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iOAT Clinical Coordinator (RN/RPN) for Lift Community Services


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Position:iOAT Clinical Coordinator (RN/RPN)
Employer:Lift Community Services
Sector:Social Assistance
Closing Date:2021-Jun-14
Salary or Wage:$44.95 per hour to start
Full or Part Time:Full Time
Location:Powell River, BC
Start Date:ASAP
Contact:Stuart Clark


- Driver’s licence required.
- Broad knowledge of nursing theory and standards of practice in context of community and mental health/substance use nursing
- Understanding of key supporting documents and legislation including the BC Mental Health Act, In Plain Sight report, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- Ability to effectively deal with conflict, de-escalate behaviors and demonstrate competence in non-violent crisis intervention and behavioral management techniques
- Ability to lead and thrive in an unstructured work environment
- Ability to teach and counsel people in health self-management and chronic disease management
- In depth knowledge of communicable diseases and specifically counselling, testing and treatment options of HIV, HCV, TB and STBBIs
- Knowledge of resources available in qathet Region for people who experience substance use and other social determinants of health inequality
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills of community health and substance use nursing practice within a person, family and community-centered model of care
- Knowledge of policies and guidelines related to substance use i.e. BCCSU Guidance for Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder and Risk-Mitigation Prescribing guidelines
- In depth knowledge of harm reduction philosophy, substance use diagnoses, treatment interventions, recovery process and the continuum of care for substance use
- Ability to identify and respond to substance induced states including intoxication, overdose, withdrawal symptoms and psychosis
- Ability to monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and client caseload
- Ability to provide and advocate for care that is culturally safe and responsive to the needs of a diverse range of people including people who self-identify as Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+
- Demonstrate ability to navigate complex health systems and social justice concerns while maintaining a person-centered advocacy approach
- Flexible and team-oriented with a commitment to ongoing professional development, self-reflection and learning. Excellent communication skills related to public relations, interpersonal and networking with the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships
- Ability to apply a community development approach when working with clients and community groups that reflects the values of the organization
- Registration with the BCCNM as a practicing Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse. STI Certification, Immunization Competency BC or Nurse Prescribing certification will be considered an asset
- Graduation from a recognized Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with additional education in community health, public health or substance use nursing
- A minimum of 5 years experience in the field of mental health and substance use, and a minimum of 2 years experience in community health/primary care nursing, preferably in the context of low-barrier health services
- A minimum of 1-year experience providing harm reduction services in a community setting or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience
- Certificates in CPR, phlebotomy training, transportation of dangerous goods and advanced wound care
- Successful candidates will be required to complete a criminal record check to work among vulnerable populations

Duties and Responsibilities

- Lift Community Services is seeking a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) who is passionate about promoting health and wellness in the qathet Region to join an interdisciplinary team at the Powell River Overdose Prevention Site (OPS)
- Within the context of the therapeutic relationship, the community care model and in accordance with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) standards of practice, code of ethics and the vision and values of Lift Community Services, the RN/RPN provides a range of care services to people who experience substance use
- Services include primary care, intensive case management, pharmaceutical interventions, and a wide variety of acute and chronic disease monitoring including communicable disease, substance use, mental health and other health issues

This role is in the context of a novel and unique team that will be providing life-saving pharmaceutical alternatives to people who access the unregulated drug supply. Injectable Opiate Agonist Treatment (iOAT) is an evidence-based intervention that reduces toxic drug poisonings and improves the wellbeing of people who use substances. Reporting to the Manager of Community Development and Executive Director of Lift Community Services, the RN/RPN will be an integral part of the iOAT program daily operations by providing access to pharmaceutical alternatives, ensures medication transportation and storage meets operational policies and federal regulations, assists in scheduling and work planning, creates a positive team atmosphere, promotes harm reduction practices and works in collaboration with the wider team at the Overdoes Prevention Site (OPS) and Lift Community Services including people with lived and living experience. The iOAT Clinical Coordinator also provides program leadership and oversees daily operations of the iOAT clinic. The iOAT Clinical Coordinator acts in accordance with any orders of the Provincial Health Officer and regional Medical Health Officers as directed by the organization

Additional Details

Contact Kathryn Colby at

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