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Ophthalmic Nurse

Key Responsibilities

The ophthalmic nurse is directly responsible to the Senior Clinical Officer-Ophthalmology and will carry out the following duties:

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Programming:

  • 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.

Operations:

  • 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.
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Qualifications

  • 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

Job Description

Working under the guidance of the Clinical Services Manager Offer ophthalmology care to patients accessing the hospital facility at Kakuma Hospital.

Key Responsibilities

Programming

  • 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.

Human Resources

  • 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.

Operations

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

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