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