Position: Field Nurse
Hours: Fulltime, 35 hours/week
Compensation: $70,000-$85,000 commensurate with experience
Start date: ASAP
WHCP’s mission is to significantly improve the health and quality of life of people who use drugs by creating relevant supports and services including access to; clean syringes through street-based outreach, advocacy and resources; a broad range of educational, referral and health services that reduce risks associated with drug use – including HIV, viral hepatitis and overdose. People who use drugs participate meaningfully in our service model. This is therapeutic in countering rampant stigma and feelings of worthlessness; and restoring social connections and hope. WHCP delivers service without judgment recognizing that individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to health care, and the space to work on their own goals.
WHCP is looking for a full-time Registered Nurse (RN) who will work in a non-traditional, street-based, mobile outreach setting to provide patient assessments, physical examinations, wound care, medication management, STI testing, HIV and HCV testing, referrals and follow up to treatment and prevention such as PrEP and PEP and ongoing health services using low-threshold, nonjudgmental, and culturally relevant methodologies.
This position at Washington Heights CORNER Project is NOT office based. Services are rendered from a street-based outreach mobile unit stationed in neighborhoods of high. This individual must be comfortable providing services on a mobile outreach unit, in public spaces such as parks and under bridges during all weather conditions.
· Organize and coordinate targeted outreach shifts in conjunction with Program Directors.
· Conduct HIV testing in the field on mobile outreach vehicles and at street-side tabling events.
· Liaise with HIV treatment/PrEP/PEP providers to ensure immediate (preferably same day) linkage to care. Facilitate linkage, benefit navigation and linkage to other services (such as syringe exchange, HCV testing and treatment, buprenorphine, housing support, etc.).
· Promote client safety and wellness by assessing their ability to reduce risk associated with using drugs. Delivering non-judgmental education around: overdose prevention/naloxone, safer injection practices, mixing medications and different drugs, infectious disease prevention and/or management, basic wellness/hygiene, hydration/nutritional education, etc.
· Supervise peer navigator outreach and engagement and ensure escorts for patients as needed.
· Conduct follow up communication to ensure linkages are complete.
· Conduct case conferences quarterly and case closure as needed.
· Manage all service data tracking including tracking all encounters using SOAP notes in electronic health record online, form completion and monthly reporting requirements for the contract. Support will be provided by Data Specialist and Program Directors.
· Attend relevant meeting, trainings and events associated with contracts as designated.
· Works to increase the capacity of health services delivered by peers and staff (such as health education, overdose reversal, and rapid testing). Provides on-site staff development and training.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
· Graduate from an accredited nursing program, current NYS RN license
· Experience working in community health with marginalized populations preferred. Including HIV positive individuals, active drug users, unstably housed individuals, sex workers or formerly incarcerated individuals.
· Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
· Must be outgoing, organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and committed to working in a diverse environment.
· Must be a team player and able to work effectively with a large variety of personalities and abilities, pragmatic with excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
· Must be familiar with and believe in a harm reduction philosophy.
· Great attitude and people skills are a must.
· Spanish language skills preferred.
· Familiarity the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods, and NYC in general, an asset. Individuals from the Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, and Inwood areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
· Maintains respect and compassion for all clients being served, regardless of their active drug use or treatment compliance.
· Commitment to harm reduction and social justice as it pertains to individuals who use drugs or engage in survival sex work in a multi-cultural multi-racial environment, in a non-judgmental way.
Washington Heights CORNER Project offers a generous benefits package including paid time off, health/dental/vision insurance, and a 403B retirement plan.
Washington Heights CORNER Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical status, or history of incarceration.
Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in addition to your curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered for the position.
Please save your files with your last and first name followed by document title (e.g. Smith J
Resume, Smith J Cover Letter)
Submit directly to: WHCPJOBS@cornerproject.org and add Field Nurse to the subject line.
Please address resume and cover letter to:
Washington Heights CORNER Project
104 East 126th Street, 3B, New York NY 10035