Following the Province of BC’s August 11, 2020 announcement, PHSA is actively seeking Registered Nurses (RNs) to increase contact tracing across the province. Ideal for recently retired nurses with British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) registration and Nurse Practitioners, this is a unique opportunity to help keep our communities safe as BC prepares for a potential COVID-19 surge this fall. These temporary positions – available full or part-time – will work as part of the BC Centre for Disease Control’s rapid response pool, and will commence in September 2020 until March 31, 2021, with possibility of extension.
Our COVID-19 RNs will provide assessment services for individuals presenting with or at risk for COVID-19. This includes testing, surveillance, sample collection, communicating test results, administering immunizations, and supporting investigations by monitoring active cases and laboratory reports. Specifically, the RNs will focus on contact tracing and providing support and guidance to reduce transmission and spread of the pandemic.
This position may be required to travel and/or work at multiple sites in support of the regional health authorities’ COVID-19 response. Join our team of #healthcareheroes in the fight against COVID-19!
What you’ll do
• Provide nursing services in person or via telephone to individuals presenting with – or at risk for – COVID-19 including taking history, assessing risk, and gathering data appropriate to clinical diagnosis.
• Communicate test results to COVID-19 infected clients, providing instructions, supportive counselling and information about the disease and treatment.
• Interview COVID-19 infected clients to collect all available information regarding contact. Investigate when information is limited to find named contacts.
• Confidentially inform named contacts regarding potential exposure to positive COVID-19 results, and recommend actions.
• Obtain symptom information, refer for testing, and provide instructions for quarantine. Document required testing, treatment and guidance to reduce spread.
• Communicate test results to non-infected individuals and reinforce appropriate infection control practices to prevent potential transmission.
• Assist with major communicable disease outbreak investigations: monitor active cases and laboratory results for new cases, conduct testing and surveillance follow-ups, administer immunizations, and provide information about process and prevention measures to physicians
and the community as a whole.
• Collaborate with team members to develop educational resources on infection control practices. Guide and mentor other nurses, allied healthcare staff, and students.
• Maintain individual records and necessary documentation according to policies, procedures, and the Standards of Practice set out by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
• Participate in program planning and research analysis including quality initiatives, safety procedures, and accreditation.
What you bring
• Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
• Broad knowledge of communicable disease control and community development procedures and practices including prevention, health promotion, and reporting responsibilities.
• Working knowledge of immunization protocols, and ability to successfully complete Provincial Immunization Certification. Adept assessment skills to work sensitively and tactfully with clients including diverse and marginalized populations.
• Strong communicator with ability to develop productive and trusting relationships with coworkers, physicians, client, families, and community partners.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize while adjusting to new or unexpected circumstances.
• Analytical, flexible and problem solving skills supported by the ability to facilitate and mediate.
• Ability to operate independently and collaboratively, while making sound nursing practice decisions.
• Knowledge of research process and methodology; critically read and utilize current health research in evidence based practice.
• Can quickly and effectively identify community resources for clients and families.
• Experience and comfort with client care information systems and Windows applications.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position including the use of relevant equipment.
• Demonstrated skills in CPR techniques.
• Travel outside of existing geographic area may be required, and will be compensated in accordance with applicable collective agreement language.
Job Type: Temporary Full or Part-Time (end date: 03/31/2021)
Wage: $35.53 to $46.65 per hour
Location: Multiple sites/BCCDC – 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Rotating Schedule: Monday-Friday 0800–1600/0830–1630/15:00-23:00 Rotating Days/Evenings; Saturday/Sunday 0830-1630
What’s in it for you
Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.
• Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
• Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
• Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan (eligibility will vary).
• 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
• Flexible work options including flextime, work locations and job sharing (eligibility will vary).
• Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
What we do
to preventing and controlling communicable disease and promoting environmental health for the province.
PHSA plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.
PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
How to Apply
Visit jobs.phsa.ca to apply and create your candidate profile on our website. The direct link to apply to this RN position is here.
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