Position at VON Canada (Ontario)
Employment Status: Regular, Full Time (1.0 FTE)
Program Name: Visiting Nursing
Number of Hours Bi-Weekly: 75
Work Schedule: Days, Weekends, Evenings
Union/Bargaining Unit: OPSEU
On Call: No
Our Visiting nurses provide client care in the client's own home. They provide physical assessments, symptom control support, palliative care, rehabilitation therapy, wound care, education, counselling to individuals and families and much more.
The Registered Nurse is responsible for the provision and management of client and family centered, evidence-based, efficient nursing care to individuals and families in their homes and community with a focus on Enterostomal Care. The Registered Nurse ensures care is provided within the framework of quality & risk management and the standards and scope of practice set by VON, relevant provincial regulatory body and Community Health Nurses of Canada. The Registered Nurse is responsible for safe and appropriate teaching, assignment and delegation of tasks to different categories of workers.
- Manages and coordinates care; evaluates health outcomes; educates, counsels and advocate for individuals to meet health goals
- Provides all levels of nursing care whether caring for stable clients with predictable outcomes or unpredictable outcomes and whose health needs are acute, complex and rapidly changing.
- Provides cost-effective, organized, outcome directed care on an ongoing basis and assigns/delegates care as necessary.
- Provides service consistent with the standards established by VON and provincial regulatory body and Community Health Nurses of Canada.
- Provides complete, relevant assessment of the client, family, and caregiver and their environment utilizing pre-set procedures.
- Develops a care plan with the client and family or caregiver based on the nursing assessment.
- Incorporates discharge planning in to the care plan as required.
- Implements nursing strategies or interventions according to the established care plan.
- Performs technical nursing skills at a safe level in accordance with nursing principles and VON policies and procedures.
- Describes and documents nursing processes clearly, concisely, accurately and appropriately, according to regulatory and VON standards.
- Describes and documents clients, families, or caregiver's responses to care plan using established procedures.
- Utilizes appropriate interviewing and communication skills to obtain information from the client, family, or caregiver.
- Evaluates clients, families, or caregiver's responses to care plan for the achievement of realistic client-centered outcomes and revises plan as required.
- Promotes involvement of client, family or caregiver in determining health and service needs.
- Supports the health and well-being of clients and families and client and family engagement in care to support independence.
- Negotiates with client, family or caregiver as necessary to ensure the effective delivery of care while respecting client choices.
- Analyses and incorporates current research findings into clinical practice.
- Reports and discusses client's status on a regular basis with other members of the health care team.
- Documents rationale for referrals, increase and decrease in visits, and for discharge based on relevant, sound data and established guidelines.
- Refers clients to appropriate categories of nursing providers, support providers and to other disciplines utilizing established guidelines.
- Identifies and utilizes tools and resources for relevant work and manages these resources.
- Works collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team and acts as a clinical resource and mentor for other care providers, staff and students.
- Promotes client-directed care, self-care and independence through teaching and health promotion.
- Utilizes adult learning principals and established teaching materials to provide health teaching to clients and families.
- Shares clinical knowledge to enable clients, families and the community to make informed choices in determining health and service needs.
- Influences policy review and development in health care and nursing practice standards through involvement in VON, regulatory, professional organizations and community organizations.
- Practices in accordance with the quality and risk management framework of VON Canada and Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
- Plans, implements, evaluates and adjusts care in accordance with client focused expectations by seeking input from clients to assure that services meet needs.
- Participates in decision-making of client care plans and follows up to promote continuous quality improvement.
- Functions in accordance with the VON policies, procedures and strategic direction of VON Canada.
- Collaborates with management staff and colleagues in the evaluation of own practice and maintains competence through continuing education and self-reflection.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Promotes the goals and values of VON and their role as an integrated community care provider
- Promotes a safe and healthy workplace ensuring workplace conduct and activities are in accordance with the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
- Abides by all VON policies and work practices
- Abides by all confidentiality and protection of personal information policies, regulations and practices and ensures appropriate safeguards are in place within their role
- Works in collaboration with other staff in a team approach to service delivery
External and Internal Relationships:
- Engages regularly with clients, their families and caregivers. Provides education and support to engage clients and families in independence
- Participates actively with other healthcare professional organizations and the community to promote nursing best practices
Education, Designations and Experience:
- Must be Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the province of practice
- Academic and specialized training in the area of Enterostomal Therapy or Wound, Ostomy and Continence Management from a recognized educational program or is an Advanced Practical Nurse (APN) with formal education in skin and wound care.
- Canadian Nurses Association certification in Community Health Nursing as asset.
- Three years of experience in the community or acute care setting with a focus on wound care is preferred.
- Clinical practice experience is an asset.
- Ability to observe and make effective assessment of clinical issues.
- Able to initiate and support health teaching, facilitation and development.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills that allow for effective engagement with clients, staff and the public.
- Strong Interpersonal relationship building skills.
- Ability to be independent with decision-making
- Ability to problem solve and to adapt nursing interventions as appropriate.
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
- The capacity to adhere to strict confidentially.
- Able to articulate effectively knowledge of components of quality and risk management principles as they relate to clinical practices.
- Effective time management skills that allow for the independent planning and organizing of daily work activity.
- A current and original copy of a satisfactory Criminal Records Check.
- Must have personal vehicle and possess both a current driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance
- A Vulnerable Sector Search and/or a Child Abuse Registry Check may be required.
- Available to work flexible hours
- Must be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Attention to detail; Lift and carry using appropriate lifting techniques; Bend, push, pull, grip, reach, kneel, crouch using good body mechanics; Walk, sit, stand, climb stairs; Hand movements.
VON Canada is committed to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and to providing accessibility accommodations for candidates who require them. If you are in need of accessibility support, please visit our website at http://www.von.ca/en/accessibility for further details.
Attention Current Employees (Internal Applicants): If you are applying to a unionized position and you are a member of its bargaining unit, please be aware that this posting may remain open beyond the deadline if there are not enough applicants to fill the position(s). If the posting remains open after the initial deadline, VON may close the posting at its' discretion or a rolling deadline equivalent to the posting period specified in your Collective Agreement will be deemed, and each successive period will be treated as a separate posting for purposes of comparing seniority between candidates.
In accordance with the Employer's policy, Mandatory Vaccination: COVID-19, it is required that all VON Canada Nova Scotia Branch, VON Canada Ontario Branch and VON Canada (National) employees, contractors, volunteers and students be fully vaccinated (subject only to legitimate established exemptions of a medical nature or where there is a valid human rights exception).
To facilitate this policy, all VON Canada employees, students, contractors and volunteers will be required to provide written attestation confirming that they are fully vaccinated and reasonable proof of vaccination status, inclusive of any government-issued documentation.