Registered Nurse for Reclaiming Our Spirits Program (0.6 FTE)
We are seeking a Registered Nurse who is passionate about promoting health and wellness equity in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) to join the Reclaiming Our Spirits (ROS) program at Kilala Lelum Health Centre. ROS is a wellness program developed to promote healing and to improve the safety and health of women living in diverse life contexts. It aims to provide intensive 1:1 nursing care delivered by community nurses working in partnership with women over a 6-month period. Drawing on local support services, the program addresses both short-term needs, such as problems encountered by women from ongoing violence, as well as long-term goals such as safety, health, and well-being. The program is women-led, Elder guided, and includes access to 1:1 Elder support, circles, and cultural wellness. The ROS program operates out of Kilala Lelum Health Centre, providing healthcare services through an outreach-based, culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, and harm reduction approach.
The Registered Nurse (0.6 FTE), supported by an integrated health service team, will provide excellent culturally-safe care to members of the ROS program following these principles: safety first, women-led, health advancement as a priority, strength-based, and hope- and future-oriented.
- Offer women-focused, strength-based nursing interventions based on the following ROS components: safety, managing basics, managing symptoms, cautiously connecting, regenerating family, and renewing self.
- Apply principles of ROS in practice: safety first, women-led, health advancement as a priority, strength-based, and hope- and future-oriented.
- Co-facilitate ROS circles with an Elder and a Counsellor once a week with a focus on strength-based cultural and wellness knowledge sharing.
- Meet women where they’re at in community or onsite. Nursing outreach visits may take place in members’ homes, community organizations, hospital or clinic visits, or other sites depending on need.
- Advocacy, including promoting safety, providing clarification and access to information while empowering women and promoting their autonomy.
- Establish relationships with members and provide culturally safe, kind, and empathetic support; support wellbeing and increase access to holistic health supports.
- Chart all documentation in EMR OSCAR records.
- Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams of Elders, Cultural Wellness Workers, Nurses, Outreach, Workers, Social Navigators, Physicians, Dieticians, and Counsellors.
- Follow leadership of Primary Care Co-Leads regarding program changes, day-to-day functioning of program, and plans to meet future goals.
- Complete case management and liaise with other healthcare teams in the DTES.
Qualifications & Skills:
- Baccalaureate degree or Diploma in Nursing.
- Current practicing registration with BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
- Current CPR.
- Follow the Professional, Practice, and Scope of Practice Standards and competencies as outlined by BCCNM; commit to annual continuing education to meet competencies.
- Minimum of one year of experience in primary care nursing or similar experience in a location that serves Indigenous community members and/or communities with multiple barriers to health and wellness equity, preferably within the DTES.
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict, manage aggressive behaviour, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
- Ability to be culturally appropriate and respectful with members.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Flexible, team-oriented, and committed to respectful, collaborative problem-solving with team members.
- Demonstrated commitment to culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, strength based, harm reduction and recovery-oriented practices.
- Experience and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous culture would be preferred. Completion of a cultural competency course or willingness to participate required.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
- Work will take place in the primary care clinic at 626 Powell Street, in community, or virtually as necessary.
This position works closely with the ROS team, including the lead RN and a Cultural Coordinator, is supervised by the Primary Care Nursing Lead, and receives support from the Executive Director.
- Hourly salary will be based on the BCNU wage grid.
- Hours of work will be agreed upon to meet requirements of 0.6 FTE.
- Robust extended health and dental benefits available :).
- Kilala Lelum Health Centre is committed to equity and diversity, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or membership or self-identification as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should clearly articulate why you are interested in this role and working with Kilala Lelum, how your background is a good fit for this specific role and our organization, and your current availability and desired schedule. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.