Registered Practical Nurse

Agency Profile:

Our Mission: To be a Recognized Leader in Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Our Community

Our Values: We Believe in: Equity of Access; Prevention, Early Identification and Intervention; Community Awareness through Information and Knowledge; Collaboration, Service Integration and Strategic Partnerships; Respecting Diversity; Empowerment and Inclusion; Excellence and Innovation.

Job Description:

Housing First is an alternative to a system of emergency shelter/transitional housing progressions. Rather than moving homeless individuals through different "levels" of housing, Housing First moves the homeless individual or household immediately from the streets or homeless shelters into their own apartments. Clients will have serious mental illness that is often accompanied with substance abuse, history of involvement in the criminal justice system and chronic physical illness. A multi-disciplinary and multilingual team provides a service that is based on intensive case management and assertive outreach.

In collaboration with Housing First Program team, the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) conducts mental and physical health assessments, plans, develops, coordinates and provides treatment and rehabilitation, as well as professional support, and makes referrals to community resources, including community physicians and coordinates consultations from other health professionals. Using an Empowerment/Recovery approach, provides support, assistance, counselling, referrals, and education to clients, and with their permission, their families.

The RPN is responsible for the management and administration of medication within their scope of practice and in consultation with the attending physician.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.

This position reports to and is supervised by the Program Coordinator.


  • Licensed Registered Nurse (B. Sc. N degree) or Registered Practical Nurse (Dipl. N.)
  • Member in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Four or more years experience fulfilling the duties of a registered practical nurse is preferred, however new grads are encouraged to apply
  • A second language (Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Italian, Persian, Punjabi, Korean, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred.
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work with consumers
  • Knowledge of relevant mental health and health information collection legislation
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
  • A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening

Working Conditions:

Office work, community settings, meetings in clients home and travel with clients

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