As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) serves a high density low income, multicultural, inner city community through a variety of methods including direct client care, health promotion and education. The RPN works within the framework of the social determinants of health with an emphasis on health promotion.
The RPN provides direct client care by:
- Triaging of walk in clients and telephone screening of clients;
- Developing and implementing, with other team members, a plan of care for clients with stabilized chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, obesity);
- Screening and assessing clients with minor episodic illnesses according to established protocols;
- Providing supportive and therapeutic counselling and crisis intervention on an individual or group basis on such issues as sexuality, family planning, pregnancy choices, family violence, lifestyle;
- Assists with referring clients to specialist, hospital or community agencies as needed after consultation with team members;
- Performing basic nursing skills (e.g. dressings injections, suture/clip removal and assisting with other procedures as required);
- Performing added nursing skills (according to College of Nurses) as required as venipuncture, pulmonary function testing, ECG's;
- Assisting physician(s) with prescription ordering;
- Assessing and making recommendations for the purchase of equipment as needed;
- Cleaning and sterilizing of equipment;
- Maintaining accurate records using electronic health record system;
- Participating to case conferences with other RPCHC staff (both clinical and non-clinical) to ensure co-ordination of services to clients;
- Writing chart summaries for transfer or legal purposes (e.g. CAS) as required; and
- Assisting with the planning, implementation and evaluation of other Primary Case Programmes in consultation with team members and RPCHC staff.
- Certification as a Registered Practical Nurse in the Province of Ontario.
- At least 2 -3 years experience working as RPN in health care setting.
- Demonstrated understanding of clinical theories and practices.
- Knowledge of Electronic Health Records – experience with Nightingale on Demand an asset
- Knowledge of pharmacology
- Knowledge of health care system
- Knowledge of available resources accessible to clients (e.g. food banks, local shelters, mental health programmes, etc.)
- Ability to work collaboratively within and across teams
- Understanding of Anti-oppression principles and ability to work effectively with people of various cultural, age and economic backgrounds
- Knowledge of the Regent Park area and issues affecting the community