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Permanent Part Time Job Share - Registered Nurse - Rapid Response Transitional Team Paediatrics

HNHB Local Health Integration Network
St Catharines, Ontario
Closing date
May 18, 2022

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Registered Nurse
Work Setting
Other - Work Setting
Area of Practice
General Nursing
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The Rapid Response Nurse supports effective transitions from acute to home care for the following target population: medically complex / fragile children, to ensure communication and linkages with
primary care, and provide timely and effective rapid response home care. The Rapid Response nurse provides an in-home nursing visit within 24 hours from hospital discharge for high needs children. During this visit, the RN will confirm the patient hospital discharge care plan, complete a nursing physical
assessment, and communicate the importance of connection to primary care to avoid re-hospitalization. Part of the assessment includes performing medication reconciliation and assessing medication management for the patient and family. The nurse will also complete teaching with the patient, family and caregivers related to their disease and/or chronic illness regarding how to manage their symptoms and when to seek medical attention. The nurse will collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team including care coordinators; hospital based nurse practitioners, pharmacists and contracted service providers.

This position will primarily cover Niagara and Burlington but may also need to provide coverage in Hamilton, HN and Brant for vacations and absences.

  • Review the discharge care plan and confirm that outstanding investigations have been scheduled and transportation is available.
  • Directly or in partnership with a pharmacist, ensure new prescriptions are filled and conduct a medication review and/or reconciliation to confirm no drug interactions or contraindications. Review the medication protocol with the patients and/or caregiver and answer questions.
  • Ensure contact with primary care physician and provide an update on the patient's acute care event and post discharge regime. Recommend and facilitate, as appropriate, a follow up visit with the physician.
  • Refer the patient to Health Care connect if the patient has no primary care provider
  • Identify patients requiring an accelerated assessment and home care services and coordinate with the care coordinator and/or nurse practitioner to facilitate the assessment
  • Collaborate with the care coordinator to develop the patient's care plan and ensure a smooth transfer of the primary care physician and pharmacist to the ongoing care team
  • Provide health teaching and information about management of chronic disease to the patient/caregiver and ensure they have LHIN contact information
  • Ensure the patient and/or caregiver understand when to seek medical attention for their disease or condition and how to use resources appropriately ( e.g 911 vs calling primary care)
  • Act as a spokesperson as required and interpret the role of the LHINto patients, healthcare professionals and to the public. Ensure positive public relations and effective coordination of services through ongoing liaison and participation in internal and external committees. Assess for and promote a safe environment for patients, caregivers, family members and staff. Adhere to health and safety policies and practices developed and implemented by the LHIN.
  • Participate in establishing; maintaining and monitoring standards for HNHB direct nursing providers, including committee work and active participation and contribution to quality initiatives.
  • Leads and/or participates in and demonstrates an understanding of quality, risk and patient safety principles and practices.
  • Follows all safe work practices and procedures and immediately communicates any activity or action which may constitute a risk to quality, and patient safety.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge & Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience as a registered nurse( experience in pediatric Medical/surgical units, Pediatric ICU, Community specialty pediatric clinics, community pediatric nursing)
  • Recent pediatric clinical/acute experience within 2 years.
  • Working knowledge of community resources and roles of health care professionals
  • Solid knowledge of health care related legislation and practices
  • Knowledge of direct care/case management models used in community health care organizations
  • Knowledge of LHIN priorities, policies, practices and service standards

  • Registered Nurse.
  • Advanced education in pediatrics.

  • Assessment skills
  • Problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Negotiation skills
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • Accessing community resources
  • Team Building
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Collaboration with Internal and External stakeholders
  • Organization, goal setting, planning, coordination and evaluation skills
  • Computer experience and keyboarding skills on a lap top and desk top computers
  • Flexibility during transition

  • Valid driver's license
  • Access to a motor vehicle
  • Driving to and from client visits
  • Satisfactory Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Search related specifically for the Paediatric/School Case Managers
  • Current CPR certification
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