Registered Practical Nurses

REPORTS TO:                                Manager, Hospice Services

PRIMARY FUNCTION:                   The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN):

  • Provides direct nursing care and support to complete activities of daily living as applicable, in consultation with the Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Works collaboratively with the Manager, Hospice Services and the residential programs team, palliative and end of life residents, their families and all other team members towards the achievement of identified care goals and the enhancement of quality of life as defined by the resident.
  •  Acts as a positive role model for Personal Support Workers (PSWs), volunteers, family members, health care professionals, guests and the community.


  •  Actively participates in all aspects of resident’s care including daily hygiene and activities of daily living.
  • •Contributes to the assessment, development and on-going review of each resident`s individualized care plan. In collaboration with the RN recognizes actual and potential   challenges and identifies strengths of residents and their family to which the RPN plans, implements and performs interventions.
  •  Ensures care plans are kept current for each patient and that they are implemented appropriately.
  • Collects information from a variety of sources using skills of observation, communication and physical assessment to enable the provision of appropriate nursing care.
  •  Recognizes deviations from predicted client responses and consults appropriately with the Most Responsible Physician (MRP), the RN and the residential program team.
  • Communicates and consults with members of the multi‐disciplinary team regarding resident care.  Participates in multi‐disciplinary team meetings when required.
  • Acts as an advocate to protect and promote the resident and family rights to safety, autonomy, respect, privacy, dignity, and access to information.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement and program evaluation activities by identifying resident care issues and collecting and utilizing relevant data including evaluation of resident care program, techniques, standards and procedures by providing feedback about effectiveness and resident care outcome.
  • Assists in maintaining a safe environment for residents and families, staff and volunteers by adhering to established safety and emergency practices as well as policies and procedures of the hospice.
  • Reports to the Manager, Hospice Services regarding any problems or issues that arise.
  •  Provides leadership and support to PSWs and volunteers (as applicable). Maintains positive relationships with staff and volunteers and other external health providers.
  • Participates in the orientation and on-going education of residence staff and volunteers, when required.
  • Attends staff meetings and AGM.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Manager, Hospice Services.
  • Place of work may be in house residential or outreach programs, depending on the needs of our community


  • A Registered Practical Nurse professional, in good standing, with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Certified in IV and Medication Administration or willingness to expand competency level.
  • Current CPR.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of hospice palliative care and end of life issues.  Recent experience with palliative pain and symptom management preferred.
  • Demonstrated comfort in managing, working alongside and supporting volunteers and PSWs. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team. Respectful of others.
  • Demonstrated understanding of ethics, especially as related to hospice palliative care.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication, interpersonal, organizational and time-management skills, proficient in MS Office products.


  • Physical ability to carry out nursing duties as required. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch, push and pull. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to work independently as a professional, as well as within a team.

    If you or someone you know is interested in this position-send a resume to Debra Walker. or Fran Barbati


 SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR – Student Summer Job. Start May 14th, 2018  8 weeks

DIVISION: Gifts and Gratitude/Events
 Working in collaboration with the Community  Development Coordinator), this exceptional individual will provide leadership in the planning, coordination, and evaluation of Matthews House Hospice fund raising events – primarily Golf Tournament and An Evening in Paris Gala.
 Working with internal staff and community members, the Coordinator is the principal conduit in which all event planning communications are handled.
RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to: Development Coordinator
Day-to-Day Direction: Data Entry Personnel Other internal contacts: Students, staff and faculty External contacts: Volunteers, community members, external business contact, contracted Special Events Coordinator.

1. Event Coordination:
a) Coordinates fundraising of organizational and special donor events which involves decision making input on external resources, managing event processes, coordinating meetings, preparing, monitoring and distributing event budgets.
b) Liaises with leadership, event Committees and the Community Relations department on the development of media, marketing materials, announcements, photo opportunities and speech writing. c) Assists in developing new events, and maintains, organizes and manages existing fundraisers and special events from concept to completion, ensuring they operate smoothly, efficiently, and generate maximum revenue and exposure.
 d) Working alongside Committee Chairs, co-facilitates various event related committees as required.
 e) Provides input on stewardship strategies to ensure seamless transition between fundraising events and stewardship activities, working closely with the Development Coordinator, the external Special Events Coordinator, and other Community Relations staff
 f) Responsible for all communications and networking in support of special events, and assists with development of new opportunities to build community awareness.
 g) Responds to enquiries from the public about events, including assisting with social media.
2. Volunteer Coordination:
 a) Provides volunteer coordination and recognition for special events.
b) Provides direction to volunteer for special event duties.
 c) Co-facilitates volunteer committees as required.
3. Administrative;
a) Creates, prepares, and distributes meeting minutes and supporting documents.
b) Enters donor information, event invitation and participant lists on appropriate technology in Sumac database.
c) Coordinates guest lists, food service arrangements, menu planning, decorative and table set up, nametags and staffing
d) Responsible for social media and marketing in support of special events.
e) Coordinates production and distribution of print materials for donor/sponsor/and participant’s solicitations.

4. Other:
a) Provide day-to-day supervision for Data Entry Personnel.
b) Other related duties as required.

• Post-secondary diploma required, preference for post-secondary degree, in a related field (preferably Marketing, Public or Community Relations, Event Planning), experience in special events planning, preferably in the not-for-profit sector
. • The ability to work well independently on several projects concurrently, and possess excellent communication, organizational and creative thinking skills.
• Experience in planning and implementing events including expertise in attracting sponsorships; proven track record in developing and implementing promotion plans; print production expertise associated with fundraising events
• Software proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, is required;
 Experience working with executive, donors and volunteers and managing, supervising and orientating people for events.
 • Excellent written and oral interpersonal communication with marketing and communications skills; media relations experience is an asset • Strong initiative and customer service orientation; volunteer management skills an asset
 • Project Management, organizational and prioritizing skills; problem solving and organizational skills; attention to detail is imperative
• Demonstrated high energy level and flexibility, pleasant persona coupled with sound judgment; flexible, discreet and able to maintain confidential information, knowledge of correct protocol for specific situations. • Experience and comfort with facilitation of committee meetings. • Office administration experience.
The above duties and responsibilities are given as a general guideline.  Duties and responsibilities may be changed at any time.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Reliable, friendly and trustworthy
• Able and willing to communicate with kindness and clarity-the key messages of Matthews House Hospice
• Ability to make people feel welcome and at home
• A good listener
• Able to work both independently and as a team member
• An understanding of and adherence to the principles of confidentiality
• Daytime availability

If you or someone you know is interested in this position-send a resume to Andrea Roylance