Year: 2021

Visitation Update DCPs & families December 29, 2021

Dear Families,

DCG / Visitor Restriction Notice:

Most importantly I wish to clarify the RK is not experiencing any form of a COVID-19 outbreak. However, due to the growing number of positive cases in our community, the Home will be closed to all DCG visitation [with the exception of compassionate visits] effective 9:00am, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. The primary reason for this restriction is that we have the ability to manage our staff with screening, masking, rapid testing and an effective communication process, unfortunately we are unable to manage our visitors in the same manner which increases the likelihood of COVID-19 getting a foothold in the Home.

At this point your loved ones are safe and being cared for by a staff that is second to none!

We will keep you informed of any changes to this DCG / visitor restriction.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support through this challenging pandemic.  

Terry MacIntyre, CEO

Message from CEO to Families & Staff Dec 25, 2021

Merry Christmas everyone,

Update: We are following up with a COVID-19 positive staff member and are working with both Public Health and Occupational Health Safety and Wellness and have implemented all cautionary measures. Our residents and staff are all vaccinated and continue to be symptom free. Public Health has advised us to swab the residents of Maple Ridge / Brambleberry and this is happening as we speak.

As an ongoing cautionary measure, we will continue to restrict visitor access to Maple Ridge / Brambleberry and ask that if you have access to a rapid test kit, please do the test within 24 hours of your visit.  

We will provide regular updates to ensure everyone is kept in the loop!

Take care and enjoy your day!

Terry MacIntyre

CEO

RK MacDonald Nursing Home

1-902-863-2578  ext. 272

Message to Designated Care Givers

Dear Designated Care Givers,

I wish to acknowledge your ongoing support of the safety precautions we have implemented here at the RK – greatly appreciated!

Respecting the continued presence of COVID-19 in our local community, the RK is extending the following president safety measures:

  • Visitation: in order to reduce foot traffic in the Home, only a resident’s DCG’s are permitted to visit the Home – can you please notify other family members / friends of this restriction
  • Mask wearing: visitors must not remove their masks at any time during your visit and we ask that you only visit with your loved one
  • Offsite visits: continued restriction for offsite resident outings
  • Symptoms: All DCG visitors to are encouraged to get tested even if you experience mild symptoms
  • Rapid testing: it is strongly recommend that DCG visitors complete a rapid test within 24 hours of your visit.
  • Staff: screening is ongoing, we are providing rapid testing kits x 2 weekly for staff, continue to promote mask wearing, hand hygiene and are asking any staff that may have been in a high exposure site to get tested  

Although our residents are fully vaccinated and have received their booster, we feel the above measures are necessary to help keep them safe during this community outbreak.

Take care everyone,

Terry MacIntyre, CEO

Update to Visitation Rules

Dear Designated Care Providers,

In response to the presence of COVID-19 in our local community, the RK is taking the following precautions to protect our residents:

  • Offsite visits: Restricting off site resident visits for a 2 week period
  • Visitation: in order to reduce foot traffic in the Home, for the next 2 weeks we ask that only DCG’s to visit the Home – can you please notify other family members / friends to please not visit for the next 2 weeks
  • High Risk Areas: Advising all staff and visitors to visit https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus-exposures?title=&field_covid_exposure_zone_value=Eastern and if you were in one of these high risk areas to please get tested.
  • Staff: screening is ongoing, we are providing rapid testing kits, continue to promote mask wearing, hand hygiene and are asking any staff that may have been in a high exposure site to get tested  
  • Baked goods: we certainly always appreciate the kindness of our residents’ family members – if you bring Christmas treats to the home to share with residents / staff, please ensure the treats are wrapped individually

Although our residents are fully vaccinated and have received their booster, we feel the above measures are necessary to help keep them safe during this community outbreak.

Competition #:420-38-12-24- 21  Resident Support Worker Temp

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

Competition #:420-38-12-24- 21          Job Title:         Resident Support Worker

 Dept.:       Nursing                             Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: December 24, 2021     Close Date:    Open until filled

Reg/Temp: Temporary                       Full/Part:        Casual Positions ( work up to full time hours)

 Tentative end date March 31, 2022 subject to change

Union:  Non -Union

Applications are accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs approx. 270 staff in various Departments.

The Resident Support Worker is an important role in supporting the needs of residents in the Home. Working collaboratively with the CCA’s to support the activities of daily living, while supporting residents’ physical and emotional needs. The RSW is responsible to the Team Lead RN or LPN in the Care Area.

