Registered Practical Nurse - Medicine (3M)

  • Unity Health, St. Joseph's Health Centre
  • Jul 31, 2020

Job Description

Full Time Temporary

Salary Range: $28.26 - $30.67

Length Of Temporary Assignment: Until January 22nd, 2021

Shift/ Hours Of Work:All Shifts: 12 hour shifts; Days and Nights

At St Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto, everything we do is aimed at living our mission and achieving our vision of advancing the health of our community by being Canada’s best community teaching Health Centre. This means we are committed to delivering exceptional experiences, shaping care through teaching and education, and providing seamless services for patients.

A Catholic hospital fully accredited with exemplary standing by Accreditation Canada, St. Joe’s Toronto is fortunate to be home to an entire community of people who live our values and mission every day — the staff, physicians, volunteers and students — that our patients and families will get to know during their experiences with us.

Working here means more than having a job; it means being part of a community where each and every member of our team is recognized and appreciated.

Job Summary:

Working on 3M Medicine, the RPN will function to the full scope of College of Nurses of Ontario Standards of Nursing Practice for Registered Practical Nurses. The RPN will provide high quality nursing care for a variety of medicine patients within an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice philosophy and Model of Care. This is an exciting time for the 3M team as we are currently expanding our units to accommodate more patients and in doing so we are also taking the opportunity to shape how we deliver care for our patients. The team works collectively to ensure the best possible care is provided, reduce adverse events and implement new strategies on how to proactively keep patients and staff safe. This is a great opportunity to shape how care is delivered and challenge previously conceived norms within healthcare.

The RPN works within a changing environment and in inter-professional teams to advocate for and promote wellness while ensuring the delivery of safe, effective and ethical nursing care. The RPN shares his/her knowledge and expertise with others and contributes to the advancement of nursing practice excellence.  The RN continually enhances his/her practice and competencies through ongoing learning, education, experience and reflective practice. 


The primary role of the RPN is to provide holistic, evidence-based, culturally appropriate, patient-centred quality care in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario standards and Unity Health Toronto’s mission, vision, values and policies.  The RPN optimizes the patient’s experience and care outcomes by:

  • Being accountable for one’s decisions and professional practice;
  • Establishing a therapeutic relationship with the patient;
  • Providing autonomous nursing care with patients considered stable and with predictable outcomes;
  • Collaborating with other members of the patient’s care team;
  • Coordinating and communicating patient care activities to optimize the patient’s experience and care outcomes; and
  • Collaborating and consulting with Registered Nurses and other members of the care team in the care of patients with increasing instability and unpredictability and, when necessary, safely transferring care to the Registered Nurse.  

 The RPN has 4 key areas of responsibility:

Patient Care: 

  • Acquires information to assess patient care and learning needs;
  • Engages patients and families to assess the level of involvement of the patient/family in their care and integrates into care planning;
  • Develops a plan of care and integrates nursing activities with other inter-professional activities;
  • Engages in critical inquiry and reflection to select evidence-based interventions;
  • Organizes nursing care based on patient care needs and priorities;
  • Continuously gathers and analyzes clinical and other relevant data to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan of care and adjusts the plan as needed;
  • Anticipates and recognizes rapidly changing situations; and a patient’s transition from stable to unstable, establishes priorities; and takes immediate appropriate action to collaborate and consult with the Registered Nurse;
  • Provides health education using effective teaching strategies that takes into account the patient/family’s learning needs, readiness, and motivation to learn;
  • Collaborates with appropriate team members on patient care needs;
  • Processes orders and seeks verification of orders from prescribers;
  • Documents observations, assessments and care provision in a timely manner to facilitate a current and accurate record of the patient’s status and enable effective inter-professional communication;
  • Contributes to discharge and transition planning and other planning activities to facilitate care continuity and coordination; advocates for care needs to be met in most appropriate setting; and 

Collaboration & Coordination

  • Organizes patient care activities while working collaboratively with patients, families and the inter-professional team to achieve agreed-upon outcomes and optimize resource utilization for individual patients
  • Establishes and maintains respectful, collaborative, therapeutic and inter-professional relationships within and across the hospital units/programs (and externally where appropriate for his/her patient population)
  • Coordinates and communicates patient care activities for a safe and seamless transition from one shift or setting/unit of care to another; ensures appropriate transfer of accountability from one care provider to another
  • Participates in hospital committees and other groups to represent the RPN perspective and serve as a bridge to the unit/program and patient needs

Leadership & Professional Development

  • Is accountable for his/her actions and decisions and practices in accordance with professional, legal and accreditation standards and evidence-based practice
  • Aligns behavior with Unity Health Toronto’s vision, mission and values and code of conduct; promotes nursing as a knowledge-based profession; and, supports the advanced of professional practice plans and initiatives
  • Engages in self-reflection, performance review and ongoing learning
  • Participates in mentoring, teaching and /or coaching students, co-workers and other regulated and unregulated health professionals
  • Embraces change that leads to improved nursing practice and better patient outcomes
  • Advocates for a safe and healthy work environment 


  • Participates in or supports research projects
  • Supports and participates in evidence based practice implementation and quality improvement initiatives



1. Successful completion of a Practical Nursing Diploma Program.

2. Current BLS/CPR certificate required.

3. Coronary Care I or equivalent required or in progress.

4. Coronary Care II or equivalent required within 6 months of hire. 

5. Currently registered as a Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. 

Required Experience:

6. Recent acute inpatient medicine clinical experience required. Candidates without this experience may be considered if there are no other internal or external qualified candidates. 

7. Recent experience with cardiac/respiratory patients and telemetry preferred. 

8. Demonstrated clinical competence with general medicine nursing skills. 

9. Excellent physical assessment skills, critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. 

10. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to patient and family-centred care. 

11. Demonstrated history of initiating and supporting organizational change and improvement inititiatives. 

12. Demonstrated ability to organize patient care demands and to set priorities in a rapidly changing environment. 

13. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. 

14. Demonstrated ability to engage and educate patients and families.

15. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and learning. 

16. Excellent computer skills. 

17. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within an interprofessional team as well as independently.

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