Mental Health Nurse

Job Information
Author ahnationtalk
Date November 10, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Brantford, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
Contact Information
Apply Now!

Posting ID : 8503
Apply By : 11/15/2017
Position Title : Mental Health Nurse
Department : Student Wellness Centre
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Manager, Student Wellness Centre (Brantford)
Position Summary : At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.

As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Mental Health Nurse.

Reporting directly to the Manager, Wellness Centre in Brantford the Mental Health Nurse will work cooperatively within a circle of care of multi-disciplinary team members including professionals from the following backgrounds: Family Physicians, Psychiatrist, Registered Nurses, Personal Counsellors (MSW), and Accessible Learning Consultants.

The Mental Health Nurse will provide clinical mental health assessments; implement and evaluate care plans, with communications and follow-up to the treating physician/psychiatrist; provide support to students experiencing mental health problems and/or disorders; and assist with co-ordination of care between circle of care team members.  S/He will administer medical care according to Doctor’s orders and Medical Directives.

The Mental Health Nurse will have knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the diverse socio-cultural issues and co-morbid health issues common to our patient demographic, which impact on patients’ health and well-being as well as familiarity with the Mental Health Act and its implications for both patients and providers.

This is a full time position with regular hours of work being 8:30 am – 4:30 p.m. daily.  Flexibility with schedule for occasional evening or weekend events is required.

Accountabilities :

  • In partnership with the Manager, Wellness Centre, this Mental Health Nurse will act as a front line clinical assessor for students presenting with mental health and psychological issues at the Wellness Centre, the Mental Health Nurse will provide initial assessment of students presenting or referred to the Wellness Centre to determine appropriate clinical intervention which may include, referral to Counsellor for crisis or intake appointment, booked appointment for assessment by physician, referral to Accessible Learning for academic accommodation, referral to Academic advisor for academic consideration or referral to community crisis services. These assessments may be booked appointments facilitated by reception staff but may be on an as needed basis.
  • Perform initial assessments using standardized tools such as GAD – 7, PHQ-9, MDQ as appropriate depending on clinical presentation.
  • Provide ongoing follow-up to patients of physicians as requested by MD as needed in between scheduled MD visits.
  • Provide advice and follow-up to patients regarding psychotropic medications and side effects.
  • Health teaching on various medical matters using good communication skills and good knowledge base, including advising patients of results and need for follow-up.
  • Facilitate referral to community mental health providers.
  • Foster relationships with community service providers to develop partnerships and ongoing collaborative care.
  • Act as a clinic liaison between circle of care team members to ensure clear communication between providers.
  • Active participation on regular campus committees to ensure optimal support and intervention for students experiencing distress.
  • Work with the Manager, Wellness Centre to collect statistics and review of data relating to mental health concerns and presenting concerns
  • Deals with confidential material daily. Complies with medical-legal requirements of a health care facility
  • Familiarity with relevant legislation including PHIPA, Health Care Consent Act, Substitute Decisions Act.
  • Maintains up to date medical records; manages patient recall system; and prepares medical excuse slips for ill students unable to write exams or complete assignments as needed.

Qualifications :

  • Registered Nurse with a current certificate from the College of Nurses of Ontario plus 5 years work related experience;
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing experience essential (Physical and mental health assessment including psychiatric, crisis and emergency management.)
  • Five (5) or more years’ recent related mental health experience with three (3) years of community mental health experience preferred
  • Experience in a multi-disciplinary clinic
  • High level of problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with Electronic Medical records – Practice Solutions Software preferred;
  • Highly developed and proven effective interpersonal skills where issues are complex;
  • Awareness of diversity and cultural issues is essential
  • Emergency experience and physical assessment skills a definite asset;
  • Experience in working with university age group;
  • Able to work flexible hours.

Grade : EX-I
Salary : $36.09 to $45.11 per hour
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position until April 27, 2018. The position’s term will be reviewed in April 2018.
Please Note : Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

Send To Friend Email Print Story

NationTalk Partners & Sponsors Learn More