Join HAMSMaRT – we are hiring!

April 19, 2022

Job Title: Clinic RN, Support and Safer Supply (SASS), Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (HAMSMaRT)

Full time contract: 40 hours per week, some evenings and weekends required. $86,756.80 annually minus deductions, with extended health benefits and four weeks of vacation. Contract length is 17 months, starting in May 2022.

Organization overview: HAMSMaRT is a grassroots health organization made up of physicians, midwives, nurses, and peer and frontline workers. Our core principles are Centreing the Social Determination of Health, Community Centred Care, Reciprocal Learning, Harm
Reduction, and Building the Community We Want to Live In. We strive to provide excellence in clinical care to individuals who have difficulty accessing the traditional medical system, and primarily serve people deprived of housing and people who use drugs. We believe that health is political, and aspire to remove barriers to health in clinical practice and through community
organizing. We know that oppression in all of its forms, including racism, colonization, capitalism, gender based violence, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism, must be dismantled in order for all of us to be liberated. We aspire to a world where every community in Hamilton
has the resources and autonomy for health on their own terms.

We operate the Support and Safer Supply (SASS) clinic, and a primary care clinic for transitional housing residents once weekly. We provide organizational support to Keeping Six, Hamilton Harm Reduction Action League. In partnership with Keeping Six, we deliver twice
weekly street outreach, drop in arts programming, peer support worker training, and peer support. We offer placements to health professional students, and have a small but mighty health research program. We engage in political advocacy to intervene on the social
determination of health.

Position Summary: reporting to the Co-Medical Director, this position is an opportunity to contribute to the health of people poorly served by existing medical systems in Hamilton, in solidarity with people who use drugs and people who are deprived of housing. The clinic RN will be an integral part of our care team and will provide continuity for patients. We operate as a
multi-disciplinary, community led clinic and as such the successful candidate will be expected to work with all members of our team to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care.

Main Responsibilities
● Provision of direct patient care, including patient histories, physical examinations, blood draws and wound care; this care occurs across various settings including in clinic, at patient’s homes, and on outreach in local encampments
● Checking in with patients between appointments as necessary
● Monitoring clinic phone/voice mail and addressing patient issues as they arise
● Monitoring clinic fax/inbox and ensuring all results are followed up on as needed
● Liasing with other healthcare professionals, hospitals, and clinics involved in the care of our patients
● Attending team meetings/check-ins
● Other related tasks as required
Required Qualifications and Skills
● A deep and well-demonstrated commitment to community wellbeing
● RN degree, licensed to work in Ontario through RNAO
● Experience in clinic or other front line nursing, ideally in a setting with a demonstrated
commitment to harm reduction
● Comfort working in a dynamic environment that prioritizes the needs and leadership of people with lived or living experience of using drugs and/or being deprived of housing
● Knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues of sexism, misogyny, racism, cissexism, transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, xenophobia, ageism, ableism, classism, White supremacy, anti-Black racism, colonialism, and settler colonialism

Preferred Qualifications and Skills
● 2-4 years of experience in a similar role
To apply, please forward a cover letter or email explaining why you are applying to the position, and a resume or a written list of your qualifications by email to info@hamsmart.ca by Friday, April 29, 2022.

HAMSMaRT is committed to equity and diversity. People from equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply and self-identify in their cover letter. If you need accommodation in any part of the application process, please contact Dr. Tim O’Shea, Co-Medical Director, by email
osheat@mcmaster.ca or call or text 289-237-8597.

To learn more about HAMSMaRT, visit us at https://hamsmart.ca/.