Registered Nurse – Supervised Consumption Services (SCS)

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre (Parkdale Queen West CHC) is a dynamic, community-based health care organization serving mid-west downtown Toronto. Offering a broad range of services, including primary health care, dental care, harm reduction, health promotion, counselling, and community development programming, we are also committed to serving people who face barriers to health care and we strive to reduce these barriers.

Registered Nurse – Supervised Consumption Services (SCS)

Two permanent, 1.0 FTE positions – Toronto, ON

A team-oriented and experienced RN who shares our passion for making a difference, you see this role as an opportunity to take the next step in your successful career while contributing to a vision of Inclusive Communities. Responsive Healthcare. Healthier Lives.

As a Registered Nurse, you’ll work as part of the multidisciplinary, integrated Supervised Consumption Services / Consumption and Treatment Services staff team, within a harm reduction framework, aligned with the vision and values of PQWCHC, and in accordance with the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) Standards of Practice. Striving for excellence in client-centred care and education, you’ll work collaboratively with other interdisciplinary team members, health care professionals/providers and clients in identifying and resolving health and social issues, and integrating care.

Reporting to the SCS Manager, and working both on your own and in consultation with the Primary Care Clinical Team, you’ll supervise clients administering their own drug injections and using other permitted modes of consumption (i.e. intranasal and oral) who may present with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases and complex health and social needs. As an RN, you’ll provide education and support on safer injection and consumption, monitor clients for adverse reactions, assess, respond to, and manage overdose events, and initiate emergency responses, as necessary, as well as provide basic primary care to address health issues, and make referrals to other health and social service providers.

Your degree in Nursing is complemented by current registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and RNAO membership, and at least 3 years of experience in a community setting or a combination of community and hospital or public health settings. Demonstrating values aligned with a harm reduction approach to service delivery, you bring significant front-line nursing harm reduction experience, and a track record of success in both emergency response and overdose response.

Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, and experience in the following areas would be assets: a primary care or street/outreach nursing setting; a supervised consumption or overdose prevention service; program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; and working with people who use drugs, racialized populations, Indigenous peoples, people who engage in sex work, prisoners/ex-prisoners, people with mental health challenges, and people who have experienced trauma.

Above all, you must be a strong communicator and active listener, open, non-judgmental, highly flexible and resourceful, willing to learn, demonstrating sensitivity to others and able to multi-task, handle conflict and maintain a positive outlook. Police clearance documentation will be required for employment.

If you are interested in joining with a creative and dedicated team to make things better, we want to hear from you. Please send your resume and cover letter in a single document (MS Word or PDF format, only) to, by June 7, 2019, quoting “Registered Nurse – Supervised Consumption Services” in the subject line.

We truly appreciate your interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please also note that the successful candidate will be required to provide a criminal reference check as a condition of employment.

PQWCHC is committed to the principles of access and equity. PQWCHC is committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities it serves and we encourage applicants who reflect Toronto’s ethnic and cultural diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request. Parkdale Queen West CHC is in full compliance of the Ontario Human Rights Code and does not discriminate on the ground of records of offenses.