Registered Practical Nurse, Housing First

CMHA Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services
London, Ontario
Closing date
Mar 24, 2023
Registered Practical Nurse, Housing First

Full-Time, Contract (Approximately 12 months)

London, Ontario

- Application Deadline: March 21, 2023 -

Too many in our community experience the struggle of chronic homelessness.

As a member of our Housing First team, you'll work collaboratively with clients to break the cycle of homelessness by helping them to find and maintain housing, laying a foundation for further recovery, and greater independence. This role performs a variety of functions including health teaching, medication reconciliation, coordinating appointments, providing diabetes care and lifestyle supports to afford clients the ability to achieve success with their recovery goals.

Consider revitalizing your career and making a difference in your community by joining our team!

  • What you'll be making - $23.79 - $27.37 per hour, rate based on proof of comparable, previous experience; mileage between sites reimbursed per kilometre
  • When you'll work - 70 hours over two-week period, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • What your benefits will be - After a 90-day waiting period, eligible for a partial (20%) prescription drug benefit
  • Your pension plan - Immediately eligible for optional enrolment in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)

PSLRTA Notice - This posting characterizes this position as currently non-union. However, please be aware that the organization on September 29, 2022, a vote was held as a result of an application by the Organization under the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act. The result was that employees voted to award OPSEU bargaining rights for all employees. Until such time as a new collective agreement is finalized, current terms and conditions of employment and existing, applicable collective agreements, if any, will remain in force and effect.


Nursing Assessments
  • Conducts physical and mental health assessments on a relatively stable population and makes appropriate referrals to community physicians and resources
  • Assesses medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects
  • Educates individuals to take medications as prescribed
  • Arranges and follow-ups with required lab work
  • Provides symptom education to enable individuals to identify their mental illness symptoms

Individual Care
  • Identifies individuals' care requirements by establishing personal rapport with individuals-served and with other stakeholders and clinical staff in a position to understand care requirements
  • Assures quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards; measuring health outcomes against individual care goals and standards; recommending necessary adjustments; following hospital and care providers' philosophies and standards of care set out by the College of Nurses standards and other governing agency regulations.
  • Protects individuals-served and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations if applicable
  • Collaborates with community agencies to maintain coordination in the treatment process
  • Maintains nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needs supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies; using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results
  • Provides foot care and injections to enrolled individuals as program requires

Health Promotion
  • Assists individuals in making informed choices about health measures such as medications, immunization, palliative care, birth control, disease management, etc
  • Provides health teaching by giving feedback, explanations and rationale for diagnostic tests, procedures and treatments
  • Assists individuals in taking responsibility for and managing their health needs according to resources and personal skills available
  • Assists individuals in making healthier choices
  • Advocates for individuals to obtain psychiatrists, family doctors, dentists, etc.

Crisis Intervention
  • Identifies high risk individuals and assesses the need for crisis intervention
  • Takes action as indicated
  • Acts in a calm, competent and efficient manner in an emergency situation, acknowledging the client's need for privacy and dignity
  • Utilizes harm reduction principles to identify, reduce and remove risk factors
  • Documents and review suicidal behaviors, thoughts and attempts, and refers to appropriate community resources as necessary

Team Member:
  • Takes on the shared primary role for up to two individuals. Assists individuals to develop and coordinate IRP and motivates/supports them to work towards achievement of their goals
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with clients, families, peers and other care providers in order to provide safe, quality care that maximizes benefits for the individual
  • Contributes to a positive work environment for staff and individuals
  • Participates in team meetings as needed to support and collaborates with Mental Health Workers
  • Maintains a safe living environment for clients by following the fire plan, conducting regular individual room checks, etc.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery
  • Collaborates with the individual-served and the team to provide a holistic approach and assists in developing goals and the Individual Rehab Plan (IRP)
  • Supports the individual in developing skills for self-advocacy
  • Interacts with and provides support in a nonjudgmental fashion and provide care that demonstrates sensitivity to client diversity (e.g. culture, race, age, sexual orientation, gender, beliefs and values)
  • Assists in motivating individuals to learn new behaviours and develop coping skills
  • Fosters healthy interdependence by recognizing limit setting
  • Assists individuals to recognize strengths and minimize failures by identifying potential risks to health


Vaccination Requirements

CMHA Thames Valley Addiction & Mental Health Services requires that all staff members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the rare exemption of those individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to approved exemptions (medical reasons or religious grounds as recognized in the Ontario Human Rights Code). Proof of full vaccination or approval of exemption will be required; further details will be provided to those candidates moving forward in the recruitment process.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check Requirements

Successful candidates must have a Police Vulnerable Sector Check completed in the last six months. Interested applicants who reside in the City of London and are in need of a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) are encouraged to apply for one as soon as possible as PVSCs in the City of London are currently taking approximately 2 weeks to be processed and offers of employment cannot be made without receipt of a PVSC.

We require the following qualifications:
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing (primary proof of credentials will be required during the hiring process i.e. original degree/diploma or official transcript)
  • Member in good standing with College of Nurses of Ontario as an RPN
  • Ability to attend work regularly
  • Current driver's license and access to a vehicle to carry out job duties
  • Insurance adequate for transporting individuals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • Computer literate
  • Current CPR Certificate
  • Current, clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)

We prefer the following qualifications:
  • Bilingual both official languages, preferred; préférence sera accordée aux candidats qui sont compétents dans les deux langues officielles du Canada

INTERNAL APPLICANTS: To be considered as an internal applicant, current staff members are reminded to apply using their or email address.

Get your application in by - March 21, 2023:

Our recruitment process allows us to learn about your previous work experience, your qualifications and your commitment to fulfilling our vision. While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those individuals being considered for a position will be personally contacted by someone from the interview team.

We welcome and encourage applications from all members of our community including persons of any gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, and members of visible minorities. If you require accommodations related to a disability at any point during the recruitment process, please contact

Powered by JazzHR

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert