Nurse Practitioner - Addictions

Unit Summary
The Community and Population Health Services portfolio supports the advancement of integrated health and social services in hospital and into the community. The Program is responsible for the development and advancement of innovative partnerships with peer, community, academic partners and provides expert leadership in the area of pre- and post-acute care transitions.
The Community and Population Health Services portfolio is accountable for HHS' Population Health, Bundled Care and Alternate Level of Care strategies. The portfolio provides system-wide support through the Site Administrative Managers, Transitional Care & Discharge Specialists, ALC Navigators, Centralized Care and Transition Team, Hospital to Home, Integrated Comprehensive Care Program, Inpatient Medical Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Teams and Addictions Counselors. The McMaster Family Health Team (McMaster Family Practice, Stonechurch Family Health Centre and Canadian Blood Services) and Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) are aligned to the portfolio.

Position Summary
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Addictions, is registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario in the Extended Class. Reporting to the Director of Community & Population Health Services (CPHS), the NP will be instrumental in working with Program leadership and stakeholders to develop and execute strategic plans, and to advance best practices for operational excellence and sustainability. The NP will:
• Work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team ensuring comprehensive assessment, management and education of patients;
• Provide care to patients experiencing substance use disorders and/or mental health conditions that is recovery oriented, trauma-informed, utilizes principles of harm reduction and addresses social determinants of health; 
• Utilize evidence‐based interventions, including withdrawal and other medication management, to meet the needs of a diverse range of patients with substance use disorders;
• Act as a resource providing substance use‐related clinical advice to patients and their families, health and other professionals, and community partners;
• Coordinates seamless discharge from hospital to community;
• Act as an important communication link between patients and other service providers (e.g. primary care and other community partners) to ensure effective communication and the timely sharing of information necessary to promote the health and wellness of patients;
• Initiate, participate, and/or lead initiatives including program development, evaluation, and research. 

Schedule Work Hours

Qualifications - External
1. Current Certificate of Registration in the College of Nurses of Ontario Extended Class
2. Completion of a Master’s Degree in Nursing
3. Minimum of 5 years recent (within 2 years) clinical experience working with patients presenting to hospital with complex health and social care needs
4. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in withdrawal and other medication management of patients with a diverse range of substance use disorders including opioid agonist treatment
5. Certified in prescribing narcotics and controlled substances
6. Knowledge and proficiency in current, evidenced-based methods and practices with an emphasis on motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, health promotion and risk reduction
7. Demonstrated knowledge of the Mental Health Act, the Health Care Consent Act and other relevant legislation
8. Demonstrated experience in acute care preferred
9. Demonstrated experience in mental health and addictions required
10. Exhibits the ability to be open and non-judgmental
11. Demonstrated ability to critically appraise the literature, evaluate and implement best practice protocols
12. Demonstrated knowledge in quality improvement and the use of quality improvement methods and tools
13. Proven leadership abilities, including the ability to think strategically, influence decision making, affect culture and behaviour 
14. Proven effective communication and presentation skills
15. Proven success in implementing innovative, effective, value-added initiatives using change management and project management theory and frameworks
16. Demonstrated ability for independent action, initiative, problem solving, organization and prioritization
17. Demonstrated leadership, critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
18. Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adapt positively to constantly changing clinical situations
19. Demonstrated ability to utilize information technology
20. Current Ontario Driver’s License, with access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel within the City of Hamilton

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services.

EEO Statement
Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact HR Operations at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.


This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:


Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement

Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement

Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement

Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement

Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement