Community Wellbeing (Public Health) Nurse Specialist, Preventing Infectious Diseases

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority - Sioux Lookout, ON (9 months ago)

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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 Nurse will undertake prevention and control activities for Preventing Infectious Diseases. The nurse will work in conjunction with the Preventing Infectious Diseases team, the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist, and Community Health Teams.

Current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario, in good standing
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing BScN from an accredited University with identifiable community health nursing content
Current CPR certification
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 and use of other office equipment
Experience and training in cultural competency with First Nations
Must be willing to travel
Ability to speak fluently in one of the Sioux Lookout Zone First Nations dialects is an asset.
Annual flu vaccination and Tuberculin skin test
Co-ordinates and monitors strategic clinical infectious disease control activities including case management, contact tracing, surveillance, screening and health promotion
Assists with outbreak management, as recommended by the Public Health and Preventative Medicine Specialist
Provides clinical expertise to the Preventing Infectious Diseases team and to community health care providers
Participates in the development, implementation, evaluation and quarterly reporting of the work plan
Participates in the development and evaluation of education materials and provide support to health promotion activities for Preventing Infectious Disease
Provides orientation of the SLFNHA’s Approaches to Community Wellbeing, and Preventing Infectious Diseases Team 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 Control 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
Prepares timely reports on infectious diseases epidemiology, activities of protection, prevention and control of infectious diseases, and program outcomes
In conjunction with Preventing Infectious Diseases Manager, data clerks and the Epidemiologist conducts quality control surveillance on data management and systems operations
Performs other duties for the SLFHNHA as directed
She/he will travel to communities to ensure appropriate outbreak management, community advocacy, and assist in community-based education for Preventing Infectious Diseases