ONA Jobs

RN Summer Students

April 1, 2019

Vacancy ID#: 2019-33

Location: Toronto, ON Canada

Type: Contract (approximately May to End of August)

Date: April 1, 2019

Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals and 18,000 nursing student affiliates working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry. ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment. ONA advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians. Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.

ONA is excited to offer six (6) paid summer student positions from May to end of August 2019. These are unique opportunities for students who are interested in practicing in the labour relations field or may want to become active leaders in their union once they join the workforce. The successful applicants will be integrated into the Provincial Office operations of Canada’s largest nurses’ union, participating in the labour movement while learning about the many issues that arise for members of your future profession and getting invaluable networking experience.

Student Program Experience & What We Are Looking For:

We are seeking Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) students who will be going into the final year or second-last year of their undergraduate nursing programs, have a demonstrated interest in nursing practice and labour relations, and have a strong commitment to social justice.

The opportunities will be in the areas of: Professional Practice/Health & Safety, Finance/Information Technology, Membership Education & Events, Legal Expense Assistance Plan, Communications & Government Relations and Research.

  1. Professional Practice/Health & Safety – The summer student will have the opportunity to support our professional practice specialists by doing research on practice issues, trending workload reporting forms and offering recommendations to our specialists. Our summer student will also have the opportunity to not only learn about the hazards in health care, but importantly, how to prevent injuries from occurring through supporting our H&S specialists in their work, including research, reviewing reports and risk assessments. There will also be some updating of files and administrative functions for both H&S and PP involved and support to our library in updating of loose leaf periodicals.
  1. Finance/Information Technology – The student who works with these teams will be comfortable working with technology, helping the teams update our databases (organizing, reviewing and scanning information). Ensure current final collective agreements for active employers are up-to-date and conform to our formatting guidelines, review historic collective agreements to ensure they have the properly formatted documents attached, help migrate older negotiation case file into the new negotiation case type.
  1. Membership Education & Events (MEE) – Working with the MEE team, the summer student will provide logistic administrative support for Provincial events including but not limited to: name badge preparation, briefing document preparation, room set ups, etc. for events run for ONA members. Update tracking documents and assist with logistics for our Leadership Summit.
  1. Legal Expense Assistance Plan (LEAP) - The student will help ensure that our database (GEL) is up to date by organizing, reviewing, assessing and scanning historic files. While this work will be mainly administrative, our plan is to also have the student: attend weekly team meetings to observe discussions of the issues; attend College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) hearings with LEAP lawyers, giving you an inside look at the role of the CNO and the way their proceedings work; attend LEAP workshops, learning about the many services we offer and hearing directly from front line members at these workshops about the concerns in their workplaces.
  1. Communications & Government Relations (CGR) - The summer student who works with our CGR team will support team members with a number of projects and initiatives, including various events and campaigns, initiatives such as Nurses Week and various commemorative dates, assisting with the ordering, inventory and delivery of incentive items, archiving/organizing photos/videos, updating key milestones document, and more. As writing and project management skills are essential, writing/assisting with flyers, articles and various communications pieces could be part of the role. Researching information for publications may also be involved.
  1. Research – The summer student will undertake aspects of the research process including critical analysis of research, preparing literature reviews and preparing scholarly documents and position papers that are grounded in nursing and administrative research. Areas of research interest will include nursing skills, staffing, etc. and the impact on organizational effectiveness and patient/resident outcomes. In addition, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to consider and investigate Research Utilization Frameworks which could be utilized at ONA to guide our work as we support our members in addressing professional practice matters. In addition to research activity, the successful candidate will also gain experience in nursing administration. This will include developing educational materials for the leadership team, supporting focus groups, and supporting the development of the ONA Quality Management Program including the scorecard, indicators, metrics and reporting structure.

Application Process:

If you are seeking an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own, visit our website and apply today!

Please submit your resume and covering letter to recruitment@ona.org by April 16, 2019 and include “Summer Student Opportunity” in the subject line.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is committed to employment and pay equity within its staff.  Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Indigenous descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons.  We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources.

Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please submit your resume and covering letter to recruitment@ona.org by April 16, 2019 and include “Summer Student Opportunity” in the subject line.