Job Category: Health Services
Division & Section: Public Health, PH Communicable Disease Control
Work Location: TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH HEADQUARTERS, 277 Victoria Street
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Temporary Vacancy, 6 months
Hourly Rate: $41.67 - $45.66
Shift Information: Mon-Fri 7hrs/day 35hrs/wk; some afternoon and weekend shifts
Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Period: 2- Mar - 2021 to 16-Mar - 2021
Reporting to the TB Program Manager, the Public Health Nurse provides direct management of active TB cases and contacts and contributes to health promotion and education initiatives. Responsibilities include:
Provides direct public health nursing services for individuals, families, groups and the community according to the program specific policies and procedures and service plans; operational plans of TPH; the Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice and the standards of the College of Nurses of Ontario
Provides ongoing liaison with and support to clients and staff in shelters and correctional facilities
Carries out work in client's homes, shelters, correctional facilities, childcare facilities, schools, community agencies, workplaces, TPH offices, and in various community locations as required
Makes initial service response assessments; provides health information, education and counselling to the community. Assesses and makes referrals for Communicable Diseases Services and directs clients to community resources. Liaises with program areas and area office staff to ensure communication of relevant information and issues (e.g. review incoming lab slips reporting communicable diseases, provide assessment, counselling, education and referral to people diagnosed with a communicable disease for appropriate management)
Carries out independent home visits, shelter and correctional facility visits and/or clinical services. Assesses individual/family status and assists the individual/family in developing and achieving health goals. Counsels, consults, collaborates and advocates for clients. Provides appropriate public health services and liaises with and refers to other health professionals and agencies as needed
Maintains individual/family client records and necessary documentation according to the policies and procedures of TPH as well as the Standards of Practice set out by the College of Nurses
Provides direct care to clients in their home, shelter and other community settings, providing clinical services under medical directives (e.g. TB skin testing, treatment based on positive lab result for TB, management of anaphylaxis and providing immediate care/action in emergency situations, orders laboratory tests, provides prescription for and/or dispenses medications as per TB policies and procedures)
Ensures the collection of appropriate clinical specimens and forwards to laboratory for analysis. Reviews and interprets test results and follows up on chest x-ray and CT scan reports, lab test results, prescribed medication and dosage with client and doctor and liaises with other health professionals as necessary
Ensures treatment is adequate for the disease. Ensures compliance with treatment for a reportable disease
Identifies, tests and provides follow up of contacts in all appropriate settings including high risk settings
Collaborates and consults with community groups, coalitions and agencies such as shelters, schools, community centres, or workplaces to assess health needs, and in partnership with the community group or agency plan/deliver and assist in implementation and evaluation of TPH program and services
Facilitates community partnerships, and liaises with community agencies, groups or organizations to address community health issues and access to TPH program and services. Also provides consultation on policy development and implementation based on appropriate legislation and best practices
Represents TPH on assigned community networks and committees
Mentors, and provides orientation and training to new staff, Home Visitors, community professionals, students and peers
Collaborates and liaises with other professionals, community agency staff and City of Toronto staff to identify health needs and participates in the development of community partnerships and action plans to meet those needs
Prepares, submits and presents data and other reports, e.g. such as documentation, professional reports (journal articles, conference abstracts), requests for proposal for managerial approval and participates in the generation of Ministry of Health reports
Appears and gives evidence in court and inquests when subpoenaed in consultation with management and legal services
Presents and participates in professional conferences and workshops. Provides presentations to other health professionals/colleagues
Participates in the development of policy, procedures/protocols and updating resources
Participates in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation/research of public health programs and initiatives which include advocacy for healthy public policy, social marketing campaigns, community mobilization, health education and skill building
Participates in the divisional planning process including the development of work plans based on operational program plans
Reviews program specific community grant applications using specific program based criteria and assists with selection process
Participates in the coordination of projects as determined by program specific operational plans
Supports TPH responses to emergencies requiring Public Health assistance
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Province of Ontario.
Bachelor of Nursing Degree from a recognized university, with preparation in Public Health.
Experience in the prevention and control of various communicable diseases, including Tuberculosis.
Experience in Health Promotion and Community Development; working with homeless and under-housed clients.
Experience using computerized information systems, complex health databases and/or electronic medical records.
Possession of a valid Ontario Class "G" Driver's License and access to a vehicle.
You must also have:
Knowledge in TB Prevention and Control.
Knowledge of epidemiological principles and practices.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, Outlook and public health information databases (ie. IPHIS).
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain good personal and public relations with staff and the community.
Ability to prepare reports, provide health promotion and educational activities, and to prepare media releases, flyers, and other documents.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime, shift work, evenings and weekend depending on the nature of the Public Health emergency.
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