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The ophthalmic nurse is directly responsible to the Senior Clinical Officer-Ophthalmology and will carry out the following duties:
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- The nurse shall work in the eye ward/eye clinic as assigned and shall therefore work as both supervisor and team leader to the ophthalmic assistant/s and auxiliary staff.
- Prepare for and assist the Senior Clinical Officer Ophthalmologist during the ward rounds and whenever required.
- Ensure that all required observations, prescribed treatment and procedures are properly carried out and documented on patient’s charts/ files.
- Refer to the OCO/OS on call relevant information such as patient’s status and laboratory results, which would assist in proper clinical management.
- Assist eye patients with activities of daily living while in the ward.
- Arrange and submit weekly ward work schedules and plan daily duties and responsibilities for each staff under their supervision.
- Convene eye ward meetings and attend monthly hospital meetings.
- Escort patient to other referral hospital when necessary.
- Do hospital coverage and on-call duties as required.
- Participate in camp eye health surveys/campaigns.
Reporting and communication:
- Compile and submit quarterly inventory returns/requisitions for all necessary eye drugs and supplies.
- Conduct regular training session for OAs, auxiliary support staff and CHWs on PEC, basic nursing care and management of various eye ward cases.
- Give eye health education to patients and clients
- Compile and submit monthly reports.
- Monitor and supervise proper consumption of supplies and drugs.
- Maintain equipment’s in good working condition and submit regular inventory reports of the same.
- Maintain drug registers and oversee drug consumption within the ward and clinical.
- Ensure that all admissions, discharges, transfers and deaths are properly documented as they occur.
- Report any significant changes in operations to the Senior Clinical officer ophthalmologist.
- Carry out any other additional duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Key Result Areas
- Success-full and orderly startup of eye clinic in Kakuma Refugee Camp.
- Organization of nursing care services within the allocated eye ward/unit.
- Registered Nurse from KMTC or recognized nurse training institution
- Higher Diploma in Ophthalmic nursing from a recognized institution will be an added advantage.
- Registration with the Nursing Council of Kenya
Required Experience & Competencies:
- At least 2 years working experience in a busy eye hospital/ Clinic setup.
- Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions
- Sensitive to different cultures.
- Team player.
Clinical Officer Ophthalmology
Working under the guidance of the Clinical Services Manager Offer ophthalmology care to patients accessing the hospital facility at Kakuma Hospital.
- Provision of ophthalmology consultations for patient accessing the camp hospital from both the refugee and host community
- Assessing eye acuity and prescription of eyeglasses for clients at the ophthalmology clinic.
- Perform Eye Cataract surgery on an elective basis and during periodic cataract camps organized by the organization.
- Accurately determining patients with conditions that require senior review and appropriately refer emergency cases within 24 hours and elective cases within acceptable time.
- Participate as a team leader during campaigns in the camp aimed at creating awareness on various eye conditions of public health importance e.g. trachoma, cataracts.
- Assist with OPD consultations.
- Organize regular on-the-job training sessions for the camp hospital staff in coordination with your supervisor and/or Clinical Services Manager.
- Carry out other relevant duties as may be assigned by the super visor- Clinical Services Manager.
- Monitoring and supervision of staff at the ophthalmology clinic to ensure work is done efficiently.
- Conduct regular on job training for incentive staff working in the clinic.
- Routinely measure staffs work performance based on their job description.
Communication and Reporting
- Generate weekly reports on activities taking place at the clinic and various challenges to be shared with the supervisor every week.
- Proper documentation of patients who require tertiary care and hence generate waiting list of clients that may necessitate a cataract or trachoma camp.
- Proper inventory management of ophthalmology supplies and equipment at the clinic
- Work closelywith the pharmacist and supervisor to ensure ophthalmic drugs and supplies are ordered on time to avoid stock-outs.
- Participate in annual program planning and recommend budget revisions with focus on key areas of concern.
- Ensure program supplies are used appropriately for the targeted beneficiaries.
Key Result Areas:
- Proper identification and timely attendance to emergency cases to avoid visual loss.
- Performing visual acuity test for different clients with proper prescription of eyeglasses.
- Identification of cataract cases with proper intervention at the camp level.
- Proper coordination of trachoma and cataract camps organized at the camp level to ensure reach to most beneficiaries.
- Higher Diploma in Ophthalmology from KMTC or any other reputable institution.
Required Experience & Competencies:
- At least two years’ experience working in a busy ophthalmology unit.
- Computer literate
- Team player and cultural sensitivity is required.
- Ability to work in hardship areas (Previous experience in a Camp setting will be an added advantage).
- Fluency in Turkana/Somali will be an added advantage
- Female candidates are encouraged to apply.