Working from a traditional, holistic, and wellness-based philosophy, the Public Health Nurse promotes and protects the health and well-being of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation community, meeting their individual and collective needs by creatively incorporating culturally safe health practices and initiatives, whilst fostering a sense of place and belonging. Such holistic care is depicted by the Indigenous Medicine Wheel – a wellness model which supports all aspects of the client’s and community’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health in a balanced way.
By joining our interdisciplinary Health & Wellness team, you will come to enjoy not only fulfilling working relations with fellow colleagues, but also a meaningful connection with the people we serve, and from whom we continue to have much to learn.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Nursing Care, Health Teaching, and Empowerment:
- Engage with community members in a manner which fosters culturally safe, respectful care and honours the Nation’s traditional practices, incorporating these cultural elements into care planning & health teaching, as appropriate and whenever possible
- Using population health knowledge and a sound understanding of the social determinants of health, provide community programming to support a continuum of public health services, including health promotion, disease prevention, screening, and early intervention
- Provide holistic nursing assessments, care planning & interventions to ensure timely and appropriate public health care delivery individually and across the community
- Educate and raise awareness in a culturally safe, sensitive, and meaningful way to support the consideration of population health measures such as immunization, healthy lifestyle choices & nutrition, injury prevention, and harm reduction
- Perform community needs assessment & support relevant programming to support prenatal, pregnancy, post-natal, and newborn care
- Support individuals, families, and the community with the burden of chronic disease by way of brief action planning, group facilitation, and public health programming
Community Engagement & Program Development:
- Establish and maintain strong, collaborative relationships based on mutual trust and respect, with individuals, families, team members, and community partners
- Engaging with the community as partners in care, collaboratively identify health inadequacies and disparities, to support shared planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programming
- Administer a comprehensive communicable disease control (CDC) program, including but not limited to influenza; COVID-19; HIV; Hepatitis A, B & C; sexually transmitted diseases (STIs); and tuberculosis (TB), whilst fostering community awareness & health protection initiatives
- Enable close surveillance and monitoring of population health measures to help mitigate population and environmental health risks and ensure emergency preparedness
- Advocate, with community members as partners in care, for the immediate, short-term, and long-term needs of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, with careful consideration of the social determinants of health
Documentation, Mandatory Reporting & Confidentiality:
- Maintain accurate and detailed documentation and databases to support timely and comprehensive reporting and to inform targeted program planning and community development initiatives
- Ensure timely and accurate client care documentation & protection of client confidentiality as per BCCNM standards of practice and agency policy
- Maintain program data bases to enable monthly, quarterly and annual reporting
- Complete mandatory program and communicable disease reporting in a timely fashion
- Collaborate with team members, as well as both internal and external stakeholders to support program evaluation and future planning, based on quantitative & qualitative data analysis
- Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree
- Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)
- Current BC Immunization Competency Program certificate
- Minimum of 3 to 5 years of recent experience in public health
- Comprehensive working knowledge of population health nursing theory, practices and procedures, including communicable disease control
- BLS certification
- BC Immunization Competency Program certificate
- Valid BC Driver’s license and access to a personal operating vehicle for business related purposes
- Must successfully pass a Criminal Records Check
- Must comply with TWN’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- People person with demonstrated skill in effective oral and written communication, interpersonal relations and conflict resolution.
- Work independently and in collaboration with others
- Flexible, ambitious and enjoy working in a dynamic environment
- Able to multi-task and adapt to changing needs and priorities
- Be efficient in organization and time management
- Strong ethic of client service, and eager to learn about the culture and traditions of diverse Indigenous Nations
- Be able to recognize the inherent value of family kinship and community integrity while continuing to meet the health and safety needs of each individual and the community as a whole.
- Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting, lifting and supporting clients.
- May be exposed to occupational hazards such as infectious waste, diseases and chemicals and may be susceptible to back injuries and muscle strains from lifting/moving clients.
- Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
- Public health nurses advise clients over the telephone and may travel to see clients in their homes.
- May deal with individuals who can, from time to time, be demanding and challenging. Must be able to remain patient and calm, and may have to engage in conflict resolution.
- Consists of three main components of office, community member homes and/or community buildings and in the car. The noise level in all areas is generally quiet, but at times noise could escalate.
- Must be able to work relatively independently and deal with issues of personal safety because this position is outside the controlled environment of a hospital.