At Northern Health, we build for the future. Acquiring and retaining high-quality talent is a high priority for our organizations success. Our vision of building a strong priority health care system will create a dynamic work environment that challenges all of your skills. Meaningful and rewarding careers, and an outstanding quality of life await you within the diverse communities of this spectacular region.
The previous two days have been at educational facilities, learning from teachers, instructors, professors and lab technicians. You have experienced many new things: intubation, DNA and blood sampling, filling dental cavities and cleaning teeth, chemical analysis of body fluids and learning to operate sonographic and x-ray equipment to name a few
Today will be different but also the same. The difference is that the people you meet are not teachers or instructors. They are the front line workers in health care.....nurses, doctors and lab techs to name a few.
Their job is to help people. Today they are here to help you.
It is not what you are going to learn in the hands on areas, because some of that will be repetition(which is good when learning), it is who will be guiding you.
Health care is the professional practice of caring – it embodies the physical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual needs of individuals, families, groups, and whole communities. If you are a high school student, high school graduate or someone considering a new career in an environment that is both challenging, supportive, dynamic, and positive, health care may be the answer for you. Our region provides opportunities for all health care professionals in urban, rural, and remote settings to appeal to an individual’s career goals.
As a career develops, the way work is accomplished will change and for many, new areas of interest will emerge. Many successful careers blend various types of work experience and post-secondary training options to prepare for new opportunities.
Over the next ten years, 70% of all new jobs will require more than high school education. Of all new jobs created, over one half will require workers with career, technical, trades/apprenticeship or vocational skills. One educational trend that is emerging is combining University and college education and training. Many of the larger colleges report that up to 30% of their students already have university degrees. In these cases, students are seeking to add practical training to their theoretical background.
The focus on physician recruitment in todays program is to illustrate not only the continual need for more medical doctors but also to explore the variety of physicians. In rural communities it has always been a challenge to attract health care workers, regardless of profession. There is a strong demand across the board for all professionals that are in the business of healing.
Medicine bridges the gap between science and society. Indeed, the application of scientific knowledge to human health is a crucial aspect of clinical practice. Doctors are one important agent through which that scientific understanding is expressed.
Your first point of contact with the health care system, family doctors are experts in diagnosing and treating the whole person. They care for patients in the office, the hospital, as well as other health care facilities and the patient’s home.
Family doctors advocate for you and work with specialists and other health care professionals to provide patient-centered care. They also work with you to prevent illness and promote healthy living.
Family doctors study family medicine, a certified medical specialty, and are trained to deal with any health problem. Family doctors also play an increasingly important role in the early identification of disease.
The following videos give a general overview of a general practitioner and a specialist physician. Other videos illustrate what communities do to attract family doctors and what a locum position is in the medical world. The final video is a compilation of the afternoon informational sessions which included occupational therapy, speech language pathology, pharmacy, chest compressions, venipuncture and intubation.
General practitioners and family physicians diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. The terms “general practitioner”—or GP—and “family physician” are names for the same job with the same duties.
Family physicians provide primary care, which means that they act as a patient’s main health care contact and they work with the patient to manage their general health over the long term.
Specialists in clinical medicine diagnose and treat diseases and physiological or psychiatric disorders. They also act as consultants to other physicians.
Specialists in laboratory medicine study the nature, cause and development of diseases in humans.
Specialists in surgery perform and supervise surgical procedures.
Specialists in clinical medicine usually work in private practice or in a hospital, while those in laboratory medicine and in surgery usually work in hospitals.
This video illustrates the age old adage in marketing a product; sell the sizzle not the steak. Encouraging young medical professionals to look at rural communities as an opportunity to not only practice their profession about also consider a lifestyle that is better suited for those interested in a more balance life of work and play.
Locum work can be short term and varied or you can opt for a longer-term position in order to gain specific experience. Longer-term positions offer the opportunity to establish yourself within a team and demonstrate expertise and your working style as part of that team.
A tongue in cheek approach to encouraging physicians to consider the rural but energetic setting in North East British Columbia.
This reflects one of the many ways to get the attention of men and women looking for an opportunity to work while enjoying an active lifestyle.
Pandemic aside, social workers walk alongside those who are experiencing a range of challenging situations. These may include such things as illness, disability, poverty, abuse and discrimination. Social workers are found in every facet of community life, including schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, private practices, prisons, military, corporations, and in numerous public and private agencies.
The afternoon consists of break out sessions talking and working with nurses and doctors. There are some new topics while reviewing some important areas already covered in previous sessions at UNBC and CNC. These include Occupational therapy, speech language pathology, pharmacy, chest compressions, venipuncture and intubation.