Senior Registered Nurse , South Sudan

Employer: American Refugee Committee International
Location: South Sudan , Kajo Keji
Closing date: 22 Jul 2016

RESPONSIBLE TO: Hospital Project Coordinator
STATUS: Full Time
SUPERVISORY CAPACITY: Nurses, midwives, nursing staff and support staff
DATE: October 1, 2016 (subject to funding)

COUNTRY PROGRAM MISSION
Since 1994 American Refugee Committee (ARC) has been operating in South Sudan which covers five states with programs and services reaching over 400,000 returnees, IDPs, refugees and host community members.

Currently, ARC implements programs in Primary Health Care and Gender Based Violence but is currently expanding to Secondary Health Care WASH, and Food Security. ARC has program activities in Central and Eastern Equatoria and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states. This project will be implemented in Kajo Keji Hospital.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The senior registered nurse is responsible for providing technical guidance to all the nursing and support staff to deliver quality comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care (CEmONC), trauma care, general surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, and internal medicine in a rural hospital setting. This includes injecting fresh energy, enthusiasm, and skill-building techniques into the current nursing cadre, key to sustaining the project’s capacity-building goals beyond the life of this project.

MAJOR AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

PRIMARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Team management

· Provide leadership support to the nursing and midwives team in the various departments

· Ensure and organize weekly activities schedule (ward rounds) with nurses, midwives and other relevant medical staff

· Ensure consistent readiness, responsiveness and quality of emergency obstetric care among nurses and midwives

· Organize and lead weekly meetings with nurses and midwives

· Carry out routine performance reviews of the nursing and midwives

· Ensure data quality, timely reporting, and use of data in service improvements among nursing and midwife staff. Ensure availability of appropriate register books in each department; ensure nurses and midwives are trained and accurately complete register books. Complete summary reports and submit to Chief Medical Doctor for departments, as directed. Discuss data with staff during regular staff meetings to formulate recommendations for improvements in service delivery.

· Ensure adherence to high standards in infection prevention among supervised staff, including adherence to universal precautions by all staff, proper equipment sterilization, as well as adherence to waste segregation and proper disposal

· Ensure compliance with referral system among supervised staff, including entry of referral forms into appropriate register books, completion of feedback forms to referring facilities, and follow up, as required, of discharged patients.

· Perform any other duty assigned by line manager

Patient care

· Provide appropriate treatment for pregnant women who are ill, obstetric complications, trauma, neonatal emergencies, complications of abortion, post-natal complications, and treatment of severely malnourished children

· Conduct routine consultations, as necessary, of patients of all ages and medical needs, but focusing specifically on focused antenatal care, pregnant women who are ill, routine delivery services, post-natal consultations for the mother and baby, and other reproductive health consultations. Functions include history taking, diagnosis, investigation using appropriate diagnostic drugs, treatment procedures according to MOH guidelines and prescription of drugs as recommended by Medical Doctor

· Implement continuous quality improvement of CEmONC and outpatient MCH services through:

o Supportive supervision of clinical staff, specifically nurses and midwives

o Assist in implementing schedule of regular clinical skills updates and continuous medical education,

o Ensure supervised staff understand and adhere to South Sudan treatment protocols

· Assist in routine maternal death audits and reporting of accidents, near misses, and adverse events

· Ensure good patient flow and consultations of the medical departments

EDUCATION, TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Higher diploma or degree in Nursing from a recognized institution, Master’s degree in Public Health is an advantage
At least three years management experience in a rural hospital setting, including experience supervising and mentoring clinical staff
Clinical skills and demonstrated technical expertise in several of the following areas: emergency obstetric services (including Caesarean deliveries and blood transfusions), focused antenatal care, essential inpatient care for pregnant women who are ill, outpatient MCH services, essential newborn care, post-natal and post-abortion care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), clinical management of rape, family planning, general nursing care and basic life support.
Experience in people management skills leading a team
Proven ability to work cooperatively with others in a team environment
Strong coordination skills with proven ability to work across multiple technical areas simultaneously, supporting and mentoring multiple staff members
Excellent communication skills – written and spoken and computer skills
Strong interpersonal skills, creativity, flexibility, adaptability and empathy
Experience in data collection, monitoring, and data utilization at secondary and tertiary care levels, including experience with South Sudan register books and DHIS and IDSR systems.
Fluent in English; Juba Arabic is an added advantage


Willingness to frequently travel and live in remote and security difficult situation


Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, cultural and environmental sensitivity


Cultural and gender sensitivity essential

American Refugee Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. American Refugee Committee complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.


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