Registered Nurse – Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

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We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary healthcare, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy.  We currently have the following opening on our Community Health team.

Position Summary:

The Registered Nurse (RN), (CDE), works in a Diabetes Education Program (DEP) with a Diabetes RN and Diabetes Registered Dieticians to provide primary Community Diabetes Education care to clients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The RN will also provide individual diabetes education counselling, community outreach and health promotion/education to families and the community.

Direct Client Care:

  • Provide thorough, holistic assessment, monitoring and education for clients with diabetes taking into consideration the client’s level of knowledge, readiness, socio-economic and cultural background, psychological factors, medical and nutrition profile.
  • Provide one-to-one nursing care to diabetes clients.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate client centred care plans related to diabetes, considering literacy, language, cultural and psycho-social factors.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate community nursing activities for both individuals and groups.
  • Act as a nursing resource to the Centre staff, and participate in training of service providers and individuals at community agencies and groups.
  • Ensure continuity of care by maintaining up-to-date medical records, maintaining clients on a regular basis, and case conferencing with other primary care and service providers as required.
  • Appropriately refers to primary providers, allied health professionals and community supports and organizations and provides follow-ups as needed.
  • Regular monitoring of clients, participating in chart reviews and case management.
  • Participate as a team member of DEP, the community health team and other centre teams.
  • Provide education and  support in  insulin initiation and titration.

Health Promotion and Education:

  • Work with DEP team to develop and provide diabetes teaching in group settings both in the community and on site;
  • Provide outreach in collaboration with DEP team  to target populations;
  • Advocate and support culturally different communities and  identify  gaps of service;
  • Obtain and evaluate Diabetes Nursing Education resources ensuring use of clear language to meet the needs of clients;
  • Plan, implement and evaluate community Diabetes Nursing Education activities and direct nursing services;
  • Participate in the development of multidisciplinary health promotion medical nursing resources;
  • Act as a resource for Health Centre staff,  community agencies and groups in the area of nursing related to diabetes care; and
  • Maintain networks with peers and other related health professionals where appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • Current certification as a RN and CDE
  • Knowledge and skill in insulin therapy an asset
  • Experience in health promotion and advocacy (individual and systemic)
  • Proven clinical skills including health promotion teaching ability and group facilitation experience
  • At least two years’ current practice within a Diabetes Education Program or equivalent
  • Experience working with “hard to reach” clients who are homeless, have severe mental illness, and addictions
  • Ability to take the initiative and work well in team based setting and independently
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and strong computer skills
  • 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
  • Fluency in additional languages, especially Tamil, Bengali and Somali an asset
  • Experience working in outreach and community based setting an asset

Regent Park CHC is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals who are Indigenous people, members of racialized communities, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, persons with disabilities and others protected under the Human Rights Code as well as individuals with lived experience in the Regent Park community. This is a bargaining unit position with OPSEU Local 5115.