Kassie Chisholm

Staffing Clerk

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POSITION: Staffing Clerk
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Care

Under the direction of the Director of Care the Staffing Clerk is responsible for the accurate and timely data entry of staff scheduling and payroll submission. Using a manual or computerized scheduling application, the Staffing Clerk works as a team member to support the staffing needs of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home. Every employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Ward Clerk serves as a positive role model as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

1. Scheduling

  • Implements approved schedules for unionized staff
  • Accepts Director approved requests for scheduling changes and implements as staffing replacement allows
  • Discusses any variances with Director
  • Follows the appropriate collective agreements in addressing requirements
  • Follows direction of Directors with replacement of staff and overtime authorization

2. Staffing

  • Replaces unionized staff as directed for illness, approved LOA, vacations, and statutory holidays
  • Ensures this process is accurate and timely and following the applicable collective agreement
  • Verifies staffing requirements against current schedule including but not limited to, accepting staff call-ins
  • Ensures confidentiality at all times
  • Inputs, maintains and updates data utilizing the computerized scheduling system
  • On a daily basis, reviews time sheets to insure adequate staffing
  • Monitors casual relief list for need and notifies appropriate Director when required
  • Maintains casual staff information and availability records
  • Assists Charge Nurse/RN, staff, & Ward Clerks with information and resources to develop appropriate staffing plans/decisions during times when staffing office is closed

3. Payroll

  • Accurately records and verifies schedule in preparation for bi-weekly payroll submission

4. Planning

  • Consult with and advise managers on any concerns regarding staffing levels
  • Maintain staffing levels as per Department of Health & Wellness guidelines
  • Suggest alternate scheduling patterns that meet the resident care and staff needs

Required Education

  • Completion of Academic Grade 12
  • Completion of post-secondary business/administrative assistant/office management or related health care course.

Required Experience

Previous experience in scheduling and staffing an asset

Required Competencies

  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications
  • Demonstrated critical thinker and ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and under time constraints
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal & communication skills.
  • Constructive communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem solver.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Registered Nurse

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POSITION: Registered Nurse
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: RN – Charge Nurse and Director of Care

Reporting to the Charge Nurse and Director of Care, the Registered Nurse is responsible to provide direct and indirect patient care and professional nursing services required in the nursing care of residents. In collaboration with other health care providers, the RN assumes primary responsibility for the development, maintenance and compliance with the individualized plan of care. In the absence of the RN-Charge Nurse, the senior RN in the facility will assume Responsibility roles such as staffing, resolution of conflict and facility management. Every employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values, our Strategic Plan and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the registered nurse serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

1. Leadership

  • Understands and supports the Resident Care Standards and a resident centered philosophy of care
  • Demonstrates the ability to treat other people (including, residents, families, and staff) with dignity, honest and respect so that they may reach their full potential
  • Demonstrates accountability, reliability and initiative in adhering to professional standards
  • Supports and applies a resident-focused approach to care
  • Knows and follows departmental and organizational policies and procedures and monitors staff compliance with same.
  • Interacts with residents and families in a professional and compassionate manner, effectively managing questions, concerns, and suggestions as they arise, towards satisfactory outcomes
  • Models behaviours that promote a positive, dynamic, professional, caring, interested, motivated and pro-active work culture Actively works to maintain a positive unit climate in which staff are encouraged to reach full potential by recognizing their achievements, providing corrective instruction, coaching and supporting staff, and celebrating success
  • Actively participates in and seeks out, educational opportunities in nursing and leadership for continued learning and development
  • Demonstrates the ability to use resources responsibly and to look for more efficient and effective ways to ensure the future of quality support and care for residents
  • Demonstrates respect for the personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs and needs of others
  • Demonstrates commitment to working as part of a team environment where people support each other through teaching, mentoring and by example

2. Delivery of Competent Nursing Care

  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates resident care
  • Conducts and documents comprehensive assessments of residents
  • Maintains timely and accurate documentation
  • Supports best practices and quality improvement initiatives
  • Assigns, gives direction and delegates tasks and care to LPN/CCA staff based on licence/ certification and scope of practice
  • Conducts regular nursing assessment rounds during the shift
  • Makes evidence-based, best-practice decisions
  • Utilizes a critical-thinking process to problem solving
  • Participates in the delivery of care to residents who are outside the LPN Scope of Practice, (medically unstable, unpredictable)
  • Employs innovation and creativity in day-to-day activities on unit
  • Communicates in a positive, clear, professional manner with all in-house departments
  • Carries out clinical assessments and procedures such as dressings, treatments, medications, oxygen therapy, catheterizations, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, bowel sounds, lung sounds, vital signs, venipuncture, immunizations, tube-feedings etc. including approved procedures under the Homes for Special Care Act according to established policy and procedures
  • As a member of the nursing team is required to respond to bells, alarms, etc and to meet residents needs as indicated

3. Team Coordination

  • Receives and relays relevant information using effective communication skills
  • Promotes and supports culture change
  • Demonstrates and encourages flexibility
  • Acts as a mentor and support for staff
  • Provides feedback on staff performance to RN-Charge Nurse
  • Participates in Multidisciplinary Conferences, Team Meetings, and other staff coordination activities as required

4. Quality & Risk Management

  • Ensures completion and analysis of monthly audits and indicators as required, and identifies corrective action;
  • Assists with completion of incident reports and appropriate follow-up
  • In the absence of the Charge Nurse, ensures there is on-going communication with families on issues pertaining to non-clinical matters
  • Assists with the evaluation of all non-clinical resident programs and services for relevance, quality and effectiveness
  • Identifies potential liability issues and takes action to minimize risks
  • Serves on committees as designated by the Director of Care
  • Actively participates in research programs where applicable

5. Occupational Health and Safety

  • Observes work patterns and ensures safe working practices are adhered to at all times;
  • Implements and monitors the lift and transfer policy;
  • Conducts safety audits as required
  • Conducts or assists with investigations of employee work related accidents;
  • Ensures staff adheres to infection control practices.

