Registered Nurse - Psychiatric Emergency Services

The Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) is part of the general Emergency department at the Charlton Campus and provides exemplary mental health care for patients across the lifespan within a collaborative, interdisciplinary team environment. Services include assessment, diagnostic clarification, and coordination of outpatient follow-up and facilitation of admission when required.

The Registered Nurse provides care for patients in accordance with the mission, vision and values of SJHH and the Mental Health and Addiction Program (MHAP), the standards of practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario, and the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nursing (CFMHN) Standards. Nurses in the MHAP are committed to the alleviation of stigma and discrimination related to mental health and addiction, as well as reduction of the use of seclusion and restraint in all our services. The principles of person-centred nursing, recovery and trauma informed care is foundational to this specialized nursing practice.  As a member of the inter-professional team, the RN is responsible for the provision of quality, holistic, specialized nursing care for patients with complex mental illnesses. The RN provides safe, evidence-based therapeutic interventions across the care continuum. The RN completes assessments, plans and organizes treatment/therapeutic interventions, documents and evaluates interventions. The RN models professional leadership and provides decision-making support by collaborating and delegating within the inter-professional team.

•Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario required
•BScN is preferred
•CNA certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (CPMHN(c)), or commitment to complete within 5 years of hire as a condition of employment, is required.
•Current CPR certification is required
•CPI – Crisis Prevention Training (or successful completion as part of clinical orientation) is required
•Minimum of one year of recent mental health nursing experience with demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability in the care of patients with serious mental illness required
•Demonstrated knowledge of the application of the Mental Health Act, Consent and Capacity, and other legislation relevant to the practice of psychiatric/mental health nursing is required
•Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, professional standards and guidelines, SJHH corporate and departmental Policies and Procedures, including successful completion of WHMIS training
•Knowledge of documentation standards, privacy legislation, and health record management processes
•Demonstrated knowledge of the assessment and management of co-morbid medical disorders (ie. diabetes, metabolic monitoring, etc.)
•Demonstrated knowledge of Mental Status Examinations (MSE)|
•Demonstrated knowledge of individual counseling and group skills (ie. DBT, MI, IPT, CBT, Behavioral Activation)
•Knowledge of risk assessment and management, including knowledge of trauma informed care and alternatives to seclusion and restraint, and associated risks
•Knowledge and practice of safe and secure environment for clients/families/teams by listening, discussing, exploring, clarifying and acting on their concerns, needs and priorities
•Proficient computer skills including successful completion of Resident Assessment Instrument – Mental Health (RAI-MH) training upon hire
•Demonstrated knowledge and skill related to crisis intervention and conflict resolution
•Demonstrated leadership, superior problem solving, critical thinking skills and strong team building skills
•Demonstrated interpersonal and de-escalation skills
•Demonstrated knowledge of psychopharmacology, including current psychotropic medications and side effects

Psychiatric Emergency Service-specific Qualifications
•Previous experience in an emergency psychiatry or emergency care setting preferred
•Experience and knowledge in treatment of addiction and withdrawal an asset

Hours of work will include rotating shifts and extended tours.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

St. Joe’s fosters an environment where we celebrate diversity, where teams reflect the diversity of the community in which we serve, enhancing the connection to patients, clients, community, and each other.

St. Joseph’s Nursing Vision is to make a difference in the lives of those we care for, our organization, and the future of our community through achievement of excellence in nursing and commitment to a culture of nursing innovation, empowerment, leadership and accountability.