Reporting to the Director of Health & Wellness, the Community Health Nurse (CHN), in collaboration with the community and other members of the Health Department, will contribute to the overall health of the TWN community using a population health and community development framework. The CHN promotes traditional and cultural approaches to health practices. The CHN demonstrates knowledge and skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community health nursing programming based on local knowledge and information; morbidity, mortality and other statistics; population health, and current preferred practice as related to community health nursing practice. The CHN possesses an understanding of the social determinants of health and demonstrates values of community health promotion, commitment to the creation of health partnerships, community members as equal partners, and community development strategies. The CHN advocates for community members immediate and long-term health needs by working collaboratively with Health staff and external health partners and agencies to improve care offered and to ensure that all CHN programming is being delivered in a culturally safe and respectful manner. The department’s concept is one of Holistic Care within the parameters of the Medicine Wheel Wellness Model.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or Registered Nurse with Community Health Diploma.
- Licensed to practice under College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
- Three to five years of relevant work experience.
- Current Occupational First Aid and Level C CPR Certification, BC Immunization Competency Program Certificate. Foot Care Certification is an asset.
- Previous work experience in Home and Community Care and Community Health Nursing with First Nations is an asset.
- Must be able to work occasional evening and weekend shifts.
- Experience working respectfully with clients and health department staff in a culturally safe, relational and inclusive manner.
- Interest in critical self-reflection and continual cultural competency development and training.
- Commitment to continuing professional development. Willing to participate in job-related workshops, courses or training to further skills, knowledge and competencies as required.
- Respectful of individual, family, community and Nation, and the right to self-determined approaches to health and well-being.
- BC Driver’s License and operating vehicle
- Must successfully pass a Criminal Records Check.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Programming
- Assures a comprehensive CDC program, including but not limited to a focus on influenza, HIV, Hepatitis A, B & C, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Tuberculosis (TB) and vaccine preventable diseases.
- Provides community awareness programming on immunizations and other communicable diseases (prevention, early detection, transmission and control strategies).
- Provides programming on prevention, early detection, and CDC response as outlined by Medical Health Officer (MHO), FNHA Health Protection Team, and BCCDC Guidelines.
- Plans, implements and evaluates immunization programs for infants, children, adults, elders and members of the community deemed to be at higher risk.
- Assesses needs/strengths/resources, plans, implements and evaluates the TB Programming for the community as per the BCCDC TB Manual (TB Services for Aboriginal Communities – TBSAC).
- Ensures that required training is completed and competency is maintained (including current immunization certification, transportation of dangerous goods (TDG), and CPR (including infant) certification.
- Ensures that the CDC references are kept up-to-date.
- Ensures that there is regular maintenance of CDC equipment and that BCCDC recommended CDC supplies are available.
- Ensures that cold chain principles are adhered to.
- Ensures that mandatory CDC reporting is completed in a timely fashion.
Skills, Abilities & Knowledge:
- Computer skills and willingness to learn new programming as appropriate.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate a connection with community members.
- Punctual and ability to work independently or as part of a team.
- Understanding of the current and historical culture of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation an asset.
- Knowledge of local community resources and agencies.
- Seeks guidance from First Nations leadership in order to validate and integrate First Nations knowledge into all aspects of health and well-being.
- Knowledge of strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, determinants of health and illness, and health protection.
- Alignment with the ethical obligation of nursing to recognize the primacy of First Nations sovereignty – which includes the recognition that First Nations people control land, water, health and wellness.
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