Relational Care Nurse (CASUAL)
We are seeking a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse who is passionate about promoting health and wellness equity in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) to join the Relational Care Program at Kilala Lelum Health Centre in a Casual position. This program aims to provide access to food security, nursing and allied healthcare services, and Elder-led cultural care for new and existing members of the Kilala Lelum Health Centre. There are approximately 300 members on the food security program and 50 members enrolled in medication management/case management services in Relational Care. Our aim is to provide healthcare services through an outreach-based, culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, and harm reduction approach.
The Relational Care Nurse (CASUAL), supported by an integrated health service team, will provide excellent culturally-safe nursing care to members accessing the Relational Care space drop-in program for food, medicine, and cultural connections. The Relational Care space is open 365 days a year from 08:30-1:30 for daily breakfast and lunch. The nurse will provide support for medication management, perform general/focused assessments, vitals, wound care, and community referrals. Outreach is an integral component to providing access to medications, food, and cultural medicine to folks who face barriers that prevent them from accessing healthcare.
- Establish relationships with members and provide culturally safe, kind, and empathetic support; support wellbeing and increase access to holistic health supports such as Elders, Social Workers, Counselors, Physicians, and Dieticians.
- Complete outreach to members in the DTES for delivery of medication/food, bloodwork, and wound care; occasional outreach for appointment accompaniment.
- Chart all documentation in EMR OSCAR records, complete paper charting in MAR for medication dispensing.
- Provide medication management to folks living in the DTES experiencing mental illness, substance use disorders, and chronic illnesses such as HIV, Hepatitis C, COPD.
- Conduct phlebotomy, wound care, general and focused assessments, vitals, referrals, case management, pregnancy testing, Narcan training, INSTI HIV testing, and harm reduction education.
- Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams of Elders, nurses, outreach workers, social workers, physicians, dieticians, and counselors.
- Follow leadership of Nursing 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 DTES.
- Supervise and support nursing practicum students from UBC Nursing.
- Assist in training new nursing staff.
- Distribute harm reduction and other supplies, provide referrals and connections to other community services and supports.
Qualifications & Skills:
- Completion of Grade 12.
- 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 Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict, manage aggressive behaviour, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
- Experience in primary care, phlebotomy, and working knowledge of immunization protocols preferred.
- Ability to be culturally appropriate and diplomatic 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, harm reduction and recovery-oriented practices.
- Experience and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous culture would be extremely beneficial. Completion of a cultural competency course or willingness to participate required.
- Willingness to work some weekends as required.
- Opportunity to work casually in Primary Care at Kilala Lelum (626 Powell Street) if interested.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position (walking up to 10km/day).
- Nurse will be at 606 Powell Street in the Relational Care space from 08:00-13:30, outreaching in afternoon as needed.
- Outreach duties will occur within the Downtown Eastside in hotels, SROs, and private apartments following the safety guidelines of the RC Co-Leads and VCH.
- Occasional accompaniments to appointments at various hospitals and clinics within Vancouver.
This position is supervised by the Relational Care Program Co-Leads, a team of nursing professionals, and will receive support from the Primary Care Co-Leads, Administrative Lead, and Executive Director.
- Successful candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check.
- Hourly salary will be negotiated and based on BCCNP wage grid.
Please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.