The Organization: Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) strives 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 Métis within the southwest region. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality and are culturally appropriate.
The Role: The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) supports the primary care providers in the provision of comprehensive primary care and preventative services to Indigenous clients across the lifespan. The RPN will support the primary care providers by conducting assessments and physical examinations, administering immunizations and other injections, performing venipuncture, wound care, and any other nursing related duties that may be requested within the RPN scope of practice.
Experience: Graduate of a recognized RPN program and two to three years’ experience working as an RPN in a primary care setting. Experience with preventative care and chronic disease management. Experience working with the Indigenous population. New graduates may be considered based on their qualifications.
Reporting to the Integrated Care Manager – Owen Sound Site, the RPN is responsible for:
Assists with direct client care procedures and related tasks such as: checks in clients, obtains history, vital signs, updates and prepares charts, screens for preventative care, and assists with medical examination/minor procedures
Conducts intake appointments with new SOAHAC clients ensuring that a wholistic process is followed
Advocates on behalf of the client with regards to equitable access to traditional healing and western health services as directed by client
Performs specialized procedures, such as obtaining and processing lab specimens
Maintains database/registry of client’s eligible/due for cancer screening, diabetes care, and immunizations by use of EMR reports. Must be familiar with the Canadian Diabetes Association guidelines, Cancer Care Ontario screening guidelines, and the publically funded immunization schedule for Ontario.
Accepts telephone calls from clients at nursing station/office, triages concerns and takes appropriate action, i.e. provides telephone support, books client in with provider, or expedites call to provider
Contacts clients via telephone to discuss results as needed and make arrangement for appropriate follow up, at the direction of the Physician/Nurse Practitioner
Reviews, maintains, and orders immunizations and medical supplies on a weekly basis or as needed.
Performs administrative duties as required on an ongoing basis; coverage for the Medical Administrative Assistant
Commitment to continuous professional development and continuing education
Self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision
Advocates and supports a culture of client safety and demonstrates an understanding of how the department service and assigned responsibilities contribute to overall client safety at SOAHAC.
Willingness to routinely actively participate in staff meetings
Current registration as a Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
Graduate from a recognized RPN program
2-3 years’ clinical experience; preferably in a multi-disciplinary team setting
2-3 years’ previous experience working as a RPN in any/ all areas of primary care, chronic disease management, preventative care, mental health and addictions, FASD
Knowledge of culture and local Indigenous communities in Southwestern Ontario is a strong asset
Travel as required to surrounding communities and Grey Bruce county
Excellent communication, customer service and collaboration skills
Excellent problem solving, decision making and interpersonal skills
Strong organizational skills with the ability to work effectively and independently
Strong attention to detail and assessment skills
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and across teams
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly
Computer literacy including skills in word processing, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel, and Electronic Medical Records
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
Experience in providing professional foot care an asset
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 is full-time @ 35 hours (5 days) per week. Salary is competitive and subject to experience and funding. Comprehensive benefit and pension package included.
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 (two references from a Supervisor/ Manager) to: