Kassie Chisholm

Visitation to LTC Update July 17,2020

We have been made aware of the announcement today from Premier McNeil regarding some of the restrictions being lifted for visitation at Long Term Care Homes across the province. We know that this is welcome news for many, however, we must stress that there are still several safeguards and procedures that need to be reviewed and implemented before we are able to open our doors to visitors.

Over the coming days, we will be doing our due diligence to review the requirements recently released by Public Health. Our main goal is to review the capacity of our staff to implement these changes that come with the lifting of visitor restrictions. We will have more information to share with families and the community in the coming days.

Our priority remains to keep the safety and protection of our residents, visitors and staff top of mind.

We know that you miss your family members and that they miss you as well. Our outdoor visiting policy remains in place and if you would like to speak with a staff member to set up a visit, please contact: the recreation Department at kim.macdonald@rkmacdonald.ca

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support has we all work together to navigate these challenging times.

Casual Custodial Attendant Care

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

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

Competition #:420-11-06-17-2020                             Job Title:         Custodial Attendant Care

(3-4 positions)

Dept.:  Nursing                                                          Start Date:     Immediately

Posted Date: June 17, 2020                                      Close Date:     Open until filled

Reg/Temporary                                                           Full/Part:       Casual (Day/Evenings,

Nights /weekend shifts)

Shifts currently available to provide extra coverage for the Summer June – Aug (12 hr. Days and Night

Union: N/A

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

Our Core Values: CARES: Compassion/Accountability/Respect/Excellence/ & Safety

Position Scope: As a Custodial, you are a contributing member of the Care team working with CCA’s under the direction of the RN/LPN.  Providing compassionate care is physically and emotionally demanding.  Respect for each client’s (residents) privacy and dignity is critical, as are active listening, patience and a positive attitude.  .

Skills & Abilities Required          Minimum Grade 12.   This would be an excellent opportunity for nursing students to gain experience in Long Term Care prior to clinical placements

Qualifications required   Experience in Health Care with persons with Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Mental illness & or Challenging Behaviors.  Experience in Conflict Management NCPI (nonviolent crisis intervention training and or GPA Gentle Persuasion) an asset. Experience in Long Term Care an asset. Regular and consistent attendance is essential.

Refer to Custodial Attendant Care job description for further details via rkmacdonald.ca website at www.rkmacdonald.ca .

Casual (Must be capable to do Days and Night Shifts weekdays or weekends)

Position is casual status. However, in lieu of current replacement needs as well as extra duties incurred due to Covid-19 in care areas, we feel we are able to create a template of shift for summer hires for continuity of hrs.

Hours of Work

(12hrs. & 8 hrs. shifts covering 24 hrs.) As required starting at 7 am/3 pm or 7 pm or 11 pm

 Salary

$15.84/ hr.

Benefits/Pension Information

Vac % paid per pay

Holiday Pay (following Dept. of Labor Standards for casuals)

Health Benefits or Pension – N/A for casuals

Union – Non union

Closing Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home provides patient centred care to 136 residents with approximately 270 care partners. The home is filled with people who care deeply about providing excellent resident care and who are committed to creating a safe work environment. If you are looking for an opportunity in a patient centred home, than we are the place for you.  Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically, interviews are held within two weeks of closing date.   The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.   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 resident 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 job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:420-08-05-06- 20          Casual        Licensed Practical Nurses

Competition #:420-08-05-06- 20           Job Title:         Licensed Practical Nurse

  Dept.:       Nursing                             Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: May 6, 2020                  Close Date:    May 13, 2020

Reg/Temp: Temporary                       Full/Part:        Casual – leading to full time hrs.

Union:   NA

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

Replacement for rotation hrs.  Rotations are (Days Long Week/Short and DDNN which include weekends and holidays.

12 hour shifts (7am – 7 pm or & 7 pm -7am)

Salary: 23.5933 – 25.3387 (as per Union Contract Scale based on experience as well as Night & Weekend premiums)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension – (Casual NA   only if FT or PT  status)

Vacation, holiday – Yes (Pd. as per status of FT PT or Casual)

Sick benefits- (Casual  NA – FT or PT status following probation period (528 for LPN)

Health Benefits – (Casual NA – FT or PT status has options Health Dental, etc.

Gym Membership – Corporate Rate available, presently closed due to COVID 19

 Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically, interviews are held within two weeks of closing date.  The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. 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 

Competition #:420-10- 05- 06-2020         Casual  Continuing Care Assistants

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

Competition #:420-10- 05- 06-2020                           Job Title:         Continuing Care Assistant

Dept.:  Nursing                                                          Start Date:     Immediately

Posted Date: May 6, 2020                                         Close Date:  Open until filled

Reg/Temporary                                                           Full/Part           Casual (with plenty of hrs.)

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

Opening Statement

We are currently seeking to increase our CCA pool.  We will have plenty of shifts and hours for the summer months for applicants wishing to work up to full time hours.  If you wish to remain on following the summer, there will also be other leaves that will need to be covered on a continuous basis as well.

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 267 staff in various Departments.

Skills & Abilities Required: refer to CCA (Job) Description on R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home website www.rkmacdonald.ca

Qualifications required – Provincial certification in Continuing Care Assistant (CCA).  Or equivalent if after 2006, certifications for PSW, PCW will be a conditional hire requiring you to PLAR up to a CCA.  Other conditionals hires for role of CCA are:  Students enrolled in 2nd yr.  Nursing (RN) program (with a completed clinical placements) and LPN students who have completed 1 full year are welcomed as well.  Regular & consistent attendance is essential.

