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Registered Nurse- Mental Health Short Stay Unit

St. Michael's Hospital - Unity Health Toronto

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted November 5, 2020.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre currently has an exciting opportunity to join our mental health team as a Registered Nurse in our Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU). This is a unique, short stay unit, focused on intensive therapy-based care, with strong connections with our community partners designed to facilitate a rapid re-integration to the community for patients. As part of a highly functioning, cohesive team, you will have the opportunity to utilize a full range of nursing skills in a highly therapeutic and autonomous staff-directed environment committed to helping people learn to manage their illnesses and supporting their recovery journey. As an integral member of the interprofessional care team, the Registered Nurse will be responsible for the provision of high quality, client and family centered nursing care for patients in an acute care setting.  

Over recent years, this six bed unit has provided quality mental health care to adults presenting with a variety of mental health diagnoses, medical conditions and/or addiction issues. Over the next year, the Mental Health Short Stay Unit will change its target population from adults to the Emerging Adults (EA) population 19yrs – 25ys. This shift in mental health services meets the transition needs of this underserved population and is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative approach to serving our community while developing specialized skills. Affiliated with the University of Toronto and as part of our larger Mental Health and Addictions program, we strive to provide cutting-edge trauma informed care and services while developing innovative community partnerships that strengthen lives. St. Joseph’s is committed to professional development, research, innovation and student learning. 

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about the issues the EA group faces including how to engage with this population. You will also possess working knowledge about therapeutic interventions such as DBT, CBT and solution focused interventions. The ideal candidate will also have experience facilitating groups, superior nursing and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated competence in the field of mental health and addictions. Working collaboratively alongside other health care professionals you will demonstrate the ability to incorporate current evidence and best practice into plans of care and in the provision of your professional nursing services. You will approach the planning, delivery of care to patients and families in a manner which promotes health and well-being, recognizes patient dignity and regards patients and their families as an essential partner in the delivery of healthcare. As a member of our mental health team, you are highly-adaptable, highly-flexible and thrive in a fast paced environment. The Registered Nurse will be committed to continuous professional development of their nursing competencies. Successful candidates will be required to successfully complete their Canadian Nurses Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing within two years.


Professional Registration

  • Currently registered and in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario. 


  • Canadian Nurses Association (C.N.A) Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing on hire or willingness to complete within 2 years of start date.
  • Current BLS/CPR.
  • Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training required within 3 months of start date.  


  • 2 years of recent mental health and addictions nursing experience in an acute care setting required (recent within last 5 years). Candidates with a minimum of 6 months of experience may be considered at the  Health Centre’s sole discretion.
  • Experience working with the emerging adult (EA) patient population strongly preferred.

Required Skills/Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to patient and family centred care.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of the emerging adult population.
  •  Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated passion for change and ongoing quality improvement in support of patient care  and safety.
  • Experience in engaging in therapeutic approaches such as but not limited to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), and mindfulness.
  • Experience in facilitating therapeutic groups such as but not limited to CBT, DBT, mindfulness, exercise, and skills.
  • Experience in facilitating individual and family sessions and comfortable conducting these sessions independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within an interprofessional team environment.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, accountability and positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage patients and their families in psycho education and structured therapeutic group programming.
  • Proficiency in the application of de-escalation and de-briefing skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and application of trauma-informed approaches.
  • Demonstrated recovery-focused skills in bio-psychosocial assessment, mental status assessments, differential diagnosis, treatment and transitional care of mental health and addictions patients.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of legislation which guides mental health nursing practice (example, Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent Act, Child and Family Services Act).
  • Demonstrated alignment with St. Joseph’s Health Centre Values.
  • Ability to type notes and access/navigate hospital electronic systems for the provision of care to patients.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and learning.
  • Satisfactory attendance record.