Enrolled Comprehensive Nurse (Referral Coordination)
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.
The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua and Kampala.
The IRC will be moving into additional/new locations in refugee settlements in Obongi and Arua.
The IRC is currently implementing its health and nutrition program in West Nile and Acholi focusing on providing primary health care services to refugees in their settlements.
Under the supervision and guidance of a Registered Nurse, the enrolled nurse will be responsible for direct delivery of high quality and efficient nursing services to clients at the attached health facility and in the community ensuring that high standards are adhered to in assessments, handling of emergencies, treatment, and administration of medicines. S/he will be expected to work within the health facility and offer services in the community in the catchment area.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Linkage of referred patients from the refugee settlement for appropriate services.
•Follow-up of referred patients while they are admitted in the hospital.
•Updating us on a weekly basis the status of the patients referred.
•Documentation and generation of reports and referral data base, this information will be reported back to the IRC M&E officer, UNHCR and to the health center administration for purposes of documenting service delivery as well as accountability.
•Taking responsibility for coordinating the welfare of the refugees referred to referral hospitals.
•Coordination of transport for discharged patients coming back to Palabek refugee settlement, Lamwo.
•In the case of death of a patient, the referral nurse will coordinate with IRC management for the transportation of the body back to Palabek refugee settlement for burial.
•Liaising with the hospital administration to effectively coordinate services for referred clients.
•Carrying out any other roles that may be delegated to you by your supervisor.