Nurse Practitioner (NP), We Count COVID-19 Indigenous Testing Site

Job Description
Job Title: Nurse Practitioner (NP), We Count COVID-19 Indigenous Testing Site
Salary: $75/hour, variable shifts (days and evenings, 5-7 days per week)
Hours: 0ne position 1.0 FTE (35 hours)
Location: 22 Vaughan Road
Start Date: early October 2020 – March 30th, 2021

Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) is group of more than 100 physicians working in over 50 shelters and drop-ins across Toronto. ICHA provides transitional primary care and specialist support (i.e. psychiatry, substance use, and palliative care) to those who do not otherwise have access to care. We serve people who are unsheltered and temporarily living in shelters as well as those who are precariously housed. ICHA is very pleased to be expanding its interprofessional team to support the We Count COVID-19 Indigenous Testing Site which is housed at Native Men’s Residence (NaMeRes) and additionally supported by Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto, Well Living House (Unity Health Toronto) and the Centre for Wise Practices (Women’s College Hospital). The We Count COVID-19 (WCC) project uses Indigenous community-driven processes to address gaps in health and public health services and information for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples impacted by COVID-19. The project includes building a culturally safe and Indigenous-specific Covid-19 testing site that provides COVID-19 screening with integrated social support and public health follow up.

Role Description:
Reporting to the ICHA Director of Clinical Services and working closely with the We Count COVID-19 Clinical and Public Health Lead and NaMeRes Assessment Site Lead, and the rest of the WCC team, the We Count COVID-19 Indigenous testing site NP will provide holistic care for adults and children attending the WCC Indigenous COVID-19 testing site. This will include providing direct wrap around supports to clients, including assessment, management of and referral for urgent unmet health and social needs; COVID-19 screening and risk factor assessment; administration of COVID-19 testing; follow-up on COVID-19 testing results; client education regarding COVID-19 prevention; and support for appropriate case management. In addition, working with WCC-ICHA RN Coordinator and clinical/public health lead, the WCC assessment site NP will co-lead the management of the testing site, including ongoing implementation of IPAC measures.

Roles and Responsibilities:

- Assess clients presenting for COVID-19 testing in a culturally safe manner

- Order Covid-19 test and collect specimen according to public health, clinical and IPAC guidelines and standards

- Provide tailored COVID-19 prevention and management counselling

- Review and communicate Covid-19 results in a timely manner and arrange appropriate follow up in collaboration We Count Covid-19 outreach workers and Toronto Public Health

- Consistently document in the clients' electronic medical record following College of Nurses of Ontario Standards of Practice for Documentation

- For participants who consent to participation in the We Count Covid-19 database, gather and record registry information

- Maintain accurate clinical and registry records

- Assess and address any urgent unmet clinical and social needs that arise on-site during opening hours

- Provide appropriate disposition management in collaboration with the We Count Covid-19 outreach workers and other COVID-19 community supports, including referral to Covid-19 recovery sites for persons experiencing homelessness

- Collaborate with other Indigenous and allied service organizations to develop and implement culturally safe defined referral pathways

- Work in collaboration with other team members and Indigenous and allied service organizations as required to ensure a smooth transition between care sites and that client's needs are met

- Oversee medical supplies procurement in collaboration with other site staff

- Co-Chair testing site staff meetings and contribute to site quality improvement and review of procedures and policies.

- Perform other related duties as assigned by the testing site and WCC project leadership

- Current registration as a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class with the College of Nurses of Ontario in good standing with no restrictions
- Baccalaureate or Master’s degree in nursing from a recognized university

- A minimum of 5 years working experience in Nursing and at least 2 years working as an NP in primary health care

- Evidence of liability protection/malpractice insurance

- Demonstrated knowledge and experience engaging in and working with Indigenous communities

- Ability to contribute to a culturally respectful and inclusive Indigenous space

- Able to work independently in non-typical community-based primary care setting with remote MD support as needed

- Knowledge of relevant community services for individuals experiencing homelessness

- Demonstrated thorough knowledge and understanding of infection control and prevention practices

- Experience with trauma-informed care; able to communicate with clients in a professional, empathetic and culturally safe manner

- Strong communication, team-oriented interpersonal skills and organizational skills

- Flexibility to adapt to a dynamic and changing situation and workload

- Current CPR certification

- Knowledge and experienced in the application of electronic medical records (EMR)

- Experience working with Covid-19 patients is considered an asset

- Experience working in clinical research is also considered an asset

Please submit your cover letter and resume by email only to by October 15th, 2020.
We thank all applicants for their interest; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.