Intensive Support Program Licensed Practical Nurse

Position Type

Full-time permanent. Average of 36 hours per week (one week of 40 hours, one week of 32 hours). Rotation of weekend day shifts and evening shifts.

Reports To

Client Service Manager; Clinical and program support is provided by the Client Services Manager with clinical nursing support and consultation provided by Mental Health and Addiction Services, SHA.

Summary

As a member of the Lighthouse Supported Living Inc., the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is an integral member of an intersectoral, multidisciplinary team which supports persons referred by Mental Health and Addiction Services, SHA, into the Intensive Support Program. Responsibilities include screening, assessment, crisis intervention, care planning, consultation, monitoring and follow-up, preparation of reports, data collection, resident, family and staff education. The LPN gives oversight to medication management and with collaboration from medical or clinical professionals, provides on-site support or management of basic health care needs/medical conditions.

Core Competencies   

  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Client Service Orientation
  • Collaboration and Network Building  
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Self-Motivation and Drive
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Time Management
  • Team Work
  • Written and Verbal Communication

Job Duties

  • Provide nursing services, within defined scope of practice, to Lighthouse residents based on assessment and care planning procedures
  • Perform nursing interventions such as taking vital signs, applying aseptic techniques including sterile dressing, ensuring infection control protocols are followed, and monitoring nutritional intake
  • Administer medication and observe and document therapeutic effects
  • Monitor resident’s progress, evaluate and document effectiveness of nursing interventions and collaborate with appropriate members of the client care team
  • Provide safety and health education to residents
  • Make referrals to community resources, as needed
  • Assertively engages clients and builds a therapeutic relationship.
  • Assists client with personal care and activities of daily living as per plan, and where realistic, encourages growing client initiative and independence in these areas.
  • Conducts wellness checks of Lighthouse residents as needed, particularly when residents are needed to self-isolate. Observes, records and reports any physical and psychological condition/changes (e.g. skin, condition of feet and nails, mobility, nutritional health, distress, sociability, behavioural changes, etc.)
  • Work with other Lighthouse staff to support referrals and transitions to other Lighthouse or community facilities.
  • Maintains up-to-date program and client documentation. Obtain and record all client information, date and nature of client contacts, consents, written case plans and actions.
  • Present self in an approachable, friendly and professional manner as an ethical example of a professional community organization.
  • Become familiar with and adhere to Lighthouse Policies and Procedures
  • Participate in ongoing staff development and training. Obtain and maintain necessary certifications.
  • Maintain knowledge and skills in areas of mental illness, addictions, homelessness, trauma informed practice, and crisis management.
  • Assist other LH staff and program areas as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Practical Nursing Diploma is required
  • Current SALPN registration
  • Current CPR, PART and WAVE certification
  • Two or more years of experience fulfilling the duties of a licensed practical nurse is preferred, however new grads are encouraged to apply
  • Working understanding of Mental Health Services Act and related legislation.
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in Saskatoon community, including formal and informal processes
  • Knowledge of mental illness and concurrent disorders
  • Knowledge of drugs of abuse and their effects both during use and during acute and post acute withdrawal
  • Knowledge of concurrent medical conditions
  • Understanding of the principles of nursing process and interventions (i.e. Mental Status Exam, BPRS, and Suicide Risk Assessment etc.)
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Experience working with complex clients.
  • Experience and demonstrated empathy working with marginalized populations.
  • Sound knowledge of harm reduction in Addiction Medicine.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of professionals, and members of the public.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to initiate and exercise critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated empathy, trust and respect in all aspects of the job.
  • Proficient computer skills with particular emphasis on word processing.
  • Valid provincial driver’s license. Requires use of personal transportation
  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check required as a condition of employment

Work Conditions

  • Must be willing to work evenings & weekends
  • May be exposed to infectious waste, diseases and conditions. Disposes of contaminated items/waste and sharps as per protocols.
  • Will be working with persons with mental health diagnosis, substance use disorders, behavioural issues, cognitive impairment and/or medical issues, possibly including infectious diseases. Individuals may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Manual strength and dexterity required to perform client personal care
  • Intermittently assists other staff in the conduct of their roles.

TO APPLY:

Please email resume and cover letter to Human Resource Manager at: careers@lighthousesaskatoon.org

Please apply by Friday, June 25, 2021.