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Posting # 45360 - [ Non-Union ]
Research Associate – Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Respirology Division - 1 position
Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Respirology Division / Lawson Health Research Institute
St. Joseph's Hospital - London, ON
Temporary Casual Part Time

Temporary position anticipated to extend until October 1, 2022, subject to the availability of work.

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an uncommon but serious, progressive, and often fatal lung disease. Patients with PH are quite ill, limited in everyday physical and household activity by dyspnea and fatigue, largely by right-sided heart failure. Moreover, PH remains a serious illness, with average survival of only 2-3 years if untreated. Patients with PH are quite ill, as well as being emotionally and psychologically burdened by many aspects of the illness, including the severity of symptoms and limitation in life, concerns about the potential shortened survival, and the social isolation.
In such a population, complex multidisciplinary care has been shown to improve both clinical outcomes as well as patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Such care is led by a specialist physician with experience and expertise in the illness and its effects on patients on their lives. The role of a Research Associate is a critical one in order to address many aspects of PH patients’ illness and journey with PH, including clinical assessment and monitoring, educational needs, as well as improving their psychological and social wellbeing through greater engagement with the local and national PH communities. We have made great strides in treating PH and in improving both clinical outcomes (including long-term survival of more than 10 years for many patients) as well as patients’ ability to function better everyday and live better lives.

This position requires someone with clinical experience in looking after patients with significant cardio-pulmonary disease, including clinical assessment and monitoring, health education about illness, medications, and self-care. The Research Associate will work most closely with Dr Mehta, his PH clinical/research Fellows, and his admin assistant. They will also interact with the Resp Clinic and inpatient ward nurses, as well as the Respirology resident/faculty team. They will require strong skills of organization, initiative, and independent working ability. The Research Associate in this position will make a critical contribution to the care, health and wellbeing of these very ill and fragile patients.
Hours of Work: (initially 15-22.5 hrs, planned increase to ~30hrs Sep 2020 onwards; very flexible and negotiable), weekdays / daytime
Duration of Contract: 16 month (Maternity Leave Coverage)

Educate patients and their caregivers about PH and its complications, symptoms, etc
Educate patients and their caregivers about complex treatment regimens (IV or SC prostanoid infusion medications) in order for patient to achieve skills/knowledge required to safely self-administer these medications long-term at home
Connect patients with available educational, social, psychological support resources in the community (eg. London PH Support Group) and online (eg. PHA Canada charitable foundation)
Support subject recruitment into local PH research studies and pharma-sponsored clinical trials
Maintain online PH patient database
Coordinate participation in Canada-wide and International PH Database Collaborative Research Project

Assess and document patient status (symptoms, wellbeing, quality of life) in physician-led dedicated PH clinic and by Telehealth/Telephone
Serve as contact for patients and families on PH, symptoms, complications, treatment plans
Assess and monitor patients’ symptoms, status, side-effects/tolerance of medications especially during treatment changes
Prepare documents required to assist patients to obtain government / insurance funding for complex PH medications.
Maintain system to track funding expiration dates to ensure no interruption of ongoing funding for essential PH medications
Liaise with pharmacies to ensure delivery of medications and supplies to patients
Liaise with CCAC and provide education to nurses when necessary to ensure safe and continued community care after discharge from hospital

Successful completion of a degree in Health Sciences or other related field required
RPN or RN preferred
Minimum 3 years clinical experience
Patient education training or experience would be an asset
Research experience (eg. clinical trial participation, subject enrolment, clinical trial documentation) would be an asset
Strong problem-solving skills
Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
Responsible and self-motivated with the ability to take initiative to work independently in an environment with limited supervision
Highly conscientious, detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
Proficient time management skills
Proficient in Word and Excel
Experience with Cerner / Powerchart an asset
Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
Demonstrated ability to attend work on a regular basis

Knowledge of a Safety Culture in a Health Care Setting in compliance with the OHSA.

Teaching and Research
St. Joseph's Health Care London through its affiliation with Western University and Fanshawe College is a leading research and teaching hospital. As an employee of St. Joseph's you will be expected to engage in role related teaching and research activities in addition to any of your clinical duties

Immunization Requirements
Provide vaccination records or proof of immunity against measles, mumps rubella and varicella (chicken pox)
Provide documentation of the Tuberculosis skin testing

Posting date: June 07, 2021
Submission deadline: June 13, 2021

Julie Neilans, Human Resources

Your interest in this opportunity is appreciated.
Only those under consideration will be contacted.
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