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Developmental Service Worker (DSW)

Current Location(s): GTA and surrounding regions

Position Type: Casual, Part-time


  • Work under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or Registered Practical Nurse

  • Instruct, counsel, and assist patients in personal hygiene, life skills and encourage development of acceptable social behavior

  • Provide direct basic care and assist with activities of daily living

  • Assist with patient socialization and recreational activities

  • Report to the team leader/charge nurse any observations of physical and behavioral issues related to patients

  • Ensuring accurate and up to date documentation as detailed in policies and procedures

  • Provide a safe, therapeutic environment for patients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges

  • Provide escorts of patients within the facility and where appropriate to outside agencies

  • Participating in planned and emergency restraints

  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Developmental Support Worker diploma, or Personal Support Worker diploma (inclusive of any College, Private College or Adult Education Facility that includes a minimum of 600 joint classroom and practical experience hours) and/or successful completion of at least one year of a recognized Nursing Program (BScN or Practical Nursing)

  • Current CPR and First Aid

  • Preference for recent and related experience with dually diagnosed and/or autism spectrum disorder patient population

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience with personal support theory and procedures

  • Experience with basic patient care procedures (including mobility, hygiene and feeding) and the use of assistive devices

  • Recent and related experience working in a mental health facility or service is preferred

  • Preference for experience working with complex patients who are demonstrating treatment-resistant symptoms

  • Recent experience with Patient Safety and Risk Management policies and standards, including all hospital codes and interventions

  • Results oriented work ethic to work independently and undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives and deliver quality, consistent and timely results

  • Demonstrated leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Proven written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven ability to adapt readily to change

  • Models and promotes core ethical practice, Waypoint Values (Caring, Respect, Accountability, Innovation), and reflects an optimistic and positive attitude

  • Preference for proficiency in French/English language

Does this position sound right for you?

We are always looking for exceptional people to join our team. At Vanell, we provide equal opportunities for all!

We thank all applicants for your interest in our organization, but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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