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Registered Nurse (RN) – Tuberculosis Outreach BC Centre for Disease Control
Registered Nurse (RN) – Tuberculosis Outreach
BC Centre for Disease Control
The Outreach Nurse works in an unstructured environment with vulnerable/marginalized clients and communities, who are at high risk for Tuberculosis (TB) and/or related diseases, 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 conducts contact tracing duties and 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 those who self-identity as LGBTQIA2S+, individuals engaged in sex work, individuals who use drugs or substances, individuals with mental health concerns, street-involved persons, and street youth); 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.
- 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 a variety of 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 test, 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 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); apply techniques of marketing, principles of teaching and use of audio-visual aids; assist 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; participate in the in-service education of health and community agency personnel and deliver public presentations regarding the prevention of TB.
- Carry out contact tracing duties for all clients with TB 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; use 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).
- One (1) year recent related experience in the designated clinical area (Tuberculosis).
- 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.
You will also have:
- 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.
- Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
- Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
- As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).
What we bring
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, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
- Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
- Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
- Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.
Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time (Until August 16, 2024)
Wage: $40.21 to $57.78 per hour
Location: 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 08:00-16:00/08:30-16:30
Requisition # 146982E
As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.
What we do
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC.
BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages 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 and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, 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, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.
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