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

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

BC Women's Hospital

Vancouver, BC 



Reporting to the Vice-President of BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) and functionally linked to the Programs and the Chief of Nursing, the Senior Practice Leader BCW 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 Senior Practice Leader (SPL) is both broad and complex, encompassing complex patient care planning, consultation, education, dissemination of research and administration across programs and systems. The incumbent possesses expertise in advanced communication, leadership and expert problem solving skills. 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 supports professional, practice, program and organizational goals in collaboration with the President, the Vice Presidents, the Chief of Nursing and others. The Senior Practice Leader provides a leadership role in liaison with Community/Public Health organizations and practitioners throughout BC and consults, advises, organizes and teaches provincial neonatal/perinatal/women’s health education programs in partnership with other care providers.

What you’ll do


  • Act as a resource and consultant 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 Vice Presidents, 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. Participates 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 evidenced-based practice and shares knowledge about current research and literature including innovation in practice, complications of pregnancy and management of complex situations. Establishes opportunities to support staff in implementing evidence based practice and in clinical research endeavors and 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. Precepts and mentors students at a graduate level and from different disciplines.
  • Initiate and participates in community development initiatives and provides support for the development of outreach initiatives in line with organizational and program priorities. Teaches within educational outreach programs and coordinates with other medical/nursing experts to present workshops. Represents the hospital on external committees and with external bodies, including the Ministries as required.
  • Scan the environment and the literature to identify emerging practice trends and challenges and implements strategies to address challenges. Leads and manages complex and innovative projects and initiatives and engages all disciplines to find solutions.


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 Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) and hold current certification in CPR. Ideally the incumbent will demonstrate professional leadership by holding a certification relevant to the program area such as Neonatal Specialty Nursing Certificate or a CNA Certification in Perinatal Nursing.
  • The incumbent for this role will also have demonstrated knowledge and clinical experience in neonatal/perinatal nursing, and/or women’s health and will have experience in teaching and program development.
  • This position thus requires strong facilitation skills, and an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The SPL participates as an effective member of an interdisciplinary care team. The Senior Practice leader is an advanced practice nurse who demonstrates leadership through teaching, dissemination of research, and mentoring 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).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, 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 2nd, 2024)
$96,429 - $138,617 yearly

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


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 are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.


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