Registered Nurse (Relief) - Outreach

The Canadian Mental Health Association/Peel Branch is recruiting for multiple Registered Nurses – Relief to work as part of the multi-disciplinary multi-agency Outreach Team, providing nursing services to persons experiencing homelessness in the Peel Region.  The RN is responsible for assisting clients in developing skills to manage symptoms of mental illness and substance use, supporting an integrated approach to care using the recovery model framework.  The Outreach Relief RN will work within the Outreach schedule to provide primary nursing care to clients of the program, support the mobile health clinic as needed, and complete rotations answering the 24/7 Street Help Line.

The Registered Nurse - Relief is responsible for assisting clients in developing skills to manage substance misuse and/or planning for solution focused, time limited services as well as provide care to clients with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders in a variety of community settings.

This is a casual position and does not have fixed hours with shifts mostly in the evening and weekends. The incumbent must be comfortable driving the Mobile Outreach Van across the Region of Peel.  The position is based in Brampton and reports to the Manager, Outreach.

The hourly rate for this position is: 

  • 8 hour shift - $32.62 - $37.74 per hour
  • 12 hour shift - $34.72 - $39.85 per hour 

 

CMHA Peel Dufferin offers a competitive overall compensation package which includes access to the Employee Assistance Program and wellness fund benefit.

Service Responsibilities:

  • To provide comprehensive Nursing Care as part of the Peel Outreach Mobile Health Clinic
  • Build client capacity, empowerment and create self-reliance
  • Develop and initiate relationships with prospective clients based on trust, respect, and honesty
  • Maintain professional relationships with referral sources and other service providers.
  • Working knowledge of chemical dependency, including the pathophysiology of substance use and withdrawal
  • Collaborate with mental health and addiction service providers to support the mental health, addiction and primary care health needs of clients who may be in crisis or involved with community mental health and addictions agencies
  • Conduct comprehensive bio-psychosocial model of care and best practices for concurrent disorders
  • Communicate information, both verbally and in writing regarding assessments, treatment plans and evaluations to the treatment team, client, referral source and other caregivers within practice/agency/legal guidelines
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and treatment planning review meetings and to provide the nursing perspective
  • Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and other medical services, under the direction of the prescribing physicians or nurse practitioners.
  • Monitors the ongoing therapy of clients with addictions, chronic mental and physical illness by providing effective pharmacological, complementary, or counselling interventions
  • Develop, maintain, and supervise psychopharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures including transcribing, administering, evaluating, and recording psychotropic/anti-craving medications prescribed by the Nurse Practitioners or Physician; evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects; and arrange for required lab work according to protocol
  • Organize and manage the system of getting medication to clients and integrating medication administration tightly into clients’ individual treatment plans and providing direction and guidance to other team member Under the direction of the psychiatrist/ Nurse Practitioner
  • Manage pharmaceuticals and medical supplies Under the direction of the Nurse Practitioner or Physician
  • Collaborate with the Nurse Practitioner or Physician, coordinate, schedule and administer medical assessments of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinate psychiatric treatment with medical treatment
  • Participating in partnership-based community health initiatives, including flu vaccination and COVID-19 testing & vaccinations as required.

Other Duties

  • Works effectively and collaboratively with other programs and services, internal and external to CMHA Peel Dufferin.

Education and Experience: 

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing CPMHN (c) is an asset
  • A minimum of 4-5 years’ experience working with clients who have addictions and mental illness
  • Experience supporting clients in a community setting
  • Certification in First Aid, C.P.R., A.S.I.S.T is an asset
  • Wound care and foot care certification an asset
  • Experience with street nursing is an asset
  • Supporting Mobile Health vehicle an asset

Knowledge and Skills:

Education and Experience

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing CPMHN (c) is an asset
  • A minimum of 4-5 years’ experience working with clients who have addictions and mental illness
  • Experience supporting clients in a community setting
  • Certification in First Aid, C.P.R., A.S.I.S.T is an asset
  • Wound care and foot care certification an asset
  • Experience with street nursing is an asset
  • Supporting Mobile Health vehicle an asset

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong, demonstrated understanding of Outreach evidence informed practices
  • Demonstrated diversity and cultural competence; demonstrated understanding of the impact of oppression and social determinants of health
  • Demonstrated skills in performing assessments and on the spot risk assessments
  • Familiarity and knowledge of all programs offered by CMHA Peel, partnering agencies, and outside referral Excellent assessment, crisis intervention and problem-solving skills
  • Utilizes critical thinking and analytical skill to gather data from multiple sources assesses and interprets information to create treatment plans
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish therapeutic, supportive relationships with client/family/caregivers/community agencies by utilizing skilled interviewing and communication techniques and appropriate nursing interventions
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible in work assignments
  • Advanced knowledge of psychotropic medication and medications used in withdrawal management
  • Venipuncture skill and experience is an asset
  • Experience in forensic/dual diagnosed/developmental delay will be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with management and front-line staff
  • Initiative and ability to work independently
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced; constantly shifting and changing healthcare landscape
  • Well-developed and demonstrated knowledge of mental health, mental illness, stress management, anti-stigma, workplace wellness, mental health system issues and health promotion principles (Knowledge of concurrent disorder, addictions, and dual diagnosis would be an asset)
  • Knowledge of or experience in the fundamentals of philanthropy
  • Housing First training is an asset
  • Working knowledge of the Five Essential and Sequential Stages to housing stability

Other Requirements

  • Valid Ontario driver’s license, relevant vehicle insurance and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Current CPR- Level C & AED certification.
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check) report.
  • Ability to work 8 hour and 12-hour shifts covering evenings, weekend and overnight

Requirements of the Position:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Automobile in good repair and insurance coverage as required by agency policy
  • Satisfactory police records search and vulnerable sector screening
  • Satisfactory references

Working Conditions:

  • Work in contact with individuals living with serious mental illness, issues of poverty and substance use
  • The position may involve dealing with conflicting demands, angry, abusive, and/or threatening people on the phone and/or in person.
  • Lifting, carrying, handling of small objects and packages not normally exceeding 1-10 lbs., e.g., files, information brochures, small office equipment/tools.
  • Sitting for long durations, e.g., meeting with people, driving, working at desk.
  • Walking and standing for short durations.
  • Work week involves various combination of shifts, Monday through Sunday
  • Will be required to work evenings and weekends
  • Staffs are exposed to various climates and attend at times locations which are unknown to them.
  • Driving the Outreach van is required

 

CMHA Peel Dufferin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are committed to diversity and inclusiveness at our workplace and recognize the unique contribution every individual makes to the community.

We acknowledge that removing and reducing existing barriers and preventing new barriers is required in providing opportunities that foster independence, inclusion, and dignity for people of all ages, genders, cultures, and abilities. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including but not limited to Aboriginal, Indigenous, Metis and Inuit peoples, racialized groups/persons of color, people with varying abilities, members of visible minority groups, LGBTQ2S+, those who identify as women, and other equity-seeking groups.

CMHA Peel Dufferin is committed to pay equity and right to equal treatment without discrimination in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code in all aspects of the workplace environment and employment relationship.

 

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