Job Posting 99935

Registered Practical Nurse - RPN
Addiction Services Central Ontario
York / Durham area
closes in 20 days (Fri, 3 May)
full time  •  $27.97 per hour





Permanent Full-time



Addiction Services Central Ontario (ASCO) is a charitable, community-based addiction services organization with its main office located in Aurora, Ontario and provides programs and services in York Region, South Simcoe and some parts of Toronto. To better reflect the people and communities we serve, our name has changed from Addiction Services for York Region to Addiction Services Central Ontario. Be sure to visit our website:


ASCO unites to offer hope and promote recovery through outstanding service and innovation. Addiction Services Central Ontario takes pride in its passion for client service. Each day presents new opportunities to demonstrate leadership and expertise in addictions to the community. ASCO embraces a holistic, biological, psychological, social and spiritual approach to addiction. A holistic approach places the person at the centre. The agency uses a harm reduction approach in addiction treatment and equally respects individuals who choose abstinence or harm reduction. ASCO’s four strategic priorities are: Organizational Excellence, Building Awareness, Service Expansion and Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations.


Addictions Withdrawal Management provides assistance with voluntary withdrawal from alcohol and/or other substances for clients who are under the influence of these substances and/or in withdrawal or otherwise in crisis directly related to these substances. Clients may be simultaneously accessing residential support services, or they may be residing in their home, the home of a significant other or in another community setting, supervised or unsupervised. Care may be provided with or without the aid of drug therapy and/or other medical interventions. Additional support such as discharge planning and early recovery education is provided. Addictions Withdrawal Management provides comprehensive, inter-professional, holistic outpatient addictions care for clients and their families affected by substance use, generally alcohol and opioid use disorders.


The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) will co-ordinate nursing services that individuals require for substance use disorders. The RPN will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team which includes medical (physicians/nurse practitioners, nurses) and non-medical staff (Addictions Counsellors/Case Managers/Peer Support Workers, Information/ Referral/Intake, Admin), and will work in a harm reduction context. Addictions Withdrawal Management services are provided throughout the Central Local Health Integration Network (Central LHIN) boundaries. The RPN will conduct client assessments and implement treatment plans according to the needs and preferences of each client.      


ASCO also offers Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinics. The RAAM Model allows for walk-in and planned appointments, thus promoting low access barriers for service. Services provide an addictions treatment pathway between emergency departments and the primary care sector. The clinics will provide clinical oversight, pharmacotherapy prescribing, case management and outreach to increase access to additional community-based services, peer support and counselling. The program can accept client self-referrals as well as referrals from a clinician or primary care provider. An initial consultation is followed by treatment planning, medication, peer support, case management and/or counselling as well as follow-up and on-going support to the client’s primary care provider.


ASCO is required to follow all public health and provincial directives as well as of those of our Ontario Health Team partners as related to the pandemic and other health issues that may come forward, including but not limited to vaccination requirements.


Addiction Services Central Ontario is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual for the position of Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) within ASCO’s various RAAM and Community clinics, including the expansion of RAAM clinics through the OHT Eastern York Region North Durham clinic and the RPN will be supporting the Wellness Collaborative partners in our quality improvement initiatives in person and, at times, virtual.


The position to be filled is a Permanent Full-time position, for 35 hours per week., with a minimum of two evenings per week, providing services throughout York Region, North York and North Durham. Weekend work is also expected (i.e. some Saturdays). The hourly wage rate is $27.97.


Why work at ASCO?

  • 3 weeks’ Vacation to start; 4 weeks after one (1) year of continuous service
  • HOOPP Pension Plan for Permanent Full-time and Part-time staff
  • 3 Flex Days to be taken throughout the year
  • 15 days’ Paid Personal time
  • Education Allowance provided up to $300 per fiscal year
  • 5 Education Days per fiscal year provided for personal and professional development
  • Comprehensive Benefits package
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Various employer-paid training programs
  • Mileage reimbursement when required
  • Free parking




