Hours of work: 35 hours per week, Evening and weekend hours may be required.
Location: Aurora, York and South Simcoe
The purpose of early intervention is to use bio-psychosocial, Recovery, and Empowerment approaches, including natural supports to the greatest possible extent, to enable clients to maintain and develop optimum functioning and roles.
The Registered Nurse (RN) works with clients 16-35 years of age who are experiencing psychosis for the first time or are in the early stages of mental illness. In collaboration with the Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) team, the RN conducts mental and physical health assessments, conducts metabolic syndrome screening and movement scales assessments and provides requisitions for regular routine lab work. The RN maintains the CRMS medication database as well as attaching prescriptions and diagnostic results into client notes. The RN maintains the medication room in good order, ensuring medication samples are available and logged accurately, equipment cleaning and maintenance logs are completed and all nursing policies are adhered to as per Accreditation Canada standards. Another responsibility is the management and administration of medication in conjunction with the attending psychiatrist. A sound knowledge of Psychotropic Medications and related side effects is essential.
The RN supports the team psychiatrist by making and following up on referrals for diagnostic testing as well as independent referrals to community resources including community physicians. The RN also monitors the completion of lab work and prescription expiry dates. The RN acts as a resource to other team members regarding Nursing and Medication related questions. Using an Empowerment/Recovery approach, the RN provides support, assistance, counselling, referrals, and education to clients, and with their permission, their families.
The RN may be assigned to different programs as required based on need. (i.e. ACTT, Case Management, etc) and may be required to take on a case load.
In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.
This position reports to and is supervised by the Program Manager.
Licensed Registered Nurse (B. Sc. N degree)
Member in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
Four (4) or more years experience fulfilling the duties of a registered nurse, experience in a mental health setting is preferred
Experience working with youth and young adults experiencing psychosis for the first time is preferred, including developmental issues of youth and their families.
Sound knowledge of and experience with administration, injection, side effects and iatrogenic manifestations of psychotropic medications, especially the newer neuroleptics.
Excellent health assessment skills, sound clinical judgment and diagnostic skills
Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
Ability to provide education to clients, families, team and community members about medications, symptoms, side effects, iatrogenic manifestations, and health and wellness issues
A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)
In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.
Why work for CMHA York Region?
We are team committed to our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.
Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We hold ourselves accountable and we celebrate our wins. Because we risk, we learn and we take the opportunity and time to constantly improve our skills, the way we function as a team and ultimately deliver services. We are a team committed to mental health for all. Join us and be part of providing great care in great communities!
If you are interested in this opportunity, please follow the link on this posting or visit our website. Complete the application form and submit cover letter and resume together as one (1) document / attachment in the Resume section, outlining how your experience matches our requirements, to the Human Resources Department quoting Competition # 201801.
CMHA, York Region Branch supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome people with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.
To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email: AODA@cmha-yr.on.ca
Online: www.cmha-yr.on.ca, under CAREERS section.
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.