Job Posting 99401

Registered Practical Nurse
St. Leonard's Community Services Inc.
Hamilton area
closed 10 days ago (Tue, 13 Feb)
full time  •  Hourly wage range: $27.19 - $29.33 plus shift premiums and comprehensive benefits.


The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) provides direct patient care within residential Withdrawal Management and Treatment Services to the full scope of practice for an RPN. Client needs are met by providing screening, intake assessment, withdrawal symptom monitoring using evidence-based protocols, administration of medication, provision of physical care, and contribution to development of a collaborative and comprehensive clinical discharge plan. 


As an RPN working in this setting you enjoy collaboration across an interdisciplinary team, more focused care on a smaller number of clients than in most healthcare settings, more autonomy over your work, and meaningful contribution to an under-served area of healthcare. You make a difference!  Here is what our nursing team is saying about their role at WMTS:


“I feel like I am actually making a difference in people’s lives, seeing them grow and change while they are at St. Leonard’s Community Services. At the hospital it is running from room to room without opportunity to really talk with those you are caring for. It is a good feeling at the end of my shift to know I did make a difference.”


“Being a nurse in Addictions and Mental Health at St. Leonard’s Community Services is where client-centric care meets professional autonomy. I feel like I have a nursing job without traditional bedside duties! I have said goodbye to overnights; our roles prioritize work life balance and the opportunity to make a lasting impact for clients and the community. This is the role that will elevate your nursing career where every day you engage and empower.”


“As a nurse in Addictions and Mental Health, I have played a pivotal role in supporting and guiding individuals towards recovery and fostering resilience. This specialized area has enabled me to build one on one therapeutic relationships, work with autonomy, and witness positive transformations. This niche nursing role is the perfect intersection of compassion and clinical skills that has empowered me to make impactful differences for individuals and the community.”


The RPN:

  • Adheres to CNO Standards of Practice and demonstrates practice competencies
  • Conducts in-person and telephone screening of clients prior to admission
  • Completes comprehensive client intakes
  • Monitors clinical condition, withdrawal symptoms, administers oral and injectable medications and documents client care effectively
  • Identifies clients requiring higher level of care and facilitates transfer to, and return from, hospital if required
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary support team members, such as Nurse Practitioner and Withdrawal Management Workers, and external partners (i.e., pharmacy, RAAM medical team, hospital) to ensure safe and effective practice and continuity of care
  • Collects specimens such as blood, urine, and blood glucose
  • Assists with medication reconciliation and EMR chart maintenance
  • Maintains a safe and clean facility


Hours of work: 36 hours per week (four 9-hour shifts). Wednesday through Saturday, rotating days (7 am – 4 pm) and afternoons (3 pm to 12 am)


Training and Capacity Building: Interested in the role but don’t have experience specific to addictions?  We can work with a compassionate approach and willingness to learn!  We will collaborate on a training and capacity building plan to grow skill and confidence in working with our client population.  We also support ongoing professional development.      



Hourly wage range: $27.19 - $29.33 and comprehensive benefits. $1 per hour shift premium for weekend work. Note: hourly wage currently under review.  


The Perks

  • Reimbursement for CNO registration costs
  • Fitness Benefit for gym memberships, exercise equipment and lessons for various physical activities for all staff and their families
  • Employee Assistance Plan for all staff and their families
  • Paid Time Off for all staff, including 15 Wellness Hours, 60 hours of Personal Leave Time and 112.5 Vacation Hours annually
  • Fun events for all staff
  • Participation in RSP/TFSA plans for all staff, with Agency pension match for Full Time and eligible Part Time staff
  • Group health, vision, dental and travel insurance plans where premiums are 100% paid by the Agency
  • An Agency committed to ensuring your physical and mental health/safety is paramount
  • No hospital parking costs or union dues
  • No overnight shifts



  • Registration in Good Standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • Practical Nurse Diploma from a program recognized by CNO
  • Ideal candidates will have related clinical experience in an addictions or mental health setting (experience in the management of withdrawal from substances is preferred)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CNO Standards of Practice and commitment to maintaining reflective practice
  • Proof of valid First Aid/CPR certification
  • Proficiency in MS Office and be familiar with databases
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to manage frequent exposure to direct and vicarious traumatic stress


Start date:  As soon as possible



St. Leonard’s Community Services Brantford has been an established part of the community for more than 50 years, and is accredited for our excellence in serving children, youth, adults, and families.


Our Values

These aren’t just “lip-service” to us – we work and live by them.  If you do, too, we want to talk to you!

  • Inclusive – we value everyone and their unique perspectives and journeys
  • Compassionate – we care about our clients, our staff, partners, and the communities we serve
  • Collaborative – we work together to support our clients and community
  • Integrity – we hold ourselves accountable and are fair, trustworthy, and dedicated to our mission to empower people to achieve their vision of independence, health, and wellbeing
  • Innovative – we are open to change and continuous improvement
  • Genuine – we are honest, respectful, and authentic with our clients, each other, and our partners
  • Optimistic – we believe that everyone can accomplish their goals


St. Leonard’s Community Services Inc. is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  We acknowledge that we live and work on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wyandot, the Haudenosaunee, and some of the Ojibwa Nation.  The territory is mutually covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this community, on this territory.  We also acknowledge that the settler population has been able to benefit from this beautiful land.  We are all treaty members and will strive to act in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and center their voices.


The Agency values the diverse and intersectional identities of its clients and staff.  The Agency regards equity and diversity as an integral part of excellent community service and is committed to accessibility for all staff.  The Agency seeks applicants who embrace our values and beliefs around respect for the dignity and diversity of our clients, staff, and community.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


The Agency encourages applications from all qualified individuals.  If you are an applicant with disabilities and require accommodations, please let us know at the time of our contact so that we may arrange for their provision.


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