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Registered Nurse

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Be part of a dynamic, innovative, collaborative, diverse and caring organization committed to saving and improving the lives of Canadians. We are the connection between the sincere generosity of donors, and the heartfelt appreciation of recipients. Thousands of Canadians depend on our programs every day for reliable access to safe blood, plasma, stem cells, organs and tissues.

Are you ready to embark on a meaningful and inspiring journey, where what you do matters? Be part of Canada’s lifeline. Because we can all be the reason, the connection, that keeps Canadians living.

Canadian Blood Services is a collaborative community of donors, volunteers, health care professionals, employees and corporate partners committed to saving and improving the lives of Canadians.

We are currently seeking a Registered Nurse to join our Nanaimo team.

As a member of the Operations Division, furthers the Mission, Vision, Values and objectives of Canadian Blood Services in the delivery of products, processes and services that meet or exceed customer’s expectations in accordance with CBS’ Management Systems Manual.

Under the direction of the Clinic Supervisor the Staff Nurse performs duties related to the safe and efficient collection of blood or blood components that meet hospital requirements which may include; whole blood, autologous/directed, apheresis, and peripheral blood stem cell collections.  Adheres to and promotes CBSs policies, procedures and practices to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements. Provides safe and effective standards of service to all customers including; donors, staff, and volunteers during each phase of the collection process.

Provides guidance to the clinic staff performing donor screening as per the standard consultation process.  Promotes and supports knowledge transfer and progressive learning and development. Assists with and /or resolves donor screening situations when consulted by clinic staff.

  • Guides staff to appropriate information in the Donor Selection Criteria Manual
  • Acts as the subject matter expert for interpretation and adherence to policies and procedural requirements for donor screening  
  • Acts as a preceptor to the DCA in training
  • Provides feedback to screening staff to foster continuous learning and development
  • Provides feedback to the Clinic Supervisor relating to staff performance

Performs collection procedures according to established standards

  • Performs confidential donor screening, including vital signs, other tests to determine donor eligibility and donor consent
  • Reviews donor response on the Record of Donation to determine eligibility, completes document to support acceptance or deferral
  • Completes labelling procedure according to established standards
  • Assembles and prepares supplies, equipment and associated records
  • Performs venepuncture according to established standards
  • Identifies and documents non-conformance
  • Documents procedure as outlined by established standards

Monitor safety, comfort and status of donor during collection procedures.

  • Assesses donor incidents and provides care as required
  • Documents /reports donor incidents as required
  • Provides post donation care and instruction
  • Completes donor follow-up as required

Acts a role model in the delivery of customer service excellence

  • Promotes positive donor experience through exceptional customer service and respect for donor privacy
  • Fosters a positive image of Canadian Blood Services
  • Performs work assignments with professionalism and courtesy
  • Performs work activities to achieve donor/customer satisfaction
  • Assists in the recruitment of donors to various programs.
  • Maintains a positive relationship with staff, donors, volunteers and the public

Performs other related duties as assigned

  • Acts as Charge Nurse for Perm mobile sites as designated
  • Completes clinic documentation
  • Provides support to donor eligibility enquiries
  • Reviews requests for autologous/directed donations, as required
  • Supports the medical inquiry system, as required
  • Ensures IWA are actioned within required timelines
  • Completes donor follow-up as required
  • Participates in projects, trials and evaluations as required
  • Serves on various committees as required

Performs work in accordance with the provisions of the Canadian Blood Services’ Corporate Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.

Required skills:

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • A licensed Registered Nurse, able to practice in the province of employment
  • 1-3 years’ experience
  • Computer skills including word processing
  • Previous experience as a preceptor and/or coaching others to enhance job performance an asset
  • First Aid and CPR certification an asset.
  • Previous experience in a regulatory environment an asset
  • Previous experience in a blood collection environment an asset
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered


Demonstrated Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team building skills, including constructive and conflict resolution
  • Analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and in writing
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Fluency in another language an asset
  • Ability to work in a rapidly changing work environment

Employment Status:  Casual


Classification:  BCNU Level 3


Additional Information:   Shifts Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (1015-1930, 1145-1945, 1215-2130,1245-2000, 1300-2130, 1315-2115, 1345-2100) and one Saturday every 12 weeks (0845-1645).

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*Please note that only candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with us.

Questions and Answers


Is my application secure?

Canadian Blood Services uses a third-party applicant tracking system hosted by SilkRoad. SilkRoad may access the information submitted to the applicant tracking system in order to provide support to Canadian Blood Services. Only Canadian Blood Services, SilkRoad, and the applicant have access to information submitted by the applicant to the applicant tracking system. 

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What is the working language?

The working language at Canadian Blood Services is English. Some positions do have additional language requirements, other than English, and these requirements will be indicated on the job posting. Fluency in English is a bona fide occupational requirement for all positions.

It is recommended that resumes be provided in English to ensure maximum visibility by our recruiters. Resumes provided in French will be translated by our internal translation department. Our selection process, including applicant pre-screening and interviews, is in English.