Registered Practical Nurse

  • Posted:Nov 20, 2020
  • Apply by:Dec 03, 2020
  • Job Type
  • Contract / Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Alliston, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

We are looking for a Registered Practical Nurse on our Assertive Community Treatment Team

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Registered Practical Nurse to join our passionate, dedicated, and "BRAVE" team! If you are a professional who is interested in supporting clients in the community who are experiencing significant challenges with activities of daily living, and functioning across all domains, than this position is for you!

Closing Date: December 3, 2020

Contract: 18 month, full-time, position available. 35 hours per week. Some evening and weekends hours may be required

Benefits: Full Extended Health & Dental benefits & Pension Plan after applicable waiting period. Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days.

Competition #: 2020-071

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting all public health protocols and physical distancing . During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Registered Practical Nurse will be working primarily in the community and our Alliston Office (35 Victoria St E, Unit 1, Alliston, ON  L9R 1T3) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile:

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 conducts mental and physical health assessments, develops plans, coordinates and provides treatment and rehabilitation, as well as professional support. The RPN makes referrals to community resources, including community physicians, and coordinates consultations from other health professionals. Using an Empowerment/Recovery approach, the RPN 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 ACTT psychiatrist. The RPN works collaboratively with other team members, sharing shift management responsibilities. They may be assigned to different programs as required based on need. (i.e. Case Management, etc.).

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 in a collaborative environment and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.


  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)
  • 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
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Experience with administration, injection, side effects and iatrogenic manifestations of psychotropic medications, especially the newer neuroleptics
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing serious mental illness, concurrent disorders and dual diagnosis (developmental disability and/or traumatic brain injury) is preferred
  • A second language (French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu, French) reflecting the local community is preferred
  • Excellent health assessment skills, sound clinical judgment and diagnostic skills
  • Four or more years’ experience as an RPN, preferably in a mental health setting
  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Nurses
  • Licensed Registered Nurse (B. Sc. N degree) or Registered Practical Nurse (Dipl. N.)
  • Experience working as a case management in mental health and addictions.

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.

This position reports to, and is supervised by Manager, People and Team, Assertive Community Treatment Team, South Simcoe

Working Conditions:

Office work, community settings (both remote rural and urban), meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients.


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.

Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams.  It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence-based and transformational impact.  We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other.  We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication.  We have been a National Non-Profit Employer of Choice for five consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email AODA@cmha-yr.on.ca

Application Procedures:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please click on the "Apply Now" button above and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume.

Complete the application form and submit the following:

  1. Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want this role and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word)
  2. Resume (PDF or Word)

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

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

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