Mental Health Nurse

Ministry of the Solicitor General
Maidstone, Ontario
$1,517.86 - $1,895.93 Per Week
Closing date
Nov 19, 2022

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Registered Nurse
Work Setting
Area of Practice
Mental Health / Psychiatric / Addiction care

Consider Your Next Career with the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ontario Public Service!


The Ontario Public Service is one of the largest employers in the province, with a wide range of exciting career opportunities. We believe in the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness. We invite you to join our teams!


We are seeking caring and compassionate Mental Health Nurses to join our health care team at the Southwest Detention Centre. As a Mental Health Nurse, you will use your specialized knowledge and skills to provide patient-centred mental health care to offenders.


The Ontario Public Service has been chosen as one of:


• Canada's Top 100 Employers

• Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers

• Canada's Best Diversity Employers

• Canada's Greenest Employers

• Top Employers for Canadians Under 40


OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.


We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.


Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.


We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code . Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.


What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• Conduct mental health assessments for the purposes of triage and on-going care

• Plan and implement treatment plans

• Monitor adherence and response to treatment plans and health care interventions

• Liaise with community care providers to obtain mental health histories and facilitate transitional care at discharge

• Lead case management by initiating patient-specific plans of care

• Coordinate care with other members of the health care team, such as primary care, psychiatry, social work and psychology

• Utilize your sound knowledge of crisis prevention and intervention

• Contribute to mental health program development within the institution

• Establish and maintain positive working relationships with other staff members and external stakeholders

• Share your knowledge and expertise with other staff members

• Practise in accordance with College of Nurses of Ontario Practice Standards and Ministry expectations

• Practise in accordance with the security requirements of the institution


Location: Maidstone


How do I qualify?


• You must be registered as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and be in good standing

• The successful candidate will be required to be registered for a mental health nurse certification program upon job offer and complete certification requirements within a specified period of time


The ministry will accept the following certification or proof of enrolment:

• Canadian Nurses Association – Current Psychiatric and Mental Health Certification

• Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Concurrent Disorders Certification

• Accredited Colleges in Canada – Mental Health Certification


Nursing and Mental Health Knowledge and Experience

• You have in-depth knowledge of mental illness, mental health nursing theory, community mental health resources, evidence-based practices and current treatment options acquired through enrolment in/completion of a post-diploma/post-degree certificate program in mental health, and supplemented by continuing education in mental health/psychiatry

• You can interpret and apply relevant legislation (such as the Mental Health Act, Regulated Health Professions Act, Health Care Consent Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act)

• You have knowledge of mental health evidence-based practices and current treatment options as well as experience completing comprehensive mental health assessments

• You can elicit, interpret and evaluate information from patients and other sources, and draw conclusions to develop treatment and care plans

• You are able to evaluate patient responses to planned interventions and to modify interventions in collaboration with the inter-professional team to achieve established inmate goals

• You can address emergency situations and implement appropriate therapeutic interventions


Effective Communication Skills

• You can present information in a clear and concise manner as well as adapt your communication skills to provide information and health teaching to a diverse population

• You can work collaboratively with others, such as the inter-professional team, correctional staff and community agencies

• You are an effective patient advocate and can advocate for, and encourage, patient participation in their plan of care

• You have oral and written communication skills to clearly communicate care and progress through documentation, including progress notes, written care plans, and clinical and administrative summaries

• You are able to support patients in working towards achieving identified goals


Hours of Work

• The temporary full-time position are 40 hours per week.

• The hours of work for the temporary, casual (irregularly-scheduled) position are 0-40 hours per week.

• For both full-time and irregularly-scheduled positions you are expected to work rotating shifts (including evenings, nights and/or statutory holidays) in a health care unit that provides 7 days per week service, up to 24 hours a day.


Salary Range: $1,517.86 - $1,895.93 Per Week


Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary - Irregular On-Call, duration up to 6 months (with possible extension), 4819 8th Concession Rd, RR3, Maidstone, West Region, Vulnerable Sector Check, Credit History Check, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS 1 Temporary – Full-Time, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 4819 8th Concession Rd, RR3, Maidstone, West Region, Vulnerable Sector Check, Credit History Check, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Development Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.


A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.


  • At this time, all employees working in congregate living settings are required to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, meaning they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Ministry of Health (refer to: COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Status in Ontario ), including 14 calendar days have passed since receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Employees who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be deemed ‘not vaccinated' under the Employer's policy and will be required to attend a vaccine education program, as determined by the Employer. Employees who are not vaccinated under the policy with a valid medical exemption will not be required to attend a vaccine education program. All employees working in congregate living settings must undergo regular rapid antigen testing, regardless of vaccination status.


Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 187092, by Saturday, November 19, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.


If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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