Patient Care Assistant (PT)
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
Penetanguishene, ON

The Manager of the Beckwith A Program within the High Secure Provincial Forensics Division is currently seeking a dedicated Patient Care Assistant. The purpose of the position is to provide personal care and support to individuals with mental health needs as a member of the interprofessional team, under the supervision and in collaboration with registered team members

Key Accountabilities:
Work under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or Registered Practical Nurse

Instruct, counsel, and assist patients in personal hygiene, life skills and encourage development of acceptable social behavior, provide direct basic care and assist with activities of daily living

Assist with patient socialization and recreational activities at Waypoint

Report to the team leader/charge nurse any observations of physical and behavioral issues related to patients, document in the electronic clinical file; maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Mental Health Act and Waypoint policy, and are subject to the same ethical standards as registered staff.

Provide a safe, therapeutic environment for patients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges

Provide escorts of patients within the facility and where appropriate to outside agencies

Participating in planned and emergency restraints

Developmental Support Worker diploma, or Personal Support Worker diploma (inclusive of any College, Private College or Adult Education Facility that includes a minimum of 600 joint classroom and practical experience hours) and/or successful completion of at least one year of a recognized Nursing Program (BScN or Practical Nursing)

Current CPR and First Aid

Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience with personal support theory and procedures

Experience with basic patient care procedures (including mobility, hygiene and feeding) and the use of assistive devices

Recent and related experience working in a mental health facility or service is preferred

Preference for experience working with complex patients who are demonstrating treatment-resistant symptoms

Recent experience with Patient Safety and Risk Management policies and standards, including all hospital codes and interventions

Results oriented work ethic to work independently and undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives and deliver quality, consistent and timely results

Demonstrated leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal and organizational skills

Proven written and verbal communication skills

Proven ability to adapt readily to change

Models and promotes core ethical practice, Waypoint Values (Caring, Respect, Accountability, Innovation), and reflects an optimistic and positive attitude

Preference for proficiency in French/English language