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Registered Nurse

Aug 23, 2017
Toronto, Ontario
Early Career
Job Classification Title REGISTERED NURSE SSHA
Job ID # 2270329 X
Division Shelter, Support & Housing Admin
Section Homelessness Initiatives & Prevention Services
Job Stream Health
Job Type Part-time, Part-Time
Salary/Rate $37.79 - $41.39 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly) 80.00
Shift Information On an "As Required Basis" only, Monday to Friday
Affiliation L79 Unit B PT
Number of Positions Open 1
Posting Date 09-Aug-2017
Closing Date 23-Aug-2017


Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Registered Nurse within our Shelters, Support, and Housing Administration Division.

NOTE TO CURRENT CITY OF TORONTO LOCAL 79 PART-TIME EMPLOYEES:  If you are a current City of Toronto Local 79 part-time employee, you must indicate that you are a "Current Part-time employee" in the "Custom Information" section of your on-line application form, and provide your "Employee Number" in order to be considered for this job opportunity.

NOTE TO ALL CANDIDATES: Part-time employees are expected to be available to work Monday to Friday, with a minimum of 3 separate days per week. Hours of work will be determined based on operational needs.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develops, evaluates and modifies care plans for clients
  • Provides nursing care, including counselling, instruction, and the coordination of client care (activation and recreation)
  • Examines, measures, and records temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure, serum levels of glucose, weight, and neurological assessments using equipment, i.e. blood pressure cuff, glucometer, stethoscope
  • Assesses the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of client through observation and analysis of test and physical health indicators to evaluate care plan and identify modifications which may be required
  • Accompanies physician and provides information on client condition and progress, and assists with examinations, e.g., positioning, dressing and undressing
  • Transcribes verbal or written Physician's orders for medication or other treatment
  • Prepares precise dosages of medication in accordance with Physician's orders, including narcotic and controlled drugs, and administers to clients
  • Maintains inventory, ensuring medications are properly stored, safe and secure
  • Administers prescribed treatments as ordered by the physician, such as catheterizations, exercise and wound irrigations
  • Administers first aid and emergency health measures, such as CPR
  • Practices sterile techniques and other infection control procedures to minimize the transmission of infection
  • Orders vaccines; monitors vaccine refrigeration temperature & keeps temperature log
  • Assess and charts ill mothers and children; liaises with doctors & nurse practitioner as appropriate. Weighs infants and pregnant women and records progress
  • Prepares and maintains documentation such as charts, nursing records, statistics, and reports
  • Monitors and participates in the personal care of clients, as required; for example, hygiene, feeding, positioning, transferring, ambulation, toileting
  • Works with, liaises, refers and advocates with community resources to coordinate admittances, transfers, departures/deaths, hospitals (acute care, rehabilitation, and palliation), public health department, home care program, ambulance services, diagnostic services, the coroner's office and social services
  • Performs delegated medical acts (duties) i.e. vaccinations, eye irrigations, etc.
  • Counsels, instructs, and confers with clients in planning care: provides emotional support; responds to enquiries and resolves complaints
  • Instructs new mothers in breast feeding, the use of a breast pump and proper bottle feeding
  • Instructs mothers in the symptoms and treatment of various childhood diseases
  • Assesses infant emotional, developmental and physical milestones
  • Instructs pregnant women on what to expect during pregnancy, labour and delivery
  • Teaches parenting skills to groups of high needs mothers
  • Reports indicators of child abuse and/or neglect to Child Welfare agencies
  • Works with women experiencing neo-natal complications, postpartum depression, personality disorders or attachment disorder
  • Works with other agencies such as local hospitals, paediatricians, midwives, Public Health
  • Participates in case conferences and internal/external meetings
  • Provides preventive care & directives, monitors client health symptoms, addresses illness outbreaks
  • Provides training & workshops to staff & clients
  • Provides family planning counselling

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Current RN Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  2. Experience as a registered nurse working with vulnerable and marginalized populations; including those with mental health and addiction issues.
  3. Current CPR Certificate.

You must also have:

  1. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while providing nursing care to clients residing in a homeless shelter, including child care instruction, health promotion and palliation.
  2. Fundamental knowledge and practical application of nursing theory, biological and social sciences to the standard established by provincial nursing legislation.
  3. Knowledge of issues relating to homelessness, such as mental health issues, addiction, and abuse, as well as the ability to provide treatment options and resources to client groups.
  4. Ability to analyze, evaluate and perform holistic assessments/reassessments for clients to establish comprehensive plan options for care and to identify the appropriate category of care provider.
  5. Ability to prioritize and organize work activity, and provide work direction to staff members in order to complete assignments, as required.
  6. Sensitivity, empathy, and understanding of client behaviour and needs with the ability to counsel clients and their children through the development of therapeutic relationships.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to present information in a clear and concise manner.
  8. Ability to work with and collaborate in a team of health care professionals, and other shelter departments to coordinate client care, and share expertise.
  9. Customer service skills working with a diverse group of clients, service providers, the general public and/or staff to address service inquiries, requests, complaints and to provide information.
  10. Knowledge of restorative and health promotion interventions in order to contribute to the development and maintenance of care plans.
  11. Physically capable of lifting, turning and transferring clients manually.
  12. Ability to use a computer to prepare and update reports and retrieve data.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. 

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set-up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly. 

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment.  In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City's hiring process.

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