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Registered Practical Nurse

Canadian Mental Health Association - York, South Simcoe
Aurora, Ontario
$54,800 to $58,700 per annum. Candidate experience will be considered when deciding starting salary.
Closing date
Aug 9, 2024

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We are looking for three (3) Registered Practical Nurses to join our passionate, dedicated and "BRAVE" team!!

Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. We offer an inclusive, innovative and high-performance work culture that helps us deliver transformational impact. The organization cares about the growth, safety and well-being of employees and offers:

  • Competitive Total Compensation (including salary, benefits, pension)
  • HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan) is
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits
  • Robust Performance and Career Development program
  • Learning & development opportunities

Learn more about us by visiting:

RPN (2 requested):

Assertive Community Treatment Team - The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) works with clients 16 years of age and older who are experiencing significant challenges with activities of daily living, and functioning across all domains – health, educational, vocational, emotional, social, recreational, and financial as a result of serious and persistent mental illness.

In collaboration with the ACT team, the RPN is responsible for the management and administration of medication within their scope of practice and in consultation with the attending ACTT psychiatrist. The RPN works collaboratively with other team members, sharing shift management responsibilities.

The RPN will also provide follow up nursing care/monitoring to clients being referred to the Clozapine Clinic.


Early Psychosis Intervention: The purpose of early intervention is to use bio-psychosocial, Recovery, and Empowerment approaches, including natural supports to the greatest possible extent, to enable clients to maintain and develop optimum functioning and roles.

The RPN/RN works with clients 16-35 years of age who are experiencing psychosis for the first time or are in the early stages of mental illness. In collaboration with the EPI team, the RPN/RN conducts mental and physical health assessments, conducts metabolic syndrome screening and movement scales assessments and provides requisitions for regular routine lab work. The RPN/RN maintains the CRMS medication database as well as attaching prescriptions and diagnostic results into client notes. The RPN/RN maintains the medication room in good order, ensuring medication samples are available and logged accurately, equipment cleaning and maintenance logs are completed and all nursing policies are adhered to as per Accreditation Canada standards. Another responsibility is the management and administration of medication in conjunction with the attending psychiatrist. A sound knowledge of Psychotropic Medications and related side effects is essential.

The RPN/RN conducts mental and physical health assessments, develops plans, coordinates and provides treatment and rehabilitation, as well as professional support. In collaboration with their team, the RPN/RN conducts mental and physical health assessments, and makes referrals to community resources including community physicians. Using an Empowerment/Recovery approach, the RPN provides support, assistance, counselling, referrals, and education to clients, and with their permission, their families. 

The RPN will also work closely with the clinic psychiatrist to monitor and provide follow-up care for clients that are transitioning out of ACT services.

This position includes case management including a caseload. On this team, case management includes working collaboratively with the client and the team to assess, plan, develop, coordinate and provide treatment, rehabilitation and support. The purpose of early intervention is to utilize and support bio-psychosocial interventions, using natural supports to the greatest extent possible, to enable the client to maintain and develop age-appropriate functioning and roles.


  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Nurses; cannot be in the qualifying stages
  • Four or more years’ experience as an RPN, preferably in a mental health setting
  • Excellent health assessment skills, sound clinical judgment, and diagnostic skills
  • A second language (French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu, French) reflecting the local community is preferred
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act, and PHIPA requirements
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum of $1,000,000 third-party liability insurance, and proof that insurance covers use of a personal vehicle to transport clients
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in the job.

Disclaimer:  In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding, and direction, this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions not noted here.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email

Application Procedure:  If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit and search for the ‘registered practical nurse’ or ‘RPN’, choose the posting you would like to apply for, click on the “Apply Now” button, and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume.

Complete the application form and submit the following:

  • Cover letter with 300 words or less which tells us why you want the role and why you should be considered for this position. (PDF or Word document)
  • Resume (PDF or Word document) (applications received without a Resume attached will not be considered).

CMHA-YRSS is dedicated to promoting employment equity and dismantling obstacles to employment for marginalized communities.  CMHA-YRSS supports the journey to mental wellness, and we welcome applicants with lived experience of mental illness.  In acknowledgment of the systemic underrepresentation faced by Black, Indigenous, racialized peoples, and those living with disabilities, this opportunity has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code3.  We therefore extend invitations for applications from the following groups:

  • Racialized Persons
  • Indigenous Persons
  • Persons living with Disabilities

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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