Health Education Specialist - Bilingual Cantonese RN - San Francisco, California - NurseRecruiter.com

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San Francisco , California, 94118

  • Employer: Institute on Aging
  • Profession: Registered Nurse
  • Specialty: Nurse Education
  • Compensation: $104,000 annually

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Institute on Aging (“IOA”) is a San Francisco based non-profit agency dedicated to preserving the dignity, independence and well-being of aging adults and people living with disabilities. We believe the future should be something to look forward to, at every age. We embrace the Bay Area’s vibrant and varied culture and celebrate the diversity of its inhabitants. We have a commitment to representing, honoring and enhancing the journeys of aging adults, including those from many different cultures.

IOA’s Mercy Housing department is seeking a Health Education Specialist (Bilingual Cantonese). Reporting to the Manager of Community Programs, the Health Education Specialist (Bilingual Cantonese) teaches behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Health education specialists offer knowledge, skills and training that complements the work of others — health care providers, policy makers, and human resource personnel.

The purpose of the Health Education Specialist is to develop an integrative education program to teach the residents' about their health and medical needs so they are able to maintain in their housing community. This is accomplished by enhancing the role of the Support Service Program with the presence of a Health Education Specialist as a direct on-site health resource. Through education, effective care coordination, creating medical treatment plans and preventive interventions, the HES supports residents' ability to age in place. It is the residents’ own decision and choice to participate in this program. This position will be stationed at low-income subsidized buildings throughout San Francisco and are operated by IOA’s partner agencies. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Teach residents on a 1:1 and group basis about their health issues and management strategies to maintain their independence and holistic wellbeing. Host health and wellness group activities, such as blood pressure clinics or health education sessions.
• Collaborate with the resident’s doctor’s and medical teams to create a wrap-around medical treatment plan. Lead support services team in developing post-hospitalization follow-up plan to ensure that all parties understand and can follow the after-care instructions.
• Develop and teach educational programming to residents, including nutrition, medication information, safety, blood pressure and weight, use of medical equipment, exercise, supportive counseling and early detection of potential health problems. Educate and coach residents on understanding and managing their chronic health conditions.
• Educate and collaborate with Supportive Services Team (Resident Service Coordinators, Case Managers, Program Manager, etc) to advocate for resident use of community resources (e.g., home delivered meals, adult day health, etc.) to resolve identified medical needs.
• Assist residents with managing medications (e.g. understand medications, reconcile medications, and assist with establishing system for remembering and taking medications).
• Assist residents with implementing and following through on activities and reaching goals identified in healthy aging plans.
• Support residents with addressing on-going and new wellness and care coordination needs.
• Assist residents with addressing any transitional care needs.
• Develop partnerships and collaborating with community partners and residents’ service providers to create greater efficiency in delivery of care and well-being.
• Input and maintain information in the data platform on resident status and encounters.
• Execute excellent communication skills that span the spectrum of working with APS, doctors, and cognitively impaired clients.
• Have a high-level understanding of mental illness, SUD, and medical diagnosis’
• Provide medical expertise when collaborating with Supportive Services and resident’s medical team to assist with and advocate for transitions or moves to a higher level of care when residents' health or functional abilities indicate the need.
• Evaluate residents’ medical functioning daily and advocate to doctors, other health service providers and insurance companies.
• Teach and counsel residents to make lifestyle choices which support their ability to remain safely at home.
• Use exceptional medical judgement to independently make medical decisions and effectively evaluate risk with multi-diagnosed clients (SUD, medical, cognitive, and mental health)
• Educate on-site staff about client’s medical issues and outline best practices in working with the client.
• Use your expertise in client centered medical/counseling approach as you educate the residents in the details of their diagnosis, medications, and lifestyle changes.
• Have high-level professional skill cultural humility and harm reduction techniques when working with clients as it relates to various beliefs, lifestyles and their diagnoses.
• Monitor vital signs, as necessary or requested.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• RN required. Must have current RN license accompanying a Associates‘ Degree in nursing.
• 1 or more years nursing experience with home care, hospice, hospital settings, community health clinics or similar programs addressing health needs.
• 1 or more years’ experience in medical/health setting with geriatric population
• Internship and/or volunteer experience accepted.
• Expert knowledge in medications for both medical and mental illnesses, including side effects and interactions
• Knowledge of social and medical independent living models

PHYSICAL & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:
• Ability to analyze complex medical materials and educate staff and residents on the material
• Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.
• Bilingual in English and Cantonese required.

PERFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience serving clients who have chronic substance use disorders and mental illness diagnosis preferred.
• Experience serving low income and/or homeless populations preferred.
• Knowledge of local community resources.
• Strong ability to complete initial and annual comprehensive clinical assessments (medical, social, emotional)
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent care management skills, with a strong ability to collaborate with multiple care teams.
• Strong skill set for promoting, organizing, & present sessions of interest on health-related topics from a client centered approach
• Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with residents and other professionals, both individually and in a group setting.
• Advanced skills in identifying client/community needs, problem solving solutions in a team environment, program development, and implementation
• Excellent time management skills and identifying priorities in an environment with multiple tasks presenting at once
• Ability to identify the culture of the communities of residents and engage them in treatment that aligns with that culture.

We encourage you to learn more about IOA by logging onto www.ioaging.org/about-ioa

Institute on Aging reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Institute on Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Institute on Aging is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment and providing equal opportunities to all employees and job applicants without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neuro-diversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

Job Requirements

• Ability to analyze complex medical materials and educate staff and residents on the material
• Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.
• Bilingual in English and Cantonese required.

Location

San Francisco, California , 94118

Employment Type

Permanent

Compensation

$104,000 annually

Employer

Institute on Aging

Date Posted

Oct 11th, 2021

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