Req ID: 99398
Location: Northern Zone, Aberdeen Hospital
Department: PHC NZ PC FP West Side Clinic
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT (60% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare CUPE
Posting Closing Date: 12-Nov-20
Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.
Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.
Reporting to the Health Services Manager or delegate, the Social Worker (BSW) is a member of a collaborative interprofessional team or teams, and plays an important role in the delivery of Primary Health Care. The Social Worker takes a participatory approach, designed to optimize health gains, to screening, assessment, counselling, group facilitation, navigation, care planning and advocacy. Motivational interviewing and brief solution focused questions are standard approaches. Scope of role includes knowledge of community based services and referral to appropriate programs/services in the community including, but not limited to Community Services and community based mental health services. The Social Worker liaises with other programs and services and develops extensive relationship building and bridging with both internal and external to Nova Scotia Health programs and services.
The collaborative family practice team works together to develop and deliver services to the entire population in the community cluster, including outreach to remote areas and services to meet the needs of priority populations. This position requires work at multiple sites and travel between various community locations throughout the area. As well, the social worker will link with, and in some cases collaborate with, integrated wellness and chronic disease programs and services offered by primary health care and others in the community health network.
The Social Worker exhibits sound professional judgment and initiative while working within the Mission, Vision and Strategic Directions of Nova Scotia Health.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) from an accredited and approved School of Social Work/University Program
Current registration (or eligibility for registration) and a member in good standing with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers
Minimum two years of experience as a registered Social Worker, preferably within a community based health-care setting
Valid driver's license and/or access to reliable transportation required
Recent, relevant experience working with community agencies/resources, volunteers and support groups
Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning), interviewing and client-centered problem solving, care planning, case management, evaluation of client competence in self-care and other relation outcomes in a Primary Health Care environment
Understanding of or willingness to learn health coaching techniques and interventions, including brief and short term solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing, within the timeframe prescribed on commencement of position
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, public, community partners, primary care team members and other professionals and agencies using verbal, written and computer communication means
Exhibits characteristics of warmth, empathy, humor, and a non-judgmental philosophy of care
Demonstrated critical thinking skills within scope of practice including clinical judgment and problem solving skills and the ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve effectively
Demonstrated strong ethical standards and a commitment to professional development and life-long learning
Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitive to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns Strong understanding of health promotion, population health, and the determinants of health theory and practice
Ability to transmit information grounded in behavior change and principals of self-management intended to instruct clients and others about topics essential to health care and well-being
Demonstrated ability in applying new and innovative technologies and strategies for education and patient counselling
Experience facilitating education programs and group meetings
Manages time and resources, implementing activities to promote cooperation among relevant others, collaboration across disciplines and related activities
Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Programs, including Outlook
Ability to organize and maintain client health records within an EMR including continuous learning around EMR functionalities considered an asset
Physical and mental capabilities to perform the duties of the position such as working flexible hours, dealing with stressful situations
Traveling between sites within the local network and to meetings in other localities as required
Demonstrated regular attendance in current and previous employment
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred. Ability to work with language agency to deliver care to patients in other languages is considered an asset
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.
Hours of Work
Permanent part-time 60% position; 45 hours biweekly
Shifts may include evenings, weekends, and holidays
Work location to be confirmed at the time of interview
Social Worker (BSW):
$31.6939 - $40.0220 hourly
Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.
Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.
Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.
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