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Registered Nurse - Consumption and Treatment Services - Regent Park Community Health Centre

Sep 21, 2020
Downtown Toronto (Regent Park / Port of Toronto), Ontario

We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary health care, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy. We currently have the following opening on our Community Health Team:

                                 Registered Nurse Consumption Treatment Services (CTS)

                                                   Part-time Contract to March 31, 2021

                                                                     21 hours per week

                                                   Salary Range: $33.69 to $40.59 per hour


The Consumption Treatment Service (CTS) Nurse assists in the provision of direct patient care and community services in order to improve the health of the Regent Park Community.

The CTS Nurse works collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary CTS staff team that strives for excellence in client-centered care and education. Using a client-centered, anti-oppression and harm reduction approach, the CTS Nurse will supervise participants administering their own pre-obtained drug injections, provide safer injection education/support monitor service users for adverse reactions, assess, respond to and manage overdose events, initiate emergency responses as necessary, provide basic primary care to address injection drug use issues and make referrals to other health and social service providers.

Specific duties:

  • Greets and engages clients, assesses eligibility for the CTS, initiates intake into the service and orients them to the service, space and CTS client agreements.
  • Supports a welcoming, non-judgmental relaxed space for clients.
  • Assess client knowledge of consumption process and works to achieve the best possible health outcomes for each client.
  • Supervise CTS clients to administer their own consumptions.
  • Provide education and supportive counselling using a harm reduction, trauma informed approach to clients regarding safer consumption techniques and in such matters as sexual health.
  • Assesses, responds and manages overdoses events. Provides overdose prevention education.
  • Initiates emergency response if necessary, as per established protocols.
  • Works with other CTS staff to maintain flow of clients into and out of each client area of the CTS.

Qualifications and Skills required:

  • Current certification as a Registered Nurse in the Province of Ontario required.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ nursing experience is required, in a community setting or combination of community and hospital or public health settings.
  • Experience working with people who use drugs is required
  • Experience in primary care within a street/outreach nursing setting is an asset.
  • Experience working with racialized populations, Indigenous peoples, women who engage in sex work, prisoners/ex-prisoners, people with mental health challenges, and people who have experienced trauma, is an asset.
  • Knowledge and understanding of substance use and overdose response
  • Ability to work collaboratively within and across teams
  • Understanding of Anti-oppression principles and ability to work effectively with people of various cultural, age and economic backgrounds
  • Knowledge of the Regent Park area and issues affecting the community, including services and resources available for clients
  • Must be available to work extended hours (evenings, weekends) as required

Regent Park CHC is committed to equity and employment practices.  Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals who are Indigenous people, members of racialized communities, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, persons with disabilities and other protected under the Human Rights Code as well as individuals with lived experience in the Regent Park community. This is a bargaining unit position with OPSEU local 5115.

Please submit your resume and cover letter, indicating title in the subject line, by August 3, 2020 to:


                                                  465 Dundas Street East Toronto, ON M5A 2B2

No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. RPCHC is committed to developing an inclusive, selection process and work environment. If contacted, please advise the hiring manager if you require any accommodation during the interview process.

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