Registered Nurse 2, Dual Diagnosis Service

Hospital Whitby Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a public hospital that provides inpatient, outpatient and consultation services for people with complex mental illness. Our patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope. We engage in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system and are proud to work with partners across the continuum of care. If you thrive on innovation and positive change, and share our vision of Recovering Best Health, Nurturing Hope and Inspiring Discovery, Ontario Shores is the place for you.
This position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit
Job Title
$34.17 - $46.18 ( Registered Nurse 2 )
Employment Type
Number of Vacancies
Hours of Work
Full-Time (37.5 hours per week) Days/Nights/Evenings/Weekends
Main Site - 700 Gordon Street - Whitby, ON L1N 5S9 CA (Primary)
External Contract End Date
Position Summary

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is seeking a Registered Nurse’s (RN’s). As an RN, you will provide assessment and therapeutic interventions in a recovery-focused model of care. You will provide mental health and general nursing care utilizing the nursing process to patients with severe and persistent mental illness. You will organize and collaborate in the planning and implementation of nursing best practices with Registered Nurses and an interdisciplinary team.

The assignment is to work in our Dual Diagnosis Services (DDS) Program.  This unit provides inpatient and comprehensive outpatient and outreach services to its patient population.  DDS provides services to adults who are developmentally handicapped with a serious mental illness and who present with significant behavioural challenges.  By combining expertise in the assessment and treatment of behavioural handicaps, the unit also provides specialized psychiatric treatment and behavioural programming. Treatment plans include life skills and recreation; supportive counseling and group programming, family support, education and consultation.   The multidisciplinary team helps the patients address their difficulties through skills assessment and instruction, goal-oriented planning, education and psychiatric stabilization. 

Please Note:  Although the posted vacancy is to work within DDS, all Registered Nurses must have the ability to work in any area of the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences as patients’ needs dictate.

Qualifications Required and Preferred

• Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in good standing.
• Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)
• Current CPR Level HCP certification
• Demonstrated knowledge of College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Standards of Practice and commitment to maintaining reflective practice standards as described by the CNO.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Canadian Standards for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, as well as relevant policies and legislation, such as the Mental Health Act and Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).
• Proven ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and demonstrate competence in performance of the nurse facilitator/care coordinator role, case management and clinical assessment and intervention and documentation of care.
• Knowledge and experience of the challenges involved in community integration of psychiatric inpatients.
• Proven excellent interpersonal skills and effective oral/written communication skills.
• Implements and models the Recovery philosophy in all aspects of care as a Recovery champion
• Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and preceptorship role.
• Demonstrated working knowledge/experience with computers
• Meditech experience preferred
• Demonstrated excellent organizational, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and critical thinking abilities.
• Ability to perform the physical demands of the position.
• Proven good attendance record with the capability of maintaining this same standard
• Must be available to work various daytime, evening and week-end shifts
• BScN preferred.
• CNA certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing preferred.
• Recent psychiatric nursing and/or adolescents experience an asset.
• The ability to work with clients of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds and proficiency in a second language is an asset.
• Research experience is an asset.

Closing Date
Personal information you provide to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is collected pursuant to the Public Hospitals Act R.S.O 1990, c. P.40. It will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility for employment. At all times it will be treated in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Leader, Privacy & Access at 700 Gordon St. Whitby, ON L1N 5S9; 905-430-4055 ext. 6712 or refer to the Privacy & Access pages on the Ontario Shores website. Upon request, individual accommodation can be provided to applicants who meet the required qualifications outlined in the job descriptions, and have been invited for an interview. For questions and concerns, please contact Human Resources at 905.430.4055 ext. 6191.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Ontario Shores is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and encourage applications from all qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. Ontario Shores is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise us during the recruitment process.
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