6. Responsibility Role

  • In keeping with the NSNU contract, in the absence of management staff, the senior RN in the facility will be designated to be responsible for the facility. Responsibility duties include but are not limited to: staffing, conflict management, problem solving, resident and family issues and other issues as arise in the delivery of safe and competent care to the residents

7. Maintains and continually develops core competencies

  • Resident focused
  • Communication
  • Conflict Managements
  • Self-and community awareness
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Decision making
  • Initiative
  • Leading & Developing others
  • Stress management
  • Values & Ethics

Education Requirements

  • RN or BScN at an accredited School/College of Nursing.
  • Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of NS.
  • Current CPR, CPI, WHIMIS certification required.

Required Experience

  • Recent clinical experience including leadership duties.
  • Recent experience in geriatric setting preferred.

Podiatry Technician

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POSITION: Podiatry Technician
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Care

Reporting to the RN-Charge, the Podiatry Technician provides prophylactic and therapeutic care activities related to podiatric care and treatment involved within the scope of podiatry certification. As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home he/she has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, Podiatry Technician serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Understands that the Resident and family are central to all departmental activities, services and decisions
  2. Establishes and maintains working relationships and performs all work in keeping with the Mission, Vision, Values and philosophy of resident centered care of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home
  3. To promote and maintain the safety of Residents, staff, and visitors as a strategic priority for the home at all times.
  4. Care and cutting of nails & drilling when necessary
  5. Foot soaks
  6. Manual or electric massage
  7. Corn and callus removal and treatment.
  8. Cream massage and application of protective padding.
  9. Regular foot examination of all residents on a routine basis.
  10. Recommends appropriate footwear, when indicated .

Education, Training, and Experience

  • RN/LPN
  • Registered with licensing body (CRNNS, CLPNNS)
  • Advanced Foot Care Certification

Key Competencies

  • Attention to detail
  • Customer focus
  • Reliability
  • Listening skills
  • Adaptability
  • Planning and organizing
  • Team work
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • High energy levels

Custodial Attendant Care

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POSITION: Custodial Attendant Care
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: RN – Charge Nurse, RN/LPN, DCS

Scope of Position: The Custodial Attendant Care assists in providing non-nursing observation and supervision. They assist in the creation of a safe environment for residents. As a non-unionized employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home, every staff member has a responsibility to be involved in providing a caring environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Custodial Attendant serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To provide safe non-nursing supervision as directed by the Charge Nurse or RN/LPN supervisor.
  2. Depending on the need, Custodians may be assigned to more than one resident based on the needs of the care area and the activities of the residents
  3. Assisting to settle and redirect assigned residents to and from their own room and between care areas

Skills & Competencies

  1. Must be comfortable with and confident in assisting with behavioral issues
  2. Capable of managing stressful situations
  3. Ability to foster relationships
  4. Develops and maintains positive working relationships with families and all members of the care team
  5. Ability to handle physically demanding work
  6. Demonstrated excellence in communication skills
  7. Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills
  8. Ability to work shift work
  9. Maintains confidentiality

Major Job Functions

  1. Report to the Team Lead RN or Senior LPN at the beginning and end of your shift.
  2. Secure resident specific direction from the Nursing staff – during resting periods or when the resident(s) is out of the building, Charge RN may reassign the Custodian to another resident or participate in light housekeeping or other tasks within the Custodian’s abilities
  3. Breaks are to be arranged with the nursing staff
  4. Completes the CUSTODIAL HOURLY CHECKS FORM
  5. Custodians will be placed with a resident(s) were capability has been established
  6. Offer companionship (observation / supervision), physical assistance (for example assisting with a transfer or escorting a resident to another area) and continual observation aimed at maintaining safety and preventing injury.
  7. Does not provide, participate in, or discuss any direct care related to the resident. Family discussion and/or conversations related to condition or care of the resident are to be redirected to the Team Lead RN or Senior LPN
  8. Notifies nursing staff prior to leaving the care area with the resident
  9. Communicate resident behaviors &/or concerns regularly with Nursing Staff .
  10. Under the direction of the Charge Nurse or RN/LPN supervisor follows RK MacDonald policies and procedures in relation to the resident’s care plan.
  11. Any documentation related to the resident will only be done on specific instructions of the Charge Nurse or RN/LPN supervisor.
  12. No personal &/or family notes are to be recorded at any time.