Hours of Work

  Days SW/LW (56 hrs. bi weekly) subject to change

 Salary

$17.4747-18.8690 per hour

(as per Unifor contract pay scale) (Pay for Breaks and Dinner)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

VAC & HOL: $ Paid as per Department of Labour Guidelines

Good-life Membership: NA  Gym  currently closed due to COVID 19

 Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically, interviews are held within two weeks of closing date.  . The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. 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 

Disclaimer: Please see R.K. MacDonald Website for full job posting.

 Competition #:420-08-05-06 20        Casual       Registered Nurses

Competition #:420-08-05-06 20           Job Title:         Registered Nurse

  Dept.:       Nursing                             Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: May 6, 2020                  Close Date:    Until filled

          Reg/Temp: Temporary                       Full/Part:        Casual hrs. Leading to Full time 

          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.

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 and annual WHMIS required. Regular and consistent attendance is essential.  For further details See RN Job Description on the home’s website for Registered Nurse www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work

Day and Night shifts to cover 24 hrs.

Hours –12 hr. Days & Nights

Salary

Based on service yrs. on (NSNU current rate scale)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension –NA (unless paying in same pension FT elsewhere)

Vacation, holiday – Yes % per pay as casual

Sick benefits- NA as casual

Health Benefits & Optional – NA as Casual

Gym Membership – Corporate Rate available (Due to COVID 19, Gym presently closed)

 Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically, interviews are held within two weeks of closing date.   The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. 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 

CEO Update on the R.K. as of March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020 6:00 pm

Good Evening Everyone:

The facility continues to work through the information shared from Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) as well as finalizing many parts of our pandemic plan.

Updates:

Phone System– As you know, our phone system unexpectedly collapsed.  When we ordered replacement equipment, we realized we had a much bigger system issue. New equipment was ordered and is currently being programmed. We have indicated to the provider that we need that equipment on site and functional as soon as possible. We do not expect the technicians on site until the week of march 23, 2020(subject to change).  We understand the difficulty this presents especially now that all visitation to RK MacDonald has been restricted.

CareQ: As you know we have purchased a rapid notification system. The information for residents has been collected and we expect the system to be up and running by end of day Wednesday. This will allow us to notify families more efficiently of changes and where to find updates.

Communicating with your loved one: We had a staff and resident meeting today televised on channel 1885 today. This provides an opportunity for us to reach out to residents in their rooms as well as residents and staff in common areas. We reviewed the current guidelines regarding COVID-19 and the reasons for the visitor restrictions. We were able to discuss some of the interim planning we have in place and the activities we are undertaking to prepare.   We have purchased iPads for each of the care areas to facilitate video conferencing with residents. We are working through the IT pieces and hope to have more information on Tuesday.

Pandemic Planning: RK MacDonald has had a generalized pandemic plan for a number of years; it is a requirement of the LTC Licensing Requirements. We are currently In the process of overlaying the information specific to this virus to the pandemic plan. We received Long Term Care (LTC) Infection Control Guidelines today from DHW. We are doing one on one education with staff regarding infection control measures and staff are also watching educational/instructional videos to ensure everyone is updated on best practice. The staff at RK MacDonald have had this education many times before. This situation is reason for us to do a full staff refresher in advance of any cases of COVID-19 in the facility. We will continue to update the plan and processes as well as prepare for unforeseen circumstance to the very best of our ability. We have an experienced and dedicated staff here and I feel confident in our ability to make sound, practical decisions as scenarios arise. Department of health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority are providing excellent and timely information to us. We feel connected to these partners and we are doing our very best to get the information they send out to all of you.

Michelle Thompson

CEO R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home

64 Pleasant St, Antigonish, NS

B2G 1W7

Phone: 902-863-2578 ext 232

Email: mthompson@rkmacdonald.ca

Fax: 902-863-4437

 

Stomach Flu Outbreak

  • We are closed due to a stomach flu out break Visitation is restricted to Immediate Family only.
  • No children under 12 should enter the facility as per Public Health instruction.
  • Please reschedule non essential visits.

Phone Outage

The facility is experiencing difficulties with a portion of both the resident and business phones and faxes. This is related to equipment issues and we have been working towards a solution for a couple of days. Replacement equipment has been ordered.

All staff currently have to access their email accounts and can be reached through out Staff Directory.

All faxes should be faxed to 902-863-4437 until the situation is corrected

Week Days

From Monday to Friday, between 8AM and 4PM, please call 902-863-2578 ext 233 if you are having any difficulty reaching a care area or your loved one.

Weekend Days

From Saturday to  Sunday, between 6AM until 4PM, if you are unable to reach your family member, please call 902-863-2578 ext 233 and someone will be able to take your message and ensure either your family member or staff member gets in touch with you.

After Hours (All Week)

Between 4PM until 6AM, every day of the week please call:

  • Martha’s Inn at 902-870-4019
  • Thistledown/Cobblestone at 902-338-0010
  • MapleRidge/Brambleberry at 902-870-1238
  • Tanglewood at 902-870-5024

Thank you for your patience with this ongoing issue.

Palliative Care Front-Line Education Course by NSCC

NSCC is offering a Palliative Care Front-Line Education Course

Where: RK MacDonald Nursing Home, Second Floor Board Room, Antigonish

When: March 3rd to April 2nd
Tuesday & Thursday from 6PM to 8:30PM

Cost: $175.00 (Includes textbooks)

Contact: Business Office to register – Call 902-752-2002