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July 13, 2021

Licensed Practical Nurse - Spero

Reports To: Coordinator of Supportive Housing (Spero)

Term: Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours)

Hours:  Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm with ½ hour paid break.

Wage Range: $22.00 to $28.00 commensurate with experience.

Vacation:

Permanent Full-Time/Temporary Full-Time (over three months) who work more than 30 hours per week are eligible for three weeks paid vacation in the first year and they may be taken after a successful probationary period. In the second year, this entitlement increases to four weeks. In the fifth year, the entitlement increases to five weeks. Each year after five years the entitlement is five weeks plus one day for every subsequent year to a maximum of six weeks. Unless otherwise negotiated. Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (22.5 hours per week and over on contracts more than three months) vacation entitlements accrue each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended).   Casual/On-Call/Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (under 22.5 hours per week or on contracts less than three months) vacation entitlements are paid out each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended).   

Benefits:

Permanent Full-Time employees are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). Temporary Full-Time employees for a term longer than three months are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). These hours can be fulfilled through a variety of permanent positions. Part-Time Employees are eligible to take part in our Health Care Spending Account which provides a tax-free partial reimbursement for eligible healthcare expenses up to the bi-annual maximum for Permanent Part-Time, Temporary Part-Time and Caretakers through a third-party administrator. Permanent Full-Time and Permanent Part-Time employees have access to the Wellness Plan benefit. All employees have access to two paid culturally sensitive days, Annual Retreats, Training, and ASK Staff Social Events.

Who is the ASK Wellness Society?  

The ASK Wellness Society is a not-for-profit organization that supports individuals within the BC Region with opportunities and the resources to change their current situation. It is about reaching out to those people who are homeless and battling addictions, helping them find housing and medical care, addressing their addictions, stabilizing mental health issues and, ultimately, providing them with the skills to re-enter the work force. The ASK Wellness Society administers an unconditional sense of hope to those who are convinced they are incapable of ever achieving a stable and meaningful life.

Purpose and Function: As the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you will work in collaboration with the Spero 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).

 Specific 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;
  • Work with your team to assist with meal service/preparation, and common area cleanliness;
  • Ensure compliance with all Society supportive standards, policies, and procedures;
  • Other duties which may or may not be outlined in this job description.

Administrative Responsibilities: 

  • Assist team with maintaining daily log, medication log/prescriptions (ensure book is updated, all meds accounted for and follow up on prescriptions to ensure medication is up to date);
  • Assist team with move in/move out paperwork as required by ASK Property Services Department under supervision from Coordinator of Supportive Housing (Spero); 
  • Assist team to maintain complete documentation, verbal and written reports, statistics, and records in files and on ShareVision database;
  • Maintain files and documentation to the COA Standard and when requested, be a member of the COA’s Performance and Quality Improvement team in which you will encourage the organization to use data to identify areas of needed improvement and implement improvement plans.


Qualifications and Suitability:

  • 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.
  • Ability to work as a team member in a case management setting involving multi-agency supports;
  • Understands and maintains clientele/worker boundaries;
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources;
  • Excellent communication, writing, documentation and organizational skills; 
  • Must pass criminal record check for vulnerable sector and reference screening;
  • VAT (Vulnerability Assessment Tool) training an asset;
  • Mental Health First Aid, Trauma Informed Practice and ASSIST Training an asset;
  • Level 1 First Aid required;
  • Must have access to vehicle in good working condition and possess valid driver’s license with relevant insurance to transport clients;
  • In-house Violence Prevention, Cultural Awareness Training, and 2sLGBTQ+ Training provided;
  • Class 4 license an asset;
  • As clients are allowed to have pets, it is noted that this is a pet friendly environment.

The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values.  We are fully focused on equality and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Closing Date: July 21, 2021, at 9:00am 

     Note: closing date could be extended by one week if there are not enough qualified applicants  

Interview Dates: July 26, 2021
Send cover letter and resume to: Careers@askwellness.ca

Please Reference Position: Licensed Practical Nurse (Spero)

Attention: Human Resources 

Note: This description may be amended at any time in response to operational and funding requirements and may include other duties not outlined here.

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Darlene A. Webb
Coordinator of Population Health and Second Stage Housing
250 214 5948
The ASK Wellness Society is working towards providing and improving the available resources for 2sLGBTQ+ individuals in our communities by implementing 2SLGBTQ+ outlets at our sites and through advocating for 2SLGBTQ+ rights and respect. We welcome all and any members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to access our resources.
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