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Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) - Complex Care

St. Joseph Healthcare
Hamilton, Ontario
Closing date
Apr 22, 2024

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Registered Practical Nurse
Work Setting
Other - Work Setting
Area of Practice
General Nursing

Complex Care provides compassionate specialized care and inpatient services for patients and families who are dealing with a "life-altering" complex condition resultant from injury or disease marked by impairments in either or both mental and physical function. The level of support that patients need ranges from significant to total. It may include ventilation, special feeding systems, tracheotomy care, and special pain management. Our interdisciplinary team of professionals work collaboratively to support our patients' goals for transitional care and/or meet their needs for continuing care. Complex Care is a part of the health services continuum designed to provide medical management, skilled nursing and a range of interdisciplinary, diagnostic, therapeutic and technological services to achieve patient identified goals and optimize wellness and quality of life of individuals who have a chronic complex condition. Complex Care provides transitional care to support individuals needs in anticipation of a return to a community setting (ie. home or other residential living), or to receive palliative and end of life care.


The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) provides nursing care for clients to promote health and assess need for provision of care and treatment of health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative and rehabilitation means in order to attain or maintain optimal function. The RPN role models professional values, beliefs and attributes, and practices in accordance with the SJHH mission and values, policies and procedures, and College of Nurses Standards and Guidelines. A high level of collaboration between RPN and RN is required to ensure safe and effective care. The RPN provides care for less complex clients whose outcomes are more predictable and risk for negative outcomes is low. The RPN is accountable to recognize changes in acuity and/or complexity in client needs and consulting with a Registered Nurse (RN) in determining next steps in provision of care.

  • Current registration with the College of Nurse of Ontario required.
  • Education in one of the below categories is required:

a) Practical Nursing Diploma from an accredited Community College program with evidence of IV medication administration as part of the basic educational curriculum.

b) Practical Nursing Diploma from an accredited Community College program and IV medication administration certificate from an accredited Community College program if not included in basic diploma curriculum.

c) Practical Nursing Certificate from an accredited Community College program, a medication administration certificate and an IV medication certificate from an accredited Community College program.
  • Current BCLS/HCP certification required
  • Demonstrated knowledge, sensitivity and expertise in the care of seniors and their families
  • Demonstrated ability to function to the full scope of nursing practice per the College of Nurse of Ontario.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) with patients/clients, families and other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and organize work in response to client/patient needs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of transfers and lifts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, sensitivity and expertise in the care of seniors and their families.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning, professional development, and continuous quality improvement.
  • Basic skill level with computers, MS Word, Internet searches, data entry and patient information systems.

Complex Care-specific Qualifications:
  • Previous experience and demonstrated ability to work with ventilator-dependent, bariatric and dialysis patient populations preferred.
  • Previous experience and demonstrated expertise working with geriatric patient population preferred, including knowledge of medications and side effects and Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) applicable to consumers of geriatric services.
  • Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) for Dementia Care certification preferred.
  • Wound management training an asset.


Hourly: $33.11...$34.53...$35.97 (plus 14% in lieu of benefits)


Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

St. Joe's fosters an environment where we celebrate diversity, where teams reflect the diversity of the community in which we serve, enhancing the connection to patients, clients, community, and each other.

St. Joseph's Nursing Vision is to make a difference in the lives of those we care for, our organization, and the future of our community through achievement of excellence in nursing and commitment to a culture of nursing innovation, empowerment, leadership and accountability.

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