Registered Practical Nurse, IRT



Job title: Registered Practical Nurse, IRT

Company: Unity Health Toronto

Job description: The Interprofessional Resource Team (IRT) is a new and innovative team that will have a presence in patient care settings across the hospital. The IRT is looking for dynamic, energetic, and enthusiastic Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) to join the team. The RPN will have the opportunity to practice in a number of clinical areas, and care for diverse patient populations. The RPN will be provided with comprehensive orientation and education as a part of the overall introduction to the IRT; and any professional development opportunities such as the introduction to new clinical settings.

Reporting to the Clinical Leader Manager of the IRT, the RPN works within a dynamic environment as a member of the inter-professional team. The RPN advocates for and promotes 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 RPN 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 a number of 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

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
  • Commitment to unit specific education or other training identified as necessary to unit operations


  • Successful completion of a Practical Nursing Diploma Program
  • Current Registration with College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Current BLS Certification required
  • Must have worked as an RPN in an acute setting within the last year (general medicine or surgery experience preferred)
  • Experience with telemetry preferred
  • Coronary Care 1 or equivalent required or completion within 1 year of hire
  • Certification (or equivalent experience) in Gentle Persuasive Approach, Managing Responsive Behaviours preferred
  • Experience working with the frail elderly population
  • Experience working with patients with complex medical and social conditions, mental health and addiction issues. Ability to respond to all Emergency Code situations
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other professions / disciplines in a team environment, as well as independently
  • Excellent physical assessment skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with a high turnover of patients
  • Ability to engage and educate patient and families
  • Proven planning, time management, organization and coordination skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education and professional development
  • Must have an excellent attendance record

Hours: Must be available to work all shifts including Days and Nights; weekends and holidays; and extended and short tours.

As a condition of employment, all external hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation unless a valid accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code exists.

Expected salary: $28.73 – 31.18 per hour

Location: Ontario

Job date: Thu, 30 Sep 2021 00:32:02 GMT



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