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Registered Practical Nurse

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted February 3, 2021.

Registered Practical Nurse 

Part-time opportunities in Toronto, ON 

If you’re a Registered Practical Nurse looking to contribute to the development of a new unit including programming and clinical processes, this position could be for you!

At the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), we count on the expertise and dedication of our skilled inter-professional teams to meet the health care needs of clients with a wide range of diagnoses, and their families. We aim to enhance this care at our new McCain Complex Care Building located at CAMH’s Queen Street Site, the home of our new Forensic Women’s General Rehabilitation Unit of the Complex Care and Recovery Program. This new building will offer spacious units; safe access to outdoor space and a variety of features designed improve patient care and enhanced safety features. 

The Complex Care and Recovery Program is currently seeking four (4) part-time permanent Registered Practical Nurses to work in the Forensic Women’s General Rehabilitation Unit. As a Registered Practical Nurse, you will:

  • Provide client-centered psychiatric and general nursing care for clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues and addiction.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to develop and implement forensic assessment plans and have a fundamental understanding of the forensic legal and mental health care systems
  • Be expected to ensure the security and safety of the inpatient unit, and practice in accordance with CNO standards of nursing practice, CAMH policies and procedures, and the CAMH Practice Model of Care.
  • Collaborate with the inter-professional team, perform assessments, and develop, implement and evaluate the inter-professional plan of client care, and provide education, support and supervision to students.
  • Help facilitate evidenced based programming

These positions require day and weekend rotations. These positions are located at the Queen Street Site.


A registered member, in good standing, with the College of Nurses of Ontario, you bring a comprehensive knowledge of emergency psychiatry, crisis intervention, severe and persistent mental illness, addiction issues, and trauma issues. You also have a demonstrated ability to make behavioural observations, complete mental status assessments, monitor a patient’s response to pharmaceutical and care interventions, and provide ongoing communication with an inter-professional team. Additionally, you will have:

  • A current B.C.L.S. (CPR) certificate.
  • Medication administration certification or have completed a Registered Practical Nurse diploma program that included medication administration.
  • The ability to work with clients of diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
  • Computer literacy.


  • Psychiatric nursing experience with individuals with mental illness and/or addictions.
  • A strong knowledge of psychiatric nursing and addiction issues.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language. 

Please Note: These positions are part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $27.70 – $33.07 per hour  


CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, only those selected to interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.