Division & Section: Public Health, PH Communicable Disease Control
Work Location: 277 Victoria Street
Job Type & Duration: Two Temporary (7 month) vacancies
Hourly Rate and Wage Grade: $41.67 - $45.66, PSG:TF0177, Wage Grade:13
Shift Information: 35 hours, 7 days a week: including evenings and weekends; The Works is open 10am -10pm everyday
Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open: 2
Posting Period: 4-May- 2021 to 18- May- 2021
Reporting to the Supervisor, Needle Exchange, or Supervisor, Supervised Injection Service:
Works under medical directives to perform venipuncture, vaccinations, interpreting and counselling re: laboratory test results, dispensing OTC medications
Assists in the development of policies and procedures and medical directives as it applies to nursing practice
Maintains individual/client records and necessary documentation according to policies and procedures of TPH as well as the Standards of Practice set out by the College of Nurses
Provides presentations and training to health professionals and community partners
Educates clients regarding harm reduction, overdose prevention, recognition and response, naloxone administration, safer drug use, STIs, Hep C, HIV/AIDS prevention, health, sexual abuse/assault, life skills, sexuality, birth control, abortion, pregnancy
Performs needle exchange, distributes safer drug use kits and provides education on use of safe sex materials, safer drug use from office location, van, clinics, on the street, in community centres and/or shelters
When assigned to supervised consumption service, monitor clients, provide overdose response as needed, refer clients to needed services, identify the need for wound care, provide assistance to clients regarding how to use drugs more safely, assist clients with drug checking, ensure that all policies and procedures are being followed.
Assesses mental and physical health status of clients and takes appropriate action
Performs testing, provides pre-post test counselling for HIV, Hep A,B,C and syphilis, assesses abscesses, cleans and medicates wounds and applies dressings
Administers vaccinations for Hep B and influenza (others as directed)
Composes and signs correspondence in relation to clients' needs and advocates on clients' behalf when liaising with doctors, pharmacists, prison authorities, laboratories, etc. Attends court with clients to act on their behalf
Provides immediate care in crisis situations and performs first aid treatment as necessary
Assesses needs of clients, makes referrals for primary care and social services and assists clients in accessing community resources
Provides counselling and medical care to methadone patients
Works with clients to develop and promote improved health, coping and social skills
Accompanies clients requiring emergency medical and/or psychiatric assessment to medical and detox centres
Attends meetings as required
Collects and maintains statistical information for program monitoring and evaluation purposes
Participates in professional conferences and workshops
Develops, implements and facilitates specialized groups, workshops and in-services on a variety of health-related topic
Participates in community outreach and marketing health promotion strategies
Participates in the divisional planning process including development of work plans/operational program plans
Participates in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of public health programs and initiatives which may include community mobilization, advocacy for healthy public policy, health education and skills building
Collaborates and liaises with members of the team and community agencies to identify health needs and participates in the development of plans to meet those needs
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
A Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a recognized university and a valid licence from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Experience in the provision of harm reduction, drug treatment/addiction counselling, methadone, social, health, housing and HIV/AIDS related services.
Experience working in an outreach capacity with people who use drugs, people experiencing mental health issues and/or people who are homeless or underhoused.
Must possess a valid Ontario Driver's License Class "G" with the ability to qualify for a City Equipment Operator's License, and able and willing to drive within the Greater Toronto area.
You must also have:
Ability to conduct work in a non-judgmental way, using a harm reduction approach.
Excellent assessment skills.
Thorough knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis prevention and treatment issues.
Thorough knowledge of drug use including safer drug use practices, safer supply, opioid substitution
Knowledge of harm reduction practice.
Knowledge of drug treatment, social, housing, health, HIV/AIDS related programs and services.
Awareness of issues relating to sex works, addictions, mental health and homelessness.
Thorough knowledge of Hepatitis including transmission, prevention and treatment options.
Proven ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime and will include some evening and weekend shifts.
Applicants are required to demonstrate in their resume/cover letter that their qualifications match those specified in the job posting. Additional information submitted after the job posting closing date will not be accepted.
Assessment may include an interview, written and/or practical test. Location of assessment to be determined.
An employee's reporting relationship and/or work location may change due to operational reasons and in accordance with their Collective Agreement.
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