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Registered Practical Nurse

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted March 15, 2023.


Registered Practical Nurse
Medical Withdrawal Service
Acute Care Program

Position Description
The Medical Withdrawal Service (MWS) is an exciting inpatient service within the Acute Care Program at CAMH. We are seeking a full-time, permanent RPN to join this supportive team. MWS supports adult clients with severe substance use and/or complex pain disorders who require medically-supervised withdrawal and rotation to safer substances. Using principles of harm reduction and measurement-based care, Registered Practical Nurses are an essential part of this collaborative and welcoming team. You will continuously assess physiologic stability, mental status, risks, functional ability, motivation and client skills.

You will use evidence-based, standardized pharmacological protocols and will develop the skills needed to accurately assess and monitor client progress. You will administer medications safely via IV, perform wound care and prevent further physical destabilization of client health. Successful RPN candidates are well supported by the team during a robust orientation, which includes dedicated support from the Advance Practice Clinical Leader and Nurse Educator. Unit orientation focuses on developing and refining the knowledge and skills needed to work safely and provide excellent, life-preserving care to a vulnerable population.

RPNs in MWS collaborate to develop, implement and evaluate inter-professional plans of care. You will be supported to participate in reflective practice, and provide mentorship and supervision to students. You will have the opportunity to take on leadership and career development activities, while supporting a workplace that embraces diversity and teamwork. You will ensure safe practice according to the Practice Standards (CNO) and Canadian Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (CFMHN).

Required Skills

  • Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills with clients, families and the interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate competency in monitoring, assessment and documentation for:
    • Mental health and substance-related disorders
    • Trauma-responsive behaviours
    • Mental status and physical health assessments
    • Client response to pharmaceutical interventions
  • Demonstrate motivation to develop knowledge and skills of trauma-informed care, culturally competent care, crisis intervention, mental health and addiction diagnoses and treatment modalities
  • Demonstrate motivation to develop group facilitation skills

This position requires 12-hour shift work and some weekend work and is located at the Queen Street Site.


  • Be registered in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Current B.C.L.S. (CPR) certificate is required
  • Preference will be given to candidates who possess, or are pursuing a CNA certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing experience with individuals with mental illness and/or addictions is an asset
  • Effective leadership, decision-making, organizational and problem solving skills are required
  • Computer literacy is required
  • Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language is an asset.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note: This full-time, permanent position is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $28.18 – $33.65 per hour

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CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.