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Niagara Health offers exciting professional development and learning opportunities for nurses in the following specialty areas:
General Internal Medicine
Mental Health and Addictions
Perioperative and Surgical
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Within these care environments, there is a wide range of nursing roles including:
A staff Registered Nurse (RN)/Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) work as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team and is responsible for delivering patient-centred care.
Staff nurses work throughout Niagara Health in many different practice environments where they demonstrate the following competencies:
Registered Nurse First Assists (RFNAs) function interdependently with the surgeon and apply the knowledge, skill and judgement necessary to assist the surgeon in performing a safe operation that yields optimal results for the patient.
RFNAs demonstrate the following competencies in the provision of direct patient care using the nursing process preoperatively, intra-operatively and postoperatively:
At Niagara Health Nurse Practitioners (NPs) work within collaborative teams to provide care to defined patient populations in areas such as cardiology, medicine, nephrology, mental health and addictions, emergency, complex care and palliative care.
NPs integrate their extensive knowledge of advanced nursing practice to deliver high quality patient-centred care that optimizes outcomes. NPs work within a scope of practice that includes comprehensive health assessment, ordering and interpreting diagnostics, prescribing of pharmaceutical agents, and performing procedures.
NP competencies build and expand on the competencies required of a registered nurse and include:
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) hold either a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and have expertise in a clinical nursing specialty. At Niagara Health, CNSs work to promote excellence in patient care in mental health and addictions.
The CNS uses advanced knowledge, skill and judgment to provide care and demonstrates the following competencies:
Leading the development and implementation of:
Clinical Nurse Educators have roles in all program areas at Niagara Health where they teach, guide, support and evaluate staff learning to maximize individual potential and support the development of expertise and confidence in care abilities.
Clinical Nurse Educators demonstrate the competencies of:
The Clinical Manager provides overall leadership and direction to interprofessional teams at the unit level to ensure the delivery of safe, effective, efficient and high quality care.
The key areas of accountability for the Clinical Manager are: