Status: Full-time (2 positions) Primary Location: Chippewa of the Thames, Muncey, ON
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency. We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. SOAHAC provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the southwest region. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. We are also mandated to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities. Currently, we are seeking the services of two (2) full-time Primary Care Registered Nurses to join our interdisciplinary team.
The Role: SOAHAC is seeking two (2) kind, caring and compassionate RNs who are passionate about community-based nursing to become part of their integrated care team. SOAHAC is seeking RNs with experience in at least two of the following areas: chronic disease management, health promotion, palliative care and/or mental health and addictions.
The RN will work in partnership with the client and family to establish goals that are safe, realistic, and reasonable by assessing, planning, coordinating, organizing, implementing, evaluating, and supporting transitions with other services for the client in collaboration with the primary care provider, and other integrated team members. The RN will facilitate the development, implementation, and adaptation of a care plan, delivers direct care, and provides case management to assist clients to manage their own care and navigate through the various services available within the community and hospital settings.
The RN will work collaboratively with the team to promote therapeutic relationships over time with clients, efficient and effective teamwork, and optimizing scope of practice for all team members. The RN also contributes to population health using assessment, analytical and advocacy skills. Nursing services include advocacy, assessment and continuity of care, health promotion and disease prevention, client education, liaison to community resources; supportive counseling and clinic coordination.
Experience: A Registered Nurse (RN) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario with a minimum of three (3) years of experience preferably in community or primary care. Experience working with Indigenous people in community-based settings is an asset.
Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Demonstrates ability to provide client-focused, trauma informed and culturally safe care.
Demonstrates ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) and provide nursing care through evidence based guidelines.
Demonstrates ability to instruct clients and others about topics essential to health care and well-being.
Demonstrates ability to manage time and resources effectively.
Demonstrates ability to apply knowledge of care planning and care coordination, including knowledge of community programs and services
Demonstrates knowledge of community health practice, chronic disease management, geriatric and palliative nursing practice within a client and care giver centred care approach.
Demonstrates ability to demonstrate self-awareness, developing and implementing own learning goals for continuous learning and professional development.
Demonstrated clinical leadership experience
Demonstrated skills working independently and in a team environment
Excellent skills in case management and working with/coordinating interdisciplinary care teams
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, public, community partners, primary care team members and other professionals and agencies using verbal, written and computer communication means
Demonstrated critical thinking skills within scope of practice including clinical judgment and problem solving skills and the ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve effectively
Demonstrated leadership capabilities and strong ethical standards and a commitment to professional development and life-long learning and ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitive to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns
Knowledge of community resources available for client/family support and related health services.
Knowledge of transitions through continuums of care.
Knowledge of other health care professions and their role in client care.
A current driver’s license, driver’s abstract, personal auto insurance in good standing and access to a reliable vehicle
Willingness to participate in ongoing cultural learning and traditional teachings
Ability to obtain a vulnerable sector check as a condition of employment
Up to date immunizations and records
Recognizes the importance of First Nations cultural identity as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle for individuals within a community
Advocates for and uses culturally relevant and appropriate approaches when building relationships and providing nursing services
Understands and respects cultural principles and protocols and is able to apply this understanding in work situations
Uses evidence and research to influence health policies, programs and practices and synthesizes nursing and health knowledge from a broad range of theories, models and frameworks to address the health status of populations, inequities in health, determinants of health, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection, case management, as well as the factors that influence the delivery and use of nursing and health services
Advocates for services that promote, and protect the health and well being of individuals, families, groups and community
Involve individuals, families, groups, and communities as active partners to take action to address health inequities and foster a self management care approach for chronic conditions
Builds capacity, improves performance and enhances the quality of the working environment by sharing knowledge, expertise, and experience with colleagues, students
Provide direct nursing care and health education to clients and families
Ability to maintain accurate client health records and fulfill reporting requirements
Ability to deliver health promotion, prevention and education programs from start to finish and often independently
Organizes and plans the care with clients and families on an allocated roster.
Work closely with primary care providers, other health care providers, families, friends, volunteers and others in the community that can support the wellbeing of clients, families and communities.
As a primary nurse, provides continuous, comprehensive and individualized supports.
Conduct comprehensive assessments and plans of care for assigned clients and their families that are developed collaboratively based on their unique needs. Plans of care will include both short term and long term care requirements that address physical, mental, social, spiritual and emotional needs.
The RN will lead the comprehensive care planning process and work with other integrated team members to implement, monitor and complete interdisciplinary plans of care.
The RN will be expected to support clients and their families to develop self-care strategies, anticipate and address health issues, as well as optimize their health through effective health promotion strategies. This may include developing individual and/or group based programs.
The RNs will work in partnership with other programs and organizations to develop health promotion, chronic disease management, palliative care and mental health support strategies.
A significant part of the RN role also includes addressing issues related to social determinants of health that may act as barriers to wellness. This means that you help the family link with and successfully engage with community and governmental supports to address issues such as social supports, housing, income and safety.
An ongoing role of the RN and the team will be to explore, understand and develop a strong network of social care supports including optimizing the client’s informal supports.
This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.
Please Note: This position is based on annual funding and full-time @ 35 hours (5 days) per week. Salary is subject to experience. Comprehensive benefit and pension package included.
The primary location will be at the Chippewa site with travel to other SOAHAC sites as required to effectively fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, and names of 3 references on the closing date to: