Permanent Full-Time Diabetes Educator - Couchiching FHT (Orillia)

Reports To:  Executive Director

Position Summary: As a key member of the Couchiching Family Health Team you will coordinate the Diabetes Education Program (DEP) by directly caring for and educating diabetic patients and their families.  You will be an advocate for the dignity and self-respect for people living with diabetes.  In collaboration with the physicians and other allied health care professionals you will design, develop, implement and evaluate education, care and treatment approaches for individuals and groups in accordance with the 2013 CDA Clinical Practice Guidelines.  You will also provide direct patient care, which includes independently making day-to-day decisions regarding individual patient care and treatment as delegated by medical orders.  Clientele include but are not limited to adults living with diabetes, family members and other healthcare providers.  DEP activities and patient care will be in accordance with FHT policies/procedures, professional practice standards and required legislation (e.g. Nursing Act, Regulated Health Professions Act). Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Assists patients living with diabetes to achieve their optimum level of health in situations of normal health, illness, injury or through the process of dying;
  • Provides direct patient care including assessments, planning, intervention and monitoring (focus is on prevention of complications and management goals with patients);
  • Collaborates closely with physicians and FHT health professionals on patient care;
  • Partners with patients and their families to enable them to design and manage their own individualized diabetes protocols/plans (e.g. establishes goals with patients);
  • Evaluates patient comprehension and compliance to a care plan by reviewing clinical and learning outcomes;
  • Assesses patient educational needs by identifying physical, social and or emotional needs that may influence the education process and the long term outcomes;
  • Schedules follow up appointments;
  • Plans, develops and delivers education related to diabetes (e.g. diabetes prevention, medication use, diet and nutritional monitoring, prevention and care of complications, foot care, blood glucose monitoring and the techniques of self-monitoring and injection);
  • Collaborates with other FHT health professionals to provide exceptional education;
  • Responsible for overall delivery of DEP patient services;
  • Provide DEP leadership in consultation with FHT physicians and FHT Administrator;
  • Monitor supply levels and/or expiration of DEP medical supplies;
  • Review new treatment modalities introduced by pharmaceutical companies;
  • Actively participate in interdisciplinary, staff, team and committee meetings; and
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with other community agencies.
Skills/Knowledge Requirements:
  • Leadership/mentoring skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Effective communication skills (ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, and community partners);
  • Computer literacy;
  • Ability to work in an inter-professional/collaborative team environment;
  • Independent thinking/working skills;
  • Adult education and teaching knowledge;
  • Proven dependable attendance and performance record; and
  • Maintain own academic qualifications and participate in self-directed learning to ensure his/her practice remains relevant (by attending professional conferences, e-learning and journal reviews).  Stay current and aware of opportunities to implement new, evidence-based methods of patient assessment and treatment.
Education/Specific Job Requirements:
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario or College of Dietitians of Ontario;
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) with the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board; and
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification required.
Experience:
  • Minimum 2 years of clinical experience as RN or RD, preferably in community-based health care;
  • Minimum 1 year health teaching experience, and experience applying advanced diabetes; and knowledge, physical assessment skills, diagnostic intervention and self-care management.
Please submit cover letter and resume including position title in subject line tof.kerr@cfht.ca