OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates/ All sources
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
SALARY: SALARY: ERR- 8; (Step 1- USD 36,939 through Step 13- 55,407per annum)
Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP- 6*
*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.
The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position. The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.
ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
The US Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Nurse in the Health Unit.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION
Performs professional nursing duties for Embassy Health Unit, under supervision of local Medical Doctor and Regional Medical Officer, located in Nairobi.
Provides day to day health care and follow up to approx. 320 American direct hire employees and families.
Provides on-the-job medical review/referral to approx. 300 Locally Engaged Employees.
This is a Full Time position. Employee may be asked to work extra hours when called upon.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for Health Orientation of all new FS employees. Initially interviews and evaluates walk-in and appointment patients including taking brief initial histories and referring to physician as deemed necessary. Treats and provides medication to those having minor complaints. Treatment under supervision of the Physician. Takes on call out of hours duties as per on call schedules.
Administers immunizations to meet standard requirements, maintaining records of those necessary to maintain health of all Americans at post. Maintains an immunization clinic for routine and travel immunization. Dispenses malarial prophylaxis for employees and ensures those traveling have information requiring additional medications. Coordinates medical evacuations to regional centers determined by post Physician and/or RMO.
Co-ordinates medical clearance examinations according to MED’s guidelines. Performs limited physical examinations including checking blood pressure, administering EKG, vision, hearing evaluations.Discusses findings with Physician. Assists physician in minor office procedures.
Counsels employees on a variety of health subjects including nutrition, cardiovascular and chronic medical conditionscare of minor injuries and illnesses, family and health problems, infant and pre-natal care and food and water sanitation.
Makes appointments with local physicians for patients in need of specialist care and follows up with both doctor and patient. Co-ordinates local hospitalizations of Foreign service personnel if required. Liaison with local health providers.
Coordinates medical evacuations when it is determined that an American or dependent requires treatment not available locally including requesting authority from M/MED Washington Pretoria and Nairobi, ensures travel orders are prepared,Liaising with Regional Medical Officer by telephone/cable, notifying the medevac point of Incoming patient and requirements for treatment/hospitalization, and travel arrangements are made on a timely basis. May be required to accompany critical cases on medevacs.
Prepares orders for needed laboratory tests and supervises the Medical Technologist in the absence of the Physician.
Responsible for ordering and maintaining necessary medical and laboratory supplies, anticipating orders so that rapidly moving drugs are ordered with enough lead time that Pharmacy is well-stocked but not ordering in excess. Maintains pharmacy, medical supplies inventory inclusive of the alternate medical supplies and Chem. Bio supplies. Familiarize oneself with ILMS expendables.
Advocates and administers the Health Promotion Programme. Complies with reporting requirements. Must be available to take on-calls after official hours and be available after hours for emergencies.
Under all circumstances the Physician at the Health Unit is the primary supervisor and has to be kept Informed regularly on any matters pertaining to the Health Unit.
All applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
Graduate of a professional nursing school with current RN license from the U.S. or Western European equivalent is required. Must have current registration as a professional nurse is required.
Three years after graduation in health care setting. Knowledgeable and experienced in health education. Desirable to have experience in working for U.S. Federal Agency or U.S. Embassy health care facility is required.
Level IV (fluent) English (speaking/writing/reading) and fluency in use of professional medical terminology required.
Level II speaking/reading Kiswahili is required. (this will be tested)
Skills and Abilities:
Ability to use specialized medical equipment and techniques such as oxygen equipment, resuscitator, EKG machine is required.(this will be tested).
Ability to counsel employees with physical, emotional or mental problems. Knowledge of symptoms to enable distinguish complaints and to provide treatment in an emergency situation in absence of physician. Knowledge of professional nursing principles, procedures and their application in a Health Unit setting is required.