Search & Rescue Nurse - External Roster

Employer: International Rescue Committee USA
Location: USA
Deadline: Jul 23, 2017



SCOPE OF WORK:
The SAR Nurse will be part of a 3 person medical team comprised of 1 medical doctor (Clinical Lead), 1 paramedic and 1 nurse. Under the supervision of the Clinical Lead and in-conjunction with the clinical team, the SAR Nurse will be responsible for the provision of quality clinical care for both those rescued at sea and the vessel crew. Deployment length will be 10-12 weeks, with 60% of that time at sea.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
In-conjunction with other members of the medical team, the SAR Nurse will be responsible for ensuring the provision of quality clinical care during rescue and post-rescue operations. Specific responsibilities will include:

Clinical care
* Ensure all individuals rescued from the sea are appropriately health screened and triaged, and support the delivery of immediate emergency care.

* Support with the stabilisation and medevac referral of patients who are critically unwell.
* In-conjunction with other members of the medical team, ensure the health clinic functions 24 hours per day during post rescue operations providing both primary healthcare and emergency healthcare as needed.
* Ensure the appropriate handing over of patients requiring on-going care to relevant land based medical teams during disembarkation.
* Deliver clinical care in the health clinic, ensuring consultations and treatments are in line with relevant clinical SOPs and international guidelines and best practices.
* Ensure patient confidentiality is respected, and that all consultations are conducted in a dignified and appropriate manner.
* Participate in pre-rescue medical preparation meetings and post-rescue medical debriefs with the clinical team.

Health information management and reporting
* Ensure all patient consultations are documented and patient records completed.

Medical logistics
* Ensure regular inventory and consumption tracking of medical drugs and supplies.
* Work with the medical logistician (land based) to ensure prompt requesting of medical drugs and supplies.

Infection Prevention and Control
* Observe IPC practices whilst delivering clinical care.
* In-conjunction with the post-rescue team leader, ensure adherence to IPC protocols during rescue and post-rescue operations.
* Ensure the health clinic is regularly cleaned during rescue operations and decontaminated post rescue.
* In-conjunction with the crew and medical team, ensure relevant protocols are observed for dead body management.

Other
* In-conjunction with the broader post-rescue team, ensure the delivery of relevant health and hygiene promotion activities for both crew and passengers on board.
* Must be willing to take on additional roles and responsibilities as required

REQUIREMENTS

Essential
* Clinical nursing degree/diploma or equivalent educational qualification from a recognised training institution.
* Current registration with the recognised professional body of your country of residence eg) Nursing and Midwifery Council UK.
* At least 5 years of experience working as a Nurse.
* Previous nursing experience in one or more of the following areas: Accident and Emergency medicine, Critical Care, Acute/General Medicine, Primary Healthcare, Paediatrics and Obstetrics.
* Previous experience of nursing in a resource limited or remote context.
* Current or previous certification in Advanced Life Support (ALS) or Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) or Paediatric Trauma Life Support (PTLS).
* Fluent in English (written and spoken)
* Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure in a stressful environment, displaying patience, compassion and diplomacy.
* Ability to be innovative, flexible, adaptive, and willingness to work out of hours, sometimes throughout the night.
* Ability to live in challenging conditions.

Desirable
* Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic.
* Previous humanitarian experience or experience working with migrant populations.
* Previous experience working at sea.



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