Key Responsibilities:  Answer call bells; Assist with mealtimes; Assist residents with eating and drinking; Assist with setting up and cleaning up from meals; Bed making; spotting resident transfers; Tidying bedrooms; Assist residents to and from activities; to promote and maintain the safety of residents, staff, and visitors at all times; Regular check ins with residents; Review Life Plans in residents charts; Support residents with activities or needs; duties; as assigned by the Team Lead RN or LPN.

Education/Experience

  • Grade 12 Completion
  • Diploma in social services, human services considered an asset
  • Experience working on long term care, or with seniors considered an asset
  • Experience working in customer service / hospitality considered an asset

Complete Job Description for Resident Support Worker on website www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work (Subject to change)

Casual hrs up to 80 Hrs.  biweekly

(10 hr. shifts) 7am – 5 pm or and evenings and nights as needed

Rate: 15.84/hr.

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension –No Casual status

Sick benefits- No Casual Status

Health Benefits – No Casual Status

Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021.The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity, and is representative, in all job positions, of the residents we serve. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca  

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca

Social Worker

POSITION: Social Worker
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services, the Social Worker is responsible for planning, developing and implementing services to meet the emotional and social needs for our residents and their families that are in keeping with the philosophy of RK MacDonald Nursing Home and its established policies and procedures.

This will involve assessing resident’s needs, and planning, implementing and documenting Social Work services while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. All services provided are in accordance with residents’ personal choice and preferences with the aim of achieving excellence in the care and well-being of those living in the RK MacDonald community.

As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home every person has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Core Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Social Worker, as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

1. Reviews applications for admission and coordinates admissions to the Home. Obtains and documents personal and family histories upon admission. Orients residents/families to Home and its philosophy.

2. Prepares for and participates in Resident Care Conferences. Consults with family prior to review and invites residents’ families as appropriate. Identifies social/emotional needs and takes appropriate action in consult with the Health Care team.

3. Develops and maintains liaison with the recreational and community resources.

4. Participates in departmental and staff committee meetings. Maintains records, and documents interventions on charts. Submits a monthly report to the Director of Clinical Services.

5. Coordinates discharge planning.

6. Provides in-service instruction.

7. Provides individual consulting and group services to residents and their families. Acts as a consultant to residents vis-à-vis financial and/or personal problems.

8. Supervises student practicum and participates in community education and research.

9. Develops resources to meet the social and emotional needs of our residents and their families.

10. Participates in the Home’s Continuous Quality Indicator and Strategic Planning programs.

11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Education, Training and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long Term Care setting, geriatric and/or Community setting
  • B.S.W. or recognized equivalent from an accredited School of Social Work
  • Member of, or eligible for, membership with the Nova Scotia College Social Workers (NSCSW)
  • Eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers.
  • The Social Worker adheres to the NS Board Registration for Social Workers Code of Ethics and the Canadian Association of Social Workers Standards of Practice.
  • Safety courses such as, BCLS, CPR, CPI and WHIMIS
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to organize, develop and initiate ideas and programs.
  • Commitment to working in an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Good attendance
  • Alzheimer and Related Dementia course
  • Criminal Records check including Vulnerable Sector Search

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to recognize needs and develop appropriate resources to meet social/emotional needs.
  • Ability to empathize with elderly, emotionally and/or physically handicapped persons. Maturity and dependability required to gain resident, families and staff confidence.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters in a professional manner.

Professional Accountability

  1. Carries out assessments, plan implementation, plan evaluation and education in accordance with RK policies and procedures
  2. Conducts self within legal/ethical/professional obligations and requirements.
  3. Performs beyond entry level competencies Works as a champion of resident centered care.
  4. Respects the individuality, autonomy and confidentiality of the resident and ensures the resident is treated respectfully and uses a person-centered approach involving shared decision making and responsibility with the resident and Substitute Decision Maker.
  5. Demonstrates professional integrity and a commitment to the well-being of all residents.
  6. Engages in professional development and lifelong learning activities.
  7. Orientation of new employees and mentoring /preceptoring of new and existing employees as appropriate.
  8. Acts as a mentor / preceptor for student clinical internships.