Education Required

  1. Ability to read and write at grade 10 level
  2. Training/experience caring for persons with dementia &/or challenging behaviors would
  3. Training in personal safety techniques and basic principles of behavior management

RN – Charge Nurse

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POSITION: RN – Charge Nurse
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Care

The RN-Charge Nurse provides front-line leadership to the nursing and support staff and ensures that the mission, vision and values, expected behaviors, leadership philosophy, ethics, safety, quality and inter-professional collaboration are integrated within the Home. The RN-Charge Nurse is responsible to the Director of Care for the overall quality improvement of resident care and is responsible for the planning, directing and coordinating of resident care and for monitoring the quality outcomes as they relate to the care provided by staff.

The RN-Charge Nurse is accountable and responsible to model the way, to demonstrate excellence in practice and to provide staff with assistance, support and confidence in the delivery of holistic, person-centered care. They must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to ensure effective communication with all members of the care team, including the resident and family.

Key Responsibilities

Implicit in this role is the responsibility for managing and participating in the day-to-day provision of quality care for all residents. The RN-Charge Nurse is responsible to utilize leadership and management skills to identify and solve problem. In supporting our vision of an alive and vibrant community built on meaningful relationships that celebrates and encourages a uniqueness of spirit and character the RN-Charge Nurse is responsible for building and developing, for supporting and encouraging the development and continuance of a cohesive, responsive, cooperative care team that maintains a continual focus on a holistic approach to living. As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home the RN-Charge Nurse has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of resident centered care, the RN-Charge Nurse, as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

1. Leadership: accountable to inspire staff to engage with our vision and to coach and build a team that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

  • Knowledgeable of and monitors compliance with the provincial LTC Facility program Requirements, the Home’s philosophy of care, accreditation standards, policies & procedures
  • Responsible for the efficient and effective day to day functioning of the unit
  • Actively involved in the concerns process, providing resolution to concerns as close to the issue as possible
  • Acts as a Role Model by creating an atmosphere that empowers staff to contribute to the delivery of high quality care
  • Provides a visible, identifiable presence that invites feedback and discussion
  • Contributes to the delivery of organizational objectives
  • Facilitates change to overcome problems and/or weaknesses identified through observation, feedback or audits as well as in response to changes in policy/procedure
  • Acts as a professional role model/mentor and resource person including the orientation of all new staff
  • Monitors skills and competencies of all staff and ensures that the skills are kept current taking appropriate proactive or corrective action when required
  • Demonstrates and promotes excellent communication and interpersonal relationships with staff, residents, families and other care providers
  • Identifies learning needs and liaisons with Education Coordinator to develop a plan to meet these needs
  • Supports staff as they advocate for their residents and families
  • Takes initiative, identifies opportunities for improvement and finds innovative ways to change and grow
  • Recognizes and shows appreciation for the contribution of others
  • Supports staff and manages the first level of discussion with staff difficulties and undesirable behaviors
  • Manages conflict on the unit
  • Enhancing staff satisfaction by creating a challenging and positive work environment
  • Performs duties of Supervising RN when required

2. Clinical Care Coordination and Supervision: accountable for the delivery of safe and competent, resident focused care

  • To be familiar with the resident population in order to make safe and appropriate decisions about assignments
  • To assign and reassign resident care appropriately
  • Responsible for ensuring standards of care and practice are achieved
  • Provides safe and competent direct clinical care when required
  • Performs nursing assessments to support/direct care delivered by LPN/CCA staff
  • Performs nursing treatments as required
  • Active in the bi-annual medication review
  • Develops and maintains a current plan of care that is resident centered and focuses on achievable goals and outcomes
  • Provides leadership, education, direction and coordination to staff  ensuring safe & effective clinical practices are occurring
  • Ensures completion of monthly audits and safety inspections are complete
  • Enhances the resident experience by performing rounds and building relationships
  • Develops and participates in CQI initiatives for unit and facility
  • Acts as a resource for staff, physicians, family, residents
  • Leads the admission process ensuring that the focus of care is holistic and person rather than medically centered

3. Human Resources: Accountable to maximize employee performance in service to the Mission, Vision & Values of the Home and in keeping with the strategic plan.

  • Monitors and evaluates performance of staff
  • Conducts annual performance reviews with all staff
  • Assists each staff person in development goals and action plans specific to their performance review and learning needs
  • Meets with staff quarterly to review progress on goals & assists in revising plan as required
  • Supports staff so that expectations can be met
  • Provide guidance and direction to staff
  • Mentors staff in their role
  • Acts as a coach to enhance or modify behaviors
  • Acts as a Role Model for constructive behaviors such as affiliative, self-actualization, humanistic-encouraging and achievement oriented attitudes
  • Conducts staff meetings at least monthly, preferably bi-weekly
  • Assists education Coordinator in the planning of clinical orientation of new staff
  • Monitors the orientation and progress of new staff
  • Ensures new staff are assigned a ‘buddy’ for the probationary period of employment
  • Ensures that probationary performance reviews are conducted

4. Family Relations: Accountable for the recognition and inclusion of family as care givers. Responsible for establishing and maintaining compassionate and respectful relationships with family members and recognizing the critical role they continue to play in the lives of those entrusted in our care.

  • Maintain open and respectful lines of communication
  • Ensures family is invited and welcomed as a partner in care
  • Welcomes and encourages family feedback
  • Monitors and responds to email on a daily basis
  • Investigates and responds to feedback as per policy
  • Encourages involvement in Family Council
  • Ensures that all staff foster positive service relationships with residents and their families in their day to day work
  • Ensures on-going communication with family to inform them of issues, changes etc.

