Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre Society

Calgary, AB

Calgary, AB, CA
Calgary, AB
30+ days ago

The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) is more than emergency shelter. We provide emergency shelter, health services and housing programs to people who need support. Our programs and services connect people to permanent housing that meets their individual needs. Rooted in community and fueled by kindness, the DI proudly serves as part of the Homeless-Serving System of Care. 

The DI is committed to providing and maintaining a work environment that is safe and healthy. COVID-19 remains a serious health risk in our community, especially to the vulnerable community members we serve. To that end, the DI is considering implementing a mandatory immunization policy for all staff.  Should this policy be implemented in the future, offers of employment for any new hires will be conditional upon proof of full immunization against COVID-19 with a Health Canada approved vaccine prior to the candidates' start date.

Position Summary

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) utilizes skills and knowledge to provide care for our clients during our pandemic response as directed by our team. This role is a part of the integrated Health Services team. The Licensed Practical Nurse assists these individuals in accepting responsibility for their own health and assists them in achieving their health improvement goals.

Time Commitment

40 hours per rotation. Some unusual hours may be required from time to time as the need arises. Schedule may be altered at the discretion of management and may be subject to change due to rotational schedule changes, with notice provided.

Job Duties

  • Perform delegated independent nursing functions within the scope of practice as determined by CLPNA and the DI within the individual LPN competence level, as observed by the Nursing Coordinator
  • Assist with Adult Care Worker duties when time allows
  • Consistently demonstrate the ability to take the initiative to make decisions/choices without direct supervision
  • Be informed of APL routines and maintains standards and knowledge around phlebotomy and lab services
  • Participates in formal and informal health teaching including preventative health concepts concerning Hepatitis A, B, C and AIDS, condom usage, nutrition, STD’s, basic sanitation, personal hygiene, post-op, and pre-natal care
  • Participate in influenza clinics and vaccinations
  • Maintains and ensures best practices around the handling of vaccines, participates in the maintenance of immunization procedures and administration of vaccine
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory standards (SDS, OH&S, WHMIS).
  • Organize job functions and work area to be able to effectively complete assignments within established time frames
  • Provide culturally aware support to DI clients, celebrating the diversity of clients and being aware of power dynamics of privilege and oppression that may be present
  • Ensure all required data is entered accurately into organizational databases including the DI Guestbook Database, and client Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and referrals provided in accordance with the DI policy and professional nursing standards
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and accountable working relations with internal DI colleagues to strengthen communication flow and cross-program understanding
  • Provide caring, reliable, trauma-informed care to all patients & clients accessing the DI to reduce barriers to service and increase community trust
  • Conduct assessments, initiatives, and implementing health management strategies; provide appropriate evaluation, follow-up, and modifications to care plans according to practice protocols; assist with the delivery of disease management and health promotion; implement strategies for improving the quality and provision of care
  • Coordinate services with other team members and community resources according to policies, procedures, and established standards
  • Perform other related tasks that are approved by the designated Nursing Coordinator, Senior Manager, Health Services, and the Directors of the DI

Required Competencies

  • Current registration as an LPN with the CLPNA and a minimum of 1-year proven experience as an LPN
  • Ability to work in a diverse care setting with a multidisciplinary team
  • Displays compassion at all times, but commitment to standards and process
  • Completion of a university, college or other approved Practical Nursing program is required
  • Experience in acute care is an asset
  • Advanced Wound Care experience is an asset
  • Mental Health experience would be considered an asset
  • Current CPR certification is required
  • Energetic and self-directed, with effective time management and organizational skills including the ability to deal with several priorities at the same time
  • Strong strategically focused analytical skills, good common sense; and capacity to provide leadership
  • Well-developed inter-personal and conflict resolution and negotiating skills
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to improve projects, programs and processes
  • Computer skills including familiarity with word processing, database, and Internet

Working Conditions

Front-line staff are exposed to emotionally disturbing events, such as: medical distress, threatened/actual serious injury, violence, abuse, and death; where clients may be experiencing fear, terror, hopelessness, rage, self-harm and conflict. It is understood and accepted that you will be working in distress and/or high-stress situations, which may include emergency response where resiliency and stress tolerance and the ability to maintain composure, remain calm and focused is imperative. Exposure to bodily fluids may also occur.

Why the DI?

The DI aims to be an “Employer of Choice†and affords each employee an opportunity to help make a real difference in our community, and more importantly in the lives of less privileged people.  We take great care in hiring the right people who fit, and who share our outlook on the value of people. We believe in living our values in every word we speak and in every action we take, and we want people who understand this commitment.

Our Culture

Our values form the cornerstone of our culture:

RESPECT: Our actions honour the rights, differences, and dignity of others

COMMUNITY: Through collaborative partnerships, we work together as a team, building inclusive communities

KINDNESS: We accept each person’s uniqueness with compassion and empathy

WELLNESS: We promote, provide and support holistic wellbeing

ACCOUNTABILITY: We operate with transparency and integrity in both our relationships and our commitments.

Our Compensation

Some of the great benefits the DI has are agency paid:

  • Vacation days
  • Sick days
  • Wellness days
  • Medical & Dental coverage
  • Homewood EFAP
  • Long-Term Disability*
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)*
  • Critical Illness Insurance*

*Employees will be enrolled in Long-Term Disability, Life and AD&D and Critical Illness insurance, paid for by the employee. This is mandatory and may not be opted out of.

Benefits are based on employment type and usually available the 1st of the month following your start date. If you are successful in obtaining employment with the DI, Human Resources will discuss your eligibility for benefits (if applicable) with you.

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About the Company

Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre Society