The ASK Wellness Society would like to acknowledge that our programs and facilities operate on Secwepemcúl'ecw, Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ, and Syilx tmixʷ traditional and unceded territories.
March 17, 2022

Licensed Practical Nurse

City: Penticton
Program and Site Location:
24 Hour Supportive Housing, Burdock
Reports To: Coordinator of Supportive Housing, Burdock
Term:
Temporary Part-Time (15 hours per week) April 1, 2022 up to and including April 1, 2023
Hours:
Sunday and Monday 8:00am to 4:00pm with ½ hour paid break *Flexible*
Wage Range: $22.00 to $28.00 commensurate with experience.

The ASK Wellness Society is an Accredited not-for-profit organization. Through the generous support of funders, we assist those who are marginalized and at-risk to strengthen the communities we serve (Kamloops, Merritt, and Penticton). We provide housing and support to those who are facing homelessness/at risk of homelessness and support those who may use substances, mental health challenges, harm reduction, health education and ultimately provide the skills to re-enter the workforce.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive benefits including but not limited to dental, vision, physiotherapy, massage, and fertility upon eligibility
  • Municipal Pension Plan upon eligibility
  • On-site training and development opportunities such as Violence Prevention, Cultural Awareness and 2SLGBTQ+ training
  • A culture of equality, inclusion, and diversity including paid cultural sensitivity days
  • Accidental death insurance and Wellness plan benefit
  • Vacation entitlements for Part-Time and Full-Time employees

Effective November 1, 2021, the Society requires all employees to be fully vaccinated (as defined by Health Canada). Full vaccination will be required before commencing employment with the Society unless a legal exemption is obtained.

What is Casual/On-Call? Casual/On-Call means there are no guaranteed hours and work requirements may vary to a maximum of 37.5hours per week. Casual/On-Call is a great way for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. It is also a gateway for future permanent positions within the Society. There are no rules with respect to declining shifts that do not work with your schedule that may result in removal from the casual/on-call list. 


Position Summary:
As the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you will work in collaboration with the Burdock Team, performing assessment/planning, implementing, and providing medical care to clients. The LPN operates in accordance with the competency guidelines and practice within the Standards of Practice as outlines by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). Service delivery is based on a client centered, trauma informed and non-judgmental perspective.

Typical Duties Include:

Licensed Practical Nurse Responsibilities

  • Encourage and support Program Participants by providing in-house services to live as fully and independently as possible within the local community, providing information, emotional/practical support and training as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the protection of Program Participants from abuse, and support Participants when they are in distress.
  • Interview clients and examine their medical history.
  • Take client’s vital signs such as respiration, temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Observe clients to identify progress, side effects of medication etc.
  • Address client’s present concerns, allergies, medications and review their medical records.
  • Clean and dress wounds and assist with other basic medical care tasks.
  • Administer injections as required.
  • Provide emotional and psychological support when needed.
  • When approved by Coordinator, assist clients with travel to doctor appointments and hospital intakes/discharges.
  • Investigate all client complaints and document all actions taken.
  • Help to develop and potentially provide future clinical opioid substitution programs.
  • When requested provide additional Nursing services to other ASK Wellness Society supportive housing settings.
  • Work closely with community resources (i.e., CMHA, IHA, Friendship Centre, Brain Injury, etc.).
  • When necessary, be trained to be the first to respond to an overdose situation with on-the-spot overdose response and support. work calmly and together with your team, paramedics, and police in crisis situations.
  • Determine priority of client’s treatments based on severity of their condition within the scope of LPN practice in an accurate and precise way.
  • Monitor and move along community members who are loitering in and around the property.
  • Ensure compliance with all Society supportive standards, policies, and procedures.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Ensure medication adherence and documentation.
  • Conduct assessments of potential Program Participants using the BC Housing mandated Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) when requested.
  • Complete accurate and up to date communication/case notes.
  • Maintain files and statistics as per accreditation standards.
  • Complete move in/move out documentation as required by the Property Services Department.
  • When requested, be a member of the Society’s Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) team.
  • Ensure compliance with all Society policies and procedures.
  • Other duties which may or may not be outlined within this job description.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Graduation from a recognized program for Licenced Practical Nurses.
  • Current full practicing licensure with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Two (2) years recent experience working as a Licensed Practical Nurse providing care through trauma informed lens with vulnerable adults, mental health/addiction/homelessness issues.  Or an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience.
  • Good communication, documentation, interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Ability to work within a team-based environment involving multi-agency supports.
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources.
  • Understands and maintains professional boundaries.
  • Valid driver’s license, safe driving record and reliable/appropriate transportation with business use coverage.
  • Must pass an acceptable criminal record check for the vulnerable sector.
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 required.
  • Readiness to complete in-house online training within the first month of employment.
  • Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, and Trauma Informed Practice an asset.

How to apply: Please submit your application with a detailed cover letter and resume with the reference “Burdock LPN”  to  careers@askwellness.ca. Please note this position will remain open until the successful candidate is found. You may also apply directly apply online at https://askwellness.ca/careers/ 

The ASK Wellness Society offers assistance from an Employment Advisor.

If you self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) and/or would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, we encourage you to contact us, and you will be redirected to our Employment Advisor.

The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

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