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Registered Practical Nurse RPN (full time)

by St. Joseph's Hospice of London

Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Jan 23, 2023
Experience: 3 Years
Education: University Degree
St. Joseph's Hospice of London

Job Description

About Us

St. Joseph's Hospice aims to create a community that honours people as they journey to life's end and provide a haven where the palliative, the caregiver, and the bereaved experience compassion, hope, and healing. Our ten resident suites offer warm and inviting spaces where friends and family can gather together and spend meaningful time in the last hours, days, or weeks of their loved ones' lives. Hospice provides wrap-around care for the palliative individual and their family, supporting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

The compassionate, patient-centred care that Hospice provides is made possible by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, personal support workers, counselors, spiritual care providers, housekeeping staff, and a chef, supported by a group of loyal and empathetic volunteers.

About the Role

You will be responsible for providing individualized hospice and palliative care to promote comfort and quality of life for residents in your care. Responsibilities include pain and symptom management, psychosocial care for the resident and family, expert assessment and care planning, and working in partnership with an interdiscplinary team that includes a strong volunteer component. The shifts are 12 hours which includes days, nights, week-ends and holidays in a waterfall schedule.

What you will do in this role:

  • Assist in all aspects of resident care in accordance with the Regulated Health Professionals Act and the College of Nurses of Ontario Standards
  • Utilize the nursing process to provide Palliative Care to the residents and support for the family
  • Collaborate with the RN and the Director, Resident Care to dissolve any resident and family issues
  • Works with the PSW to provide personal care for all residents, as well as assists with preparing meals, light housekeeping and laundry as required
  • Perform pain and symptom assessments on an ongoing basis and reports to the Registered Nurse
  • Follow the plan of care and report any resident care requirements to the Team Leader
  • Consult with the resident, family members, and /or the substitute decision maker regarding needs, wishes and preferences for care
  • Assist in the implementation and coordination of medical interventions as ordered by the attending physician
  • Provide leadership to PSWs and Volunteers
  • Document accurately and in a timely manner 
  • Delegate and /or teach skills and techniques to other staff and/or resident family as appropriate and in accordance with RHPA
  • Review, evaluate and/or revise the Resident Care Plan daily.

Qualifications & Requirements

We are looking for someone with the following:

  • Practical Nurse graduate of a College or University Program
  • Current registration and in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Demonstrated experience working in hospice palliative care, with expertise in pain and symptom management
  • A minimum of 1 year's palliative care experience is preferred
  • Experience in geriatrics and/or care for those with chronic life-limiting illness is an asset
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group settings
  • Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care, CAPCE, and LEAP Certificate of Completion or commitment to obtain within 2 years of start date
  • Vulnerable sector check and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required

Next Step

If you are passionate, lead with your heart and are enthusiastic about being part of an awesome team, then we’d love to hear from you! Please submit your resume and cover letter via the link below:

While we truly appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

St. Joseph’s Hospice is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, who embrace our core values, and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the selection process. Please liaise with HR to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process.