Located in Yellowknife, the Community Health Nurse, Correctional Health Services (CHN) reports to the Territorial Manager, Correctional Health Services, and is physically located within the correctional facilities in the NWT. In accordance with established standards of nursing practice the CHN, Correctional Health Services, will promote the health and wellness of patients within the correctional facility, act as a patient advocate, and provide non-emergency medical care; respond to medical crisis that may require decision-making outside of the usual policies, procedures and standards of nursing care; and deliver nursing core services designed to promote community health and wellness, decrease suffering and prevent injury across the lifespan.
The CHN model allows for an expanded scope of practice, providing the CHN’s with the ability to work autonomously (as well as within the team environment), and allows the patient to receive the right care, by the right person, at the right time. The CHN, Correctional Health Services has the capacity to perform/request preventative screening, the ability to follow clinical practice guidelines to provide assessment and select treatment (within scope), offer facility based programming/services as per the NWT Community Health Core Service Standards and Protocols from the DHSS (vaccinations/assessments, chronic disease management programs, STI screening/treatment), offer health promotion, and generate referrals to appropriate services/resources as required.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
A Nursing Degree, and two (2) years of recent nursing experience in an ER setting or within a Community Health Centre or Public Health Unit.
Knowledge and experience equivalencies will be determined on a case by case basis.
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