CMHA Middlesex is building a team of Community Mental Health Nurses who will use recovery-focused models of care to help promote wellness through responsive and innovative services and will empower participants on their recovery journey. The Nursing team at CMHA Middlesex works collaboratively with direct-service mental health workers as well as an interdisciplinary clinical team to provide specialized nursing supports to participants. The Community Mental Health Nurses practice in a variety of settings, including Supportive Housing settings, out in the community, and within a clinical setting. These unique nursing roles will challenge clinical skills, build on interpersonal skills, and allow the successful candidate to make a difference in the lives of those within a vulnerable population. We are currently seeking a Registered Nurse for a full-time, permanent position within this team. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and receive Extended Healthcare Benefits.
Successful candidates must have a Police Vulnerable Sector Check completed in the last six months. In order to avoid delays in beginning a position, interested applicants who reside in the City of London and are in need of a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) are encouraged to apply for one as soon as possible as PVSCs in the City of London are currently taking approximately 3 weeks to be processed and offers of employment may be delayed without receipt of a PVSC.
Job Description and Primary Responsibilities:
• Conduct physical and psychiatric assessments and make appropriate referrals to community physicians and resources
• Engage in direct care, mentoring, education, consultation
• Assess medication effectiveness, complications and side effects
• Arrange and follow up with required lab work; perform phlebotomy on site as required
• Provide symptom education to enable participants to identify their mental illness symptoms
• Coordinate mental health and psycho-social service
• Identify, develop, and maintain strong links with a wide range of community partners/resources
• Coordinate and administer depot injections to participants in the community
• Assist participants in making informed choices about health measures such as medications, immunization, palliative care, birth control, disease management, etc.
• Provide health teaching by giving feedback, explanations and rationale for diagnostic tests, procedures and treatments
• Assist participants in taking responsibility for and managing their health needs according to available resources and personal skills
• Identify and seek to address the root causes of illness and disease
• Assist participants to recognize strengths and minimize failures by identifying potential risks to health
• Establish strong links to external clinical programs relevant to the care of the participant
• Advocate for participants to obtain psychiatrists, family doctors, dentists, etc.
• Contribute to the development and facilitation of health promotion groups
• Identify individual care requirements by establishing personal rapport with participants and with other persons in a position to understand care requirements
• Assure quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards; measuring health outcomes against goals and standards; making or recommending necessary adjustments; following hospital and care providers’ philosophies and standards of care set out by the College of Nurses standards and other governing agency regulations
• Protect participants and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations
• Maintain continuity among team by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs
• Collaborate with community agencies to maintain coordination in the treatment process
• Maintain nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needs supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies; using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results
• Identify high risk participants and assesses the need for crisis intervention, prioritizing the safety of participants
• Take action, or serve as back-up if needed; may be called upon by other team members for assistance during a crisis
• Perform work in a calm, competent and efficient manner in emergency situations while acknowledging the participant’s need for privacy and dignity
• Utilize harm reduction principles to identify, reduce and remove risk factors
• Document and review suicidal behaviors, thoughts and attempts and refer to appropriate community resources as necessary
Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery
• Collaborate with the participant and the team to provide a holistic approach and assist in developing goals and the “plan of care”
• Support the participant in developing skills for self-advocacy.
• Interact and provide support in a nonjudgmental fashion and provide care that demonstrates sensitivity to participant diversity (e.g. culture, race, age, sexual orientation, gender, beliefs and values)
• Assist in motivating participants to learn new behaviours and develop coping skills.
• Foster healthy interdependence through limit setting
• Assist participants to recognize strengths and minimize challenges by identifying potential risks to health
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent
• Registration with the Ontario College of Nurses as a Registered Nurse in good standing
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
• Computer literate
• Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and insurance adequate for transporting participants
• Current CPR Certificate
• Current, clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)
• Ability to attend work regularly
• Bilingual in both official languages is an asset
Hours of Work:
• 70 hours per bi-weekly period
• Rotating schedule including days, afternoons, and may include evenings and weekends; also required to attend team meetings and education sessions as scheduled
How to Apply:
Our recruitment process allows us to learn about your previous work experience, your qualifications and your commitment to fulfilling our vision. Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by September 20, 2020 by email to:firstname.lastname@example.org
While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those individuals being considered for a position will be personally contacted by someone from the interview team.