Mental Health Nurses are responsible for assessment, nursing diagnosis, development and implementation of a care plan, and evaluation of mental health nursing care. Mental Health nurses provide crisis intervention and counselling and life skills programming to clients in the mental health clinic. Mental Health Nurses act as a member of the health care team working in the Mental Health Service Delivery, which includes: Psycho Social Services (PSS), Mental Health Services (MHS) or the Operational Trauma Stress and Support Centers (OTSSC). Mental Health nurses receive clients through self-referrals, referrals from other health care providers, or referrals from clients’ family, friends or supervisor. Their work includes walk-in and scheduled appointments with individuals or family and group therapy sessions.
Perform within the defined scope of practice in accordance with the regulatory organization in the province of work;
Conduct bio-psychosocial assessments;
Develop individualized treatment plans with the patient;
Provide direct client care and interventions based on the prescribed treatment plan consistent with psychiatric illness and diagnosis in the diagnostic and statistics manual of mental health disorders version V (DSM-V);
Monitor client progress and evaluate the treatment plan;
Revise the treatment plan based on the clients’ progress;
Provide supportive counselling that is evidence-based and corresponds with professional best practices such as cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, strengths perspectives, and motivational therapy;
Teach relaxation training, as well as, stress and anger management to individuals and groups;
Provide support and health education for members, their support networks and others associated with their care;
Monitor medications for therapeutic responses and provide client education on medications including purpose, proper administration, intended effects and side effects;
Provide brief interventions to clients in acute distress and ensure the client has full access to internal and external health care services;
Participate in inter-disciplinary team meetings related to clinical care and service delivery by presenting clients’ case and providing status updates;
Complete deployment health related activities, such as pre-deployment and/or enhanced postdeployment interviews;
Perform all administrative tasks associated with delivery of clinical care such as scheduling appointments, identifying resources, and arranging case conferences;
Document client interactions in the information system and personal health records in accordance with relevant health services policies and standards and with the provincial regulatory organization’s standards of practice for nurses related to documentation;
Provide recommendations to the client’s primary care provider on employment limitations based on the clinical interpretation of the client’s health status;
Communicate and liaise with other health care professionals and service agencies;
Design or revise PowerPoint presentations for psycho-educational sessions such as anger or stress management and relaxation;
Distribute local outreach material such as mental health awareness materiel; and
Other associated tasks relevant to this occupational group
Working with Bayshore
Bayshore is honoured to provide Medical Professional Staffing to support those who have served, and those who continue to serve, our country.
All Mental Health Nurses must, as a minimum, possess:
a. a Registered Nurse Diploma or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a recognized college or university with either a certificate in Mental Health Nursing or certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA);
b. a Registered Nurse licence from the provincial or territorial professional college or association in the province of practice; and
c. a Certificate of Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider or equivalent such as Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) Level C. Annual recertification is required.
The Mental Health Nurse must have, as a minimum, 3 years of experience within the last 5 years in nursing practice performing a variety of mental health nursing activities such as supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, counselling,and crisis intervention or management in an adult community setting to clients suffering from mental illnesses or psycho-social difficulties.
Other Skills and Abilities:
Current N95 mask fit certificate CSA Standards Z94.4 (testing q 2 yrs)
Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate for Healthcare Provider or equivalent, such as Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) Level C Annual recertification
Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) Certification (every two (2) years)