Behavioural Nurse Coordinator


Unionville Home Society is a not-for-profit charitable organization located in Unionville that has provided leadership in service to seniors since 1967. On a 19-acre campus, Unionville Home Society and its affiliate corporations operates a long-term care home, seniors’ rental housing, a community centre and a life-lease building. In addition, it provides community support services such as adult day programs and geriatric assessment services. The campus of care is a vibrant environment and our vision is to develop a progressive community where older adults thrive; aging well and living better.

Position Summary:

Under the direction and guidance of Director of Care, Behavioural Nurse Coordinator provides direct clinical support to residents presenting with, or at risk for, responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions residing at UHS. The incumbent, working in collaboration with other members of a multi-disciplinary team, provides wholistic best practice assessment and recommended behavioural intervention strategies to support residents. Support provided may include the development of a comprehensive P.I.E.C.E.S. assessment (Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Capabilities, Environment and Social); direct observation of the personal and the provision of care; implementation and direct clinical coaching on non-pharmacological approaches; and/or supporting the individual leading up to, during and following a care transition.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a resident-centered approach in assessment, planning, provision and evaluation of resident care.
  • Assist in the direction, supervision and evaluation of the work of the BSO team within UHS including liaising with staff, senior leadership team, outside behavioural care providers, home physician(s), and family.
  • Coach staff on behavioural care plan for residents; monitors and evaluates care provided
  • Assist in leading/participate in development of behavioural care plan; lead implementation of care plan recommendations.
  • Conduct behavioural assessment for residents; conduct associated screenings such as Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE).
  • Participate in care conference for all behavioural residents;
  • Maintain and update behaviours tracking forms; update behavioural sections of Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) and Mini Data Set(MDS) care plan.
  • Coordinate and follows up on lab orders.
  • Lead and support BSO quality improvement initiatives.
  • Provide and Facilitate education and training sessions to all staff on preventative behaviour management.
  • Participate in nursing research, resident satisfaction and continuous quality improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in regular data collection as per the organization and provincial BSO regional reporting requirements
  • Work with up-to-date knowledge regarding resident needs, gerontological principles, nursing care, general health maintenance and promotion.

Qualifications, Credentials & Experience:

  • Possesses and maintains RPN certification with the College of Nurses of Ontario as well as other specialized qualifications to this position
  • 2 years’ experience in assessment and treating older adults with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions
  • Must be available for flexible hours and alternate weekends (11:00 am-7:00 pm) in order to meet the Behavioural needs of residents exhibiting responsive behaviors.
  • Proficient in computer and technological applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Long-Term Care Homes Act and Regulations and other legislation that is relevant to the location in which care is provided Knowledge of GPA, P.I.E.C.E.S. TM, U-First!, Recovery/Psychosocial Rehabilitation approaches or willingness to receive training Experience /familiarity with RAI documentation including assessments, Resident Assessment Protocols (RAPS) and care planning functions.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills for the early detection, intervention, and prevention of responsive behaviours
  • Good understanding of non-pharmacological and therapeutic behavioural approaches.
  • Good understanding of pharmacological agents, and their interactions, that are used to manage conditions that have behavioural components along the disease continuum
  • Ability to adapt positively and productively to changes in the work environment
  • Ability to identify indicators of compassion fatigue and plan effectively for mitigation
  • Demonstrated professional work ethic and behaviours in interaction with internal and external contacts


Interested candidates should submit their resume to: Human Resources Department

                                                                                      Email:  Fax:     905.477.6080

Unionville Home Society is committed to diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Applications must be willing to undergo a vulnerable sector police check and TB test as part of the hiring process.