Job Posting 70017

Registered Practical Nurse - Assertive Community Treatment Team South West
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area, Vaughan
closes in 9 days (Thu, 22 Apr)
full time - term / contract


           Posting Date: April 8, 2021

           Closing Date:  April 22, 2021

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

We are looking for a Registered Practical Nurse in our Assertive Community Treatment Team - South West!

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team!  If you are a nursing professional who is interested in supporting clients in the community who are experiencing significant challenges with activities of daily living, and functioning, then this position is for you!

Closing Date: April 22, 2021

Contract: 1 Year, full-time, position available. 35 hours per week. Some evening and weekends hours may be required

Benefits: Full Extended Health & Dental benefits & Pension Plan after applicable waiting period. Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days.

Competition #: 2021-025

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Registered Practical Nurse will be working primarily in our Vaughan Office (8271 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON, L4K 1Y2) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile:

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.


  • Experience working as a case management in mental health and addictions.
  • Licensed Registered Nurse (B. Sc. N degree) or Registered Practical Nurse (Dipl. N.)
  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Nurses; cannot be in the qualifying stages
  • 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)

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.

This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People & Teams, ACTT-SW Program.

Working Conditions:
Office work, community settings (both remote rural and urban), 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.

Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence-based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We have been a National Non-Profit Employer of Choice for six consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures & Forbes “Canada’s Best Employers 2021”. To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email 

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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