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Outreach Nurse, STI Clinic - BC Centre for Disease Control

The Outreach Nurse works in an unstructured environment with vulnerable/marginalized clients and communities that are at high risk for Communicable Diseases with a focus in STI, Hepatitis, HIV and TB in an effort to prevent and control communicable infections and diseases, and to assess, treat and refer for related and other health conditions. Working in outreach settings, clinical services are provided through education, supportive counselling, screening, evaluation, treatment, follow-up and referral. The Outreach Nurse participates in relevant research, new and ongoing project initiatives, and the development and delivering of educational and program planning.

What you’ll do

  • Provide screening, diagnostic, prophylactic or therapeutic services to outreach clients by collaborating with other community-based agencies to reach populations at high risk for acquiring communicable diseases (included are street-involved persons, sex workers, problematic substance users, street youth, men who have sex with men); 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; identifying clients to be placed on Direct Observed Therapy Program; and providing tuberculin skin testing and interpreting results.
  • Take blood tests (venipuncture), provide basic first aid, which includes CPR; and provide harm reduction teaching and supplies including condoms and needles.
  • Administer medications as ordered by divisional physicians, provide information on side effects of medication, and monitor patients for compliance and side effects of the medications.
  • Provide clinical and supportive counselling services to persons in outreach locations including agencies, correctional settings, detox centres, street clinics, drop ins, hotels, parks and the street; and providing pre- and post-test counselling for the HIV antibody test, providing test results, and ongoing support and referral to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of HIV+ clients.
  • Provide health education and promotion services to target individuals and groups to increase knowledge and promote behaviour change 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, drop-ins, and on the street); applying techniques of marketing, principles of teaching and use of audio-visual aids; assisting 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; participating in the in-service education of health and community agency personnel and delivering public presentations regarding the prevention of STIs, HIV, TB and Hepatitis.

What you bring

  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing
  • Current practicing registration as an RN with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • Certification in Reproductive Health (STIs) with British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • One (1) year recent, related experience in the designated clinical area (STI/Hepatitis/HIV).
  • Venipuncture certification or equivalency.
  • 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.
  • Excellent interviewing skills.
  • Broad knowledge and demonstrated ability to apply case management principles.
  • Knowledge in outreach healthcare delivery and community resources.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in working with patients with TB, HIV/STD, Hepatitis C, addiction and/ or mental health in marginalized populations.
  • Demonstrated ability in making decisions based on independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative manner as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position

What’s in it for you

Our employees enable 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, and 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 including onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

What we do

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation and provides both direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with disease of public health importance.

The BCCDC is a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: • Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

  • Casual
  • Hours of Work: 0830-1630
  • 655 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC
  • Applications accepted until position is filled
  • Reference number: 87148

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