Clinical RN, LPN, RPN, HCA Expert Assessors
Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for Internationally Educated Practitioners (IEPs)
The aim of the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for Internationally Educated Practitioners Project is to develop a competency based assessment service, across four nursing community stakeholders (BC Health Care Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses) that will provide an accelerated, streamlined approach to assist Internationally Educated Practitioners (IEP’s) in integrating into BC’s health workplace. The overarching goal of this initiative is to enhance the Province’s capacity to build and maintain a safe, competent and adequately resourced nursing workforce in BC.
The competency assessment model for this Service consists of a Computer Based Assessment and a Simulation Lab Assessment of selected entry-level competencies.
B. Position Summary:
The role of the Nursing Community Assessment Service Simulation Lab Assessment Assessor is to observe the performance of the candidate in the 4 clinical stations. This involves observing the candidate for specific behaviours that are then recorded (using a touchscreen) on a standardized checklist on a computer/I-pad. Assessors will also conduct a Clinical Decision Making Oral Assessment at the end of each station.
Simulation Lab Assessment Tool
- We are looking for 5 Assessors per nursing role
- There are 4 testing stations for each role
- Some of the stations will involve high fidelity mannequins and others will involve standardized patients (orientation to the simulation lab will be provided in the assessor training)
- After each station, the Assessor will conduct a Clinical Decision Making Oral Assessment which will take 10 minutes
An Assessor cannot make any changes to the clinical station, the station checklist, Oral Assessment questions or checklist, or the portrayal of the client by the Standardized Patient. If the Assessor does not agree with something in relation to the station, they must discuss their concern with the NCAS Assessment Coordinator. In addition, there are opportunities for feedback from Assessors at the end of the assessment and in written form using an Assessment feedback form.
C. Qualifications Required:
Preference will be given to those:
- who work in clinical practice and who directly supervise HCAs, LPNs, RNs, or RPNs.
- with current experience assessing clinical practice of a HCA, LPN, RN, or RPN.
Education and Experience
- Two to four years of recent nursing experience including computer operations as applied to the Nursing field.
- Fully licensed/registered in a Canadian jurisdiction for at least five years.
- Currently practices in direct client care providing or supervising nursing care on a regular basis, either full- or part-time.
- Is a “registrant in good standing” of one or more provincial regulatory colleges or registry.
- Applicants applying to be HCA assessors can be RNs or LPNs who were previously HCAs or who supervise HCAs and are knowledgeable about HCA entry-level practice.
- Applicants applying to be LPN assessors can be RNs who were previously LPNs or who supervise LPNs and are knowledgeable about LPN entry-level practice.
Skills and Abilities
- Current or recent experience in teaching, education and assessment of performance.
- Familiarity with entry level competencies of HCAs or LPNs or RNs or RPNs in British Columbia.
- Ability to demonstrate all procedures and skills taught in the NCAS project effectively.
- Ability to operate related equipment such as tablet and related software applications within a computerized windows operating environment.
- Ability to multitask and critically think through different issues that may arise.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
- Ability to organize and prioritise work.
- Ability to maintain a standard of absolute confidentiality regarding information and records.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work harmoniously with others.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
- Ability to meet work performance standards set by the NCAS project
- Has no limitations that would impair the ability to accurately observe, hear, record and assess candidates’ performances over a 10 hour period.
Hours & Days of Work: Term, Part time
Salary Range: $55 hourly plus 4% vacation pay
Application Information: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter no later than 4:30pm of the closing date.
Closing Date: Ongoing
Competition No.: CS010-16
Agrees to NOT become involved in any way in any assessment preparatory activities related to Internationally Educated Professionals for the purpose of registration, including practice questions, practice assessments, assessment educational sessions or coaching, from the time of participation as an assessor in the NCAS Simulation Lab Assessment until three years after completion of service.
We thank you for your interest and advise that only those shortlisted will be contacted. Langara is committed to enhancing our diverse workforce.