  • Is familiar with, and committed to the organization’s Vision, Mission, and Values.
  • Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to organizational policies and procedures.
  • Follows all health and safety policies and procedures as per our Health & Safety
  • Program, and actively maintains a healthy & safe work environment through both actions and words.
  • Contributes to the overall professional appearance of work site.
  • Functions in accordance with relevant professional standards of practice.
  • Regularly updates professional knowledge through educational events, workshops, and profession related reading and training.
  • Takes part in regular supervision with the Nurse Practitioner, providing necessary information for review of client files and discussion of appropriate interventions, and sets professional goals where required related to skill and knowledge acquisition.
  • Engages in regular performance reviews and provides feedback concerning own performance.
  • Accepts direction from the Nurse Practitioner and provides feedback concerning client and service issues.
  • Follows proper reporting procedures for actual or potential accidents and/or incidents to ensure follow-up and prevention.
  • Assessment, evaluation, planning and revision of client care.  Ensures all client paperwork is completed according to standards of the clinic and agency requirements.
  • Performs delegated independent nursing functions using established procedures, policies, guidelines and standards.
  • Performs selected tasks related to client care and the client’s environment in a safe manner.
  • Provides psycho-educational support and collaborate with clients to develop safety plans.
  • Carries out Nurse Practitioner and/or physician orders accurately within the RPN scope of practice
  • Identifies and reports irregularities in client care to the appropriate supervisor for next steps
  • Records client status and treatments using the appropriate format.
  • Ensures client care is provided with an Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism (AOAR) framework and through an AOAR lens
  • Understands all legal and policy implications of recording information accurately and adhere to all privacy legislation and regulations and agency policies, protocols, guidelines and procedures.
  • Submits and updates records of all client information correctly and in a timely fashion, as per agency protocols.
  • Assures that equipment used is well maintained, used appropriately, tracked and returned.
  • Monitors all client care and its effectiveness and makes recommendations for improvement through treatment planning.
  • Demonstrates ability to observe boundaries, engage in appropriate emotional regulation.
  • Assists in promoting and planning  strategies that promote healthy life-style, self care and disease prevention .
  • Participates in scheduled meetings and staff development training.
  • Establishes collaborative partnerships with clients that involve non-judgmental listening and client-directed goal setting that fosters independence, self-determination, competence and hope, by employing strengths-based principles and practices.
  • Develops long term goals, short term objectives to meet their goals, and concrete action steps to achieve the goals and objectives of the client.
  • Provides information about community resources to clients, and with their permission, family and significant others.
  • Possesses knowledge of Methadone and Buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment
  • Possesses the ability to work in a harm reduction context.
  • Sees clients with substance use issues and concurrent disorders at the clinic with or without scheduled and urgent appointments, and in the community,, during regular and extended hours. (we don’t conduct home visits)
  • Provides appropriate support to clients who have reported actions that are contrary to the Health & Safety program, or who have engaged in actions that are contrary to the program.
  • As applicable, works with clients to identify safety issues, and develop prevention and response strategies.
  • Provides crisis intervention to clients when needed.
  • Maintains timely and comprehensive documentation of plans, summaries, client contacts and interventions and any other client issues in clients’ files, including in agency databases and information management systems.
  • Maintains clear and concise client records that are based upon facts and observations, avoiding opinion or subjective conclusions.
  • Performs and submits monthly data collection on statistical trends, patterns and demographics at various RAAM Clinics.
  • Maintains all clinical records and reports consistent with agency protocols and regulations.
  • Develops and maintains extensive knowledge of the supports and services in York Region, North York and surrounding areas.
  • Establishes effective working relationships with hospitals, physicians, community mental health and addiction providers, and other community agencies and resources and helps clients to negotiate with services and engage in self-advocacy.
  • Actively works with partner agencies and community professionals to develop and implement a treatment plan for each client.
  • Advocates ensuring that services and supports are meeting clients’ needs.
  • Develops an advocacy plan in collaboration with clients to ensure access to addiction and/or mental health services, and to address any other identified issues.
  • Engages in systemic advocacy to address issues of inequality and injustice with the support of the Nurse Practitioner.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.




  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing required.
  • Current RPN designation from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), with no limitations to practice.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification required.
  • Knowledgeable regarding the nursing process and its application, including the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care
  • Ability to work in a harm reduction context; solid understanding and experience of
  • addictions
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills
  • High degree of resourcefulness, flexibility and adaptability
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons or facts
  • Strong ethics, along with a commitment to privacy
  • Ability to work with a variety of client presenting situations, personalities and level of ability
  • Able to work both on a team and independently
  • A working knowledge of data management systems; Catalyst knowledge preferred
  • A successful Police Vulnerable Sector check, as per agency policies and procedures
  • A valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle
  • Ability to work a minimum of two (2) evenings a week and weekends, as scheduled
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to provide services in French and any additional languages a definite asset



Deadline to apply: Until Filled


The process we will undertake to recruit for this role includes:

  • Initial screening of resumes and covering letters
  • Those who are successful in moving through the initial screening process, will be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview.
  • Those who are successful in the telephone interview will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview to gain a better understanding of the role, as well as, provide you the opportunity to discuss how your experience fits well with this opportunity.


We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code, and we encourage you to reflect upon the diversity you would bring to this role within your application. We are wholly committed to integration and to building a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and is given the opportunity to fully contribute, ensuring an equal employment environment without discrimination or harassment, while maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We remain committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.


ASCO is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2 persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Applicants who require special accommodation in order to complete their application/interview are encouraged to contact our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which will enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 




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