5. Continuous Quality Improvement & Occupational Health and Safety

  • Investigates incident reports
  • Participates in monthly safety checks
  • Participates in implementing and evaluating quality initiatives
  • Actively involved in Committees as required by DOC
  • Ensures safe work practices are adhered to at all times
  • Ensures staff adhere to infection control practices

Educational Qualifications

  1. RN, BScN preferred
  2. Current registration with CRNNS
  3. Certificate in gerontology nursing preferred
  4. Current (or willingness to obtain) CPR, WHIMIS ,CPI

Experience Required

1. Five years nursing experience in Geriatric Nursing
2. Previous supervisory experience an asset

Knowledge & Skills Required

  1. Demonstrated flexibility
  2. Demonstrated leadership abilities
  3. Evidence of the ability to motivate others
  4. Strong resident focus and ability to build relationships
  5. Commitment to supporting a culture that that supports and lives our mission, vision & values
  6. Demonstrated Self Confidence duty to protect well-being of residents not to please co-workers
  7. Demonstrated Critical thinking & problem solving skills
  8. Demonstrated commitment to self-learning and continuous professional education
  9. Effective and compassionate communication & interpersonal skills
  10. Conflict resolution

Competencies

Competence means the ability to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills and judgement required to practice safely and ethically in a designated role and practice setting.

  1. Ongoing professional development and competence is required
  2. Maintains an awareness of current trends and issues in gerontology nursing care
  3. Identifies, achieves and maintains own professional development needs

 

Continuing Care Assistant (CCA)

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POSITION: Continuing Care Assistant (CCA)
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: RN-Charge Nurse and Director of Care

Under the direction and supervision of the RN Charge Nurse &/or LPN, the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA), provides resident focused, holistic care, within an interdisciplinary team consistent with the Mission, Vision, Values and philosophy of care of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home. 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 and to serve as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and to represent the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

1. To deliver Safe, Competent Personal Care: Responsible to deliver resident focused care within the full scope of practice of a CCA, in a home-like environment respecting the individuality and dignity of each resident and family.

  • Performs the responsibilities of the position within the legislative and regulatory standards set out by the Health Association of Nova Scotia and the CCA Program Advisory Committee document Scope of Practice of the continuing Care Assistant in Nova Scotia (2009)
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding that this facility is the Home of our Residents and we have been honored with the privilege are being invited to participate in the delivery of care to meet their needs
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of the recognition of the vulnerability of the resident and their family as they entrust themselves to our care
  • Required to be are aware of and follow the RN-developed care plan for each resident
  • Responsible to communicate suggested changes/preferences to RN so that care plans can be updated and followed with consistency
  • Participates in all aspects of personal resident care to ensure the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of each resident/family are met
  • Utilizes therapeutic communication by establishing a working relationship with residents/families and coworkers for the purpose of meeting the residents needs; ensuring respect, dignity and individuality of each resident and staff person
  • Knowledgeable of and provides for the ‘simple pleasure’ of each resident ie. Knowing that the resident likes to have the morning paper with coffee; knowing that the resident likes to sit in the sun in mid afternoon.

Participates with other team members in formulating, delivering and reporting the daily resident care needs and personal preferences by:

  • Attending and gathering pertinent data from report
  • Seeking direction from the professional staff
  • Delivers personal care and attends to the ADL’s of all residents in a respectful, private, dignified and professional manner
  • Delivers effective and efficient care that promotes resident/family choice and acknowledges the resident’s strengths, limitations as well as their need for safety and the safety of others
  • Observation of residents to monitor their responses to their environment, behaviors and abilities to perform ADL’s
  • Observes residents for any changes and reports these changes immediately to the RN/LPN
  • Respects the knowledge, awareness, dignity and the right to choose of the individual resident and their family

Consistent with a resident-focused approach will meet resident needs by:

  • Assisting with serving meals, feeding, providing nourishment supplements to all residents until the needs of all residents are met
  • Assisting with the transporting and transferring of residents as required
  • Actively promoting resident and family involvement in activities within the Home
  • Accompanying and actively participating with residents, in activities of their choosing
  • Responding to any resident in need by answering bells, alarms telephones and by assisting every employee until all care is complete

Task list of duties include but not limited to:

  • Providing an environment that welcomes resident and family interaction with staff and each other
  • Providing personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming, mouth care, toileting, shaving, hair styling, jewelry)
  • Providing assistance with meal set-up, serving, feeding
  • Hourly resident checks and rounds (including but not limited to vitals, incontinent rounds, safety rounds)
  • Performing light housekeeping duties daily (tidy room, hang clothes, wiping up spills when they occur, maintaining daily cleanliness of personal equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, etc, tub room, utility rooms & kitchen area)
  • Participating in recreational activities
  • Completes nightly safety & equipment checklist
  • Participating in care conferences as directed
  • Participating in unit meetings, general staff meetings and CCA meetings

Task list of duties include but not limited to:

