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Position: Registered Practical Nurse - Barrie

Job Location: Barrie, ON

Hours: To be determined.

Posting Date: Friday, 13 April 2018

Job Description

A Registered Practical Nurse at the Northwood Recovery Barrie location.

Job Duties:

  • Provide counselling and medical care to methadone and/ suboxone patients
  • Dispense methadone and/or suboxone under medical directives
  • Perform daily urine drug screening
  • Work under medical directives to interpret laboratory test results, urine results, etc.
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures and medical directives as it applies to the nursing practice
  • Maintain client electronic and paper records/files according to policies and procedures of Northwood Recovery and the Standards of Practice set out by the College of Nurses.
  • Educate clients regarding harm reduction, safer drug use, STIs, Hep C and HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual abuse/assault, life skills, sexuality, birth control, abortion, pregnancy
  • Ensure clients are complying with the client agreement
  • Assess mental and physical health status of clients and take appropriate action
  • Provide pre and post-test counselling for HIV, Hep A, B, C and syphilis
  • Assess abscesses, clean and medicate wounds and apply or changes dressings
  • Compose and sign correspondence in relation to clients' needs and advocate for clients when liaising with doctors, pharmacists, prison authorities, laboratories, etc.
  • Provide immediate care in crisis situations and perform first aid treatment as necessary.
  • Assess needs of clients, make referrals for primary care and social services, and assist clients in accessing community resources
  • Work with clients to develop and promote improved health, coping and social skills
  • Collect and maintain statistical information for evaluation purposes
  • Collaborate and liaise with members of the team and community agencies to identify health needs and participate in the development of plan to meet those needs.

Job Requirements/Advantages:

  • Current License as a Registered Practical Nurse in the Province of Ontario, in good standing
  • Up to date First Aid/CPR
  • Experience working in addiction, mental health and harm reduction
  • Experience in the provision of drug treatment/addiction counselling, suboxone, methadone, social, health, housing and Hep C, HIV/AIDS related services
  • Experience with using OTN (video conferencing)
  • Experience working in an outreach capacity
  • Ability to work independently with no medical staff support and establish priorities.
  • Sensitivity, empathy, and understanding of client/patient behavior and needs with the ability to counsel patients/clients through the development of therapeutic relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent assessment skills
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis prevention and treatment issues.
  • Knowledge of addiction issues
  • Knowledge of harm reduction practice
  • Knowledge of drug treatment, social, housing, HIV/AIDS related programs and services
  • Awareness of issues relating to sex works, addictions, mental health and homelessness
  • Thorough knowledge of Hepatitis including transmission, prevention and treatment options
  • Proven ability to work as a member independently
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and weekends
  • Maintain inventory and ensure inventory is properly stored
  • Practice sterile techniques and other infection control procedures to minimize the transmission of infection
  • Ability to perform all medical secretary/receptionist duties.

A Police Reference Check may be required as a condition of employment. For more information on Northwood Recovery, please visit our website at

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