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Canadian Mental Health Association- Peel Branch

Registered Nurse, RAAM

Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic (RAAM) – Brampton, Ontario
Department Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic (RAAM)
Employment Type 2 FTE Perm
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $63,600 - $73,600

The Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin Branch is recruiting for Two (2) Registered Nurses for their Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic who is looking for a career in the challenging and fast growing sector of Mental Health and Addictions.

This position will work to provide addiction services to clients at the Rapid Access Addition Clinic (RAAM), including initial screening and assessment, treatment planning, brief intervention and monitoring of anti-craving medication in the community following induction at RAAM.

The Registered Nurse (RN) in the RAAM program is responsible for assisting clients in developing skills to manage substance misuse and/or planning for solution focused, time limited services. They will provide care to clients with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders in a variety of community settings, including Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinics and outreach for withdrawal management at various locations. The position involves working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team including Nurse Practitioner, Concurrent Disorder Specialists, Pharmacy and Psychiatry.

Overview of program:

The Rapid Access Model allows for walk in and planned appointments, thus promoting low barrier for service. Priority group is adults aged 25-50 with opioid addictions and opioid addiction/mental illness. Other opioid addiction clients would also be supported as well as increased capability to serve alcoholic population seeking medical support.

The clinics will provide clinical oversight pharmacotherapy prescribing, counselling, case management and outreach to increase access to additional community based services and provide a pathway between Emergency Departments and Primary Care sector. The clinics operate over the 5 Care Collaboratives in the CW LHIN, Brampton, Bramalea, Bolton/Caledon, Dufferin, North Etobicoke/West Woodbridge/Malton area.

The program can accept client’s self-referral as well as referral from a clinician or primary care physician. An initial consultation is followed by treatment planning, including medication, counselling, referral to community program, follow up and on-going support to the clients primary care physician.

This is a full-time permanent position working 37.5 hours a week. The incumbent will work out of CMHA Peel Dufferin’s Brampton site. The position reports to the Program Manager.  

Salary range is $63,600 - $73,600  per year

CMHA Peel Dufferin offers a competitive overall compensation package which includes: 

Four weeks paid vacation (accrued), eighteen paid personal days per year (accrued), Two Flexible Days annually, HOOPP pension plan, Professional development opportunities within the agency, Excellent benefits including Heath and Dental coverage, Employee Family Assistance Program and access to a wellness fund benefit.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Working knowledge of chemical dependency, including the pathophysiology of substance abuse and withdrawal. 

  2. Collaborate with mental health and addiction service providers to support the mental health, addiction and primary care health needs of clients who may be in crisis or involved with community mental health and addictions agencies.

  3. Conduct comprehensive bio-psychosocial model of care and best practices for concurrent disorders.

  4. Communicate information, both verbally and in writing regarding assessments, treatment plans and evaluations to the treatment team, client, referral source and other caregivers within practice/agency/legal guidelines.

  5. Participate in regular staff meetings and treatment planning review meetings and to provide the nursing perspective.

  6. Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and other medical services, under the direction of the prescribing physicians.

  7. Develop, maintain, and supervise psychopharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures including transcribing, administering, evaluating, and recording psychotropic medications prescribed by the Nurse Practitioners or Psychiatrist; evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects; and arrange for required lab work according to protocol.

  8. Under the direction of the  Psychiatrist  organize and manage the system of getting medication to clients and integrating medication administration tightly into clients’ individual treatment plans and providing direction and guidance to other team members.

  9. Under the direction of the psychiatrist and in collaboration with other registered nurses within the agency, manage pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

  10. In collaboration with the Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatrist, coordinate, schedule and administer medical assessments of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinate psychiatric treatment with medical treatment.

Skills & Qualifications:

  1. Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  2. Certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing CPMHN (c) is an asset
  3.  A minimum of 4-5 years’ experience with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, both inpatient and outpatient in the community, preferred.
  4. Excellent assessment, crisis intervention and problem solving skills.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated ability to establish therapeutic, supportive relationships with client/family/caregivers/community agencies by utilizing skilled interviewing and communication techniques and appropriate nursing interventions.
  6. Demonstrated ability to be flexible in work assignments.
  7. Advanced knowledge of psychotropic medication.
  8. Venipuncture skill and experience is an asset.
  9.  Experience in forensic/dual diagnosed/developmental delay will be an asset.
  10. Good working knowledge of the RAAM model.
  11. Demonstrated computer skills.
  12. Valid driver’s license, relevant insurance and use of vehicle.
  13. Utilizes critical thinking and analytical skill to gather data from multiple sources assesses and interprets information to create treatment plans.
  14. Certification in First Aid, C.P.R., A.S.I.S.T. 

CMHA Peel Dufferin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

CMHA Peel Dufferin will make every effort to accommodate any needs of candidates under the Human Rights Code and AODA.  Please inform us if you require any accommodation through the hiring process.

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  • Location
    Brampton, Ontario
  • Department
    Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic (RAAM)
  • Employment Type
    2 FTE Perm
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
  • Compensation
    $63,600 - $73,600
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