  • Providing an environment that welcomes resident and family interaction with staff and each other
  • Providing personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming, mouth care, toileting, shaving, hair styling, jewelry)
  • Providing assistance with meal set-up, serving, feeding
  • Hourly resident checks and rounds (including but not limited to vitals, incontinent rounds, safety rounds)
  • Performing light housekeeping duties daily (tidy room, hang clothes, wiping up spills when they occur, maintaining daily cleanliness of personal equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, etc, tub room, utility rooms & kitchen area)
  • Participating in recreational activities
  • Completes nightly safety & equipment checklist
  • Participating in care conferences as directed
  • Participating in unit meetings, general staff meetings and CCA meetings

Documentation of Care

  • Responsible to clearly, legibly and objectively document care delivered according to facility standards (ie. Nursing notes, bowels records, Q1H checks, EOR and/or any other form as required)

2. To maintain and enhance KNOWLEDGE: to practice safely and competently every CCA must demonstrate understanding and compliance with:

  • Gentle persuasion approach
  • Teepa Snow Approach to Care of Persons with Dementia
  • Resident Centered Philosophy of Care
  • Crisis Intervention methods
  • Fall prevention methods
  • Lift/transfer techniques & Body mechanics
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • All Emergency plans
  • Risk management/CQI program
  • Environmental Hazards (WHIMIS)
  • Food Handlers safety
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Palliative care guidelines

3. To maintain and practice those skills, abilities and attributes required on hiring:

  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving
  • Organizational skills
  • Stress management
  • Confidentiality
  • Patience
  • Supportive of residents and co-workers
  • Time management
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Maturity
  • Positive attitude
  • Respectful

4. Responsible to maintain and continually demonstrate in practice the following CORE COMPETENCIES:

Resident centered focus (responds to resident/family requests)

  • Identifies needs and expectations
  • Responds efficiently and effectively
  • Takes action beyond explicit request
  • Refers complex questions to charge nurse or designate
  • Meets needs in a respectful, helpful and responsive manner
  • Seeks feedback to develop a clear understanding of residents needs
  • Uses resident/family satisfaction monitoring methods to ensure resident satisfaction

Communication (fosters two way communication)

  • Elicits comments or feedback
  • Maintains continuous open and consistent communication with others
  • Openly and constructively discusses diverse perspectives that could lead to misunderstanding
  • Communicates decisions and recommendation that could be perceived negatively, with sensitivity and tact
  • Supports messages with relevant data, information, examples and demonstrations

Conflict Management

  • Listens to differing points of view and emphasising points of agreement as a starting point to resolving differences

Self & Community Awareness

  • Recognizes the situations that arouse strong emotions and personal bias or preference, but resists temptation to act on them immediately
  • Accepts feedback from others without being defensive
  • Communicates clearly, minimizing misunderstandings
  • Uses accurate observation and understanding of local culture contexts to improve overall performance
  • Seeks out, recognizes and uses creatively what different people have to offer
  • Recognizes when a social ‘mistake’ has been made and takes steps to avoid long term negative impact

Teamwork (fosters Teamwork)

  • Assumes responsibility for work activities and coordinating efforts
  • Promotes team goals
  • Seeks others input and listen to their perspectives
  • Acknowledges the work of others
  • Shifts priorities, changes style and responds to new approaches as needed to meet team goals

5. Responsible to maintain and demonstrate in practice the following Job-Specific Competencies:

Orientating & Mentoring

  • Participates in the orientation and mentoring of new staff

Adaptability/Flexibility (adapts to a variety of changes)

  • Adapts to new ideas and initiatives across a wide variety of issues or situations

Continuous Learning (seeks to improve personal effectiveness in current situation)

  • Tries new approaches to maximize learning
  • Takes advantage of learning opportunities (courses, in-services, watching others, etc.)
  • Integrates new learning into work methods
  • Understands the role of culture in the helping process

Initiative (addresses imminent issues)

  • Takes action to avoid problems
  • Looks for ways to achieve greater results or add value
  • Works persistently as needed and when not required to do so

Quality, Risk and Safety Management (employees at every level are responsible and accountable for safe work practices & adhering to the practices outlines in the NS OH&S Act)

  • Strives for excellence
  • Makes decisions based on risk analysis
  • Reports safety issues to supervisor
  • Supports a culture of safety by following safe work practices and policies
  • Actively participates in quality initiatives
  • Completes safety audits as assigned
  • Is familiar and adheres to policies and procedures related to lifts and transfers
  • Participates and promotes usage of personal protective equipment
  • Forwards any unresolved safety concerns

Values & Ethics

  • All interactions, care delivered and presentation of self to others is congruent with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Home
  • Recognizes how professional and personal may conflict and seeks assistance to avoid &/or resolve presentation of this conflict
  • Identifies and considers different ethical aspects of a situation when making decisions.

Education

Provincial CCA certification required for permanent employment.

Willing to consider partial completion of LPN (completion of 1st year) &/or BScN (completion of 1st clinical in 2nd year) programs for casual/temporary employment

Certification in CPR, WHMIS, Food Handlers, Dementia/Alzheimer , Palliative care courses and gentle persuasion approach

Experience

Experience in geriatric setting an asset

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

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POSITION: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: RN-Charge Nurse and Director of Care

Under the direction and supervision of the RN Charge Nurse, the LPN the provides resident focused, holistic care, within an interdisciplinary team consistent with the Mission, Vision, Values and philosophy of care of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home. Within the LPN Scope of Practice, the LPN is accountable for the coordination and delivery of quality nursing and personal care on the care team. Through use of the nursing process, therapeutic relationship, and collaboration, the LPN delivers, oversees, and participates in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and modification of resident care to medically stable and predictable residents.  Every employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents and to serve as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and to represent the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

1.To deliver Safe, Competent Personal Care: Responsible to deliver resident focused care within the full scope of practice of an LPN, in a home-like environment respecting the individuality and dignity of each resident and family.

