Job Opportunity: Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH)

Registered Nurse
Forensic Early Intervention Service (FEIS)
Complex Care and Recovery Program

Program Description:
The Forensic Early Intervention Service (FEIS) of the Complex Care and Recovery (CCR) Program is a service working  collaboratively with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  The service provides outpatient services (including assessment, triage, consultation, education and community reintegration for inmates of the Toronto South Detention Centre and Vanier Centre for Women who meet criteria for FEIS interventions. Services are provided for inmates on remand who have been found Unfit to Stand Trial, are undergoing a criminally responsibility assessment, are experiencing a condition or illness such that there fitness to stand trial may be in question, may need forensic mental health intervention to remain fit to stand trial or who are subject to a Criminal Code of Canada Order and awaiting admission at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  This position may require regular travel to multiple sites, including 160 Horner Avenue in Etobicoke, 655 Martin Street, Milton ON and 10 White Squirrel Way, Toronto, Ontario.

Position Description:
The CCR Program is currently seeking a full-time, permanent Registered Nurse for its Forensic Early Intervention Service. As a member of an interprofessional team, you will provide client-centered psychiatric and forensic assessment as well as ensuring security and safety and that the CNO standards of nursing practice are maintained.

You will provide client-centered, forensic mental health nursing assessment and consultation care to individuals referred by the detention centre.  The Registered Nurse will be responsible for the assessment of the physical and mental status of all new referrals to the program followed by consultation and time-limited treatment and education as required. With an emphasis on mental health promotion, education, and prevention of psychiatric and behavioral disturbances/disorders, you will communicate with and provide support to service providers and clients from a diverse population regarding the social, health and community support needs to maintain clients in the community at their highest level of functioning.

As part of the interprofessional team, you will contribute to education and training initiatives, program development, provide student supervision and participate in the research activities of the program. Having specialized forensic knowledge and demonstrated expertise you will share in facilitating best practices in risk assessment. You will be expected to perform assessments, and make recommendations regarding inmates’ mental health.  You will liaise with other services in the Toronto South Detention Centre, CAMH CMI Program and community agencies. You will utilize specialized screening and assessment tools and formulate detailed and timely reports with recommendations. You will have sound knowledge of crisis intervention, addiction issues, forensic psychiatry, risk assessments, and severe and persistent mental illness.  You will provide consultation and education to clients, nurses and other health care professionals related to issues of fitness to stand trial, and mental health status. You will work collaboratively in an interprofessional team consulting on issues around custody and caring, security vs therapy and treatment efficacy and identification of risk of violent behaviour/recidivism.You will be able to work with clients from diverse populations; contribute to program development; provide education support and supervision to students and participate in the research activities of the program.

Your strengths include the ability to perform assessments, develop, implement and evaluate interdisciplinary client centered care plans.  You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position involves (8) eight hour shift rotations including some weekend and evening work. This position may require regular travel to multiple sites, including 160 Horner Avenue in Etobicoke, 655 Martin Street, Milton ON and 103 White Squirrel Way, Toronto.  Access to a vehicle is required.

You must be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario and be able to practice nursing without restrictions. A current B.C.L.S. (CPR) certificate is also required.  Canadian Nurses Association (can) certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing would be an asset. You will have three (3) years of experience in a clinical forensic setting.  You will possess both excellent verbal and written communication skills in addition to interpersonal skills that enable you to develop the nurse-client relationship and work within a collaborative and diverse interprofessional team. Effective decision-making, organizational and problem solving skills are required. You have demonstrated ability to intervene effectively in clinical situations requiring the management of aggressive and disturbed behaviour. Psychiatric nursing experience with forensic patients is required.  Knowledge of assessment tools such as Jail Screening Assessment Tool (JSAT) and Historical Clinical Risk Managament-20 (HCR-20) would be an asset. The ability to work with clients of diverse cultural and social backgrounds is necessary. Computer literacy is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be required to provide an enhanced screening check.

An enhanced screening check includes a criminal record check and if applicable, fingerprint verification and permission to conduct any specific screening as indicated.

A record of a Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check results will only be reviewed and evaluated for the purpose of making a clearance decision. The details of an individual’s screening check will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained and kept strictly confidential.

Please note:      This full-time, permanent position is part of the ONA bargaining unit.

Salary Range:   $32.66 to $46.76 per hour.

If you are interested, please click the link below to apply.

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.

As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.