JOB TITLE: Licensed Practical Nurse (Supervised Consumption Services)
REPORTS TO: SCS Director in collaboration with the Streetworks/GSS Program Manager
HOURLY WAGE: $23.01 – $27.08/hour
LOCATION: Boyle Street Community Services/George Spady Society
HOURS: Casual (Potential for future P/T, F/T) Available working days, evenings, nights and weekends

 

Job Purpose:

Streetworks is a Harm Reduction, health promotion, primary health care program, which is currently seeking Licensed Practical Nurses to deliver supervised consumption services, supervising and supporting individuals in the self-administration of pre-obtained substances by injection.

With the assistance of a Registered Nurse and Harm Reduction Support Workers, the LPN will collaborate with interdisciplinary team members and other healthcare and service providers to deliver a client-centered, trauma-informed approach to care. The role includes providing comprehensive physical and mental health assessments, delivery of harm reduction supplies, supervised consumption clinical interventions and education, take home naloxone distribution, sexual health and other health education and support, and referrals to other health & social services. Other duties may include distribution of safer sex and drug use supplies, and basic wound care.

*LPN-involved Streetworks Supervised Consumption Services are offered at the Boyle Street Community Services, and the George Spady Society.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Completes pre-injection, post-injection assessments and monitors individuals’ health for the duration of the SCS visit.
  • In collaboration with the Registered Nurse, responds to overdose and other emergency requirements when necessary (e.g. naloxone, oxygen, ventilation, CPR), as per established protocols.
  • Works collaboratively with individuals, health care professionals and community services in the identification and resolution of health issues and integration of care, making referrals to other service providers as appropriate.
  • Provides basic abscess and wound care related to injection drug use
  • Provides education and referrals regarding blood-borne pathogens and sexually transmitted infections (BBPSTI), pregnancy testing and immunizations, and discusses and addresses other emerging medical issues as required.
  • Using a harm reduction approach, provides education and counselling on overdose prevention, safer injection techniques, substance use, sexual health and other high-risk behaviors.
  • Assists management with policy development, research and evaluation, and quality improvement.
  • Maintains standards of nursing practice and develops professional competence through training and educational opportunities, as required by the employer and regulatory body.
  • With the support of other team members, ensures that every individual involved in activities with illicit substances complies with the exemption requirements, in accordance with Health Canada’s terms and conditions.
  • Provides an ongoing commitment to individuals within the SCS and continuously strives for the most effective and appropriate delivery of care.
  • Identifies SCS clients who would benefit from individualized case management/coordination of care, makes appropriate referrals to outside case management teams, as required.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Nursing Diploma, current registration with CLPNA
  • CPR certification

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Able to work non-judgmentally with all individuals presenting to the Supervised Consumption Services, within a Harm Reduction framework
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and make independent decisions
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  • Knowledge, experience or willingness to learn of substance use and culture, mental health, STIs and blood borne pathogens and inner-city lifestyles
  • Knowledge of or experience with STI testing and treatment
  • Knowledge of and experience in community development
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in an Indigenous cultural context
  • Familiarity with local community resources (e.g. substance use, social services, justice)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Ability to work in partnership with other organizations
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm and non-judgmental attitude
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self-directed
  • Ability to plan and execute evaluation activities
  • Experience:
  • Experience working in a marginalized city community is an asset

 

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve, and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities.

Those with a street history or intimate knowledge of the street are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be required to have a criminal record check and a child welfare information check.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca Please include SCS-LPN in the subject line of the email. In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position and what shifts you prefer to work.

Closing Date: Open until successful candidate found