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Registered Practical Nurse

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted September 14, 2023.


Registered Practical Nurse
Forensic Assessment and Triage Unit (FATU)
Forensic Division
Complex Care and Recovery Program

Position Description
The Complex Care and Recovery Program is currently seeking a part-time, temporary (until March 29, 2024) Registered Practical Nurse to work in the Forensic Assessment Unit at the Queen Street Site. As a member of the interprofessional team, you will provide client-centered, recovery oriented, psychiatric and general nursing care, practice in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario standards of practice, CAMH policies and the CAMH Practice Model of Care, and ensure the security and safety of the client care environment. Working within a primary nursing model, you will be expected to perform assessments, develop, implement and evaluate interprofessional plans of client care for clients from diverse backgrounds who may be suffering from mental health and addiction problems and who are detained under the Criminal Code or under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review Board (ORB). You will liaise with other services in the Complex Mental Illness Program and community agencies to coordinate care for clients. The Registered Practical Nurses will be responsible for contributing to program development, and providing education, support and supervision to students. You will participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of risk management plans and contribute to the assessment of client’s fitness for trial. You will ensure compliance with the ORB disposition or court orders. You will be expected to participate in the preparation of ORB and Court reports. You will support and contribute to a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position involves shift rotation (days and nights) and weekend work, and is located at the Queen Street Site.


You must be registered in good standing as a Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and possess a current B.C.L.S. (CPR). You must have medication administration certification. You will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills enabling you to develop the Nurse-Client relationship and work within a collaborative and diverse interprofessional team. Your skills include the ability to make behavioral observations, mental status assessments, monitoring client’s response to pharmaceutical care interventions, documentation and ongoing communication with other team members and charge nurses. You will have sound knowledge of crisis intervention, addictions issues, psychosocial rehabilitation, the recovery model, forensic psychiatry, risk assessments, and severe and persistent mental illness. You will demonstrate an understanding of the forensic legal and health care systems and how to develop and implement forensic risk assessment plans. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong knowledge of psychiatric nursing, addiction issues and risk assessments. You have demonstrated ability to intervene effectively in clinical situations requiring the management of disturbed behaviour. You will be a self-directed team player who is highly organized and has the communication and interpersonal skills that enable them to work within an interprofessional collaborative team environment. Experience working with individuals from diverse ethno cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds is also required. Computer literacy is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note: This part-time, temporary (until March 29, 2024) position is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $28.18 – $33.65 per hour

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CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.