Weekend Registered Nurse, Regional Psychiatric Emergency Services for Children and Youth, Mental He


This position is a Unit Weekend Worker in accordance with Article 13.04 of the Central Collective Agreement.Reporting to the Clinical Manager of the Regional Psychiatric Emergency Services for Children and Youth in Mental Health , the Registered Nurse is responsible and accountable for conducting emergency mental health assessments including but not limited to assessment of mental status indicators, multiple risk factors, symptom history, and presenting problems. This role requires independent skills at assessment and formulation of complex presenting problems and the ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team within the CHEO Emergency Department Team as well as with the CHEO Regional Psychiatric Emergency Services for Children and Youth (RPESCY).


The nurse will also support triage nurses in the emergency room in the identification and appropriate streaming of patients presenting with mental health emergencies, and will be responsible for referrals to appropriate services for patients who are discharged. The nurse will support the admission process to inpatient psychiatry when the decision for disposition is an admission.  The nurse collaborates with the patient, the family and team members to identify priorities for intervention and develop a plan for problem resolution.  The nurse will also support the activities regarding the planning, implementation and activations of urgent care pathways with community partners. The nurse will support the community hospital Emergency Department around patient transfer and virtual assessment alongside the on-call psychiatrist.

The nurse in this position will be part of a new Unit for Short Stay patients as part of the overall hospital based programs in Mental Health.  This Unit will not be operational immediately.


  • Conduct mental health assessments of those children/youth and their families who present to the CHEO Emergency Department in an acute psychiatric crisis and those presenting to community hospital ED in our region requiring virtual assessments
  • Liaise with the CHEO Emergency Department staff and psychiatry on-call services.
  • Support triage nurses in the ED in the identification and appropriate streaming of patients presenting with mental health emergencies.
  • Work in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team in the identification and referrals to appropriate resources upon discharge from the ED.
  • Provide support in the planning, implementation and activation of Urgent Care Pathways with community partners. This will involve but not limited to carrying the urgent care pager and triaging cases after hours while providing consultation on local resources.
  • Facilitate virtual mental health risk assessments as part of RPESCY.
  • Participate in the implementation of the new ED/MH Model of Care and the planning for the Short Stay Unit.



▪       Vulnerable Sector Check   (Essential)

▪       Current Certification of Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (Essential)

▪       Current CPR Certification (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated culturally sensitive approach to nursing care  (Essential)

▪       Baccalaureate Degree of Nursing   (Preferred)

▪       Certificate in Mental Health Nursing  (Preferred)

▪       Minimum of 2-5 years of previous psychiatric nursing experience   (Essential)

▪       Excellent team work and interpersonal skills   (Essential)

▪      Knowledge of mental health legislation, treatment modalities and experience with crisis intervention or other appropriate combinations of education and experience, along with the demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position, may be considered in lieu of stated education and experience.  (Essential)

▪    Experience with Crisis Intervention  (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated organizational, time management and coordination skills.  (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple competing workload demands and to manage stressful situations effectively.  (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated excellent critical thinking, communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills required.  (Essential)

▪       Ability to work collaboratively on an interdisciplinary mental health/health team providing emergency based care.  (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated knowledge of child/youth development, cultural competence, trauma informed care. (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to Family Centred Care required.  (Essential)

▪       Excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills with an ability to work with clients to resolve or stabilize crisis.  (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated awareness of community resources in our region.  (Preferred)

▪       Demonstrated capacity for coping with challenging clinical situations.  (Essential)

▪       Demonstrated commitment to professional development and skills.   (Essential)

▪       Bilingualism (French and English)  (Preferred)

▪       A working understanding of RNAO Substance Abuse Guidelines and application to Paediatric Mental Health. (Preferred)


Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.