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Registered Nurse, Street Health

Full-time position

Street Health is seeking an energetic, mature, self directed and 
flexible Registered Nurse to complete our remarkable staff team.

Purpose of Position

  • To assess and respond appropriately to the health concerns of
    people  who are homeless or inadequately housed in accordance with
    the mission  and philosophy of Street Health.
  • To actively promote the social determinants of health as they relate  to homeless people and other disadvantaged groups.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provide nursing care to clients during clinic hours and outside  clinic hours when appropriate.
  • Make appropriate referrals to community agencies and health
    care  practitioners and accompany clients to appointments if
    necessary.
  • Advocate for individual clients with health care providers,  government officials, etc.
  • Initiate and/or participate in systemic advocacy strategies that  address inequalities faced by people who are homeless.
  • Develop and foster relationships with community agencies and  participate in community events as required.
  • Contribute to the overall program and policy directions of Street Health.
  • Supervise volunteers and students as required and designated.
  • Participate in the orientation of new staff and volunteers.
  • Participate in the education of students, staff members,
    community  health care institutions and community agencies
    regarding issues of  poverty, accessible and appropriate health
    care for the Street Health  community.
  • Provide support and consultation to other staff members.
  • Assist in the collection and documentation of statistical data.
  • Other duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills Needed

  • A sound knowledge of and experience in nursing practice along
    with  competent clinical skills in assessing and treating clients
    needs.   Minimum two years general nursing experience.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a variety of mental illnesses and  treatment modalities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the determinants of health as they
    relate  to our target population (impact of poverty, lack of
    affordable  housing, discrimination etc).
  • Experience advocating for clients, individually and at a systemic level.
  • Knowledge of the community and familiarity with health care agencies  and resources in the area.
  • An above average ability for oral and written communication is essential.
  • Recent experience working in a community setting preferred.
  • Current certificate of competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Availability to work some flexible hours during the week

Salary and Benefits: Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Accountability: This position is directly accountable to the Executive Director.

Deadline for applications: Friday, December 29, 2006, 5:00 p.m., to

Stree Health
338 Dundas Street East  
Toronto, ON  M5A 2A1
Fax: (416) 921-5233
info@streethealth.ca

Street Health is committed to developing a workforce that is 
reflective of the communities we serve. We thank all applicants
but  only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

[Source: CLICK4HP, http://listserv.yorku.ca/archives/click4hp.html]