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Position Title:          Registered Nurse (RN),

Safer Supply and Opioid Agonist Therapy Clinic

Positions:                 0.8 FTE (28 hours)

Term ending            March 31, 2023 with possibility of extension

Casual Positions also available

Classification:         Nurse

Department:             Family Community Health & Harm Reduction

Reporting to:           Manager, Harm Reduction

Salary Band:           $34.00 – $40.98 per hour

Reviewed:                August 2022

Reviewed by:           Manager, Harm Reduction

Deadline:                  Until a suitable candidate is found


Posting:                    INTERNAL and EXTERNAL




About Us

We are the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC), a non-profit, community-governed organization that serves over 16K clients annually.  We provide a wide range of health care services such as primary health care, health promotion, community development, mental health and harm reduction.  We are deeply connected to the communities we serve.  We make our work meaningful for our community by striving to ensure that our team reflects the community we serve. We work within an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework that acknowledges systemic racism exists and seeks to ensure that systems are fair and equitable for everyone.



The Safer Supply Ottawa Initiative is a collaborative pilot being offered through partnerships with various agencies in Ottawa. This initiative will provide low barrier and rapid access to pharmaceutical opioids to people who use drugs in Ottawa as an alternative to the contaminated illegal drug supply. The goal of this pilot is to reduce the risk of overdose and other harms caused by the current toxic drug supply while re-engaging and rebuilding trust with those involved in the program and the health care systems.


Reporting to the Manager, Harm Reduction, the RN works as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide health care and treatment to clients who access our Safer Supply/OAT Clinic. Many clients may have soft tissue damage and injuries, chronic illnesses as well as complex health and social needs. Care may be carried out independently according to scope of practice, under the guidance of medical directives, or in consultation with relevant providers as identified in SWCHC policies and procedures. Working closely with the Harm Reduction Team the RN may also take on additional duties such as case management, completing weekly assessments of clients in the Safer Supply program, obtaining urine samples and taking an active role in coordinating client care. The RN also ensures the efficient operations of the Safer Supply by maintaining equipment, supplies, adhering to universal precautions and infection prevention and control requirements.




●        Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

●        Current registration College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)

●        Professional Liability Protection (PLP)

●        Minimum 3-5 years nursing experience in mental health & addictions with preference given to candidates with harm reduction experience

●        Passion for working with high risk populations and active drug users

●        Commitment to working from an health equity and anti-oppressive lens

●        Lived experience of drug use and/or experience in advocacy for persons who use drugs considered assets

●        Experience providing nursing care to persons who use drugs, in particular intravenous drug use, an asset

●        Experience in an outreach, drop-in or shelter setting is an asset

●        Experience in emergency response is an asset


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

●        Knowledge of nursing best practices for individuals with substance use, supervised injection/consumption services, and suicide assessment. Familiarity with Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Guidelines an asset.

●        Knowledge of current OAT and Safer Supply practices

●        Knowledge of substances frequently used in the service user population, psychoactive properties & possible drug interactions

●        Knowledge and ability to screen and assess for risk of overdose & withdrawal

●        Knowledge of primary care and the social determinants of health

●        Knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention, behaviour change and health teaching

●        Strong clinical assessment skills

●        Demonstrated ability and clinical expertise working with clients in crisis

●        Expertise in non-violent crisis intervention and de-escalation

●        Knowledge of concurrent mental health distress presentations including psychosis, trauma and emotional dysregulation

●        Knowledge of harm reduction approach and service delivery

●        Effective organizational, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills

●        Ability to delegate

●        Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team

●        Ability to work with people with concurrent disorders

●        Ability to work under stress with multiple demands

●        Strong interpersonal skills

●        Excellent communication skills

●        Knowledge of legislation, acts and regulations that govern nursing practice

●        Valid CPR and First Aid

●        Successful completion of police record check for vulnerable populations


Language Capability

●        English

●        French considered an asset

●        Proficiency in other languages considered and asset


Please submit your resume and cover letter as one document.



**It is the policy of SWCHC to require COVID-19 immunization for all employees, volunteers, students, and contractors, including those who do not work on site with the following exceptions: Persons with a medical reason that prevents them from being vaccinated against COVID-19; Persons with other reasonable considerations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code that restrict them from being vaccinated against Covid 19 vaccination.**


Somerset West Community Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer who values the diversity of individuals in our programs and services.

We welcome and encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, Two-Spirit, nonbinary, LGBTQ+ people; people with disabilities; and members of other equity seeking groups. Applicants are encouraged to share accessibility needs in the application process, and every attempt will be made to accommodate them.

Due to the high volume of applicants, we can neither confirm receipt of nor respond to inquiries regarding your application. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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