Communication and Collaboration

  1. Establishes and maintains effective communication with residents, relevant others and professional colleagues.
  2. Maintains an accurate account of care given through clear, concise, written and verbal communication and evaluates, communicates and documents resident response to care in a timely manner.
  3. Develops and maintains information systems to ensure appropriate access to accurate, objective and relevant information about the resident.
  4. Collaborates, partners, and communicates with the resident, family, and external service providers when there is a difference between the care plan and the wants, needs and abilities of the resident.
  5. Demonstrates effective collaboration and inter-professional teamwork by consulting and sharing information with other health professionals, family and community organizations in a timely manner, provided resident consent is obtained where required, to ensure comprehensive, safe service delivery.
  6. Facilitate admission planning and transitions across the health care continuum, ensuring the resident’s needs are met in appropriate setting.
  7. Participation in staff meetings or working group meetings.
  8. Participation in and /or leadership of program planning, research, continuous quality improvement initiatives, committees, staff education, safety initiatives, and accreditation as requested.
  9. Demonstrates effective verbal and non-verbal communication abilities to prevent adverse events.
  10. Communicates effectively in special high-risk situations to ensure the safety of residents.

Other Related Duties

  1. Other duties as assigned by Director of Clinical Services.

Judgement and Initiative

Identifies the need for and coordinates Social Work services to maintain and enhance the emotional and social performance and engagement of the resident.

  1. Continuously engages in critical thinking, and evaluates plan of care and makes revisions to plan as necessary in consultation and collaboration with the resident, his/her support system and other members of the health care team.
  2. Articulates rationale for decisions that are based on clinical best practice, current theory and research
  3. Intervenes when standards of practice are violated or not upheld.
  4. Refers to appropriate professionals for issues beyond the profession’s scope of practice and the individual’s personal competence.
  5. Seeks direction or assistance from other health care professionals as required.

Safety (resident, worker & workplace)

Demonstrates good stewardship in the identification, reporting & mitigation of unsafe acts or conditions

  1. Contribute to a culture of resident safety.
  2. Work in teams for resident safety.
  3. Communicate effectively for resident safety.
  4. Manage safety risks.
  5. Optimize human and environmental factors.

Resident Support Worker (RSW)

POSITION: Resident Support Worker (RSW)
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

The Resident Support Worker is an important role in supporting the needs of residents in the Home. Working collaboratively with the CCA’s to support the activities of daily living, while supporting residents’ physical and emotional needs. The RSW is responsible to the Team Lead RN or LPN in the Care Area. They are assigned to work throughout the home and provide extra support to the care area they are working in. The RSW is a team player, who is resident centered in their role. They are adaptable to changes of environment and needs that arise during the day. A good work ethic, initiative, and ability to meet the physical demands in a fast pace environment is essential in this role.

Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Answer call bells
  2. Assist with mealtimes
  3. Assist residents with eating and drinking
  4. Assist with setting up and cleaning up from meals
  5. Bed making
  6. Spotting resident transfers
  7. Tidying bedrooms
  8. Assist residents to and from activities 
  9. To promote and maintain the safety of residents, staff, and visitors at all times
  10. Regular check ins with residents
  11. Review Life Plans in residents charts
  12. Support residents with activities or needs  
  13. Duties as assigned by the Team Lead RN or LPN

Training Provided on Site

  • General Orientation
    • Resident Safe Lifting and Handling Training
    • Assistance with Dining Training
    • Heimlich Maneuver Training 

Position Specific Competencies

  • All interactions, care delivery and presentation of self to others is congruent with the Mission, Vision and Core Values (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety)
  • Role modelling our core values at all times
  • Resident Centred philosophy of care
  • Strong professional communication skills
  • Self- awareness
  • Participates well in a team
  • Contributes to a positive environment
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Self driven: shows initiative
  • Contributes to a culture of safety
  • Professional Presence

Education/Experience:

  • Grade 12 Completion
  • Diploma in social services, human services considered an asset
  • Experience working on long term care, or with seniors considered an asset
  • Experience working in customer service / hospitality considered an asset

 Competition #:420-34-11 17 -21         Permanent Full Time     Registered Nurse

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

Competition #:420-34-11 17 -21          Job Title:         Registered Nurse

  Dept.:       Nursing                             Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: December 24, 2021      Close Date:    Open until filled

          Reg/Temp: Permanent                  Full/Part:    with     Full Time 

          Union:                                                 NSNU

Applications accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs approx. 270 staff in various Departments.  The R.K. is seeking a kind, caring, compassionate person, with a genuine interest in Long Term Care.  The R.K. is looking for a RN who has strong critical thinking and leadership skills who enjoys working independently, as well as collaboratively within a team, continuous learning, and working to their full scope.

Skills & Abilities required – Key focus areas are Leadership, Care Standards Consistency, Team Coordination, and Delivery of Competent Nursing Care.

