Registered Practical Nurse - Advanced Foot Care*
Reports to: Director Regional Services and Partnerships
Location: Greater Napanee, Deseronto and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
Position Type: Permanent, Part-time 0.6 FTE (21 hours/week)
Start Date: April 2019
Salary: $44,954 - $54,199
Working as part of an interdisciplinary team to support overall health and wellness of clients, the RPN-Advanced Foot Care delivers professional, essential and diabetic foot care services on an ongoing basis. They conduct assessments and screenings and provide education and health promotion to clients regarding advanced foot care, footwear and general health maintenance of feet.
*This position description is currently under review to incorporate core competencies. Final position description will be provided to the successful candidate when available.
· Provide essential and diabetic foot care and risk assessments to clients on an ongoing basis, including but not limited to: cutting and packing involuted nails, debridement of onychomycotic nails, reduction of vascular callus or corns, reduction of callus with fissures, diabetic foot care assessment, and the development of plan of care, referrals and treatments.
· Work with client to establish plan of care.
· Coordinate and provide referrals for footwear/insole needs with Pedorthist, and/or Chiropodist for further follow-up, as required.
· Work closely with other providers to provide input and recommendations in client care conferences; report any concerns to client’s physician, NP or other provider.
· Ensure follow-up treatment based on needs of individual client in accordance with best practices and infection control policies.
· Properly handle, clean and prepare foot care instruments in decontamination room in accordance with infection control practices.
· Provide education and health promotion to clients regarding foot care, footwear, and general maintenance of healthy feet; provide information to client’s family as required.
· Co-facilitate, with the Diabetic Educator, the foot care module of the Diabetic Living Well program.
· Participate in organizational committees involving areas of expertise.
· Provide primary health care to clients of the centre as guided by the College of Nurses of Ontario.
· Provide telephone triage and client follow-up as needed.
· Provide basic laboratory and phlebotomy procedures and treatment services (e.g., urine tests, glucometer readings, dressings, injections, immunizations, allergy treatments, etc.).
· Provide client screening and health education within scope of practice
· Order and maintain medical supplies, laboratory supplies and immunizations.
· Provide back-up Clinic Nurse services on an as needed basis.
· Responsible for knowledge of proper handling, cleaning and preparation of foot care instruments in decontamination room that are to be sent out for sterilization weekly, in accordance with infection control practices.
· Receive and track referrals from staff and self-referrals from clients; maintain schedule and wait list.
· Contribute to chart documentation (including Electronic Health Records), by documenting symptoms and conditions, nursing interventions and referrals and recommendations for ongoing treatment.
· Participate in chart reviews and case conferences.
· Maintain foot care supply database and order relevant supplies and equipment as required.
Basic Education and Experience Requirements
Organizational Competencies: Accountability, Client Focus, Collaboration, Continuous Learning
Position Competencies: Initiative, Knowledge/professional/technical expertise, Teamwork
As a registered professional, to abide by and be accountable to the ethics and standards set out by the relevant regulatory body of the profession.
All KCHC staff have a duty to understand and follow KCHC policies, uphold high ethical and professional standards, and maintain confidentiality and privacy, using tact and good judgment in all dealings with other staff and clients.
KCHC is an equal opportunity employer, respecting and embracing the needs and diversity of our employees. If you require an accommodation to fully participate in the hiring process, please notify Human Resources.
Kingston Community Health Centres, 263 Weller Ave. Kingston ON, K7K 2V4
All of the sites that together form Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) share a common philosophical premise and mission statement. We care for individuals and families, respond to their neighborhood concerns to improve their health and to build healthy communities. At KCHC we understand health in its broadest sense. We believe that health is not only affected by our genes, nutrition and fitness level but it is also strongly associated with our opportunities to work, play, learn and contribute to community. We make special efforts to serve people who have a higher risk of poor health, or people who are having difficulty finding health care because of language or cultural barriers, poverty or isolation. In all our activities, we pay special attention to the social, emotional, and financial needs of our clients since these are the pre-requisites of health.