Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society
Are you a Registered Nurse who is passionate about working with Indigenous Peoples experiencing homelessness? Are you experienced in harm reduction and interested in providing culturally supportive and safe models of care? The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society (ACEH) is seeking RN’s to work with the Indigenous Street Community, support those who recently transitioned into culturally supportive housing, and accompany individuals at land based healing camps.
We are a non-profit and registered charitable organization whose sole focus is to support Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness with a vision to lead long-term systemic change to better meet the needs of our people living away from home and experiencing homelessness.
This position is Part Time and offers a flexible schedule.
Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities
- Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as an RN with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
- Minimum of two years management experience
- Experience practicing in an outreach, community, and/or primary care nursing capacity, preference given to applicants who have experience working with people who are unhoused and who use substances
- Progressive understanding of persistent mental illness, addictions and other challenges and how these impact people’s overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life
- Ability to work in a holistic, professional, and non-judgmental manner as you are working with a broad range of personalities, needs, cultures, lived experiences and abilities
- Ability to effectively respond and adjust to unexpected events, assess high risk situations, problem-solve, provide crisis intervention and manage conflict in a culturally supportive manner
- Ability to work independently and effectively respond to and manage competing demands while adhering to deadlines
- Effective written, electronic and verbal communication skills to facilitate interprofessional collaborative practice, healthy and culturally safe environments, and a respectful workplace for community members, staff, guests and volunteers
- Experience developing and implementing harm reduction planning including risk assessments and wellness planning considered an asset
- Understanding of the intergenerational trauma that occurs as a result of colonization, Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems as well as the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada
- Current First Aid and CPR certification
- Possession of valid Class 5 Driver’s License required for some positions.
More about the role: The Nurse will help support the development of Harm Reduction Plans and Agreements that support Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness to attend Land-based Healing Camps as well as work one on one with folks that recently transitioned to and from detox, the streets, and supportive housing. The Nurse will also lead the coordination and delivery of Harm Reduction planning which includes harm reduction care and substance use support for safe and low-barrier participation in camps. Contributing to the development of the Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework from a nursing perspective, this position will work closely with the Executive Director and the ACEH Team and liaise with primary care providers, Island Health/various health organizations and professionals; acting as a primary advocate for family members who visit the acute care facilities and follow-up on care provided.
EXPECTED START DATE: As soon as possible.
Preference will be given to qualified candidates with Indigenous ancestry.
The ACEH values strength in diversity. As an inclusive employer that celebrates the gifts of all its staff, the ACEH encourages members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to apply.
WHO WE ARE:
Established in 2016, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness is an Indigenous-led non-profit organization whose mission is to end Indigenous homelessness across Vancouver Island by lovingly providing culturally supportive housing and services. Our work is grounded in Indigenous knowledge and centers on the voices of the Indigenous Street Community who share their immediate needs, lived experiences, and thoughts on solutions. Together, these perspectives guide our path toward collective healing, health, and housing stability. Being the sole organization focused on ending Indigenous homelessness on Vancouver Island, the work of the ACEH is critical.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter which highlights how your knowledge, skills and abilities will culturally support and contribute to the ACEH and our community.
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