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Community Sexual Health Services Nurse, STI Clinics - BC Centre for Disease Control
Community Sexual Health Services Nurse, STI Outreach
Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control
The Clinical Prevention Services (CPS) at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is seeking 2 Community Sexual Health Services Nurses for our Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Program. Our STI Clinic provides counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV in addition to providing hepatitis B vaccine as well as some other vaccines
**This role will primarily be supporting STI services in the Fraser Health region for the next 6+ month. The home base for this position is located in Vancouver.
What you’ll do
- Provide nursing care, education and counselling using a health promotion, harm reduction and trauma informed approach to populations who are at an increased likelihood of acquiring communicable diseases, including those who self-identify as LGBTQIA2S+, individuals engaged in sex work, individuals who use drugs or substances, individuals with mental health concerns, individuals who are incarcerated, street-involved persons, and street youth.
- Provide screening, diagnostic, prophylactic, or therapeutic services to clients by collaborating with other community-based agencies to reach populations at increased likelihood for acquiring communicable diseases; interviewing clients and making clinical assessment; carrying out physical examinations, screening, and testing, including taking specimens; administering appropriate treatment; consulting with physicians and other health professionals; locating resources for clients and arranging follow-up; and interpreting results. Take blood tests (venipuncture), provide basic first aid, which includes CPR; and provide harm reduction teaching and supplies for safer sex and safer drug use.
- Diagnose and dispense or administer treatment within the scope of a STI Certified practice nurse or by acquiring a physician order if out of scope. Support and counsel clients around any medication side effects.
- Provide clinical and supportive counselling services to persons in a variety of community settings and provides pre- and post-test discussions for the HIV test, providing test results, and ongoing support and referral to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of clients living with HIV.
- Provide health education and promotion services to target individuals and groups to increase knowledge and promote safer practices to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases by providing current information, harm reduction education, supportive counselling from a nursing perspective on issues relating to communicable diseases in non-traditional settings (e.g. gay bars and drop-ins); apply techniques of marketing, principles of teaching, and use of audio-visual aids; assists others in developing educational workshops, materials, and pamphlets for specific targeted groups presenting individual or group sessions including community groups and those in professional practices; and participate in the in-service education of health and community agency personnel and delivers public presentations regarding the prevention of STIs, HIV, and Hepatitis.
- Carry out contact tracing duties for all clients with reportable STIs or Hepatitis to ensure contact/partner notification and document adequate treatment or arranges follow up by interviewing clients in person or by telephone to collect all available information regarding sexual contacts for a specific period of time; uses information collected and investigative skills when information is limited to find named contacts; inform named contacts by telephone regarding what infection they may have been exposed to and what action is required of them, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained at all times; and follow up with contacts to document required testing and treatment.
What you bring
- Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as an RN with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
- Certification in Reproductive Health (STIs) with British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)
- One (1) year recent related experience in the designated clinical area (STI/Hepatitis/HIV).
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license to operate a vehicle within the Province of British Columbia. Ability to access fleet vehicles or access to a vehicle for local area travel.
You will have:
- Excellent interviewing skills.
- Broad knowledge in sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and demonstrated ability to apply case management principles.
- Knowledge in community healthcare delivery and community resources.
- Demonstrated knowledge of harm reduction practice and trauma informed care.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with patients, staff and public.
- Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem-solve, and deal with conflict.
- Experience in working with patients with STIs, HIV, Hepatitis C, addiction and/ or mental health in marginalized populations.
What’s in it for you
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 and development.
- Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
- 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
Wage: $36.23 to $47.58 per hour
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Shift times may vary between Monday to Saturday
Requisition Number: 107148 & 107244
What we do
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) bccdc.ca is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable disease and promoting environmental health for the province.
Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates 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: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services
PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, 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, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
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