Acute Respite Care (ARC) Registered Practical Nurse

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Job Title: Acute Respite Care (ARC) Registered Practical Nurse

Job ID #:  ARC 21-0202

Department:  Acute Respite Care (ARC)

Reports To:  Senior Manager, Acute Respite Care (ARC)

Salary Range: MCS1 $41,047.50 - $51,577.50

Status:  Full-time, permanent  

Hours:  37.5 hours per week

Who we are:

Sherbourne Health is a dynamic provider of integrated health services, community programs and capacity-building initiatives that enable people and diverse communities to achieve wellness.

As an urban health agency in downtown Toronto, Sherbourne provides holistic primary care and chronic disease management, mental health services, health promotion and education, and outreach and social supports. Sherbourne’s doors are open to everyone, with a focus on LGBT2SQ communities, people experiencing homelessness and newcomers to Canada, whose complex needs are often not met by traditional health care. Sherbourne combines high quality clinical care with responsive, culturally appropriate community development programs that bring low-barrier services to people in the surrounding communities who need it most.

Accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, we are primarily funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, our work is also supported by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the City of Toronto, and federally through the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

what we offer:

WORKING AT SHERBOURNE

At Sherbourne Health, we care about our staff and recognize that our biggest strength is our people. We have a solid commitment to life-long learning which is demonstrated through our professional development program. We invest in collective work and staff training to improve client care. We supplement this by creating a low-barrier work environment built on equity and respect, while working together in caring, cohesive teams and providing opportunities for advancement.

We believe in work-life balance and offer:

  • Four weeks of vacation per year (to start).
  • A competitive salary Membership in Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).
  • An extended healthcare and dental package.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Life insurance.
  • Four personal days per year.
  • An employee assistance plan.
  • A generous professional development plan: up to $1300 to be used towards learning activities.
  • Six fully paid professional development days per year – related to position/responsibilities.

Scope of the Mandate

Reporting to the ARC Manager, the RPN is a member of an interdisciplinary team.  The RPN will provide health care to the clients of the ARC Program at Sherbourne, assisting in the functioning and flow of the department. The RPN works autonomously but will transfer care to the Registered Nurse (RN) if a client’s condition becomes unpredictable and the level of risk is high. Level of risk is evaluated by considering a combination of client, nurse, and environment factors, in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario’s 3 Factor Framework.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Provide client oriented, goal directed nursing care in accordance with the standards of care from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Communicate ideas and concerns to the health care team and participate in problem solving and case rounds.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of chronic disease management and client self care strategies.
  • Transcribing medical orders into the electronic medical record (EMR) as provided by physicians and NP’s.
  • Administration of medications including narcotics, according to physician and NP medication orders in the electronic medical record (EMR).
  • Identify when the medication order needs to be adjusted and communicate to Physician or NP.
  • Maintain security of medication system and storage area.
  • Collaborates with RN in carrying out medical directives as needed.
  • Maintain accurate, concise, and confidential EMR documentation as per organizational policies.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by providing nursing support across the organization as needed.
  • Function as a clinical resource for administrative staff and other disciplines within ARC.
  • Participate in relevant incident investigation processes and other quality improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Stay up to date on current organizational operations and policies.
  • Assist with orientation and training of new staff as required.

Health and Safety

  • Follows safe work practices and procedures.
  • Understands and applies Infection Prevention Control practices, WHMIS and other Health and Safety practices.
  • Attends required Health and Safety training programs as required.
  • Reports hazardous situations and near miss incidents to Manager.
  • Takes steps necessary to prevent accidents e.g. clean up spills immediately.
  • Reports defective or malfunctioning equipment immediately to the Manager.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and safe use of equipment.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others (staff, patients, families, etc.) by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with SH related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices. 

REQUIREMENTS:

Education and experience

  • At least two years nursing experience in acute care.
  • Current certificate of registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support certification.
  • Experience and/or interest in working with persons who experience barriers in accessing care due to social location including homelessness, poverty, sexual identity, gender identity, residency status.
  • Excellent client assessment and triaging skills.
  • Recent completion of a Health Assessment course is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of the health and social issues faced by newcomers to Canada, the homeless/underhoused population, and diverse LGBT2S communities in particular trans communities) in Ontario.
  • Experience working with people who use drugs and individuals who face mental health challenges.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply or integrate mental health, harm reduction and crisis services and systems into care.
  • Advanced certification (such as Diabetes Educator, Foot Care, Wound Management etc.) is considered an asset.
  • Able to defuse and respond to crisis situations effectively with demonstrated critical thinking.
  • Good understanding of RPN scope of practice as outlined in College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) standards of practice and legislation including the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
  • Awareness of RPNAO and RNAO initiatives that promote evidence-based practice and best practice guidelines, is considered an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to adapt communication style to audience.
  • Proficient Computer Skills and familiarity with an EMR system.
  • Works effectively independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others (staff, clients, families, etc.) by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with SH related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices.
  • Ability to work within an anti-oppression framework; understands and appreciates the diversity of our client and staff population and community.
  • Understands and works within the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code and other relevant legislation.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check. 
  • Commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with SH related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices.
  • Understand and maintain compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code and other relevant legislation.

Working Conditions:

The Registered Practical Nurse works in a short-term, 24 hour/day medical respite program for persons who are homeless or precariously housed who suffer from an acute medical condition, an acute exacerbation of a chronic condition, undergoing treatment (eg. cancer, Hep C) or are recovering from transition related surgeries and require support in a community setting with nursing and daily living support.  Given the nature of the role, the Registered Practical Nurse may face interruption and disruption to any established daily routines. The Registered Practical Nurse may be required to intervene with clients displaying challenging behaviours influenced by substance use or mental health issues. The required work pattern is either 7.5 or 11.25 hour shifts during days, nights and weekends. It is crucial that all client and organizational information is kept confidential at all times.

Application:  Please forward a cover letter and resume quoting Job ID #ARC 21-0202 to myjob@sherbourne.on.ca

Sherbourne is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Requests for accommodation due to disability can be made at any stage in the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

BOLD.                      KIND.                          REAL.                   OPEN.                                WE CARE.