COVID-19 Outreach Nurse (RN) - DTES

$36.23 - $47.58 hourly
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Oct 21, 2021
Casual Registered Nurses

Job Description

Come work as an COVID-19 Outreach Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse to join the Inner City COVID-Outreach Team in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

As a COVID-19 Outreach Nurse with VCH you will:

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide outreach services to vulnerable/marginalized clients and communities who are at high risk for acquiring/transmitting COVID-19.
  • Provide frontline primary health care services to clients in the form of immediate assessment, intervention and treatment.
  • Provide harm reduction education, counseling and support from a nursing perspective on issues relating to substance use including brokering access to risk mitigation prescribing for substance use with community based prescribers.
  • Distribute harm reduction supplies.
  • Collaborate with other community-based agencies to reach populations at high risk for acquiring COVID-19.
  • Identify the health issues, behaviours, needs, barriers and challenges for at-risk populations.
  • Work collaboratively in team settings to develop creative strategies to address the challenges and participates in research projects, and surveys as required.

About the COVID-19 Outreach Team (COT)

The COVID-19 Outreach Team (COT) provides clinical support to under-housed, precariously housed or homeless clients who are admitted to the designated isolation sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. COT provides short term care to clients admitted to designated isolation sites with a focus on COVID-19 symptom management.

The COT primarily aims to:


• Decrease community transmission of COVID-19
• Transition to alternate level of care ( acute care) when potential serious complications of illness arise
• Manage client’s symptoms based on client’s goals of care and support/monitor client during a period of convalescence.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Two (2) years’ recent, related experience providing screening, assessment, treatment and/or outreach services to clients living in the inner city with multiple health and or social challenges or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License as local area travel may require the use of a vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client-centered approach.
  • Knowledge of Community development and health promotion principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction principles and practices.
  • Broad knowledge of BCCNM Standards for Practice for registered nurses.
  • Broad knowledge of communicable disease, communicable disease control and IPAC measures.
  • Broad knowledge of mental health and addictions.
  • Broad knowledge of other conditions treated in primary care settings, including chronic diseases, HIV/AIDs, wound care, and infections.
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community based resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients and their families, health care staff and community partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations, problem solve and facilitate resolutions.
  • Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, take initiative, be flexible, and work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make nursing practices decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to manage aggressive and suicidal behaviour.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess client responses to care, and to respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify community resources appropriate to client needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse population including Indigenous communities and sexual minorities.
  • Demonstrated de-escalation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, leadership and work direction.
  • Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

WHY JOIN VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH?


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff



Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting. Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.