Mental Health Nurse
The Mental Health Nurse (RN) is an integral member of the interdisciplinary health care team at the University of Toronto Mississauga Health & Counselling Centre. Working within a multidisciplinary framework, the Mental Health RN is the initial point of contact for all students requesting or requiring mental health care at the Health & Counselling Centre (HCC).
Under the direction of the Lead Nurse and Medical Director, the Mental Health Nurse (RN) provides professional mental health and primary care, utilizing the nursing process in accordance with established standards of care, policies and procedures; while adhering to the HCC’s vision, mission and strategic plan. Inherent in this role are the knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to critical thinking and decision making, ability to analyze and assess presenting physical and mental health concerns and collaborate with the medical team in the management of these concerns. The Mental Health Nurse will provide initial triaging and intake, clinical mental health assessments, implement and evaluate care plans on the direction of the physicians, communicate and provide follow-up to the treating physicians, provide support to students experiencing mental health problems and/or disorders, and assist with coordination of care between various team members within the circle of care.
The Mental Health Nurse will have knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the diverse social-cultural issues common to this patient demographic, and understand how they impact on patient health and well-being. The incumbent will have familiarity with the Mental Health Act and its implications for patients and providers.
Duties include: conducting screening/intake assessments; screening urgent/crisis phone calls and walk-in visits; crisis management/intervention; developing appropriate health plans in collaboration with the client and other service providers and assist with coordination of care between circle of care team members; facilitating discharge planning; case management of urgent and/or complex cases that may include situations of high risk or critical incidents; developing and facilitating community referrals and referring to the university or outside community; providing counselling to individuals; running psycho-educational workshops; medical directives and policies/procedures; providing education.
**Applications will only be accepted through the HR Careers website. The link can be found below.