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

Senior Practice Leader, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Neonatal Program, BC Women's Hospital



BC Women's Hospital's Neonatal Program is comprised of:  

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): BC Women’s NICU is the quaternary referral center for the province providing specialized neonatal intensive care for the most critically ill and medically complex newborns in BC and Yukon.  BCW NICU provides advanced neonatal care within a model of integrated patient and family centered care in our 70 Single Family Room Unit, the largest NICU in the province.
  • Mother Baby Care (MBC): This combined care model, the first of its kind in in North America, ensures mothers and their infants who require Level 2 NICU care are able to stay together and receive their care from the same NICU nurses in the NICU.

We are seeking a Senior Practice Leader to join our team.

Our Senior Practice Leader, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a dynamic, leader, innovator, knowledge translator, and change agent who is accountable for promoting excellence, evidenced based practice; setting standards for the highest quality neonatal care.  Guided by your clinical expertise and your commitment to providing culturally safe care in your practice to our patients and families, you will:

  • 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
  • Be both broad and complex, encompassing complex patient care planning, consultation, education, dissemination of research and administration across programs and systems. 
  • Possesse expertise in advanced communication, leadership and expert problem solving skills. 
  • Advance 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. 
  • Support professional, practice, program and organizational goals in collaboration with the senior leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Provide 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.
  • 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 evidenced-based practice and share knowledge about current research and literature including innovation in practice, complications of pregnancy and management of complex situations.
  • Establish opportunities for 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.
  • Precept and mentor students at a graduate level and from different disciplines.
  • Initiate and participate in community development initiatives and provide support for the development of outreach initiatives in line with organizational and program priorities.


What you bring

  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Masters Degree in Nursing, or related field.
  • A minimum of 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 and Midwives (BCCNM) 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.


You have:

  • demonstrated knowledge and clinical experience in neonatal/perinatal nursing, and/or women’s health and will have experience in teaching and program development.
  • strong facilitation skills, and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The ability to participate as an effective member of an interdisciplinary care team.
  • Leadership skills, 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.


What’s in it for you


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 and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

We welcome applicants from across Canada and Internationally

** For details about this role, relocation assistance eligibility or work visa support, please contact Veronica Wong, Talent Acquisition Advisor for more details:

Regular Full Time
4500 Oak Street, Vancouver
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday; 0800-1600
Requisition Number: 108254



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.


Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates 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 is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, 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, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


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