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20-134: ICU Nurse
Country:South Sudan
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:


International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

 

Background

International Medical Corps offers comprehensive primary and secondary health care in emergency program sites including Juba, Malakal, Maban, and Wau in South Sudan. Currently, International Medical Corps supports 2 Hospital and 35 primary health care facilities. The organization is composed of over 750 national staff and 49 expatriates. In addition to comprehensive primary and secondary health care, International Medical Corps also implements multiple complementary programs including mental health, reproductive and sexual health, GBV prevention and response, and health outreach activities. International Medical Corps also supports three midwifery and nursing colleges in South Sudan in Juba, Kajo Keji and Wau. Further, International Medical Corps has a wide-reaching comprehensive health program that covers Juba PoC, Malakal, Maban, Wau and Nyal.

One major area of concern in the current national response is facility management of severe and critical COVID-19 cases.  Accordingly, the Ministry of Health has developed a Concept Note requesting for the WHO led International Emergency Medical Team to support South Sudan address some of the challenges.

Job Purpose

The ICU Nurse will be part of a specialized team to support the Ministry of Health in South Sudan in setting up Intensive Care Units for the management of critical patients requiring respiratory support. As part of the team, he/she, (hereafter referred to as ‘he’) will conduct initial assessment of the designated health facilities, outline needs and resources and carry out necessary on job training for the staff working in these facilities.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

 

  • In collaboration with the rest of the EMT team and the facility managers, conduct needs analysis and outline necessary resources required for efficient functioning of the nursing department in an Intensive Care Unit.
  • Define the Human resource needs for Nursing team in the unit and supervise the associated processes (recruitment, validation of nursing staff, training/induction, evaluation, communication).
  • In collaboration with the Hospital manager and the Team leader, develop SOPs and guidelines for the nursing team working in Intensive care unit. Follow up on implementation of the SOPs and clinical pathways and provide on-job training to the staff.
  • Draft a training needs for the health facilities and develop a training plan in accordance with available resources. Provide on job training on attending to the overall patient needs; intubation, ventilation and Basic and Advance Life support to the staff working in the health facilities.
  • Train and support the nursing team in providing physical assessments and administering treatments; monitoring vital signs and ensuring the proper functions of feeding tubes, ventilators, catheters and other life support equipment.
  • In collaboration with the rest of the EMT team, develop standard list of items, medications and equipment and ensure all necessary kits are available for intubation, resuscitation and critical care management of patients admitted in the unit.
  • In collaboration with the Biomedical Engineer, ensure good functioning and maintenance of OT equipment (oxygen extractor, ventilation, equipment, etc).
  • Advise on identification and management of critical patients in both Intensive Care Unit and wards with the responsible medical staff, including fluid management, oxygenation monitoring and airway care and chest physiotherapy and mobilization, with special focus on patient’s pain relief during the recovering process.
  • Implement and supervise hygiene rules, procedures and protocols in ICU and the wards (decontamination, sterilization, storage conditions, etc.) to ensure the safety and protection of patients and staff.
  • In collaboration with the team leader, ICU physician and the hospital Director, develop standard list of medications, items and equipment required for effective functioning of the ICU.
  • Develop guidelines and SOPs for palliative care for terminally ill patients.

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Qualifications:

Education

  • ICU Nurse requires a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and certification as a critical care nurse.

Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience as a Nurse
  • 2 years of experience in an Intensive care unit.  
  • Advanced Practice Nurse - ICU/Critical Care accepted
Competency 
  • People Management
  • Commitment to Humanitarian Principles
  • Behavioral Flexibility
  • Result and Quality Orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation

 

Equal Opportunities

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