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Senior Practice Leader, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre


Senior Practice Leader
BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Vancouver, BC 

The Senior Practice Leader (SPL) reports to the Senior Director, Clinical Operations, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) and functionally reports to the office of Professional Practice.  The SPL is a leader, innovator, knowledge translator, and change agent who is accountable for promoting excellence in nursing practice and quality of patient care.  The scope of practice of the SPL is both broad and complex, encompassing complex patient care planning, consultation, education, dissemination of research and administration across programs and systems.  The SPL advances knowledge creation and uptake by engaging in or supporting the use of current research, evidence/best practice standards in order to address professional, program and patient problems and concerns.  The SPL liaises with Community/Public Health organizations and practitioners throughout BC and consults, advises, organizes and provides provincial neonatal/perinatal/women’s health education programs in partnership with other care providers. The SPL supports professional practice, program and organizational goals in collaboration with the Program Directors, Professional Practice Leaders and others.

What you’ll do

  • Consult internally and for local, provincial and national planning in the area of neonatal/perinatal, and/or women’s health care and advanced clinical practice approaches at the program, organizational, community, provincial, national and international levels.
  • Advise the senior leadership physicians, nursing and other providers across and beyond the boundaries of the organization about issues related to neonatal/perinatal women’s health care to promote optimum and effective resource allocation.  Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of local, provincial, and national patient care standards and professional practice standards through mentoring, committee membership and organizational and cross-organizational task forces and committees.
  • Promote and advance the implementation of relevant evidenced-based practice and shares knowledge about current research and literature, including innovation in practice, complications of pregnancy and management of complex situations.  Establishe opportunities to support staff in implementing evidence-based practice, participates in clinical research endeavors, promotes and advances best practice through publications, presentations, and conferences.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate appropriate educational programs based on ongoing needs assessment, in collaboration with educators and other professional staff.
  • Pursue formal relationships, including through joint appointments, with academic programs in university settings (BCIT, University of BC, University of Victoria), with professional associations, and with other organizations involved in perinatal (including neonatal) and women’s health care service delivery.  Precept and mentor students at a graduate level and from different disciplines.
  • Initiate and participate in community development initiatives and provides support for the development of outreach initiatives in line with organizational and program priorities.  Organize and provide relevant educational outreach programs, including workshops and presentations, in collaboration with other medical and nursing experts.  Represents the hospital on external committees and with external bodies, including the Ministries as required.

What you bring


  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Masters Degree in Nursing, or related field and five (5) years recent related experience in progressively senior leadership positions or advanced practice roles. 
  • Eligible for registration with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM) and holds current certification in CPR.  
  • Certification relevant to the program area such as Neonatal Specialty Nursing Certificate or a CNA Certification in Perinatal Nursing is preferred.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrated knowledge and clinical experience in neonatal/perinatal nursing, and/or women’s health.
  • Experience in teaching and program development.  
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated leadership, facilitation and mentoring skills as well as modelling problem-solving skills within a complex challenging environment and across the health care system with a wide variety of patients, practitioners, and others. 
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time (until July 4th, 2025)
$106,026 - $152,413/year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.

Location: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1600

Requisition # 168825

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education.

BCW is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BCW is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. With learning and compassion, we are addressing existing inequities and barriers throughout our systems. PHSA is seeking to create a diverse workforce and to establish an inclusive and culturally safe environment. We invite applications and enquiries from all people, particularly those belonging to the historically, systemically, and/or persistently marginalized groups identified under the B.C. Human Rights Code.

One of PHSA’s North Star priorities is to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, which includes dismantling barriers to health care employment at every level. We welcome Indigenous individuals to apply and/or contact the Sanya'kula Team (Indigenous Recruitment & Employee Experience) for support at

Indigenous-specific anti-racism initiatives are rooted in addressing the unique forms of discrimination, historical and ongoing injustices, and marginalization faced by Indigenous peoples. These initiatives align with an Indigenous rights-based approach, recognizing the inherent rights and self-determination of Indigenous communities. PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.

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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of July 11, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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