Mental Health Nurse

About us:

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operate on their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an exciting campus with unlimited potential. Join us on our journey.

The Health & Wellness Centre provides inter-professional medical, health promotion, and counselling services in a safe, accessible and culturally responsive environment to optimize the students’ personal,academic and overall well-being. We strive to enhance services to students through collaborative partnerships on campus and in our community.

Your opportunity:

The Mental Health Nurse (RN) is an integral member of a multidisciplinary team at the University of Toronto Scarborough Health & Wellness Centre. Under the direction of the Manager, Health & Wellness Centre, the Mental Health Nurse provides professional mental health support and primary care in a clinical setting to patients, both in-person and through phone consultations, utilizing the nursing process in accordance with established standards of care, policies and procedures. Inherent in this role are the knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to critical thinking and decision making, as well as the ability to analyze and assess presenting physical and mental health concerns in collaboration with medical, counselling, and administrative team members in the management of these concerns. The successful candidate is a solution-oriented team player who also works collaborative with health promotion professionals to develop and deliver education and raise awareness related to student mental health support. They possess strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to effectively navigate high impact situations, with diplomacy.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing initial clinical support and/or counselling to distressed students in crisis and making referrals to appropriate resources
  • Assessing the mental health of clients
  • Determining the appropriate level of clinical intervention
  • Making informed referrals and supporting an individual in distress until referral contact is made
  • Liaising with a health care team to facilitate collaboration on cases
  • Following rules and procedural processes related to Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)
  • Providing case management support to students with urgent and/or complex problems requiring the coordination of multiple services
  • Serving as a resource to others by providing (non-supervisory) job-related guidance

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) required. Current registration, in good standing with no practice restrictions, as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Liability insurance or membership in a professional association, which offers liability insurance (ie. RNAO). Certification with Canadian Nursing Association in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Current CPR certification.
  • Minimum five years of clinical practice in primary health (i.e. family practice, community nursing, occupational nursing, emergency) with significant related experience in mental health.
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing experience essential (physical and mental health assessment including psychiatric, crisis and emergency management).
  • Experience in a multidisciplinary clinic.
  • Experience providing mental health education and training to primary care team professionals.
  • Experience working with young adult population.
  • Experience with electronic medical health records.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Familiarity with the Mental Health Act and its implications for patients and providers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work professionally andcollaboratively in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Applicants are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment.
  • Effective time management and flexibility in an active work and fast paced work environment.
  • Good judgement, sensitivity, patience and resourcefulness.
  • Understands the importance of evidenced based practice within the health care field.
  • Understands and demonstrates College of Nurses Standards of Practice guidelines, including but not limited to ethics, confidentiality, and documentation.
  • Understands and adheres to PHIPA and PIPEDA.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Resilient
  • Team player


  • A copy of the full job description is available upon request from the UTSC HR Office. 
  • The hours of work for this position are Monday to Friday from 8:45am-5:00pm or 11:45am-8:00pm.