  • Performs the responsibilities of the position within the legislative and regulatory standards set out by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding that this facility is the Home of our Residents and we have been honored with the privilege are being invited to participate in the delivery of care to meet their needs
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of the recognition of the vulnerability of the resident and their family as they entrust themselves to our care
  • Required to be are aware of, participate in the development of and follow the RN-developed care plan for each resident
  • Provides basic assessments and treatments, personal care and medication administration to ensure the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of each resident/family are met
  • Utilizes therapeutic communication by establishing a working relationship with residents/families and coworkers for the purpose of meeting the residents needs; ensuring respect, dignity and individuality of each resident and staff person
  • Knowledgeable of and provides for the ‘simple pleasures’ of each resident ie. Knowing that the resident likes to have the morning paper with coffee; knowing that the resident likes to sit in the sun in mid afternoon.
  • Participates with other team members in formulating, delivering and reporting the daily resident care needs and personal preferences by:
    • Attending and gathering pertinent data from report
    • Administers medications in a safe and competent manner.
    • Assists in the delivery of personal care when required and attends to the ADL’s of all residents in a respectful, private, dignified and professional manner
    • Delivers effective and efficient care that promotes resident/family choice and acknowledges the resident’s strengths, limitations as well as their need for safety and the safety of others
    • Respects the knowledge, awareness, dignity and the right to choose of the individual resident and their family

Consistent with a resident-focused approach will meet resident needs by:

  • Assisting with the transporting and transferring of residents as required
  • Actively promoting resident and family involvement in activities within the Home
  • Accompanying and actively participating with residents, in activities of their choosing
  • Responding to any resident in need by answering bells, alarms telephones and by assisting every employee until all care is complete
  • If needed, assisting with serving meals, feeding, providing nourishment supplements to all residents until the needs of all residents are met

Task list of duties include but not limited to:

  • Providing an environment that welcomes resident and family interaction with staff and each other
  • Hourly resident checks and rounds (including but not limited to vitals, incontinent rounds, safety rounds)
  • Medication Administration
  • Participating in recreational activities
  • Completes nightly safety & equipment checklist
  • Participating in care conferences as directed
  • Participating in unit meetings, general staff meetings and LPN meetings
  • Other tasks as required

Documentation of Care

  • Responsible to clearly, legibly and objectively document care delivered according to facility

2. To maintain and enhance KNOWLEDGE: to practice safely and competently every LPN must demonstrate understanding and compliance with:

  • Gentle persuasion approach
  • Teepa Snow Approach to Care of Persons with Dementia
  • Resident Centered Philosophy of Care
  • Crisis Intervention methods
  • Fall prevention methods
  • Lift/transfer techniques & Body mechanics
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • All Emergency plans
  • Risk management/CQI program
  • Environmental Hazards (WHIMIS)
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Palliative care guidelines
  • Medications

3. To maintain and practice those skills, abilities and attributes required on hiring:

  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving
  • Organizational skills
  • Stress management
  • Confidentiality
  • Patience
  • Supportive of residents and co-workers
  • Time management
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Maturity
  • Positive attitude
  • Respectful
  • Communication
  • Nursing Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Flexibility

4. Is able to consistently demonstrate proficiency in practice the following CORE COMPETENCIES:

Resident centered focus (builds positive family relations)

  • Follows up on services, solutions &/or products to ensure that the needs of residents and their families have been met. Makes adjustments as required.
  • Understands issues from the resident’s perspective
  • Responds efficiently and effectively
  • Takes action beyond explicit request
  • Meets needs in a respectful, helpful and responsive manner
  • Understands the dynamics that result from cultural differences and similarities

Communication (adapts communication to others)

  • Seeks comments or feedback to continually move towards excellence in care
  • Adapts content, style, tone and medium of communication to suit the target audience’s language, cultural background and level of understanding
  • Takes others perspectives into account when communicating, negotiating, or presenting arguments
  • Openly and constructively discusses diverse perspectives that could lead to misunderstanding
  • Responds to and discusses issues/questions without being defensive and while maintaining the dignity of others.
  • Supports messages with relevant data, information, examples and demonstrations

Conflict Management (anticipates and addresses sources of potential conflict)

  • Anticipates and takes action to avoid/reduce potential conflict by encouraging and supporting the various parties to get together and attempt to address the issues themselves
  • Refocuses team on the work and end-goals and away from personality issues
  • Listens to differing points of view and emphasising points of agreement as a starting point to resolving differences

Self & Community Awareness (recognizes emotions & being pro-active)

  • Recognizes the situations that arouse strong emotions and personal bias or preference, but resists temptation to act on them immediately
  • Accepts feedback from others without being defensive
  • Communicates clearly, minimizing misunderstandings
  • Uses accurate observation and understanding of local culture contexts to improve overall performance
  • Seeks out, recognizes and uses creatively what different people have to offer
  • Recognizes when a social ‘mistake’ has been made and takes steps to avoid long term negative impact

