Boyle McCauley Health Centre’s Pathways to Housing Program in Edmonton ends homelessness for people who have a serious, persistent mental illness (such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder), usually co-occurring with addictions and medical and social problems, by:
- providing access to permanent independent housing without requiring treatment or sobriety as a precondition for housing; and
- providing outreach community support and treatment with a philosophy that is founded in the principles of consumer choice and harm reduction, using both evidence-based Best Practices and innovative approaches.
Nurses are part of an inter-disciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team that:
- provides comprehensive wrap-around treatment, support and rehabilitation/recovery services;
- uses a team case management model to form treatment/recovery plans as a team using a person-centred approach;
- spends half of their time providing generalized supports that may not be part of their professional discipline, such as providing assistance with housing, life skills and tasks of daily living.
- are responsible specifically for the management and administration of medication and medical/psychiatric issues in conjunction with the Psychiatrist and Family Physician team members;
- will often be called upon to do psychiatric and medical triage by the other team members from which an intervention plan will be developed, communicated and acted upon; and
- participate in a lead or conjoint role in developing and delivering program components such as health and wellness education.
This is a permanent, full-time position. Regular hours of work are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. However, some flexibility around actual work hours is required, and each Team Member is on 24/7 on-call, approximately 7 weeks per year. A reliable vehicle is required as Team Members drive daily for Client visits, most of which occur in Clients’ homes or elsewhere in the community.
Salary range is
LPN $42,447 to $54,174 per year ($21.76-$27.78 per hour)
RN $63,520 to $81,070 per year ($32.57 to $41.57 per hour)
In addition, we have a comprehensive health benefits package.
- Eligible for registration with CLPNA or CARNA
- Experience in one of more of following areas:
- acute psychiatry and crisis intervention/emergency services;
- mental health services in a community treatment setting;
- Assertive Community Treatment;
- working in addictions, concurrent disorders and/or Housing First; and/or
- providing outreach services in a ‘street/inner city/chronic homelessness’ environment or equivalent.
- Knowledge of best practices in
- working with people with complex co-occurring serious mental illness, addiction and medical issues;
- client centered, strength-based recovery treatments/rehabilitation strategies;
- Housing First/Pathway to Housing models; and
- Harm Reduction philosophy.
- Experience in setting up and managing a medication management system (inventory control, safety, accountability).
- Experience in providing medical triage assessment and interventions.
- Successful experience in inter-disciplinary teamwork.
- Communication skills/literacy: written, oral, computer
- Valid driver’s license (non-GDL) and use of personal car is a must