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Indigenous Care Coordinator

Burns Lake, BC
Full Time
5 days ago
Position Summary
Northern Health values diversity within the workplace and our commitment of reaching a representative workforce. For this position, we also want to highlight First Nation, Inuit, Métis or Indigenous Ancestry is regarded as directly relevant to the skills and knowledge for this position. All candidates will be considered; however, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. For this initiative candidates from this group who wish to qualify for preferential consideration are encouraged to self-identify.

Are you someone who has a real passion for helping others? Are you looking to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic to Northern Health.

Under the direction of the Team Lead, this position contributes to the clinical design, implementation, and monitoring of individual Indigenous patient care plans to maximize community support, cultural safety and respectful care for Indigenous patients and families. Working directly as a member of a multi-disciplinary care team, the position provides services to Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit individuals throughout their engagement with acute and/or primary care services, from intake through to post-discharge. The Indigenous Care Coordinator facilitates the education and learning of the care team in such areas as understanding the services and supports available in the local Indigenous communities, Indigenous approaches to wellness, trauma informed care, cultural safety and long term discharge planning goals. The Indigenous Care Coordinator collaborates with the health care teams in First Nations communities and Métis Chartered communities to ensure that the patient's care is coordinated between Northern Health services and the community's services. The Indigenous Care Coordinator collaborates with the Indigenous Patient Service Assistant to identify and meet the needs of Indigenous patients and families.

Shift Rotation/Hours of work:: Monday to Friday, Days - 08:00 to 16:00

Lakes District Hospital is a 12 acute bed hospital that offers emergency services, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, pharmacy. There is one labour/delivery/recovery suite and 1 palliative care room. There are provision for public health, mental health and addictions, and home and community care service, as well as local physician and emergency services.

Burns Lake has a population of 1,779 (2021) local residents and serves the surrounding areas of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako estimating a population of 7,000. Wilderness and some of BC's largest freshwater lakes where sport fishing is a popular activity for both locals and tourists surround Burns Lake. Check out Burns Lake for more information on this family friendly community.

What Northern Health has to offer you!
• Comprehensive benefit packages including extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
• Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
• Financial Support for Moving Expenses is available for eligible positions
• Employee referral program
• Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
• Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
• "Loan Forgiveness Programs" are offered through the Federal and BC Government for eligible professions.

• Baccalaureate degree in Social Sciences, Allied Health or a related health care discipline plus two years of experience working in a health care setting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Knowledge and appreciation of the unique history, cultures, and rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples in Canada is required.
• Lived experience with Indigenous, Metis and Inuit populations and demonstrated extensive knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit health care needs, services, and issues as well as knowledge of culture, protocols, traditions, and ideology of Indigenous people and organizations in northern British Columbia is an asset.
• Preference will be given to First Nations, Metis and Inuit candidates.

Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments through appropriate technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
• Ability to integrate best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
• Ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means.
• Ability to incorporate cultural safety into all aspects of practice.
• Ability to develop knowledge and understanding of local Indigenous culture and traditions.
• Ability to develop cross-sector collaborative relationships in the interests of providing cultural safe care and services.
• Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to apply the problem solving process, demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
• Ability to promote client-focused care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
• Ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities.
• Ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
• Ability to organize work and implement a plan of care.
• Ability to operate related equipment.
• Ability to demonstrate confidence in knowledge based problem solving.
• Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
• Ability to demonstrate flexibility and opened mindedness with all aspects of programming.

Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation's communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.
Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.
There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.