Qualifications required – RN or BScN at an accredited School/College of Nursing.  Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of NS.  Recent experience in geriatric setting preferred.    Demonstrate competency in team building, conflict resolution, delegation, and leadership.  Current CPR certification required with annual updates.  Regular & consistent attendance is essential.

See Complete RN Job Description on the home’s website for Registered Nurse @ www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work

12 hr. DDNN Rotation

Salary: Based on Service years on NSNU current scale (or experience)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension –Yes (Can defer for three (3) mos.)

Vacation, holiday – Yes

Sick benefits- yes following probation period (720 hrs. RN)

Health Benefits – Yes (HANS, Health (Travel), Dental, LTD, Life, Pension, and optional’ s

Gym Membership – Corporate Rate available with Good life

Closing Statement: Thank you for your interest in this position. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  This is a NSNU bargaining unit position. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities.  Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

 Competition #:420-35-11 17 -21         Temporary Full Time 1 yr Float Positions (Registered Nurse)

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

Competition #:420-35-11 17 -21          Job Title:         Registered Nurse

 Dept.:   Nursing                             Start Date:         Immediately

Posted Date:      November 17, 2021                         Close Date:         Open until filled

Reg/Temp:       2  Temporary                                      Full/Part:             Full Time  (Float)

Temporary End date Dec 1, 2022 (subject to change 1 yr.  pending start date)

Union: NSNU

Applications accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs approx. 270 staff in various Departments.  The R.K. is seeking a kind, caring, compassionate person, with a genuine interest in Long Term Care.  The R.K. is looking for a RN who has strong critical thinking and leadership skills who enjoys working independently, as well as collaboratively within a team, continuous learning, and working to their full scope.

Skills & Abilities required – Key focus areas are Leadership, Care Standards Consistency, Team Coordination, and Delivery of Competent Nursing Care.

Qualifications required – RN or BScN at an accredited School/College of Nursing.  Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of NS.  Recent experience in geriatric setting preferred.    Demonstrate competency in team building, conflict resolution, delegation, and leadership.  Current CPR certification required with annual updates.  Regular & consistent attendance is essential.

See Complete RN Job Description on the home’s website for Registered Nurse @ www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work

12 hr. Rotation to be Determined

Salary: Based on Service years on NSNU current scale (or experience)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension –Yes (Can defer for three (3) mos.)

Vacation, holiday – Yes

Sick benefits- yes following probation period (720 hrs. RN)

Health Benefits – Yes (HANS, Health (Travel), Dental, Life, Pension, for 1 yr position)

Gym Membership – Corporate Rate available with Good life

Closing Statement: Thank you for your interest in this position. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  This is a NSNU bargaining unit position. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities.  Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:420-36-11-17- 21    Temporary Full Time Float 1 yr. Positions  ( Licensed Practical Nurse)

Competition #:420-36-11-17- 21           Job Title:         Licensed Practical Nurse

  Dept.:       Nursing                             Start Date:      December 1, 2021 (subject to change)

Posted Date: November 17, 2021     Close Date:    Open until filled

Reg/Temp: Temporary                       Full/Part:        Full Time (2 Float positions)

 Tentative end date December 1, 2022 (1yr) (depends on start date subject to change)

Union:   UNIFOR

Applications are accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs approx. 270 staff in various Departments.

LPN Skills & Abilities Required: refer to LPN (Job) Description on website www.rkmacdonald.ca

Qualifications required – LPN at an accredited School/College of nursing.  Current license with the CLPNS (College of License Practical Nurses of NS).  Minimum of 1-year experience with Medication Administration.  Recent experience in geriatric setting preferred.  Recent experience as Team Lead or Supervisor of CCA staff/equivalent preferred.  Current CPR certification required with annual updates and annual WHMIS required.  Regular and consistent attendance is essential.

Hours of Work (Subject to change)

Rotation or hours TBD

Days & Nights (as required to cover 24 hr. period) hour shifts (7am – 7 pm or & 7 pm -7am)

Salary: 26.24710 – 29.1760 (based on Union Contract Scale and on experience)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension –Yes (can deferred for 3 mos.)

Vacation, holiday pro- rated to part-time hrs. – Yes

Sick benefits- yes following probation period (528 for LPN)

Health Benefits – yes  (Health (Travel), Dental, Life (1 yr. position)

 Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021.The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity, and is representative, in all job positions, of the residents we serve. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca    

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca