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HIV/AIDS Outreach Nurse G/B/MSM (Gay, Bisexual, other Men who have Sex with Men) (RN)

HIV/AIDS Outreach Nurse G/B/MSM (Gay, Bisexual, other Men who have Sex with Men) (RN)

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Job Title:

HIV/AIDS Outreach Nurse G/B/MSM

(Gay, Bisexual, other Men who have Sex with Men) (RN)

Work Site:Three Bridges Community Health Centre - STOP HIV/AIDS
Status: Temporary Part Time (0.8 FTE) till August 2018
Start Date: As Soon As Possible 
Salary: $33.56 - $44.06 per hour
Hours: 0900 to 1700 Tues to Fri with Sat/Sun/Stats/Mon off  (may include evenings and weekends)
Reference#: 099362-slo

 

 


STOP HIV/AIDS (Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS) - to expand HIV testing, treatment, and support services to clinically eligible individuals in British Columbia.  STOP HIV/AIDS aims to increase treatment for all clinically eligible individuals who wish to access care.  The program specifically serves individuals facing multiple barriers to care in Vancouver.  These barriers include addiction, mental health issues, homelessness, and other social or environmental factors. 


For more information, check our website and search for "STOP HIV/AIDS".


 

 


JOB SUMMARY:

Within the context of a client and family centered care model and in accordance with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) standards of professional practice, Code of Ethics, and the established vision and values of the organization, works as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide outreach services to vulnerable/marginalized clients and communities who are at high risk for HIV/AIDS. Provides frontline primary health care services to clients in the form of immediate assessment, intervention and treatment. Provides pre- and post-test counseling for the HIV antibody test, test results, and ongoing support and referral to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of HIV/AIDS clients. Provides harm reduction education, counseling and support from a nursing perspective on issues relating to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and HIV in non-traditional settings such as gay bars, drop-ins, on the street and other meeting places. Distributes harm reduction supplies. Collaborates with other community-based agencies to reach populations at high risk for acquiring STDs and HIV. Liaises with community-based AIDS organizations or other organizations to plan, develop, implement and deliver preventive HIV/AIDS educational material workshops and programs to targeted groups. Identifies the health issues, behaviours, needs, barriers and challenges for at-risk populations. Works collaboratively in team settings to develop creative strategies to address the challenges and participates in research projects, and surveys as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, supplemented with two (2) years’ recent related experience providing screening, assessment and treatment services to clients at risk or living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Experience performing HIV testing and certified nursing practices (STI testing and treatment, pelvic exams, follow up of communicable/sexually transmitted diseases).
  • Certification in Reproductive Health (STIs) with CRNBC.
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle. 


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client-centered approach.
  • Knowledge of Community development and health promotion principles and practices.
  • Broad knowledge of CRNBC Standards for Nursing Practice.
  • Broad knowledge of HIV/AIDS, STIs and communicable disease control.
  • Broad knowledge of mental health and addictions.
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and HIV/AIDS community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients and their families, health care staff and community partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations, problem solve and facilitate resolutions.
  • Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, take initiative, be flexible, and work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make nursing practices decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to manage aggressive and suicidal behaviour.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess client responses to care, and to respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify community resources appropriate to client needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse population including Aboriginal communities and sexual minorities.
  • Demonstrated de-escalation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, leadership and work direction.
  • Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.


The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.


***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the staffpostings.vch.ca site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

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