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Clinical Nurse Consultant
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Hospice Palliative Care
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Southlake is building healthy communities through outstanding care, innovative partnerships, and amazing people. We deliver a wide range of healthcare services to the communities of northern York Region and southern Simcoe County. Our advanced regional programs include Cancer Care and Cardiac Care and serve a broader population across the northern GTA and into Simcoe-Muskoka.

Our team of nearly 6,000 staff, physicians, volunteers, students and Patient and Family Advisors are committed to creating an environment where the best experiences happen. As a recognition of our commitment to quality and patient safety, we have received the highest distinction of Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada.

Job Summary

The Registered Nurse (RN) role models clinical excellence and the core competencies of the practice standards of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), as well as the policies and procedures of Southlake Regional Health Centre (Southlake). The RN works collaboratively as a member of the health care team. The RN provides direct patient care to patients based on the three-factor framework as outlined in the College of Nurses of Ontario standard, RN and RPN Practice: The Client, Nurse and the Environment. These three factors have an impact on decision making related to care-provider assignment as well as the need for consultation and collaboration among care providers. All nurses make a commitment to lifelong learning.

The successful candidate will be motivated, self-directed and a key member of a dynamic interdisciplinary team with defined roles focused on quality patient care and patient flow. The successful candidate will be responsible to provide excellent care to a diverse acute medical patient population in a fast-paced setting.

The Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) is a unique and advanced position that involves working within community-based inter-professional Palliative Care teams to ensure the delivery of effective, high quality care to patients living with a life-threatening illness and their families in their home setting.
The CNC will provide expert mentorship and support to primary clinicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team to enhance palliative care knowledge and capacity within the community.
As Lead Educators for Hospice Palliative Care in the community, the CNC will provide accredited education courses to health care professionals across the Central LHIN.
As a member of HPC Teams for Central LHIN, the CNC will participate in the provision of a 24/7 on call consultation service with an appropriate level of physician back up support.

Primary Responsibilities

• Provides patient and family focused care within the RN scope of practice.
• Functions in accordance with established hospital policies and procedures, including emergency codes
• Ensures that practice is consistent with entry to practice competencies, standards of practice, guidelines and legislation.
• Takes a leadership role in the coordination of patient care in assigned area
• Provides face to face or virtual visits in patient homes, long term care homes, retirement homes and other group settings in the community
• Communicates effectively with patients, families and all members of community and hospital healthcare teams.
• Practices collaboratively with members of the healthcare team to provide elements of care for patients/clients with complex and life-limiting health issues.
• Provides consultation and/or clinical support to health care professionals and peers based on best practice as identified in the Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care
• Provides education to health care professionals both at the patient bedside, larger classroom settings and virtually
• Performs a detailed assessment of each patient's health status on an ongoing basis and documentswithin CNO guidelines
• Assists in the development and implementation of the Plan of Care and evaluates its ongoing effectiveness.
• Assists in the orientation/preceptorship of new staff members and students to the clinical team
• Acts as a palliative care role model and champion to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care
• Faciltiates monthly interprofessional community rounds in an assigned geographical region
• Effectively utilizes human and material resources
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical pathways and educational modules.
• Other duties as assigned by Manager/delegate.


• Registered and in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as a Registered Nurse
• Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required. Masters in a healthcare related field preferred
• Current Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification in either Hospital Palliative Care or Oncology or the applicant meets, at the time of the job application, the CNA Certification eligibility requirements to write the CNA Certification exam (the applicant will normally be required to proceed to obtain certification within 9 months of employment unless an extension for obtaining the certification is approved by management). Please refer to the CNA website ( for information about eligibility requirements to write the CNA Certification exam.
• Minimum of three (3) years of direct palliative care experience in the last 5 years
• Proven experience with direct palliative and End of Life care with patients of all ages.
• Member of RNAO with current malpractice and legal coverage.
• Must possess own vehicle, a current Ontario Driver’s Licence and a clean driving record
• Ability to maintain a private and secure home office.
• Experience in delivering hospice palliative care education to health care professionals, both individually and in group settings.
• Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other members of the community-based interprofessional and primary care teams.
• Able to work in a self- directed environment, meeting program targets and Home and Community Care Support Services deliverables.
• Excellent clinical decision making skills with an expertise in palliative pain and symptom management
• Demonstrated advanced knowledge base of pharmacological and non- pharmacological interventions for pain and symptom management
• Excellent physical assessment skills
• Demonstrated knowledge of Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care in Ontario
• Problem solving, critical thinking and analysis skills
• Excellent computer literacy – Microsoft Programs, e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Access
• Comprehensive knowledge of community health services within Central Home and Community Care Support Services
• Innovative and willing to learn.
• Provides clear, concise, and accurate documentation.
• Demonstrates excellent organizational, time-management and multitasking skills.
• Demonstrates initiative and the ability to function both independently and as an interprofessional team member in a fast paced, demanding environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and public relations skills.
• Demonstrates excellent clinical skills and professional leadership capabilities with a focus on collaborative teamwork, patient flow, and quality improvements.
• Demonstrates understanding and complies with patient and staff safety policies and procedures that foster a safe and inclusive environment for all.
• Good working knowledge of Electronic Health Care Documentation.
• Commitment to providing an exceptional experience for patients, family and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to, and understanding of the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Models behaviour that is aligned with the values of Southlake Regional Health Center:
o Always with compassion
o Power of many
o Serve with purpose
o Every voice matters
o Courage to think differently

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Hospital’s Occupational Health and Safety department. Successful candidates will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (two doses) from the Ontario Ministry of Health website or other authorized source directly to the Occupational Health and Safety department. In the event that you are unable to be vaccinated as a result of a ground protected under the Human Rights Code, you may submit a written explanation of the ground and any supporting documentation to determine if you are exempt from this requirement to the recruitment team. A recruitment representative may follow up with you for further information if necessary.

At Southlake, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve, including those with disabilities. Southlake is committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

It is the responsibility of all Southlake employees to work in a safe manner and promote health and safety in the workplace.