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Registered Nurse, Acute Respite Care Program, Sherbourne Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 16, 2018

Internal/External Posting
Job Title: Registered Nurse
Job ID #:  ARC 18-0101
Department:  Acute Respite Care (ARC) Program   
Reports To:  Director, ARC and Mental Health
Affiliation/Union:  UFCW, Local 175
Salary Range:  MCS3 $58,315.01 – $73,817.27 per annum
Status:  Full-Time, Permanent  
Hours:  37.5 hours per week
Who we are:

Sherbourne is a leading provider of quality health care and transformative support to people who face social, economic and other systemic barriers.   Our mission is to advance the equity and quality of care and services and to improve health for underserved communities.  This is done through primary health and chronic disease services; health promotion and education; outreach and social supports; and mental health services.  

Sherbourne provides innovative health care and social services to the diverse urban population of southeast Toronto.  While our doors are open to everyone, we focus on people who are homeless or under-housed; LGBTQ, and newcomers to Canada.  We are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto Central LHIN, Ministry of Child and Youth Services, City of Toronto and many generous companies, groups and individuals.  

The ARC  is a short-term, 24/7 medical respite program for persons who are homeless or at risk of being homeless who suffer from an acute medical condition and can manage in a community setting with nursing and daily living support.


The Registered Nurse (RN) understands the impact of the broad determinants of health on people’s ability to attend to their health care needs and provides care within a health promotion framework.  They will have familiarity with the health issues that are experienced by homeless and other marginalized persons and will work in partnership with care providers, both internally at Sherbourne and externally, in the community to improve the health of clients accessing the ARC program.

Duties include: Providing direct nursing assessment and treatment. Completes comprehensive nursing assessments. Administers appropriate treatment/course of action. Develops and maintains currency of care plans. Administers prescribed medications and treatments. Documents according to Sherbourne and Nursing standards. Provide health teaching to clients. Provides care for clients pre and post operatively; with an acute medical issue; undergoing cancer treatment where their health outcome can improve after a short term stay.



  • Current Registration with the Ontario College of Nurses in the General Class; BScN preferred or extensive nursing experience.


  • Experience obtained in either primary care, community setting or acute care is preferred.
  • At least three years experience working with persons marginalized by social location including homelessness, poverty, sexual identity, gender identity, residency status.
  • Experience with communities facing barriers to accessing health care due to social isolation, homelessness, mental health and substance use issues.
  • Understands the health care system - both within Sherbourne and in general.
  • Knowledge of available resources accessible to clients (e.g. food banks, local shelters, mental health programmes, etc.).

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent assessment, and treatment planning skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to adapt communication style to audience.
  • Developed conflict management and problem solving skills.
  • Works effectively independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of clinical theories and practices, and the basic determinants of health.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of working within an anti-oppression framework.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check.  
  • Understand and maintain compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code and other relevant legislation.

Working Conditions:

  • Clients may have mental health and substance use issues which result in behaviours that can be disruptive and challenging.  The RN will need to respond accordingly and feel comfortable responding to medical and other crisis situations as needed.
  • The ARC program is a 24/7 unit. The position requires the ability to work flexible 12.5 hour shifts including regular evenings, nights, and weekends.  
  • Comfortable with multi-tasking, several disruptions within his/her work day, and making independent decisions, in consultation with others.

We offer competitive compensation, including participation in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and professional development.

As an employer, Sherbourne is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve.  This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Requests for accommodation due to disability can be made at any stage in the recruitment process.

Application:  Please forward a cover letter and resume quoting Job ID # ARC 18-0101 to by 5:00 pm, February 16, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.