Teamwork (fosters Teamwork)

  • Assumes responsibility for work activities and coordinating efforts
  • Promotes team goals
  • Seeks others input and listen to their perspectives
  • Acknowledges the work of others
  • Shifts priorities, changes style and responds to new approaches as needed to meet team goals

5. Responsible to maintain and demonstrate in practice the following Job-Specific Competencies:

Adaptability/Flexibility (adapts to a variety of changes)

  • Adapts to new ideas and initiatives across a wide variety of issues or situations
  • Seeks guidance in adapting behaviors to the needs of a new or challenging situation
  • Accepts alternative ways of doing things

Decision making (guided by interpreting policies, standards & guidelines)

  • Through interpretation and application of policy able to consider exceptions
  • Able to considers the risks and consequences of decision
  • Communicates decision to a straight forward, clear manner
  • Able to provide clear support for decision

Leading & Developing (seeks to improve personal effectiveness & individual development)

  • Orientation and mentoring of staff
  • Provides feedback and participates in performance reviews of CCA staff
  • Reinforces strengths and identifies areas for improvement for self and CCA staff
  • Tries new approaches to maximize learning
  • Takes advantage of learning opportunities (courses, in-services, watching others, etc.)
  • Integrates new learning into work methods
  • Understands the role of culture in the helping process

Initiative (addresses imminent issues)

  • Takes action to avoid problems
  • Looks for ways to achieve greater results or add value
  • Works persistently as needed and when not required to do so

Quality, Risk and Safety Management (employees at every level are responsible and accountable for safe work practices & adhering to the practices outlines in the NS OH&S Act)

  • Strives for excellence
  • Makes decisions based on risk analysis
  • Reports safety issues to supervisor
  • Supports a culture of safety by following safe work practices and policies
  • Actively participates in quality initiatives
  • Completes safety audits as assigned
  • Is familiar and adheres to policies and procedures related to lifts and transfers
  • Participates and promotes usage of personal protective equipment
  • Forwards any unresolved safety concerns

Values & Ethics

  • All interactions, care delivered and presentation of self to others is congruent with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Home
  • Recognizes how professional and personal may conflict and seeks assistance to avoid &/or resolve presentation of this conflict
  • Identifies and considers different ethical aspects of a situation when making decisions.

Education

  • Graduate of an accredited LPN school with pharmacological training
  • Licensed with the CLPNNS
  • Certification in CPR, WHMIS, Food Handlers, Dementia/Alzheimer , Palliative care courses and gentle persuasion approach

Experience

  • Recent clinical experience, including medication administration and leadership duties
  • Experience in geriatric setting an asset

Dental office being supported by Lights of Love

The RK MacDonald Nursing Home and their dental office fundraising efforts’ were recently featured in the The Casket.

‘Support of this project would enable our residents to receive dental services on-site and would enable us to offer an innovative preventative dental program to residents who choose to participate.’

You can read the full article here on the The Casket’s website.

Therapeutic Recreation Programmer

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POSITION: Therapeutic Recreation Programmer
DEPARTMENT: Recreation
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Recreation, Spiritual, & Volunteers

Scope of Position

As a member of the Recreation Team, the Recreation Programmer provides Recreation programs and opportunities for the Residents which allows for their engagement in their own Home, their R.K. Community, and maintain contact with the larger community.  Reporting to the Director of Recreation, Spiritual, and Volunteers, the programmer is responsible for the delivery of recreation programming services of the department as well as assisting with the delivery of Spiritual services.  The essential functional areas of responsibility include providing Recreation/Leisure/Spiritual programming and leading, encouraging, and supporting Residents, staff, and Volunteers in the delivery of these programs and opportunities utilizing their strengths and expertise.  As an employee of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, every person has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the Residents – creating an alive and vibrant community based on meaningful relationships.  In keeping, with our Mission, Vision, & Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Recreation Programmer 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:

Provide Recreation services, programs, and opportunities for the Residents which allows for engagement with their own Home, their R.K. Community, and maintain contact with the larger Community.

  • To plan and schedule group recreation based on an understanding of the Resident needs and abilities and the available resources from the Home and the community
  • To assist with development of the recreational assessment and plan for each Elder which will be completed upon admission, is included in the interdisciplinary plan of care, and is updated as the Resident’s individual needs change.
  • To plan, implement, schedule, and evaluate Recreation program with an understanding of the Resident’s needs and abilities and utilizing available resources from the home and the community.
  • To set up, transport (if necessary), supervises, and participates in scheduled programs.
  • To organize work in a time effective manner so as to complete all required elements of program planning.
  • To facilitate opportunities for community interaction, intergenerational programs and relationships, cultural exposure, and more.
  • To motivate Residents to grow and improve their own health through Recreation programs and activities that involve some challenge, excitement, rewards, choices, concentration, and pure fun.
  • To ensure that the Standards of Practice for Recreation as a Therapy and Service (2006) is used as a basis for the delivery of recreation and leisure services.
  • Assist with developing annual and long-term goals and objectives for the department.
  • Promote positive relationships with all the departments and with the local community.
  • Participates in Recreation Staff meetings and contributes toward periodic reviews of program effectiveness.
  • To attend and participate in care planning communications at team meetings and Multi-Disciplinary conferences.
  • To provide education, encouragement, promotion, and support for the elders in their independent leisure pursuits.
  • To collect, monitor, and document program participation daily in any program and make periodic reports to the Director.
  • To inform the Director of departmental needs in relation to personnel, space, equipment, and supplies.
  • Co-operates with other staff, volunteers, and Elders to promote effective communication within the facility. Supporting an interdisciplinary team approach.
  • Serves on committees as Directed by Administration.
  • Understands that the Resident and family are central to all departmental activities, services, and decisions.
  • Set up, prepare, and assist with the delivery of Spiritual programming and services in coordination with Director and religious leaders.

