Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

  • CompanySouthwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
  • Job TypeHealth
  • Required Experience2-3 years clinical experience; preferably in a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Job TypeContract
  • Education / CredentialsCurrent registration as a Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • ResumeRequired
  • Cover LetterRequired
  • Application Deadline06/12/2024

Job Description

FT Contract Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)Status: Full-time, contract to April 2025Location: Owen Sound, OntarioHours: 35 hours/week (5 days)Salary: $46,240 to $57,120 per yearPaid Time Off: 3+ weeks of vacation, sick days, spiritual/cultural leave, birthdayPension: HOOPP (defined benefit plan) – optionalPosting Date: May 29, 2024Deadline: June 12, 2024Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency. We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. SOAHAC provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the Southwest, Waterloo Wellington and Erie St Clair regions. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. It is SOAHAC’s objective to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities. Currently, we are seeking the services of a Registered Practical Nurse to join our interdisciplinary staff team to work at our Owen Sound site.Reporting to the Integrated Care Manager, the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) supports the primary care providers in the provision of comprehensive primary care and preventative services to urban Indigenous clients across the lifespan. The RPN will support the primary care providers by conducting assessments and physical examinations, administering immunizations and other injections, performing venipuncture, wound care, and any other nursing related duties that may be requested within the RPN scope of practice.ResponsibilitiesAssists with direct client care procedures and related tasks such as: checks in clients, obtains history, vital signs, updates and prepares charts, screens for preventative care, and assists with medical examination/minor proceduresConducts intake appointments with new SOAHAC clients ensuring that a wholistic process is followedAdvocates on behalf of the client with regards to equitable access to traditional healing and western health services as directed by clientPerforms specialized procedures, such as obtaining and processing lab specimensMaintains database/registry of client’s eligible/due for cancer screening, diabetes care, and immunizations by use of EMR reports. Must be familiar with the Canadian Diabetes Association guidelines, Cancer Care Ontario screening guidelines, and the publicly funded immunization schedule for Ontario.Accepts telephone calls from clients at nursing station/office, triages concerns and takes appropriate action, i.e. provides telephone support, books client in with provider, or expedites call to providerContacts clients via telephone to discuss results as needed and make arrangement for appropriate follow up, at the direction of the Physician/Nurse PractitionerReviews, maintains, and orders immunizations and medical supplies on a weekly basis or as needed.Commitment to continuous professional development and continuing educationSelf-directed and able to work with minimal supervisionRecent satisfactory attendance and performance recordAdvocates and supports a culture of client safety and demonstrates an understanding of how the department service and assigned responsibilities contribute to overall client safety at SOAHAC.Routinely participates in staff meetingsThis job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however, hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.

Experience and Qualifications

RequirementsCurrent registration as a Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)Graduate from a recognized RPN program2-3 years clinical experience; preferably in a multi-disciplinary team setting2-3 years previous experience working as an RPN in any/ all areas of primary care, chronic disease management, preventative care, mental health and addictionsKnowledge of culture and local Indigenous communities in the area is a strong assetExcellent communication, customer service and collaboration skillsExcellent problem solving, decision making and interpersonal skillsStrong organizational skills with the ability to work effectively and independentlyStrong attention to detail and assessment skillsAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and across teamsExcellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearlyComputer literacy including skills in word processing, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel, and Electronic Medical RecordsExperience in providing professional foot care an assetTravel within Owen Sound region, as well as SOAHAC sites as requiredWillingness to participate in Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, teachings and ceremoniesClean and current police check as a condition of employmentValid government issued driver’s license and access to reliable transportationUp to date immunizations and records

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to:Email: careers@soahac.on.caSubject line: FT Contract RPN – Owen SoundOr mail to: Human ResourcesSouthwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre493 Dundas StreetLondon, ON N6B 3E1Please visit Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre online at: or like us on to learn more about us!