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George Spady Society

Job Title:Nurse Practitioner – Medical Detox Unit
Salary (please specify hourly/monthly/yearly):The salary for this position is $60/hour to start and negotiable upwards based on experience.
Application Open Date:July 14, 2021
Application Close Date:October 14, 2021
Job Time Commitment:Full Time
City/Region:Edmonton
Province/State:Alberta

Organizational Overview

The George Spady Society is recognized as a leader in the development and delivery of effective services for the care, treatment, and support of individuals with substance-related disorders and dual diagnoses. People who come to us find dignity, hope and healing as they set a new path towards health and well-being.

We provide a continuum of support services to people with complex life circumstances associated with substance-related and concurrent disorders and homelessness, empowering them to improve their lives through client-centered, evidence-based best practices.

As an organization, we are committed to being Accountable, Authentic, Forward Thinking and working with High Integrity with all of our staff and clients.

Job Summary

The George Spady Society is looking for a Nurse Practitioner to join our Medical Detox program located in Edmonton.  This position would work within this full scope of prescribing practice in a full time permanent capacity, or can be flexible part time hours.

Reporting directly to the Senior Manager of Emergency Services, the Nurse Practitioner is responsible for comprehensive assessments, planning, implementation, prescribing medications, and evaluation of patient care. They will perform a variety of nursing duties by administering safe, effective nursing according to clinical policies, procedures, and evidenced-based nursing care standards. The Nurse Practitioner works within a concurrent capable, recovery-oriented framework, and will oversee the LPNs and be part of the direct daily provisions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide primary care to patients experiencing withdrawal and to patients in need of medical stabilization
  • Perform physical exams and patient observations
  • Record patient medical histories and symptoms
  • Create patient care plans and contribute to existing plans
  • Order, administer and analyze diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnose health issues
  • Prescribe necessary medications as required
  • Detect changes in a patient’s health and change treatment plans as necessary
  • Administer medicines and treatments
  • Evaluate responses to treatments and medications
  • Lead a team of LPNs
  • Ensure consistent care across rotations
  • Train patients and families on managing illnesses or injuries and disease prevention
  • Orient and motivate clients toward appropriate daily functioning, life skills, physical health mental health and substance use support services from a culturally sensitive lens
  • Develop and maintain a network of community service providers
  • Provide supported referrals to external service providers
  • Assess health, mental health, substance use and functional challenges within scope of practice
  • Research and participate in relevant training opportunities
  • Other duties or tasks as required by the Senior Manager

Case Management

  • Track and document client progress along care plans, internal databases, and case files
  • Liaise with and provide on-going support to referring agencies and client support workers regarding clinical issues
  • Work with in-house social workers to advance client care plan
  • Lead a team of LPNs to meet the immediate medical needs of clients
  • Contribute to joint client service planning and case reviews
  • Provide specialized medical expertise and service supports to detox clients
  • Assist in the development and preparation of team resources and materials

 Qualifications & Requirements.

  • Must have a Nurse Practitioners license issued by CARNA, and a minimum of 3 years’ experience working as a NP
  • Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • Must have prescription authorization
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in verbal and written form, with social and medical partners at various levels, including patients, family members, physicians, pharmacists, and representatives of the community.
  • Experience working with addictions is an asset
  • Knowledge of disease prevention
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed service provision approaches and best practices
  • Ability to work as a respectful and engaged member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated level of professionalism and maturity, including ability to work in an independent and ethical manner respecting staff and client confidentiality
  • Must be able to provide a current Police Information and Vulnerable Record Check

Total Compensation – Full time permanent

The salary for this position is $60/hour to start and negotiable upwards based on experience.

Vacation:  4 weeks per year.

Cooperators Benefits: Health, Dental, Life and AD&D – effective upon hire

Health Spending Account and Personal Spending Account – effective upon hire

City of Edmonton Corporate Wellness program

RRSP matching program

Hours of Work

37.5 hours per week (7.5 hour days) or as agreed upon during the recruitment process.

Position available immediately.

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume, no later than deadline for application August 13, 2021. We thank all who apply, however, only applicants selected to move forward in the process will be contacted.