Registered Nurse - Intensive Seniors Community Support

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The Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin Branch is recruiting for a Registered Nurse for their Intensive Seniors Community Support Team who is looking for a career in the challenging and fast growing sector of Mental Health and Addictions.

The Intensive Seniors Community Support Team will coordinate health care services for older adults in the Central West LHIN who experience complex mental and physical health needs, substance use and/or other neurological conditions.  The RN is a member of the multidisciplinary Intensive Seniors Community Support Team that provides assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, coordinate care panning and crisis intervention to seniors and their caregiver with complex mental and physical health needs.

The RN is required to work in multiple settings across the region to support clients in their preferred place of residence

This is a full-time contract position working 37.5 hours a week (1 FTE). The projected contract end date is March 31, 2022.  The incumbent will work out of CMHA Peel Dufferin’s Brampton site. The position reports to the Program Manager.  

Salary range:  $63,600 - $73,600  per year


CMHA Peel Dufferin offers a competitive overall compensation package which includes: 

Two weeks paid vacation (accrued), paid personal days, one Flexible Day annually Professional development opportunities within the agency, Employee Family Assistance Program and access to a wellness fund benefit.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct comprehensive assessments (physical and mental health) with a focus on addressing complex care needs, medication management and responsive behaviours
  • Develop Coordinate Care Plans with clients, and their supports, by identifying strengths and needs considering the social determinants of health
  • Communicate information, both oral and written, regarding assessments, treatment plans and evaluations to the treatment team, clients, referral source and other caregivers within practice/agency/legal guidelines
  • Conduct episodic visits to the client in their preferred setting with a focus on risk reduction and support
  • Support, coordinate and collaborate with families as well as existing support services in Central West LHIN
  • Conducts risk and safety assessments, gives support and accesses support from many sources in the community.
  • Utilize Coordinated Care Plans to improve health outcomes for individuals supported.
  • Complete a mental health assessment for clients in crisis, utilizing a variety of assessment tools.
  • Support the caregivers by providing education and advocacy.
  • Liaise with primary care provider to support coordinator care and system navigation
  • Facilitate health literacy groups/workshops to staff and clients
  • Maintain appropriate record-keeping/documentation and client files, statistical and outcome measurement tools as required by CMHA/Peel Dufferin policies and procedures.
  • Participate on agency and community committees and workgroups as requested.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with program teams, internal and external to CMHA/Peel Dufferin.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and treatment planning review meetings and to provide the nursing perspective.
  • Other related duties as assigned


Skills & Qualifications:

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing CPMHN (c) is an asset.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in acute mental health sector, preferably in the community
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills
  • Demonstrated and extensive knowledge and skill working with elderly individuals with various types mental health or other neurological conditions, addictions, complex physical health, and those who experience an acute behavioural change
  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of the social determinants of health om well-being and recovery
  • Knowledge of Community Support Services, Primary Care and Mental Health systems and related legislation
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible in work assignments and work environment
  • Advanced knowledge of psychotropic medication
  • Excellent assessment, crisis intervention and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated ability to establish therapeutic, supportive relationships with client/family/caregivers/community agencies by utilizing skilled interviewing and communication techniques and appropriate nursing interventions
  • Utilizes critical thinking and analytical skill to gather data from multiple sources assesses and interprets information to create treatment plans.
  • Knowledge of consent and capacity issues and legislation regarding this population (e.g. role of Public Guardian and Trustee, SDM Act, Health Care Consent act, Mental Health Act).
  • Knowledge and application of the P.I.E.C.E.S. (copyright) framework and templates
  • Demonstrated experience with risk assessments, suicide prevention, crisis intervention techniques and theory-based practice in working with the seriously mentally ill.
  • Ability to work with clients of diverse cultural and social backgrounds is necessary.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with a multidisciplinary team and other agencies in the community, including the ability to work with police, court system, inpatient and outpatient mental health systems.
  • Able to function well under pressure and in a fluid environment.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and relevant insurance.
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check) report and extensive background check is required.
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Ability to work some evenings
  • As a fundamental condition of employment, but subject to any legitimate accommodation needs under the Code, new employees must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with one or more vaccines approved by Health Canada, and must provide CMHA Peel Dufferin with proof of vaccination prior to their start date. If unable to be vaccinated for reasons relating to protected grounds under the Code, new employees must promptly provide CMHA Peel Dufferin with documentation including a completed medical or religious exemption.


CMHA Peel Dufferin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are committed to diversity and inclusiveness at our workplace and recognize the unique contribution every individual makes to the community.

We acknowledge that removing and reducing existing barriers and preventing new barriers is required in providing opportunities that foster independence, inclusion, and dignity for people of all ages, genders, cultures, and abilities. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including but not limited to Aboriginal, Indigenous, Metis and Inuit peoples, racialized groups/persons of color, people with varying abilities, members of visible minority groups, LGBTQ2S+, those who identify as women, and other equity-seeking groups.

CMHA Peel Dufferin is committed to pay equity and right to equal treatment without discrimination in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code in all aspects of the workplace environment and employment relationship.

We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment, selection processes, and work environments. When contacted for a job opportunity, please advise the HR Department of any accommodations needed in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. We request that you provide your accommodation request as soon as reasonably practicable. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. We thank all those who apply, but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. We retain all applications submitted for one (1) year after the closing date of the posting for consideration in future career opportunities.