Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi
Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University is committed to excellence in education, research and service. The University strives for quality, international standards and relevance in all of its programmes and selects its faculty, staff and students on the basis of merit, irrespective of gender, race, religion or domicile. AKU is a major component of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which consists of institutions that collaborate for development in response to social, economic and cultural challenges in specific regions of the developing world.
The University's Faculty of Health Sciences was planned with the support of Harvard University, McGill University and McMaster University. It presently includes a Medical College and a School of Nursing, which are located together with their principal teaching site, Aga Khan University Hospital, in Karachi, Pakistan. In addition, in Karachi, the University has an Institute for Educational Development and a substantial Faculty of Arts and Sciences which is being developed on a new 1,100-acre campus.
As an international institution, the University has established academic programmes beyond Pakistan, through an Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in UK and programmes in Advanced Nursing Studies and Postgraduate Medical Education in countries in East Africa. AKU is currently planning a major expansion of its existing work in East Africa, in the fields of medical, nursing and teacher education.
In July 2005, AKU integrated into its academic and service activities, a teaching hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Established in 1958 and currently a 254-bed facility, the Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi had been operating under the aegis of Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya. Renamed Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUH,N), the new institution is AKU's principal Health Science teaching facility in East Africa. AKUH,N is focusing on high quality of care, research and postgraduate medical education in all major clinical specialties including medicine, surgery, radiology, pathology, anaesthesia, obstetrics-gynaecology and paediatrics.
AKUH,N is also continuing to play a vital role as a major teaching site for the Advanced Nursing Studies programme of AKU, which has provided continuing professional education for practicing nurses in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda since 2001. With this new development, AKU aims to strengthen existing partnerships with the ministries of health and other universities in the region offering health sciences education, with a view to share experiences, strengthen public sector delivery systems and collaborate on teaching and research.
Aga Khan University invites applications for the position of Clinical Nurse Specialist - Theatres.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist is a senior clinical nurse with particular expertise in clinical care and experience in the relevant speciality. S/he will provide leadership in patient care management and directly supervise clinical nurses. S/he sets annual goals and objectives related to staff development in assigned areas and designs development strategies to achieve these objectives. In addition to this the Clinical Nurse Specialist's other responsibilities include:
Develop and implement the mission, vision and values applicable for clinical care in the theatres;
Develop and promote clinically effective nursing practices, employing effective change management strategies to enhance quality of patient care;
Work with the Clinical Practice Educator in developing a highly competent and safe nursing team for theatres;
Provide leadership in the development, review and implementation of clinical pathways, protocols and policies to guide management in theatres and the surgical team;
Develop and maintain evidence-based standards of nursing practice within the theatres and participate in establishing standards of care with multidisciplinary teams including monitoring delivery of care and documentation according to established standards;
Ensure that infection control is adhered to and infection control practice is up-to-date and in line with set standards and practice;
Ensure that quality indicators are in place to measure efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery and outcomes;
Active involvement in ISO 9001, JCIA activities and quality circles/ projects and the nursing quality assurance programme;
Promote nursing research within the theatres.
The ideal candidate must:
Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Kenya Nursing Council; have a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and an accredited nursing diploma programme in the area of specialisation;
Have a minimum 7 years experience in an acute care setting.
Applications together with detailed Curriculum Vitae, names of three referees, telephone contact, e-mail address and copies of certificates and testimonials should be send to: Manager, Recruitment, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. P. O. Box 30270-00100, Nairobi; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (applications by email are preferred).
Deadline:5th January 2012