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Registered Practical Nurse-Foot Care, Kingston Community Health Centres

Kingston, Ontario
Deadline March 16, 2018

Job Description

Title: Registered Practical Nurse-Foot Care*
Reports to: Manager, Primary Health Care
Position Type: Contract (ending March 2020), Part Time (approx.14 hours per week)
Special Note: This position has casual RPN clinical duties, as scheduled
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $23.75-$27.55 per hour
Internal/External Posting: FOOT-2018
Posting Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Closing Date: Friday, March 16, 2018

Position Summary

Working as part of an interdisciplinary team to support overall health and wellness of clients, the RPN-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 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.

Key Responsibilities / Detailed Responsibilities

Foot Care    

  • Provide essential and diabetic foot care and risk assessments to clients on an ongoing basis
  • 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
  • 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.

Administrative Duties    

  • 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

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Complies with all relevant legislation and KCHC policies, including privacy laws
  • Supports consistent application and development of KCHC policies and procedures
  • Supports KCHC's student and volunteer placement programs
  • Promotes awareness of and participation in KCHC activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement

Basic Education and Experience Requirements

  • Registered Practical Nurse, in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Completion of a Foot Care Course certification
  • Two years clinical foot care practice
  • Knowledge and skills for proper storage and transfer methods of autoclaved packaged tools in decontamination room


  • Organizational Competencies: Accountability, Client Focus, Collaboration, Continuous Learning
  • Position Competencies: Initiative, Knowledge/professional/technical expertise, Teamwork

Other Requirements

  • Proficiency in the use of computers and relevant software applications (Nightingale On Demand)
  • Ability to work flexible hours and occasional evenings
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position
  • Current certificate in CPR
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal and Vulnerable Persons Check
  • French language is an asset

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter clearly outlining how your skills and experiences correspond with the specific job qualifications along with your resume.

Save all documents as a single file using your own name (Last, First). A PDF format is preferred.

Email to citing reference "FOOT-2018" in the subject line.

Applications must be received by the Human Resources Manager by 4:00 pm, Friday, March 16, 2018.

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