Preventing Infectious Diseases Nurse – Ref #2023-064
The Approaches to Community Wellbeing is a regional resource to 31 First Nations Communities. The Approaches to Community Wellbeing provides expertise, support, services, and programming in public health to the region. The program also supports communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their own Approaches to Community Wellbeing. The Healthy Living section of the Model includes Preventing Infectious Diseases, which looks at preventing the spread of infections, and case and contact management of reportable diseases.
Under the direction of the Preventing Infectious Diseases Manager, the Preventing Infectious Diseases Nurse will coordinate the clinical infectious diseases activities of the program. The Preventing Infectious Diseases Nurse will work in conjunction with the Preventing Infectious Diseases Program team, and the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist and Community Health Teams.
The Preventing Infectious Diseases Nurse is directly accountable to the Preventing Infectious Diseases Manager.
Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (OHRC, Part II, Special Employment)
- Current Certificate of Registration from the College of Nurses in Ontario
- Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an approved University with identifiable community health nursing content
- Experience in public/community health nursing, program planning, implementation and evaluation
- Knowledge of and/or experience with health/communicable disease programs, TB, sexually transmitted or blood borne infections. MRSA and other health issues amongst First Nations communities.
- Must have knowledge of, and sensitivity to native culture, and the government health policies and regulations as they apply to aboriginal people
- Must possess excellent communication skills, i.e. Listening, oral and written English skills, public speaking, making presentations
- Must have strong interpersonal skills
- Must have excellent keyboarding skills, able to perform word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, knowledge of Epi-Info would be an asset, and use of other office equipment
- Must be willing to travel
- Ability to speak fluently in one of the Sioux Lookout Zone First Nations dialects is an asset.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Co-ordinates and monitors strategic clinical infectious disease control activities, case finding, case holding, contact tracing, surveillance, related treatment, screening and applicable vaccinations
- Assists with outbreak management, as recommended by the Public Health and Preventative Medicine Specialist
- Provides clinical expertise to the Preventing Infectious Program and to community health care providers
- Participates in the development, implementation, evaluation and quarterly reporting of the TB Control Program work plan
- Participates in the development and evaluation of education materials and provide support to the education process of the Preventing Infectious Disease Program
- Provides orientation of the SLFNHA Preventing Infectious Disease Program to primary health care providers, and facilitates continued learning opportunities about infectious disease prevention and control
- Monitors adherence of health care practitioners to Preventing Infectious Disease Program standards and follows up discrepancies to promote safe, effective care and education
- Advocates for clients and communities to enhance health determinants
- Actively participates on committees and other working groups as a representative for the SLFNHA
- Establishes and maintains a close working relationship with community health leadership and health staff to build capacity, promote awareness and self-determination in the prevention and management of infectious diseases in the communities
- Supports the preparation of timely reports on infectious diseases epidemiology, activities of protection, prevention and control of infectious diseases, and program outcomes
- In conjunction with Preventing Infectious Disease Program Manager, data clerks and the Epidemiologist conducts quality control surveillance on data management and systems operations and clinical support to FNIHIS
- Performs other duties for the SLFHNHA as directed
- Will travel to communities extensively to conduct timely completion of case and contact management, outbreak management, community, advocacy and assist in Preventing Infectious Diseases education
Closing Date: Open till Filled