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General Duty Nurse Nephrology Clinic/Renal Dialysis Unit/Peritoneal Dialysis

Job Summary:

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. Reporting to the Program Manager and in collaboration with the Medical Directors of Pediatric Medicine and Division of Nephrology, the General Duty Nurse Nephrology Clinic/Renal Dialysis Unit/Peritoneal Dialysis provides and coordinates nursing practice activities such as patient assessment, patient and family teaching, and health promotion activities for pediatric patients and their families in defined clinical area, consistent with established policies, standards, and philosophy of British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital and CRNBC.

Duties/Accountabilities:

1. Maintains patient records by collecting and documenting information including health care information regarding patients and their families, nursing observations, telephone communications, interventions, teaching, and care evaluations to ensure that patient records are current and complete.
2. Provides direct patient care for nephrology patients, including peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. Collaborates with other members of the health care team to evaluate family-centered patient care in the particular setting by performing activities such as reviewing patient/family history, developing nursing care plans for specific patients/families, patient/family teaching and meeting other members of the health care team to discuss and review care plan.
3. Teaches patients, family members, or other care-givers by providing and explaining diagnostic procedures, disease processes for newly diagnosed patients and information about medication, treatment, and health promotion of children/youth with chronic illness related to nephrology disorders.
4. Acts as the primary resource for patients, families and caregivers being a point of contact for questions and concerns from patients and families such as information about test/procedures and/or changes in condition as a result of medication.
5. Participates in the orientation and continuing education of nursing staff and students by preceptoring and role-modeling.
6. Participates in organizational meetings, projects and planning sessions related to the operations of ambulatory care services.
7. Participates as a member of the health care team through contributing information in patient and family care conferences, rounds and staff meetings.
8. Provides input to the Program Manager, or delegate, regarding policies, procedures, and operational requirements by observing service needs and providing spoken or written suggestions which address patient and family needs and promote effective use of resources.
9. Maintains a safe environment for patients, families, and staff by following established emergency procedures and safety practices and procedures.
10. Promotes the implementation and evaluation of nursing research and quality improvement activities as directed by participating in nursing committees, and by keeping current through attendance at educational and in-service opportunities.
11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience
• Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as an RN with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
• One year of recent experience in pediatric peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, with experience in an ambulatory care or community health services environment.
• Pediatric peritoneal dialysis trained
• Hemodialysis Certified or equivalent experience
• CPR Training – Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) – Level 1
Skills and Abilities
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to relate effectively to children and their families
• Ability to participate as a member of multidisciplinary care team and function as a nursing resource
• Ability to make decisions in an independent manner in a clinical setting.
• Ability to plan, implement and evaluate patient/family education material.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the job
• Ability to operate related equipment, such as a computer

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