Position: Licensed Practical Nurse
Program/Services: REACH Urgent & Primary Care Centre
Established in 1969, REACH is a non-profit, community-governed organization with a history of primary care innovation and a commitment to equality and social justice in East Vancouver. We have a multidisciplinary approach to care within our medical, dental, pharmacy, multi-cultural family centre and an Urgent & Primary Care Centre (UPCC). We are committed to providing inclusive, accessible and sustainable programs and services to support the physical and mental health and well-being of our community and individuals within it.
The REACH UPCC provides triage and delivery of urgent primary care services to any patient who presents themselves during the hours of operation. This program provides urgent primary care to any individual who need it 8am-10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sundays regardless of whether they are attached to another primary care provider for longitudinal care. While the emphasis is on urgent primary care, REACH UPCC strengthens our existing commitment to the social determinants of health as a foundation for patient care. We are also developing ways of connecting patients to care in the evolving Primary Care Network surrounding the REACH UPCC so that it functions as a hub and integrator in the network.
This is a position for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) working at the full extent of their scope of practice in a primary care setting with a focus on urgent care. The LPN performs a practical supporting role as a critical member of an interdisciplinary team. Using their clinical insight and training they ensure physicians and nurses are provided with much needed information to support their assessments and facilitate efficient flow of patients through the REACH UPCC while maintaining high quality of care.
There are also opportunities in this role for wound management; administration of medications and immunizations; taking electrocardiograms; and performing phlebotomy - all with the required training and decision support tools in place. The ideal LPN will have all the required additional training to work at full scope however it is accepted that some areas may require training after hiring into the position as a part of the individual’s ongoing professional development.
The LPN will have the required skills to assist other team members in the event of a medical emergency requiring stabilization while awaiting transfer to higher levels of care.
They will need to be organized and diligent in maintaining adequate stocking of medical supplies, diagnostics, and immunizations along with required documentation.
The LPN performs job duties through a trauma informed care framework and culturally sensitive and safe lens for families and individuals across the lifespan. It is important that the LPN be willing and interested in working collaboratively as part of the interdisciplinary team at REACH; be committed to the goal of improving the health of people living in the community; and aligned with REACH values and mission. The nurse reports to the REACH UPCC operations manager and is to follow protocols and procedures as set out by the manager and will have the opportunity to work flexible hours, on evenings and weekends.
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