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Full-Time Aboriginal Liaison

Site:

La Verendrye General Hospital

Department:

Corporate

Status:

Full-time

Salary Scale:

$81,900 to $109,200 Annual Salary


JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION (Title):

Full-Time Aboriginal Liaison- Registered Nurse (RN)

DEPARTMENT/SERVICE AREA:

Corporate

SITE:

La Verendrye General Hospital

REPORTS TO (Title):

President and CEO

The Aboriginal Liaison-Registered Nurse (AL,RN) will focus on developing the relationship between our Aboriginal communities and Riverside Health Care (RHC) by enhancing communication with a focus on enhancing both access to and quality of care.

In addition to working closely with our Indigenous Care Coordinators from Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre the AL,RN will also routinely engage with other Aboriginal Peoples and the RHC Team.

Above all else, the AL,RN is an advocate that will assist patients, residents, clients, and staff to address any gaps in service delivery through the provision of safe and culturally sensitive care.

The AL,RN is also responsible for working collaboratively with the ICCs to continuously improve staff and physician understanding of the Indigenous Culture.

QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY:

  • Current Certificate of competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Graduation for a communication or Indigenous centric college or university program.
  • One (1) year of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  •  Active drivers’ license.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of position.
  • Ability to organize work.
  • It is an asset if the individual can speak the Ojibwe Language.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Liaison between RHC and local Indigenous agencies and communities.
  • Advocate for Indigenous patients, residents, clients, and their families to ensure they feel safe to express themselves, understand their diagnosis and what care is needed, are engaged with in their language to improve their personal comfort, and have their spiritual needs addressed. The AL,RN will work with the ICCs and Health Care Providers to support our communities and focus on increasing awareness of the healthcare services available.
  • Participate in service planning activities with RHC, our Indigenous communities and organizations. 
  • Work collaboratively with ICCs to ensure patients, residents, and clients are orientated to our facilities and services effectively.
  • Works closely with the ICC’s to ensure proper representation on our interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ensures processes are in place to ensure ICCs or the AL,RN are an active participant in developing individualized discharge plans to address the issues for the patient’s safe return home, including appropriate and timely access to required hospital and community services. 
  • Assists the ICCs and patient/family in working with health care professionals in discharge planning to facilitate the patient’s safe return to their community.
  • Identify various community and hospital services available to patients returning home. Communicate service gaps to health care professionals and collaborate with ICCs to ensure coordination of service access for initial post discharge services.
  • Routinely engage Indigenous community health representatives and leaders as part of continuous quality improvement and to address any concerns/complaints thereby enhancing communication with our Indigenous communities.
  • Ensure translation services are available to ensure appropriate communication occurs.
  • Ensure patients, residents, clients and families receive required assistance/communication.
  • In collaboration with RHC Education Team, promote increased understanding and knowledge about Indigenous culture and service challenges.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the care experience and establish change management plans.
  • Promotes care that is sensitive to the differences patients may have in their experiences and responses due to their heritage, socioeconomic situation, ethnicity, and cultural background.
  • Promotes the Indigenous cultural philosophy regarding holistic healing.
  • Refers and networks to other Health Care professionals for service as needed.
  • Networks with communities and health care providers – increase trust, improve communication, and increase knowledge and awareness.
  • Consults, collaborates, and/or participates in interdisciplinary planning for patients with ICCs and health care providers.
  • Liaison between RHC and local Indigenous agencies and communities.
  • Advocate for Indigenous patients, residents, clients and their families to ensure they feel safe to express themselves, understand their diagnosis and what care is needed, are engaged with in their language to improve their personal comfort, and have their spiritual needs addressed. The AL,RN will work with the ICCs and Health Care Providers to support our communities and focus on increasing awareness of the healthcare services available.
  • Participate in service planning activities with RHC, our Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with ICCs to ensure patients, residents, and clients are orientated to our facilities and services effectively.
  • Works closely with the ICC’s to ensure proper representation on our interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ensures processes are in place to ensure ICCs or the AL,RN are an active participant in developing individualized discharge plans to address the issues for the patient’s safe return home, including appropriate and timely access to required hospital and community services. 
  • Assists the ICCs and patient/family in working with health care professionals in discharge planning to facilitate the patient’s safe return to their community.
  • Identify various community and hospital services available to patients returning home. Communicate service gaps to health care professionals and collaborate with ICCs to ensure coordination of service access for initial post discharge services.
  • Routinely engage Indigenous community health representatives and leaders as part of continuous quality improvement and to address any concerns/complaints thereby enhancing communication with our Indigenous communities.
  • Ensure translation services are available to ensure appropriate communication occurs.
  • Ensure patients, residents, clients and families receive required assistance/communication.
  • In collaboration with RHC Education Team, promote increased understanding and knowledge about Indigenous culture and service challenges.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the care experience and establish change management plans.
  • Promotes care that is sensitive to the differences patients may have in their experiences and responses due to their heritage, socioeconomic situation, ethnicity, and cultural background.
  • Promotes the Indigenous cultural philosophy regarding holistic healing.
  • Refers and networks to other Health Care professionals for service as needed.
  • Networks with communities and health care providers – increase trust, improve communication, and increase knowledge and awareness.
  • Consults, collaborates, and/or participates in interdisciplinary planning for patients with ICCs and health care providers.
  • Engages with Indigenous communities to develop trust and improved communication.

CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:

This Full-Time position is 75 hours biweekly, Monday through Friday.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  1. Human Resource Policies
  2. Corporation Policies

 

 
 
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