Registered Practical Nurse, Geriatric Dementia Unit - (1508)

  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Jul 25, 2019
Part time Nurse

Job Description

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

$29.68 - $31.65 ( Registered Practical Nurse )

Employment Type

Number of Vacancies

Hours of Work
Part-time (Up to 22.5 Hours per week) Days/Nights/Evenings/Weekends

Main Site - 700 Gordon Street - Whitby, ON L1N 5S9 CA (Primary)

Position Summary

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is seeking a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). As an RPN, you will provide specialized care to patients with complex mental illnesses by using a recovery focused model of care, built upon compassion, inspiration and hope. To be an active and equal member of the interprofessional team.

The assignment is within our Geriatric Dementia Unit (GDU).  This unit provides specialized services for seniors over 65 years of age and older with a diagnosis of Dementia presenting with disruptive behaviour.  This patient population requires assessment, stabilization and treatment and management of challenging behaviours with the goal of community reintegration.  GDU is moving towards a formalized behavioural management mode utilizing abilities based programming.

Please Note: Although the posted vacancy is for the GDU, Registered Practical Nurses must have the ability to work in any area of the Ontario Shores as patient needs dictate.


Qualifications Required and Preferred

• Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in good standing.
• Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).
• 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.
• Demonstrated competence within the full scope of practice of a Registered Practical Nurse in the provision of assessment, care, medications, interventions and documentation of care needs.
• Demonstrated working knowledge / experience with computers
• Meditech Experience preferred
• Ability to implement and model the Recovery philosophy in all aspects of care as a Recovery Champion
• Proven excellent interpersonal skills and effective oral/written communication skills.
• 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 able to work shifts.
• It is highly encouraged that staff complete the RPN Mental Health certification within five years of hire date
• Recent psychiatric nursing and/or seniors experience in a mental health facility, long term care facility or service Preferred.
• The ability to work with clients of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds and proficiency in a second language is an asset.

Closing Date 8/8/2019

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

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Whitby, ON