Position:  Kinesiologist CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Nisga’a Valley Health Authority

Classification: KCEPW1

Reports to: Team Lead

Salary Range: $54,500 – $109,000

Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm    

Term: 0.5 to 1.0 FTE – Part Time to Full Time

Location: Nass Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA) oversees four Health and Wellness facilities located across the Traditional Nisga’a Territory. Located 100 km Northwest of Terrace, bordering British Columbia’s rugged Pacific Northwest coast, the Nisga’a Lands are blessed with soaring mountains, dramatic lava beds, amazing hot springs, picturesque fjords, sparkling waterfalls, thriving rivers and streams, as well as an excellent, collegial health care team and superb professional working environment.

NVHA is a key collaborative and leading partner of the Coast Mountain Primary Care Network and is building a Nisga’a Valley Primary Care Network that will bring Indigenous Primary Care Exercise Program supports to the NVHA Health Care Delivery/Health Promotion Service Model.   NVHA is seeking a vibrant, self-motivated, and innovative Kinesiologist CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist interested in playing an integral part of cutting-edge Indigenous Health Programming and Service Delivery within the beautiful Nisga’a Territory.

Position Description Summary:

The Kinesiologist CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist provides individual, family, and community support and outreach for all Nisga’a Valley communities.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provides clinical exercise care for NVHA patients in accordance with the professional standards and code of ethics as outlined by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.
  • Ensures completed documentation of the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for each patient supported prior to providing supports.
  • Develops an exercise program based on the physician’s referral /or recommendation, counsels and provides education to primary care patients referred to the CHANGE program.
  • Assesses, counsels, and orients patients by demonstrating exercise equipment and explaining principles of exercise training. Conducts exercise sessions including pre/post exercise assessment.
  • Monitors patients during exercise training, modifying the patients exercise program appropriately. Assesses patient symptoms and initiates appropriate actions in consultation with the NVHA Family Physician.
  • Counsels patients and their families regarding lifestyle changes, active living exercise program guidelines, the principles of training and the value of a home exercise program.
  • Reviews patient charts, prepares reports, and documents patients’ progress in training intensity. Maintains statistics and records of patient assessments, treatments and patient progress and outcomes.
  • Operates, maintains, and cleans and disinfects related equipment as required by NVHA department infection control policies and procedures. Refers repairs to the Manager, monitors equipment safety and wear-and-tear, and co-ordinates maintenance and repairs.
  • Provides culturally safe, competent, and ethical care for NVHA patients and their families.
  • Applies the principles of evidence-informed practice to achieve effective outcomes.
  • Completes clinical assessments, treatment planning, recommended interventions, and follow up to support the overall plan of care developed by the interprofessional team and informed by each patient’s personal goals for care.
  • Provides guidance and supports NVHA community exercise projects
  • Supports cultural safety around exercise.
  • Facilitates group discussions around key approaches to physical activity for healthy living and chronic disease prevention (e.g., diabetes, heart health, cancer, nutrition for the early years, Elders)
  • Supports schools and local community groups in health promotion, physical activity literacy, and chronic disease awareness and prevention.

Education, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Kinesiology, and current active registration as a certified CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists.
  • Current CPR.
  • One (1) year previous clinical experience in a health care facility or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training.
  • Experience working with First Nations people and communities.
  • Experience working from a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive perspective.
  • Knowledge of relevant socio-historical events relevant to First Nations people in Canada.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, execute strong time management, and work well in a team environment.
  • Must have a strong attention to detail and maintain a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and ensure confidentiality with patient records.
  • Knowledge of the Nisga’a Language and Culture is an asset.
  • Current valid B.C. driver’s license and willingness to submit a driver’s abstract.
  • Current criminal records check including vulnerable sector is required.

What Nisga’a Valley Health Authority has to offer you!

  • Comprehensive full benefit package including extended health/dental
  • Financial support for moving expenses or accommodation is available for eligible positions
  • Primary Care Network funded professional development opportunities
  • Spectacular outdoor activities and a welcoming, friendly, inclusive communities
  • “Loan Forgiveness Programs” are offered through the Federal and BC Government for  eligible professions.

Applicants are invited to submit a resume with cover letter describing their qualifications and related experience by email, or in-person. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All applications can be directed to:

allison.dobchuk@nisgaahealth.bc.ca

Nisga’a Valley Health Authority

4920 Tait Avenue, P.O. Box 234

New Aiyansh, BC V0J 1A0

Attention: Human Resources Department

 

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