Nurse Practitioner - Mental Health and Addictions

Job Title: Nurse Practitioner - Mental Health and Addictions (Full Time, Permnanent) 

Location: Niagara Falls Community Health Centre and Community Locations

Salary: Starting $101 583

The Niagara Falls Community Centre is a collaborative, inter-professional health care team that strives to service our local community with a specialized focus on individuals that have barriers to care. We are a progressive team who value innovation, diversity and inclusion, and passion for upstream healthcare. We believe in work-life balance and are committed to employee’s professional growth. We offer a competitive compensation package with healthcare benefits, dental benefits, and participation in the HOOPP pension plan.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides and manages primary care for marginalized clients with a focus on clients experiencing varying degrees of mental health, addictions, and behavioural complexities in accordance with current Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice. The NP supports the management of these clients in consultation with the most responsible primary care provider and in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. This individual is a natural leader who practices to the full scope of practice, remains informed on evidence-informed practices, has the willingness to participate in quality improvement and research initiatives, and has a constant desire to learn both as an individual and as a collective team. 

Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Provides client diagnosis, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in person and virtually in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario standards of practice and under specific medical directives.
  • Delivers advanced care to specialized populations, specifically clients experiencing mental health and/or addictions, clients with multiple co-morbidities, and clients on controlled substances.
  • Leads the Collaborative Care Model within the Community Health Centre where the team implements measurement-guided care plan based on evidence-based practice guidelines and focuses particular attention on clients not meeting their clinical goals.
  • Provides home visits to a limited number of clients where barriers to care are identified and where it is deemed safe.
  • Responsible to collaborate with all team members in a respectful and professional manner, this includes consultation with family physicians when client care requires assessment or treatment that is beyond the NP scope of practice or current level of expertise.
  • Provide point of care in other community settings as identified by leadership.
  • Responsible to participate in rotation of on call phone.
  • Responsible to maintain high quality standards and timely documentation in the Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
  • Work from a Social Determinants of Health perspective to improve health outcomes for individual clients and/or for the development of community health and well-being, and to reduce health inequities.
  • Responsible to support nurse practitioner student placements on a yearly basis.
  • Maintain professional competencies and a professional license and liability insurance to practice (where applicable).
  • Participate in organizational meetings and committee work as appropriate to support both service delivery and organizational goals.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities as identified by the NFCHC.
  • Contributes to the CHC’s strategic goals and objectives and values the equality and diversity of the client community and NFCHC staff.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required.

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements

  • A degree in nursing from a recognized college/university or combination of nursing diploma and additional relevant courses/training.
  • Current extended class registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario and a current professional liability insurance to practice as a Nurse Practitioner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Social Determinants of Health and importance in care delivery.
  • Completion of controlled substances education.
  • Additional training and education in mental health, addictions, and management of clients with behaviours.
  • A minimum of 3 – 5 years of experience practicing in a clinical setting, community setting in mental health and addictions preferred with virtual care experience.
  • A minimum of 3 – 5 years of experience in providing care to socially and medically complex patients (e.g., multiple chronic conditions, polypharmacy, homeless, newcomers, individuals with mental health, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating and working within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent computer proficiency (i.e. MS Office and Electronic Medical Records).
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to lead and/or participate in research and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Commitment to continual professional development; recommended (but not required) trained in: Infection Prevention and Control standards, Rainbow Health, palliative care, advanced care planning, chronic disease management, PrEP, and/or Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity training
  • Must be able to work in an evolving environment, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work extended hours, weekends, and other hours as requested by leadership.
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Drivers’ License, access to a reliable vehicle and a Police Reference Check are required.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Carolyn Dyer: cdyer@nfchc.ca. Only successful candidates will be contacted.