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Registered Practical Nurse: Foot Care, Kingston Community Health Centres

Kingston, Ontario
Deadline September 16, 2013

External Posting

Posting Date: August 22, 2013
Closing Date: September 16, 2013

Position Title: RPN Foot Care
Location: KCHC, 400 Elliott Ave
Position Type: Half-time (17.5 hours per week), permanent

Start Date: September 2013
Salary: $21.25 - $25.60 per hour

Position Title: Registered Practical Nurse: Foot Care
Accountability: Manager, Primary Health Care

Purpose:

The RPN, Foot Care will deliver basic, advanced and diabetic professional foot care services. The RPN will work as part of an interdisciplinary team to support overall health and wellness of clients. This is a half-time, permanent position.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide basic, advanced and diabetic foot care to clients on an ongoing basis. (Note – as of July 2013, this is a caseload of about 125.)
  • Work with the client to establish a plan of care. Provide education and health promotion to clients regarding foot care, footwear and general health maintenance of feet. Receive referrals from staff and from self-referrals for foot care.
  • Maintain schedule and wait list by incorporating staff and self-referrals as appropriate. Ensure follow-up of treatment every 5-8 weeks to be determined by the needs of the individual client in accordance with best practices and infection control policies.
  • Coordinate and provide referrals for foot wear/insole needs with a pedorthist as required.
  • 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.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records by documenting symptoms and conditions, nursing interventions and recommendation for ongoing treatment in the client’s progress notes of the electronic chart. Reports any concerns to their physician, NP or other provider and/or follow-up.
  • Maintain a foot care supplier’s database. Responsible for the supply and maintenance of foot care room, tools and equipment as well as the ordering of supplies and equipment unique to foot care.
  • Plan and provide health teaching to residents and their families as required.
  • Work closely with other providers and provide input and recommendations in client care conferences.
  • Co-facilitate, with the Diabetic Educator, the foot care module of the Diabetic Living Well program.
  • Participate in organizational committees as time and interest permit, especially those involving areas of expertise.

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Promotes and demonstrates through example the mission, values, and culture of KCHC, including respecting and valuing diversity, incorporating a health promotion/determinants of health approach, fostering a positive workplace culture and environment, maintaining confidentiality, and incorporating and strengthening collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality and continuous improvement by encouraging creativity, innovation, and excellence. Identifies opportunities for efficiencies, integration and partnerships within KCHC and the community.
  • Awareness of, and ability to support, provincial and federal privacy regulations.
  • Promote awareness of and participation in KCHC activities.
  • Contributes to KCHC’s information management and research activities.
  • Supports active learning, including training and development for staff, support of KCHC student and volunteer placements, and maintaining personal competence through professional development and training as required by KCHC.
  • Works during both regular and extended hours of operation in locations identified by the Centre.
  • On occasion, other temporary duties may be required.

Qualifications:

  • Valid registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).
  • Two years clinical foot care practice.
  • Certification from an Advanced Foot Care Course including the following: 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 treatment(s).
  • Current certificate in CPR.
  • Knowledge and skills for proper storage methods of autoclaved packaged tools in decontamination room and safe transfer and storage of said tools for use in foot care clinic on any working clinic day.
  • Awareness of, and ability to support, provincial and federal privacy regulations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a commitment to be a “Team Player”.
  • Ability to work independently and organize own schedule with appropriate attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and various software applications, including an electronic medical record and electronic scheduling system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to attend work on a regular basis and ability to meet the physical demands of the position.
  • A current and satisfactory Criminal and Vulnerable Persons Check is required after offer, but before starting work.

Ethics

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.

To maintain client, personnel and organization confidentiality and acting in an ethical and professional manner in accordance with the privacy legislation and the policies of Kingston Community Health Centres.

As a member of the staff, to use tact and good judgment in all communications and dealings with other staff members and the public, keeping confidential and private any information gained in dealing with them.

Application Instructions

Applications must be received by the Director, Corporate Services no later than at 4:00 P.M. September 16, 2013.

Please send applications to:
Director, Corporate Services
Kingston Community Health Centres
400 Elliott Avenue
Kingston, Ontario K7K 6M9
Email: [email protected]

KCHC is an equal opportunity employer, respecting and embracing the needs and diversity of our employees.