Community Health Nurse – Supervised Injection Services

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
  • Healthcare: Nursing
Contract - Part Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area - Ottawa
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-08-092019-08-23

Internal/External Employment Opportunity


Position Title:


Community Health Nurse – Supervised Injection Services




1 Year Contract, 0.5 FTE Part-time (17.5 hours per week)

Salary Scale:

$62,508 - $75,311 annualized salary plus benefits, both pro-rated to Part-time status + %10 Premium to the hourly rate for hours worked Saturday and Sunday

Start Date:



Position Description:

The Community Health Nurse is a member of the Oasis team and works closely with team members to provide the highest possible quality of health care services to clients.

The role of the Community Health Nurse SIS (Oasis) is to work with clients to help them achieve their desired health goals by establishing trusting relationships, conducting nursing assessments, engaging in health teaching and harm reduction counselling related to drug use, monitoring for signs of drug overdose or anaphylaxis, and intervening in emergency situations based on the centre’s policies and procedures and according to the College of Nurses of Ontario standards of nursing practice. As a member of the larger interprofessional care team, the Community Health Nurse may also provide primary care to people who experience barriers to accessing care due to their use of street drugs and concurrent disorders.

This may include providing immunizations, wound care, offering screening, counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C and connecting clients to substance use treatment services (including opioid agonist treatment) and other health and social services when appropriate (i.e. housing, income support, food support, mental health counseling). The Community Health Nurse may also conduct intake assessments for our opioid agonist treatment service and will be working in our upcoming injectable opioid agonist treatment service (injectable hydromorphone).

Skills, Education and Experience:

Requirements for this position include:

Education, Language and Training

  • Undergraduate degree in nursing from a recognized university or combination of nursing diploma and additional relevant courses/training
  • Certificate of competence (Registered Nurse) from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Position is designated bilingual preferred (linguistic abilities in French considered essential)
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written
  • First Aid and CPR (level C) Certificate

Professional Experience

  • Three to five years nursing experience in a community setting or combination of community and hospital or public health settings: experience in a primary care setting an asset
  • Experience working with a broad range of populations, including: people with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, street involved people, transgendered people, men who have sex with men, sex trade workers, people with mental illness, people with overwhelming substance use disorders, and other marginalized groups
  • Experience working within a harm reduction approach
  • Experience in mental health and substance use disorders

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the impact of the social determinants of health on HIV, hepatitis C and substance use an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication skills, including health education
  • Excellent counseling skills, including motivational interviewing
  • Excellent physical assessment skills
  • Ability to incorporate and strengthen collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Ability to work with street-involved populations.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary care giving team.
  • Ability to work within the mandate of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and the Oasis Program
  • Ability to work under stress with multiple demands.
  • Ability to work outside regular hours
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and various software applications
  • Demonstrated flexibility, good judgment, initiative & creativity
  • Respects and values the diversity of communities and individuals
  • Sensitivity and alertness to signs of a client in crisis
  • Commitment to and knowledge of community-based health care

Hours of Work

  • The successful candidate will work 9 shifts every six weeks on a fixed rotating schedule with the opportunity to work additional shifts as needed.

Reporting Relationship:

The Community Health Nurse, SIS is directly accountable to the Director of Oasis for the carrying out of his/her duties and through the Director of Oasis to the Executive Director.

As a Community Health Nurse, the incumbent is responsible for meeting the licensing and regulatory requirements of the College of Nurses as the professional governing body.

Conditions of Employment:

Hours of work will be developed in collaboration with the successful candidate to ensure a healthy work-life balance.  A schedule of work will be based on the Centre’s hours of operation and program requirements and will include evenings and some weekends.

An offer of employment will be conditional upon the candidate completing a criminal reference check, verification of educational requirement for this position and linguistic profile to the satisfaction of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.


SHCHC will provide accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process.

If at any stage in the selection process you require accommodation due to disability, please let us know the nature of the required accommodation.

How to Apply:

To apply, please visit and select the appropriate job opening.

Clients of the Centre are welcome to apply. Should a client become the successful candidate, they will no longer be able to continue receiving services at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. Assistance will be made available to find an alternative provider.


POSTING DATE: August 9, 2019                  CLOSING DATE: August 23, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.