Registered Nurse - MHEART

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The Mobile Nurse First Responder will work using a collaborative crisis response model with the Ontario Provincial Police in Lambton County.  This mobile team will respond to individuals who are experiencing a crisis related to health, mental health and/or addiction that is impacting their safety and the safety of others in the community. The mobile team may be dispatched by the Police Department, CMHA or BWH to complete a detailed health and mental health assessment to determine the individual’s level of risk and/or biopsychosocial needs.  Based on the outcome of the assessment individuals will be provided with the most appropriate service and resources.  When necessary the mobile team will transport at risk individuals to BWH to support the need for admission and support follow up again at discharge where required. The enhanced service will improve the quality of care by reducing wait times for residents requiring crisis care, as well as providing a comprehensive response to  the individual’s home.  Responding immediately to individuals in a crisis situation is critical, to avert potential serious harm to the individual and others.   The enhanced service will aim to decrease inappropriate emergency department visits by providing more timely access to community-based crisis services, as well as reducing additional emergency responses required (police, EMS, hospital)


Prevention of unnecessary criminalization and experiences with the justice system is a key role within this position with the view of reducing recidivism.  


Reporting to the Manager of Specialized Services, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Conducting and completing detailed interRAI assessment and where required a health assessment and gathering of collateral information for individuals referred;
  • Provides education regarding medication and potential side effects as well as the dispensing of medication where required
  • Communicating and coordinating relevant information with agency staff and police;
  • Assess and convey medical state to coordinate care with Primary Care Practitioners and Emergency Department Physicians and Psychiatry.
  • Ability to follow up on direction and accept medication orders
  • Providing intervention and brief solution focused support to individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis
  • Providing a quick response to urgent situations that arise
  • Knowledge and understanding of client centred health, mental health and addictions interventions and practice methods



Education required:

·Registered Nurse with current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (preferably with Canadian Certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing)

  • experience and a detailed knowledge of serious mental illness, usually gained by 5-7 years of working with this population; and
  • a valid Ontario Driver’s Licence and access to a vehicle are required


Skills required:

  • Must have a broad knowledge of bio-psychosocial rehabilitation.
  • Crisis or Suicide Intervention training is an asset.
  • CPR and NVCI training
  • Extensive knowledge of the Mental Health Act, as well as relevant legislation specific to an individual with a serious mental illness.
  • Planning and organization skills to facilitate advocacy and support coordination/service access.
  • Extensive knowledge of the support/treatment services network in Lambton County and of regional services commonly accessed by the program.
  • Extremely well developed written and verbal communications skills.
  • Working knowledge of computers with skill in the use of Email and Microsoft office.


Hours of Work:    Scheduled rotation of 12-hour shifts. Flexible hours are required to meet the position requirements


Salary: Commensurate with experience within the range: $64635 to $78,639, inclusive of HOOPP.