We're Hiring: Casual Clinic Nurse - Nanaimo

Summary of the Position:

Work Location: AVI Health Centre, 102-55 Victoria Road, Nanaimo

Hours of Work: Casual/on-call.

Shifts are generally 9:00 – 5:00 Monday – Thursday, with Thursday hours extended to 7:30PM biweekly.

Start Date: ASAP

To Apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@avi.org This posting is open until filled. 

Job Summary:

The Clinic Nurse (casual) provides HIV, HCV, and STI testing; supports HIV Primary Care, OAT services, PrEP access, and HCV treatment and care; and provides case management, assistance with treatment adherence, harm reduction education, and outreach services.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Support s OAT, HIV Primary Care, STBBI, and PrEP clients.
  2. Provides HIV and STBBI testing (including phlebotomy), information, education, treatment, and referrals, as necessary.
  3. Promotes and monitors HIV treatment adherence based on client needs, including reordering medications.
  4. Provides assessment, support for access to medication, education, and ongoing follow-up for PrEP clients.
  5. Provides assessments, phlebotomy, information, education, referrals, and client advocacy regarding OAT, chronic health concerns, and general wellness, including primary and specialist care, diagnostic and laboratory services, and medication adherence.
  6. Provides systems navigation, advocacy and active referral to housing, disability, mental health and substance use services, nutrition support, and other relevant services.
  7. Provides Harm Reduction support.
  8. Participates in multidisciplinary case coordination for clients living with HIV and/or HCV.
  9. Works to maintain individualized care plans, providing ongoing monitoring and support with clients, in accordance with the care plan.
  10. Works closely with community partners to ensure seamless support of mutual clients.


Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Registered Nurse with STI Certified Practice
  • Experience working with Indigenous people and/or communities.
  • Experience working with trans, queer, gender-nonconforming, bi, questioning, and/or gay male identified communities.
  • Three years of experience working with mental health, harm reduction, and addictions services.
  • Three years of experience working with sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections services.
  • Certifications in phlebotomy, immunizations, STI testing, HIV point-of-care testing, and PAPs.
  • Experience working with structurally vulnerable clients and communities.
  • Valid class 5 Driver’s License.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience working with people living with HIV and/or knowledge of HIV Primary Care.
  • Understanding of the psycho-social issues affecting people living with HIV.
  • Experience working with Indigenous people and/or communities in a health and wellness context.
  • Understanding of the continuing and on-going impact of colonization and anti-colonial practices and principles.
  • Experience and knowledge of addictions harm reduction and treatment approaches.
  • Understanding of the psycho-social issues affecting people who use drugs.
  • Experience working with structurally vulnerable clients.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the policy and practice of harm reduction, cultural safety, and trauma and violence informed practices.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients.
  • Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems.
  • Conflict resolution and non-violent crisis intervention skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.

We encourage applications from, but not limited to, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, persons living with disabilities, persons who use/d illicit drugs, persons with experience of sex work, and persons representing diverse genders and sexualities.