Assist with Directing the Volunteer Program and provide a positive experience for both the Elder and the Volunteer.

  • Assist with training, support, and recognition of Volunteers.
  • Direct orientation, work facilitation, and supervision of volunteers and/or student placements.
  • Provided to enhance Programming.

Knowledge and Skills

  • The NSRPH (Nova Scotia Recreation Professionals in Health) Standards of Practice. Program planning, adaptation, leadership, and communication techniques.
  • Annual WHMIS & Fire Safety In-Service & are familiar with the Emergency Plan Manual & Policy and Procedures

Educational Qualifications

  • 2 year Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation or the equivalent to NSRPH classification for Programmer II

Experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long-Term Care and/or Community setting.
  • Proven leadership ability and excellent communication skills

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to foster, demonstrate and maintain good public relations with Residents, families, visitors, and Volunteers.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and other members of the health care team.
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned work.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be physically able to perform all aspects of the work.
  • Annual WHMIS and Fire Safety In-Service and familiar with the Emergency Plan Manual and Policy and Procedures.

General Worker (Maintenance)

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POSITION: General Worker Maintenance Worker
DEPARTMENT: Environmental Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Environmental & Food Services

Scope of Position

Reporting to the Director of Environmental &Food Services, the Maintenance Worker provides the general maintenance and repair for the facility. As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home, he/she has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Maintenance Worker serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Understand that the Residents/Families are central to all departmental activities, services and decisions.
  2. Establishes and maintains working relationships and performs all work in keeping with the Mission, Vision, Core Values and our Philosophy of Resident Centered Care of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home.
  3. To promote and maintain the safety of Residents, staff and visitors as a strategic priority for the home at all times.
  4. Work as a team with other departments in the Home.
  5. Attend monthly Departmental meetings and serve on other committees as required.
  6. Assist in orientation of new staff.
  7. Ability to organize and complete assigned workloads.
  8. Work under constant interruptions in daily work routines.
  9. Knowledge & practice of the safe use and care of all department equipment as per established procedure.
  10. Report necessary home/equipment repairs to Department Manager or Supervisor.
  11. Assist Director or Supervisor in evaluating new equipment and chemical products.
  12. Attend and participate in education in-service, workshops, seminars, etc.
  13. Complete assigned duties that pertain to the successful completion of a yearly Preventive Maintenance Program.
  14. Maintains all systems and auxiliary equipment such as boilers, generators, motors, ventilation, oxygen, hot water tanks, etc. thru Preventative Maintenance Program.
  15. Perform carpentry duties as deemed necessary by the Director and use of equipment; i.e. table saw, skill saw.
  16. Perform work around walk-in freezers and fridges in the building.
  17. Ability to hook up resident’s phone lines and cable in rooms.
  18. Complete all necessary repairs and follow up as assigned by Director or Supervisor through written repair/hazard requisitions, supply requisitions, or replacement parts for equipment as needed.
  19. Ability to perform various plumbing duties such as pipe replacement, valve replacement, toilet and sink replacement, replacing drain lines, etc.
  20. Keep walkways clear from litter/debris, snow, etc. (R.K. & Ant. Manor).
  21. Transport Lab work to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital and provide other transportation and pickup services as requested with Nursing Home vehicle.
  22. Conduct or assist with Fire Drills/ Mock Exercises of Emergency Codes as per Director’s request.
  23. Paint areas of the home upon request.
  24. Current certification in Confined Space and Transportation of Dangerous Goods, and NCVI.
  25. Maintains storage in shed and resident storage.
  26. Set up and store outdoor furniture.
  27. Snow removal and salt maintenance in all areas for the R.K. & Antigonish Manor via shovel (manual) and facility tractor.
  28. On call for maintenance through use of cell phone
  29. Familiar with Departmental Policy and Procedure Manual.
  30. Access or attend required in-service training for staff provided on-site & via on-line Surge Learning tool provided by the RK.
  31. Keep Fire Protection Maintenance Log up to date.
  32. Perform other related duties as requested by the Director or Supervisor.

Education, Training, Experience

Must have a valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License.

Good physical health, ability to work independently and with others, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, ability to learn the operation of equipment, ability to perform repetitive tasks, and ability to work in a warm congested area, ability to operate and run computerized maintenance monitoring system (Honeywell). Must be willing to be on call for maintenance issues after hours. Grade 12 Education.

Work Experience/Training

Experience in some of the following trades; plumbing, carpentry, painting, boiler maintenance, refrigeration, electronics, and phone and cable hook up with a recognized employer. Any certificates in these areas considered an asset. Minimum 2-5 years’ experience in a large building complex required.