Aim is to enhance nursing services for BC First Nations
In October 2013, FNHA took on the responsibility for the design and delivery of health programs and services, including Nursing Services, for BC First Nations, formerly delivered by Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. The programs and services were transferred "as is". A year after taking accountability for health programs and services, FNHA identified a need to perform a review of Nursing Services – its largest "direct patient care" portfolio.
Nursing services are currently provided to First Nations communities in three primary ways: by nurses employed by FNHA; by nurses employed by the community; and/or by nurses employed by regional health authorities. The underlying goal of the review is to identify opportunities for enhancing nursing services provided to First Nations people.
Data and information was gathered from several sources to support this review: focus groups were conducted with nurses; nursing surveys were developed and distributed to communities; internal documents/information were provided by FNHA; interviews were held with key stakeholders in FNHA staff, the regional health authorities and the BC Ministry of Health; visits were undertaken to health facilities in communities; and interviews were held with other Indigenous health organizations.
Read the Nursing Review here (PDF 818 KB)
Transition Priorities include:
• Continued collaboration to support a smooth transition of nursing services• Recruitment and retention of qualified health care providers for primary care, public health, home and community care• Nursing education, practice and research: review and improve training and education programs; ongoing commitment to nursing education, including remote certified practice, cultural competency and mandatory training• Health service delivery models in remote communities• Continuous quality assurance and improvement• Enhanced services to First Nations communities• Integration of wellness approach
• Continued collaboration to support a smooth transition of nursing services
• Recruitment and retention of qualified health care providers for primary care, public health, home and community care
• Nursing education, practice and research: review and improve training and education programs; ongoing commitment to nursing education, including remote certified practice, cultural competency and mandatory training
• Health service delivery models in remote communities
• Continuous quality assurance and improvement
• Enhanced services to First Nations communities
• Integration of wellness approach
The Nursing Services office is based in Vancouver, with a satellite office in Prince George. The Vancouver office houses: the Director of Nursing; Education and Practice Support teams; Home Care Nurse Advisors; and the Transfer Nurse Management team. These teams support all nurses (FNHA- employed and non -FNHA employed) in First Nation communities.
The Nursing Operations Unit in Prince George is responsible for providing nursing services at 15 nursing stations and health centres located in First Nations communities. The 50 full-time and part-time community health nurses provide both primary care and public health/health promotion programming. They work in partnership with community-based programs and regional health authorities.
Community Health Nurses (CHNs) work in an expanded scope of practice to provide primary care, public health, health promotion and emergency care for First Nations individuals, families and communities, including after hours on-call care. Post-secondary training and education allows CHNs to obtain a designated Remote Certification, RN(c) through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
The FNHA currently has eight nursing stations staffed by two to four CHNs in locations ranging from coastal to northern communities. Nursing stations are comprised of full-time, part-time and casual positions.
Current Locations Include:
Anahim Lake, Fort Ware, Tsay Keh Dene, Hartley Bay, Port Simpson, Kitkatla, Klemtu, and Telegraph Creek.
Lytton, Lillooet, Chase, Alexis Creek, Fort St. John, Bella Coola, Moricetown, Seton Lake, Quesnel, and Gitanyow
• Competitive salary• Vacation and sick leave benefits• Health and Dental Benefits• Pension plan• Educational opportunities• Education allowance• Recruitment bonus for full time nurses working in remote and isolated First Nations communities• Retention allowance for permanent nurses working in remote and isolated First Nations communities• Paid Travel
As a result, we ask that all First Nations and Aboriginal applicants self-identify in our recruitment and staffing processes as preference may be given to qualified First Nations and Aboriginal applicants.
The FNHA hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We welcome and recognize each and every diverse culture and ask employees to lead with their culture at the workplace. As an employer, we are committed to respecting diversity within our workforce and specifically to increasing the number of First Nations and Aboriginal employees within the organization.
• Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC)• A bachelor’s degree in nursing• Current CPR ‘C’ certificate• At least one year of experience in an acute care setting (e.g. medical/surgical nursing; emergency experience; pediatrics) or public health setting• Pre-employment medical health assessment• Reliability security clearance• Valid driver’s license
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