Home Care & Community Health Nurse

Job Description

Term: Full Time Permanent (37.5 hours per week)

Closing Date: Open until filled

Reporting To: Director of Health

Overview of Position

The Home Care & Community Health Nurse (Nurse) is responsible for providing comprehensive nursing care in the Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) community and to their members. The Nurse will promote and raise awareness of healthy lifestyles and services available to the USIB members, while considering their physical, cultural, psychological, social, and environmental needs.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinates clinical care services to meet the needs of the clients while encouraging independence, family, and community support.
  • Identify community members that may require nursing care support.
  • Completes collaborative home care assessment with community members to determine individualized care plans.
  • Provide ongoing needs assessments with service users.
  • Implements the care plan to provide in-home personal care/home management in collaboration with other Home Care employees.
  • Provides in-home direct nursing care as required.
  • Keeping accurate records and reporting for FNHA, FNIHB, and other governing bodies as directed.
  • Maintains client confidentiality and ensures that all records are stored securely and within regulations.
  • Provides clients and family caregivers with health information as required through demonstrations and informal teaching sessions.
  • Participates in case management and family conferences, where appropriate.
  • Maintains nursing skills through attendance at workshops, conferences, in -service, staff meetings, literature, and evidence-based principles.
  • Ensures that clients admitted to the Home and Community Health Care Program have access to medical supplies and equipment required for their individualized care plan.
  • Maintains professional support and consultation with other professionals in the community to ensure the program is delivered in a safe effective manner.
  • Works in collaboration with the Director of Health to seek out funding opportunities to enhance community health promotion activities.
  • Referring community members to appropriate agencies and health care professionals, such as the FNHA Mental Health advocates.
  • Providing information, support, and follow-up for the treatment and compliance to procedures.
  • Responsible for monitoring and educating on health-related information, including but not limited to:
    • Diabetes Education Program
    • HIV POC Testing
    • Naloxone/Harm Reduction Education
    • Pandemic Education and Testing
    • TB Education and screening
    • Foot Care Nursing Services for Elders and chronically diagnosed clients.
  • Palliative Care and co-ordination/collaboration with Interior Health as needed.
  • Must comply with the FNHA Home and Community Care Program/Community Health Program in accordance with BCCNP Standards of Practice.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required, and in accordance with the USIB policies and procedures, and as directed by the Director of Health or their designate.

Education/Training/Certification

  • Valid Nursing degree is required and a current license to practice in good standing with the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • Communicable disease certificate is considered an asset.
  • Submit to and pass a Criminal Record Check.

Qualifications – Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia’s Interior Region.
  • Knowledge of the history of Indigenous people of Canada.
  • Awareness of healthcare trends among Indigenous people.
  • Understanding of Interior Health Home Care policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Strong community engagement and development skills.
  • Regular day to day interaction with the health care team.
  • Ongoing commitment to keep updated on Indigenous health research.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with direct reports, coworkers, and management both written and verbally.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to teach, facilitate, and encourage learning.
  • Strong problem solving, conflict resolution, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to practice in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Flexible schedule and availability to work outside normal business hours.
  • Knowledge and skill in the areas of home care, communicable disease control, and health promotion.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and finance.
  • Proficient computer skills with a variety of software programs such Microsoft Office.
  • Must possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s License with an annual driver’s abstract in excellent standing.

Experience

  • Experience working with First Nations Community Health, considered an asset.
  • Experience in Financial Management (budget, invoices, reporting).
  • Demonstrated experience working on a team of professionals with the ability to support and mentor.

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A competitive starting hourly rate, commensurate with appropriate experience.