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Community Health Nurse Musqueam

Musqueam Indian Band, 6735 Salish Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Req #172
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

About Musqueam

We are traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people. Today, we are a strong, growing community of over 1,300 members. We live on a small portion of our traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River. The name Musqueam relates back to the River Plant, the name of the plant is məθkʷəy̓. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) - People of the River Plant. We have always moved throughout our territory using the resources it provides for fishing, hunting, trapping and gathering. We remain distinct and our cultural practices are strong, despite the devastating impacts of residential schools, colonial laws banning our ceremonies, and other attempts to assimilate our people. Our lands and waters continue to support our cultural and economic practices while serving as a source of knowledge and memory, encoded with our teachings and laws. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit www.musqueam.bc.ca 

Position Summary

 

The Community Health Nurse (CHN) is responsible for providing a comprehensive range of nursing functions and services within the Musqueam community in the program areas of community/public health, through promotion and maintenance of the health of individuals, family groups, and community, with a focus on promoting health, preventing disease and injury and protecting population health.  This position reports to the Health Manager.

 

Facilitating the planning of activities and strategies to support the community in achieving healthy outcomes, the CHN participates in the design and delivery of community health programs (including educational programs), that address health promotion, illness prevention and health protection across the lifespan of maternal/child health, elder health, and environmental health. Responsible for prenatal education and regular follow-up of pre and post-natal clients; chronic disease management; health promotion and disease prevention to the community as a whole; communicable disease prevention and communicable disease follow-up; mental health promotion; community nutrition promotion and family health promotion.

 

Duties & Responsibilities

 

  • Plans, coordinates and delivers mandatory Immunization and Communicable Disease Control program services; performs case monitoring and outbreak control functions as a member of an integrated health team.
  • Working in the Musqueam community, collaborates with the Health Manager, Health and Band Administration staff, Community leaders and other health care team members to identify and define community health priorities, develop community health plans and programs that address the specific health needs of each community in the areas of Maternal/Child, Adult and Elder Health, Health Promotion and Environmental Health.
  • Facilitates the planning of activities and strategies to support the community in achieving healthy outcomes, and participates in the design and delivery of community health programs (including educational programs & workshops), that address health promotion, illness prevention and health protection across the lifespan (e.g. maternal, children and families and Elder health). 
  • Supervises teams in the delivery of community health programs and serves as a community level health resource; advocating for access to health and other community services, programs and funding (government and non-government) on behalf of assigned community and individual clients.
  • Builds capacity by briefing external organizations on MIB’s health services mandate and programs; maintains current knowledge of  programs and services available through other agencies; promotes optimal wellness for individuals suffering from chronic illness through monitoring, education and counseling in partnership with other community health care providers; supports clients in their pursuit of culturally safe health care from external providers; and makes client referrals to doctors, other health providers, hospitals and clinics.
  • Carries out community health projects [e.g. Women’s Health Fair, Chronic Illness Pilot Project, Community Health Surveys, both independently and as a health care team member in select parts of the MIB Community; collects and compiles project data and prepares analyses and reports.
  • Maintains excellence in nursing practice through attendance at in-house and external professional meetings, in-services and conferences, and review of professional literature.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Job Knowledge

 

The work requires the following knowledge, skills and/or abilities:

 

  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN) degree, current practicing membership in good standing with the College of Registered Nurses of B.C., and/or eligibility for licensure with the CRNBC.
  • current CPR/ AED Level C certification and current Immunization certification.
  • two or more years’ experience working as a Community Health Nurse in a rural/remote setting, preferably in an Aboriginal community setting.
  • skill and ability to exercise independent nursing judgment in a community-based environment, work collaboratively with team members and the community at large.
  • networking ability to foster effective contacts and networks with professionals in other organizations (e.g. VCH Public Health Nurses), and to collaborate with and exchange information on community health nursing issues with Health Directors, Band Administrators and Community Leaders.
  • analytical and problem-solving skills and techniques to carry out community health assessments, identify and recommend/develop interventions to address multi-faceted community/public health problems and provide professional nursing advice.
  • writing and editing skills to prepare proposals, a variety of nursing and health reports, client assessments, presentation and educational materials and correspondence for a variety of audiences.
  • verbal and public speaking skills and the ability to present often complex health information in a non-threatening, culturally appropriate and clear manner, in order to provide health information and advice, and deliver educational programs to lay personnel as well as individuals, families and Community-level client groups.

 

Working Conditions

 

  • Work is performed in an office environment and out in the community.
  • After hours work may occasionally be required due to program demands and/or in the event of a CDC outbreak.
  • Valid Driver’s License required with access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • Successful Criminal Record Check

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Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Musqueam Indian Band, 6735 Salish Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada