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We are hiring a Nurse Director for our head office in Burnaby


The Travel Medicine and Vaccination Centre (TMVC) has 26 years of experience offering high quality travel medicine, vaccination, and occupational/workplace health services.  With 18 offices located throughout British Columbia, we are the largest private travel medicine and vaccination centre in Canada. We are looking for an experienced travel medicine and immunization clinical nurse leader to organize and oversee the medical operations of our company.  Based out of our head office in Burnaby, BC, the Nurse Director will create a collaborative and efficient workplace with attention to quality standards and policies.  Together with the management team, he/she will provide strategic leadership to ensure an excellent standard of care is provided to our clients.

TMVC offers flexible hours as well as a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Suitable for full time or part time (.6 min) candidates.


  • Degree in nursing; Master’s degree in nursing or healthcare administration is a plus
  • Proven experience as nurse manager or team lead
  • In-depth knowledge of travel medicine and immunizations (or willingness to learn in a clinical setting)
  • Valid CRNBC RN registration/CPR certification
  • BCCDC Immunization Certification
  • ISTM Certificate in Travel Health (CTH) or completion planned within 1 year.
  • Good working knowledge of computers including MS Office, email/web mail, web browsing, Skype, social networking.
  • Bottom line/results oriented with a clear understanding of the interconnection between financial management and the delivery of high quality health care services.  Experience managing financial budgets and/or working in a private sector environment is an asset.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills.


  • Consult and collaborate with TMVC management team to determine most effective and efficient delivery model for travel clinics and other medical services.
  • Provide strategic leadership for continuously implementing best clinical practices
  • Directly oversee, manage and supervise staff of approximately 50 RN’s.
  • Support NP’s and MD’s in their clinical roles
  • Coordinate the recruitment and training of new nursing/medical staff.  Will involve supervision and liaison with regional clinical nurse coordinators for TMVC offices outside Metro Vancouver.
  • Develop learning modules and implement in-service/education programs, making use of technology to deliver programs where possible.
  • Provide effective conflict resolution where necessary.
  • Visit provincial TMVC offices to meet with local staff (min. once a year).
  • Working with the Medical Director, maintains nursing/travel medicine guidelines by writing and updating policies and procedures.
  • Prepare clinical resource/handouts and standardized TMVC medical documents
  • Liaise with occupational health coordinator/pharmaceutical representatives/government  officials including regional public health officers, BCCDC, Ministry of Health and Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Maintains documentation of patient care services by auditing patient records.
  • Maintains a cooperative relationship among health care teams by communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; participating in team problem-solving methods.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops/conferences, reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Assist other members of the management team with developing and capitalizing on new business opportunities. This may include the geographic expansion of travel clinic locations as well as developing new lines of business such as occupational health services and workplace flu clinics.
  • Cover on-call duties evenings/weekends.
  • Cover clinics for last minute schedule changes if no other staff is available.
  • Work in clinic to maintain competency, both as nurse consultant and immunizer.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Update on Yellow Fever Vaccine Availability

As the global Yellow Fever vaccine shortage drags on, we would like to update our customers on the availability of the vaccine.

There is only one licensed supplier of the vaccine in Canada and all travel clinics, including TMVC,  are receiving restricted amounts of the vaccine, less than our historical usage.  There is no indication on how long this shortage will last, but it maybe continuing into next year.

In order to extend our vaccine supplies and protect the maximum number of travellers, we may continue to offer fractional doses as directed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.   Travellers receiving a fractional dose will be protected from Yellow Fever disease for one year, opposed to life long protection from a full dose.

How does this affect you?  During your consultation, our travel medicine specialist will determine if you are at risk for Yellow Fever at your destinations.  The decision to give a fractional or a full dose is at the discretion of your consultant and takes into consideration your destination, length of travel and vaccine inventory. Travellers needing the fractional dose will then be booked in groups to share a vial of Yellow Fever vaccine.  Because of the logistics involved with fractional dosing, clients are advised to book a consultation with TMVC well in advance of  their trip.

At TMVC we realize that the uncertainty of the availability of Yellow Fever vaccine  and booking a repeat appointment can be stressful.  TMVC staff has worked very hard to accommodate our clients schedules and particular circumstances.  We are committed to continue to give our customers the best service and protection possible.  To-date, we have been able to vaccinate all travellers requiring Yellow Fever vaccine and are hopeful that we will continue to do so throughout this vaccine shortage.