Mental Health Nurse

Brock University - St. Catharines, ON (il y a 30+ jours)

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August 19, 2020

**Please note this is an ongoing seasonal position running approximately from August to April annually, working 24 hours per week. **

Come Make a Difference…  

Reporting to the Clinic Manager, the Mental Health Nurse (MHN) provides care and support to students with mental health concerns, including triaging and managing crisis intervention for students in crisis, providing clinical mental health assessments, implementing and evaluating care plans.

As the MHN, you will:

  • Perform front line assessment to identify new patients’ needs, level of risk, urgency of care; determine priority of access to Student Health Services (SHS) resources in accordance with legislated standards as well as SHS policies and objectives;
  • Conduct initial medical assessment to screen for physical conditions that may complicate or impact psychiatric presentation;
  • Develop treatment or referral options after initial treatment, as necessary (e.g. emergency room, physician’s office, internal referrals Student Accessibility Services, and/or external health agencies);
  • Provide referral options after initial treatment, as necessary (e.g. emergency room, physician’s office, internal referrals Student Accessibility Services, and/or external health agencies);
  • Plan and coordinate the mental health care for patients with identified mental health conditions who seek psychological/psychiatric care to maintain wellness, including triaging, risk managing and providing ongoing support for patients whether stable or in crisis;
  • Manage crisis intervention and risk management of patients regarding issues of a highly sensitive nature, of which the nurse is the first contact (e.g. suicide ideation, depression, abuse situations, sexual assault, eating disorders, substance abuse etc.);
  • Ensure completion of appropriate patient forms and assessment tools and timely submission of documentations to assist mental health treatment; Providing or and coordinate care including access or communication to the psychiatrist, other physicians, psychologist, counselor, campus community etc.;
  • Meet regularly with the Psychiatrists, health care team and counsellors to discuss joint case management and facilitate the efficient transition of patient/client care between mental health resources;
  • Facilitate treatment by sharing care plans when requested by the Psychiatrist with the appropriate campus and community resources and appropriate health professionals in compliance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) and Health Information Act (HIA) regulations;
  • Liaise with SHS general practitioners and other campus and community resources to assist with patient discharge plans, communication of progress notes, social transition strategies and continuity of care;
  • Support patients with transitioning into and out of the campus environment to/from the patient’s own community when inability to function due to mental health disability has interrupted academic involvement;
  • Advise patients of appropriate services and additional resources;
  • Manage phone calls from parents, family members, faculty and friends; explain and interpret information for parents while abide by the legislative regulations of the College of Nurses of Ontario and Personal Health Information Protection Act;
  • Plan and coordinate patient’s safety plan, including securing accommodations and emergency funding for patient who, as a result of an incident, has no place to stay;
  • Maintain comprehensive and confidential health records in compliance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act;
  • Provide support to administrative staff and nurses in dealing with difficult or needy students;
  • Assist in the identification and support of students with substance abuse issues including familiarity with drug testing, as well as familiarity with local and provincial treatment programming;
  • Build partnerships with the mental health promotion team, and collaborate with Student Life and Residence Life on issues related to mental health concerns arising in those settings;
  • Liaise and collaborate with other University staff to facilitate student returning to class and academics, after being absent.
  • All other related duties as required and/or assigned by the Clinic Manager, Student Wellness & Accessibility or a designate.

What you need to Succeed…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with Mental Health Certification or commensurate experience;
  • Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • Annual CPR certification;
  • 5+ years’ recent related mental health experience with three (3) years of community mental health experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of trauma informed practices;
  • Knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the diverse socio-cultural issues and co-morbid health issues common to our patient demographic, which impact on patients’ health;
  • Familiarity with the Mental Health Act and its implications for both patients and providers;
  • Proficiency in clinical nursing interventions and procedures within the scope of practice of a registered Nurse and mental health appropriate to our care setting;
  • Experience triaging psychiatric and mental health disorders;
  • Experience must include crisis/trauma counselling;
  • Knowledge of physiological and cognitive development;
  • Knowledge and proficiency in general nursing procedures and skills, interventions and management practices particular to the needs of our patients including, knowledge of commonly prescribed medications;
  • Understand and be sensitive to the diversity of the student body and their cultural belief systems;
  • Clinical practice including disease processes, physiology, medical interventions, new medical technology and treatment, medication management, Pharmaceuticals, all types, and use, understanding of health care delivery systems in the region;
  • Experience with physical and mental health assessment including psychiatric, crisis and emergency management;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the impact of various lifestyle choices on the mental health of students (e.g. lifestyle concerns such as drug use);
  • Knowledge and awareness of the academic implications for students with Mental Health conditions, including relevant stressors inherent in the academic environment; with the ability to act in a role of advocacy for students as appropriate;
  • Excellent assessment skills and observational skills, with the ability to use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, empathy, reassurance;
  • Ability to establish a trusting relationship in order to promote confidence and obtain patient compliance and persuade unwilling patients to comply/co-operate in the management of their own treatment program, as well as for obtaining cooperation or consent;
  • Effective listening, sensitivity, motivational, facilitator of positive change, interviewing skills;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, religious, language, and gender differences;
  • Utilization of decision making, triage, critical thinking, analysis and treatment, excellent problem-solving techniques, leadership and resource management;
  • Excellent organizational skills to prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines, while maintaining focus on quality service;
  • Exhibits a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and problem-solving ability;
  • Skilled in data analysis to identify insights and generate reports;
  • The ability to work effectively in an environment with sensitive and confidential information and situations.

Preferred or Asset Skills:

  • Completion of an advanced diploma or certification in psychiatric nursing or equivalent combination of CBT training and experience an asset.

Salary and Benefit Information :

  • Job Grade M, Salary Scale $60,767 - $86,531 (prorated based on season and hours worked) *
  • This is an Ongoing Seasonal Position, 24 hours per week from approximately August until April;
  • This position includes prorated comprehensive benefits coverage including tuition waiver.

* The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by assessing related skills, experience, internal equity and market competitiveness, subject to available budget.

  • Seniority Level


  • Industry
  • Higher Education
  • Mental Health Care
  • Health, Wellness and Fitness
  • Employment Type

Part-time, Ongoing Seasonal

Part-time hours: 24 per week

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: $60,767.00-$86,531.00 per year


  • Dental Care
  • Extended Health Care
  • Paid Time Off


  • Monday to Friday

Work remotely:

  • No