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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Indigenous Cultural Safety - BC Cancer - Provincial

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Indigenous Cultural Safety

BC Cancer

Provincial, BC 



PHSA and BC Cancer are actively transforming oncology nursing by introducing Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) across the province. Join our collaborative and innovative provincial team of Clinical Nurse Specialists as we continue to transform and improve patient care at BC Cancer across the province.


The Clinical Nurse Specialist – Indigenous Cultural Safety provides cultural safety, anti-racism and nursing expertise and contributes to the development of nursing knowledge, ongoing improvement of nursing practice, and nursing research for cancer nursing practice through the demonstration of leadership, formal and informal education delivery, and expert clinical consultation.


The CNS is responsible for working strategically across multiple internal and external stakeholders to promote nursing research and apply best practices of cancer nursing across the province to improve and advance cultural safety in nursing practice and patient outcomes both in the area of specialty and in nursing practice initiatives. Working within a multi-disciplinary health team and senior leadership, the Clinical Nurse Specialist – Indigenous Cultural Safety ensures projects, initiatives, and program evaluations all consider the specific standards of practice. The Clinical Nurse Specialist – Indigenous Cultural Safety upholds and acts in accordance with the mandate of BC Cancer to assess and coordinate services to best meet the needs of patients across the province.



What you'll do


  • Exemplify and promote excellence in cultural safety and anti-racism in nursing practice and nursing research by providing advanced level nursing expertise and clinical support to a multi-disciplinary health care team through activities such as:
    - Maintaining practice excellence through involvement with selected patient groups.
    - Utilizing practice opportunities to provide cultural safety expertise in nursing care to patients/residents or groups of patients, to evaluate nursing practice, and to provide clinical learning activities for nurses.
    - Influencing cultural safety in nursing practice by participating in patient/resident care advocacy issues directed toward improving practice and the cultural safety of patient/resident care.
    - Acting as a role model for professional practice by integrating all components of the professional role: clinical practice, consultation, collaboration, leadership, education, research/evaluation – with a particular focus in Indigenous cultural safety.
    - Collaborating with other health care disciplines within the hospital and community to develop effective patient/resident care programs.
    - Participating in provincial/national groups related to specialty.
    - Coordinating care for select patients/residents ie. as “case manager” as needed.
  • Act as a resource and consultant provincially to Senior Leadership and multi-disciplinary teams who are planning and providing evidenced based guidance that is focused on best practices in the area of cancer nursing across the Continuum of Care.
  • Provide leadership in advanced practice nursing with respect to oncology and advanced practice at the program, organizational, community and provincial, national and international levels to optimize excellence in patient/client care and health system.
  • Provide consultation in Indigenous cultural safety to nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team, through activities such as:
    - Assisting the members of the interdisciplinary team with clinical decision-making and with planning, implementing, and evaluating Indigenous patient/resident care.
    - Participating in the development of patient/resident care programs accessed by Indigenous patients/residents as required.
    - Evaluating the effectiveness of the consultative process for Indigenous patient/resident outcomes as well as development of the consultee.
    - Providing leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally safe and anti-racist standards of practice within the specialty area.
  • In conjunction with Senior Medical Directors and Executive Directors, lead the strategic planning, development, implementation and evaluation of new nursing programming at the Provincial level within BC Cancer.
  • Provide professional cultural safety and anti-racism expertise to health care professionals external to the organization on matters related to nursing practice including clinical, research and educational activities.
  • Conduct and/or facilitate cancer nursing research focused on identifying and/or incorporating best practices and evidence-based care to foster the development and implementation of strategies designed to optimize excellence in patient/client care and the health system.


What you bring

  • Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous Ancestry.
  • Master’s degree in Nursing plus current registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • 5-7 years of recent related experience working in a health care setting with a focus in cancer care and in a progressive leadership role.
  • Certification in oncology nursing (or must obtain certification within one year of employment).
  • A broad understanding of current issues, challenges and future directions of health care and cancer care in Canada.
  • Significant depth of understanding of Indigenous cultural safety and anti-racism theory, practice, and history.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and alongside Indigenous communities, families, and individuals.

You also have:

  • Clinical competence and in depth knowledge of Cancer Care
  • Effective leadership, teaching, research, and communications skills
  • Strong analytical and interpretive skills and ability to produce written reports
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • 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).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: 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.)

 You will have the ability to:

  • Foster effective working relationships at all levels both internally and externally to the organization
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and function as an advance practice nurse
  • Develop, implement and evaluate programs in areas of clinical practice.
  • Perform in-depth holistic patient/family assessments, plan, implement and evaluate care for complex care situations, and guide interdisciplinary team members in care planning.
  • Be an effective consultant for individuals and groups.
  • Conceptualize research questions and collaborate with researchers to conduct research.
  • Role model expert nursing practice.
  • Assist in the development of professional and leadership skills of the nursing staff.
  • Synthesize and utilize research findings in practice.
  • Present clinical/research work in a scholarly way.


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: Regular, Full-Time 

Salary: $102,938 - $147,974 per year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.

Location: Provincial Position- Applicant may work based out of any BC Cancer location.

Hours of work: Monday - Friday; 0830-1630

Requisition number: 148661E



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 Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.


BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


(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 BC Cancer 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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Labor AgreementExcluded
Requisition #148661E-2401973
Work SiteProvincial Position- Applicant may work based out of any BC Cancer location.
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$102,938.00 - $147,974.00 / Year
Hours of Work0830-1630
Work DaysMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Expiry Date16-Dec-2023

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