Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
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Clinic Nurse (Paediatric Centre Of Excellence)

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It’s a complicated process, but Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is uniquely positioned to guide it. Using our strong technical expertise and years of experience in the field, our strong relationships with the Zambian government, and our ability to leverage funding from multiple international donors, we are uniquely positioned to identify and address health problems in the country and the African region. The CIDRZ approach is effective. We conduct intensive needs assessments to understand the ongoing challenges for the local health systems. We engage relevant partners to design and implement realistic solutions. We monitor our progress towards improved health outcomes, both at the individual and population level. The interplay between each step is critical and the result is a continuous loop that allows us to take past experiences to inform future decisions. Through this process, we have steadily expanded access to care and improved healthcare quality across a range of services. In addition, because our sole focus is on Zambia, we have a nuanced understanding of health systems on the ground and are able to nimbly respond to priorities identified by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health.

Responsibilities

Report to Facility Coordinator/In-Charge. The clinic nurse will work in collaboration with the facility In-charge and staff to provide quality care in the management of paediatric HIV/AIDS at facility level. S/he will provide care and support to HIV infected children, adolescents and their caregivers and work with clinic staff to ensure smooth implementation of the National ART guidelines in the designated clinic. This will be carried out in collaboration with, and support from, designated CIDRZ clinical staff.

Provide health education to all patients visiting the clinic. Ensure all patients, visiting the clinic are tested for HIV at all service delivery points and all Positive clients are initiated on ART. Provide service to adolescents and youth attending the youth friendly services in HTC, FP and any other preventive services as required. Assist the clinic in charge with perfecting the patient flow to ensure minimal waiting time and high quality of care. Ensure clients, are treated according to National Guidelines. Screen all clients for TB and ensure TB patients get put on treatment and are managed according to national guidelines. Ensure all clients that visit the clinic have vitals documented and laboratory tests performed as needed. Ensure growth monitoring takes place for all clients. Ensure documentation of client files is complete and accurate. Ensure appointments are issued out appropriately. Ensure all registers are accurately updated and completed on a daily basis. Ensure all laboratory results are recorded and filed in the required places; abnormal laboratory results are immediately acted upon. Organize follow up of any clients late for their appointment. Identify gaps in the paediatric support issues affecting adherence that need to be addressed by the CIDRZ community team. Clinic Performance will be monitored in cooperation with the data associate and other facility staff. Any performance gaps will be addressed immediately and active participation in 6 monthly QI projects will be required. Communicate immediately through the right channels any shortage of materials or drugs. Clinic reports will be written as required. Supply any information as required by the District Health office or CIDRZ. Show initiative and creativity to assist the clinic in charge to increase quality of care to a high standard. Participate in the role out and running of differentiated models of care for ART delivery. Assist with any other duties as required by the Clinic in Charge

Qualifications

Registered Nurse/Midwife, Certificate in Paediatric ART training, Adolescent HIV training a plus, Experience in working in ART facilities, trained in PMTCT, registered with GNC, Ability to work under minimal supervision and good communication skills and Certificate in child counseling a plus. Good organization, computer and communication skills; ability to work with children and adolescents and to work independently are desirable competencies.

How to apply

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting the reference number above, relevant academic and professional certificates, and detailed CV with day-time telephone number(s) to:

The CIDRZ Human Resources Director,

PO Box 34681,

Lusaka.

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