Registered Nurse- Outreach Program

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The Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin Branch (CMHA Peel Dufferin) is pleased to announce that we are recruiting for the position of an Outreach Registered Nurse.

The Outreach program supports individuals in accordance with the Housing First philosophy of immediate access to permanent housing with no readiness requirements, consumer choice and self- determination, recovery orientation, individualized and client driven supports, and social/community integration.

The Outreach Registered Nurse serves as a critical member of the Outreach team that supports an integrated approach to care. The Outreach Registered Nurse 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 role involves participating in partnership- based community health initiatives, including flu vaccination and COVID-19 testing & vaccinations as required.


This is a full-time permanent position with rotational shifts of 12 hours each. The position requires availability during weekdays, weekends, and overnights working 75 hours every 2 weeks. The position is based in Brampton and reports to the Manager, Outreach.


Salary range is $67,700 - $77,700 per year


CMHA Peel Dufferin offers a competitive overall compensation package which includes:

Four weeks paid vacation (accrued) per year, eighteen paid personal days (accrued) per year Two paid Flexible Days annually, HOOPP pension plan, Professional Development opportunities within the agency, Excellent benefits including Heath and Dental coverage, Employee Family Assistance Program and access to a Wellness Fund benefit.


Key Responsibilities:

Service Responsibilities

  • Providing comprehensive nursing care as part of the Peel Outreach Mobile Health Clinic Team (as may be required).
  • Work autonomously and utilize clinical judgment in providing care to Clients of the Program.
  • RNs have access to both contracted and external physician(s) who are available to provide care. The RN will take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and other medical services under the direction of the prescribing physician or Nurse Practitioner.
  • Administering flu vaccinations and COVID swab testing/vaccinations as needed.
  • Supporting clients by facilitating referrals to appropriate internal and external health and social services.
  • Participating in the rotational 12 hour Outreach schedule which involves community street outreach support, working on the Mobile Health Clinic as needed, as well as answering the 24/7 Street Help Line.
  • Collaborate with families and Community Service Providers to develop care plans for clients who are street homeless and/or residing in shelter or hotel.
  • Liaise with physicians and Allied Health Care Professionals both internally and externally to build and maintain partnerships
  • Conduct on-site Community Nursing Clinics at key drop-in locations throughout the Peel Region.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and treatment planning review meetings and to provide the nursing perspective.
  • In collaboration with the Physician and/or Nurse Practitioner, 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. Attend and actively participate in team meetings and other client-related and program meetings as required


Performance Management and Professional Development

  • Stay current on relevant legislation and best practices, current research, policies and procedures
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and mandatory training


Other Activities

  • Serve as a role model to others by demonstrating a respectful and positive attitude towards individuals receiving support from CMHA Peel Dufferin representing the organization professionally
  • Promote and demonstrate the Vision, Mission and Values of the organization within the workplace and the broader community
  • Demonstrate a respectful and professional attitude and ensure the development and/or maintenance of a positive and supportive working relationship between departments/teams within CMHA Peel Dufferin and with external organizations, business and the broader community
  • Work within the health and safety guidelines provided by the agency, which includes annual mandatory training requirements


Other Duties as Assigned

  • Coordinate, attend, participate in team/staff meetings, and all-staff meetings as required
  • Participate in agency quality improvement activities, e.g. accreditation projects, Information Systems Support and Privacy and Security committees, special events, etc.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities at the team/program level
  • Participate on agency and community committees external committees as highlighted as a personal interest or requested by manager.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned from time to time
  • Participate in direct, regular, formal supervision and work to have client representation in program operations and input into related policies
  • Maintain appropriate record-keeping/documentation and client files, statistical and outcome measurement tools as required by CMHA/Peel policies and procedures.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with the Program team, and other program teams, internal and external to CMHA/Peel.





Education, Experience

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario in good standing.
  • 2 to 3 years demonstrated Nursing experience in a background in Primary, Urgent and/or Critical Care
  • Certification in First Aid, C.P.R., A.S.I.S.T is an asset
  • Wound care and foot care certification is an asset.


Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience/interest in working with priority populations
  • Understanding of homeless population and potential health issues is a must.
  • Experience/interest in working with communities facing barriers to accessing health care due to poverty, social isolation, homelessness, mental health and/or substance use challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Solid interpersonal skills.
  • Experience and comfort working with an electronic charting system
  • Primary care health assessments and education
  • Understanding of the social determinants of health as they impact persons experiencing homelessness
  • Proven ability to problem solve effectively and independently.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams is an asset
  • Experience with health program planning, implementation, and evaluation is an asset
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset


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
  • Ability to work 12 hour shifts, nights and weekends



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.
  • Position will work both on the Mobile Health Clinic and inside shelters/drop-ins and other environment frequented by persons experiencing homelessness
  • 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.
  • 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.

We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment, selection processes, and work environments. When contacted for a job opportunity, please advise the HR Department of any accommodations needed in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. We request that you provide your accommodation request as soon as reasonably practicable. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. We thank all those who apply, but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. We retain all applications submitted for one (1) year after the closing date of the posting for consideration in future career opportunities.