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Community Nurse (Registered Practical Nurse) - Peel Addiction Assessment and Referral Centre (PAARC)

Oct 30, 2020
Mississauga, Ontario

PAARC is seeking two mature, confident, responsible, professional Registered Practical Nurses to join our team to provide high quality services to those living with substance use, co-occurring emotional health and mental health issues, and people concerned about gambling and gaming behaviour, and internet dependency.

PAARC is a non-profit, community-based agency, providing a wide variety of services to persons with substance use and gambling concerns, and those living with concurrent emotional and mental health concerns.  PAARC offers a person-centred philosophy, including a harm reduction approach, to a wide range of client populations, and partners with many other agencies to provide integrated care.

Under the supervision of a clinical supervisor, the work will be conducted in the community, visiting clients in their homes, at other organizations, in PAARC’s various office locations, or at mutually-agreeable and safe locations within our geographic area, in person and using virtual platforms. 

PAARC offers a 35-hour work week, with a combination of day and afternoon shifts.  Day hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with an unpaid hour for meals, and afternoon hours are 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm, with an unpaid half hour for meals.

PAARC offers competitive benefits for eligible employees, with a strong commitment to coaching and professional development. 

Who is our ideal candidate? 

  • Are you professional, mature, and humble?
  • Do see the best in others and support their strengths?
  • Do you seek learning opportunities to build knowledge, skill and character?
  • Do you demonstrate a high level of accountability and integrity?
  • Do you seek to contribute to the success of others?
  • Do you demonstrate adaptability and resiliency?
  • Are you results-oriented?
  • Do you have a strong work ethic?
  • Do you demonstrate good work habits and stand up as a positive role model?
  • Can you demonstrate good clinical skills that include engagement, active listening, appropriate boundaries, and closure skills?
  • Do you have a balanced sense of self and demonstrate excellent emotional health? 
  • Can you demonstrate excellent record keeping?
  • Are you productive in a fast-paced environment with distractions?
  • Can you work in various settings, including interior office space, shared space, and with various levels of noise?

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage with clients to contribute to multi-disciplinary comprehensive assessments for substance use, physical, emotional and mental health concerns, and other social determinants of health
  • Contributing to the preparation of treatment plans, tailored to each individual client, for substance use and physical, emotional and mental health concerns
  • Prepare goal plans that serve as a roadmap for clients to optimize their wellness and make referrals to appropriate resources
  • Conduct risk and psychosocial assessments, using appropriately validated tools
  • Engage in individual and group sessions with clients, to promote wellness and support the achievement of health-related goals
  • Provide coordinated care to family members and significant others
  • Engage with other service providers to optimize integrated care
  • Positively participate in team meetings, supervision, case conference, service resolution meetings, planning meetings, and staff meetings
  • Maintain current information of community resources
  • Maintain thorough and timely documentation, files, related reports and data entry, based on best practices

Key Qualifications:

  • Designation Registered Practical Nurse certification, and active registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Excellent knowledge of substance use and co-occurring issues
  • Strong engagement and assessment skills
  • Awareness of the systemic issues of racism, oppression, poverty, and marginalization
  • Knowledge of various philosophies regarding substance use, with a balanced approach
  • Exceptionally strong practice of professional ethics, boundaries, and accountability
  • Strong and healthy communication and critical thinking skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team context
  • Ability to work in multiple office and community settings, in artificial lighting, and using appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Proficient with Windows-based computer systems and databases
  • Certification in GAIN Q3 MI ONT is a strong asset
  • Ability to speak, at least at an intermediate level, the languages most prominent in the Region of Peel and surrounding areas, as well as French, is a strong asset

A current police record check for working with vulnerable populations is required for all clinical positions at PAARC.

PAARC is an equal opportunity employer.  We invite applications from diverse population groups and strive to reflect the diversity of the community in which we serve.

All applications must include a covering letter, clearly describing suitability for the position.  Applications without a covering letter will not be moved forward.  To be considered, applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.

PAARC provides availability of accommodations for disabilities, where needed, to support applicants’ participation in our recruitment process.  To inquire about accommodations, please call 905-629-1007, extension ‘227’.

We thank all applicants; however, due to high response volumes, we are able to respond to only those to be interviewed.  PAARC uses the services of an external organization to support our recruitment efforts; applicants may be contacted by a representative of The Healthy Future Group for an initial telephone interview.

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