Registered Nurse – ACT Team (Part-time Temporary Position)

Part-time Temporary Position: Registered Nurse – ACT Team

0.6 FTE (21 hours/ 3 days per week)

Mid-February 2018 for one year with possible renewal

Under the direction of the ACT Program Director, and as a member of the ACT Team, the Registered Nurse — ACT (RN-ACT) provides specified medical treatment services and promotes healthy lifestyle choices for all ACT clients. The nurse functions within a health promotion framework and provides primarily mental health medical treatment and physical health medical treatment within the scope of their practice and provide counseling, rehabilitation/recovery, (crisis and long-term) support and advocacy to clients of the team.   The RN-ACT participates in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services for ACT clients.  A large proportion of all client contact occurs independently in the community.

As a non-profit organization, we are accountable to our community for providing quality care.  For this reason, we can only consider applicants who clearly describe how their education, skills, and experience match each of the qualifications listed below in a separate, 2 – 3 page attachment submitted with a résumé and cover letter.


  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a recognized university or combination of nursing diploma and additional relevant training; good standing in and valid license from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Additional training in the field of community mental health (such as psychiatric nursing certificate); additional training in a psychiatric rehabilitation/recovery-based model and familiarity with the Ontario Mental Health Act are assets.
  • Three to five years full-time relevant nursing experience in a community setting or combination of community and hospital or public health settings; experience in a primary care setting, an asset.
  • Thorough knowledge of and proficiency in current nursing physical assessment and treatment methods, case management, and crisis intervention techniques.
  • Experience in providing rehabilitation and support functions to mental health clients and assisting in activities of daily living. Experience in applying principles of psychosocial rehabilitation/recovery, practices of case coordination and working in transdisciplinary teams with mental health professionals.
  • Experience and interest in working with marginalized and diverse clientele, such as low-income, high-needs, newcomer, and a variety of multicultural communities. Thorough knowledge and understanding of community resources, relevant city service-provider networks, and community-based health care.
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with a harm reduction approach
  • Ability to maintain mature problem-solving attitude when dealing with acutely ill, intoxicated, suicidal, angry or hostile clients and hazardous working conditions (i.e. exposure to communicable diseases, pest infestations, body fluids, second-hand smoke and high-risk drug paraphernalia).
  • Ability to to work with minimal supervision in a high stress environment and to work effectively in a crisis situation.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and verbal communication skills with clients and their families; excellent written skills for documentation purposes.
  • Excellent issue management skills including time management, conflict management and resolution, problem-solving, prioritizing and multi-tasking. Administrative skills in completing reports and maintaining client charts/records.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and software applications, including Microsoft Office programs, client database software, and electronic record keeping in a client services setting.
  • Personal Suitability: A strong commitment toward and belief in a recovery-model client-centred practice; non-judgmental attitude; commitment to the team; ability to establish supportive and trusting relationships with persons with mental illness; personal experience as a consumer of mental health services or family involvement of mental health services would be considered an asset. Sensitivity to the needs of marginalized and diverse clientele (low-income, high-needs, newcomer, and a variety of multicultural communities); commitment to health promotion concepts, strategies, and philosophy; commitment to community-based health care and social services, and strength-based philosophy and practices
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and regular access to a vehicle required.
  • Able to work weekdays and occasional evening, weekend, and on-call shifts.
  • Fluency in French is highly desired. Fluency in a third language relevant to our client population is an asset.

Salary range: $33.00 – $38.82 per hour + 4% vacation pay

Send required application materials (cover letter, resumé, and attachment described above) quoting reference # RNPT- ACT-36W by 12:30pm  Monday, January 24, 2018 to HR Manager, CCHC, 900 Merivale Rd. Ottawa, ON K1Z 5Z8; fax (613) 761-1805; email (in MS Word or PDF format, with name and reference # in the subject header).

If at any stage in the selection process you require an accommodation, please let us know the nature of the required accommodation.

Carlington Community Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer who values the diversity of individuals in our programs and services.