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JOB SUMMARY

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 (ACEHS) is seeking a Registered Nurse to work with the Indigenous Street Community related to health and wellness, to support them to transition into housing, or to support those who recently transitioned into culturally supportive housing and accompany individuals at land-based healing camps when required.

ABOUT US

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.

Located in downtown Victoria, the Culturally Supportive House (CSH) was designed for Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness who are seeking a safe space to self-isolate with 24/7 support. The house provides cultural programming, meals, and a Managed Alcohol Program.

This is a Full Time position which qualifies for benefits!

Posting Details

Posted: August 8, 2022

Wage: Salary based on experience

Location: Victoria, B.C.

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ABOUT THE ROLE

Many members of the Indigenous Street Community have experienced racism and discrimination in the healthcare system. These experiences in-turn can result in the street community disengaging from health-related services. The Street Nurse position empowers members of the Indigenous Street Community to engage with their healthcare needs in a safe, culturally supportive environment, on the frontline and a downtown storefront facility. The Street Nurse’s role is broad and includes medication administration, acute care, care planning, chronic illness management, referrals, and advocacy as well as support pre and post detox and treatment.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Graduate of an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as an RN with the B.C. College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)
  • Minimum 2 years experience in a manager position
  • Relevant post-secondary education and/or training may be considered in combination with a minimum of one year managerial experience.
  • Experience working with the cohort in a similar environment is considered an asset.
  • Valid First Aid Certification
  • Experience or personal insights working cooperatively with people with disabilities, lived experience, and addictions considered an asset
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations, family support, social services, and Indigenous support services and programs considered an asset
  • Required to consent to the Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check for Working with Vulnerable Adults
  • Naloxone Overdose Training and Certification
  • Preferred Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification

SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • 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 are considered an asset
  • Sound 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

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Ability to use stairs
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Ability to complete repetitive tasks (such as sitting, standing, walking and bending)

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • 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 ACEHS encourages members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to apply.
  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should forward a resume and cover letter to zrezai@acehsociety.com and cc’ kmitchell@acehsociety.com with the job title in the subject line.

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