NSM region will be required.


Key Accountabilities:
• Works with the NSM SGS team and area partners to help build and evaluate geriatric medicine clinical services to ensure care is provided in alignment with leading practices and NSM SGS planning;
• Builds system capacity by:
o Establishing and leading a geriatric NP Community of Practice across the region.
o Coaching and mentoring other members of the team as well as partner NPs and health care providers.
o Providing formal education to organizations and health care partners.
o Participating in the development and evaluation of policies, protocols and procedures.
o Representing the NSM SGS program on relevant committees.
o Engaging in and supporting clinical research/evaluation related activities, as appropriate.
• Provides comprehensive geriatric assessments as part of the NSM SGS team and in partnership with area providers to support the evolution of geriatric medicine services across the region, including (as appropriate):
o Determining the need for, and ordering, laboratory and diagnostic tests, x-rays and ultrasounds; prescribing and deprescribing medications; interpreting results and consulting with primary care providers, teams and partners when required.
o Collaborating to develop a plan of care to meet identified needs and reduce the risk of adverse outcomes.
o Supporting advance care planning and system navigation.
o Keeping records of patient interactions to promote communication and continuity of care
• Performs all work at all times in compliance with all hospital policies and procedures and legislation (CNO, Occupational Health &Safety Act, Fire Code, WHMIS, etc.) relevant to health and safety, security (including relational/ therapeutic security) and potential risk hazards, and in particular, “duties of the worker” as defined in Section 28 of the OH&S Act.
• Maintain competence relevant to practice through continuing education and lifelong learning.

• Completion of a recognized Nurse Practitioner Program;
• Current registration as a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class with the College of Nurses of Ontario
• Completion of an accredited controlled substance course according to CNO standards
• Masters of Nursing or related graduate degree with a clinical focus
• CNA certification in Gerontological Nursing is an asset
• Expertise working with frail older adults and their caregivers is required, including recent experience working within a specialized geriatric services team.
• Demonstrates knowledge of: geriatric nursing theory/practice, geriatric syndromes, interventions; practice standards and expectations for Registered Nurse in Extended Class; standards for prescribing and deprescribing medications
• Strong leadership, interpersonal, teamwork and conflict resolution skills, including emotional intelligence
• Project management, program evaluation and health system transformation skills, including an ability to successfully coach and mentor colleagues and partners
• Results oriented work ethic to work independently and undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives and deliver quality, consistent and timely results
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrated proficiency with computer applications e.g. MS Office, Meditech
• Valid Ontario’s driver license, a safe and operational vehicle and an ability to travel distances across the NSM region
• Models and promotes core ethical practice of Waypoint and NSM SGS Program Values
• Preference for proficiency in French/English language
• You must meet the requirements of our COVID-19 Immunization Policy by providing proof of full vaccination, or a request and receipt of an accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code, including a medical exemption.

Job Application Methods

External applicants apply to by quoting Job ID WC21-288. This position is open until filled. Attach your cover letter and resume detailing why you are interested in this opportunity and how you meet the qualifications and key accountabilities specified.