Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) – Temporary Full Time

Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) – Temporary Full Time

Job Information
Author jhawks
Date June 14, 2022
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Hospice Niagara
Salary $21.21 - Per Hour
Location St. Catharines, ON
Category Healthcare
Contact Information
[email protected]

Job description

Reporting To: Director of Care

Union: SEIU Local 1

Status: 15 Month Contract – 40 hours per week – starting ASAP

Overview of the Job

The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) works in harmony with Hospice Niagara’s philosophy of care in the lead role of an inter-disciplinary team. The RPN promotes nursing excellence and quality palliative end-of-life care within their scope of practice and in accordance with the standards of practice as outlined by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). The RPN is responsible for assessing and anticipating holistic needs of the residents; planning, documenting and implementing care plans; and making recommendations for changes in care, as needed. The RPN also provides ongoing comfort and support to residents and their loved ones.

The RPN performs all duties in a safe and healthy manner, in accordance with Hospice Niagara’s policies and procedures, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.

COVID-19 vaccine is a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption based on medical or on a ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Care, the RPN works as a productive, contributing member of the inter-disciplinary team by providing holistic palliative end-of-life care. The RPN is responsible for providing direct care to residents in the following areas:

Nursing Care

  • Perform patient-centered nursing care (e.g. Central Venous Access Devices, catheterization, suctioning, drain maintenance, colostomies, tube feeds, CADD pumps, assistive devices, wound care, etc.)
  • Consult with residents, loved ones, and/or the substitute decision maker regarding needs, wishes, and preferences for care
  • Recognize, assess and respond to resident pain and symptom management, as well as health status changes, and communicate updates to inter-disciplinary team
  • Administer medications according to safe medication practices and professional practice standards
  • Implement medical interventions (e.g. medications, treatments, supplies, equipment, etc.), according to the physician’s orders
  • Advocate and promote best practice care for each resident
  • Effectively work to address and document resident concerns, mental and physical changes and provide ongoing updates to inter-disciplinary team
  • Develop and update care plans
  • Lead team rounds during shift changes
  • Manage the admission process
  • Seek consultation with internal/external care team members, as appropriate
  • Coordinate additional services, as needed

Transfers and Lifts

  • Assist residents requiring help to move from one area to another, according to the determined safe method per their care plan, including the use of mechanical lifts
  • Assist with ambulation, range of motion and other exercises

Post-mortem Care

  • Provide care of the body after death
  • Gather personal belongings and provide them to family/loved ones, when required

Therapeutic Relationships

  • Establish a rapport and foster open communication, positive relationships and emotional support with residents and their loved ones
  • Identify when additional support is required and collaborate with inter-disciplinary team members to ensure these needs are met

Communications and Leadership

  • Serve as a positive role model to other staff, students and volunteers
  • Provide education, guidance, mentoring and knowledge sharing using a team-oriented approach
  • Provide ongoing input and feedback during team reports/meetings
  • Effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations
  • Complete documentation and reports in an accurate and time-sensitive manner
  • Educate residents and their loved ones on the safety, techniques and rationale for care, per best practice and safety guidelines
  • Identify, provide input and actively participate in process improvement opportunities
  • Assist with managing the residence staff schedule in a financially responsible manner
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning; participate in educational and development opportunities, as determined by the individual development plan
  • Raise positive community awareness of hospice palliative care and of the programs and services provided by Hospice Niagara
  • Demonstrate personal initiative and participation in other aspects of working for a non-profit organization, including participating in organizational events and fundraising activities
  • Participate on at least one internal committee or project (e.g. Wellness, Health and Safety, etc.)
  • Report any contravention of health and safety policies or regulations

Other Duties

The RPN may be required to assist other members of the inter-disciplinary team with a variety of other duties including:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Housekeeping activities (e.g. laundry, garbage disposal, cleaning common areas, etc.)
  • Meal preparation, delivery and feeding
  • Other duties, as assigned

Training, Knowledge & Experience

  • Graduate of an RPN program; RPN license; registrant in good standing with the CNO
  • Palliative care work experience, or an intrinsic motivation to work in a palliative care setting
  • Fundamentals of Palliative Care (preferred, must be completed during the first year of hire)
  • Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) (considered an asset)
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Check (favourable, within past 12 months)
  • First Aid/CPR (preferred, within past two years)
  • Mask Fit (preferred, within past two years)

Hospice Niagara is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), individuals requiring accommodation during the application/recruitment process should advise Human Resources so arrangements can be made. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We thank all who apply, however, only those selected to proceed in the recruitment process will be contacted. For more information about Hospice Niagara, please refer to our website:

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $21.21-$28.28 per hour

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