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Registered Nurse, Inpatient Psychiatry

Grand River Hospital

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted September 19, 2022.

Union: ONA Nursing

Location: KW Campus 

Work Type: Full Time 

Shift: ONA 2D/2N, Weekdays, Weekends


Grand River Hospital offers exciting opportunities to registered nurses interested in developing a career in Mental Health. Full paid orientation is provided & educational support is available. The Registered Nurse provides psychiatric and mental health nursing care working within a team with individuals experiencing psychiatric and mental health problems. The patient population includes the severely mentally ill and those who are experiencing a psychosocial crisis. Nursing care is provided in accordance with the Canadian Standards of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CNA). The successful candidate requires the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with the patient, the family and the interdisciplinary team. This position you will be required to work primarily the general unit, but could be required to work on the PICA unit. The PICA is 6-8 bed, controlled access area that provides a low stimulation, intensely monitored environment for patients experiencing acute mental health difficulties requiring a high level of observation to maintain safety. The PICA treatment team and milieu, support stabilization and recovery processes through assessment, treatment interventions, transition and/or discharge planning. 



  • Current registration with College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • 2-5 years experience in Mental Health & Addictions Nursing preferred
  • Certification (CNA), Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing preferred, or willingness to obtain certification.
  • Post diploma preparation, relevant to Psychiatric and Mental Health nursing preferred.
  • BScN preferred
  • Practices in accordance with Canadian Standards of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to engage in conflict resolution
  • Working knowledge of psychiatric and mental health disorders, the management of psychiatric emergencies and related psychiatric/ psychosocial interventions and treatment models
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in administration and/or monitoring of psychotropic medications
  • Excellent interviewing skills
  • Evidence of putting recovery principles into practice with patients and their families
  • Strong skills in biopsychosocial assessments, care planning, crisis plans, psychiatric nursing interventions and complete outcome evaluation for individual care.
  • Case Management experience preferred, with ability to develop strong community agencies relationships
  • Knowledge of Community Resources required
  • Excellent Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, the Health Care Consent Act and other relevant legislation
  • Strong consultation skills with the Interdisciplinary team and Community partners.
  • Knowledge of Family assessment/Family systems theory
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
  • Ability to conduct risk assessments, risk management and debriefing
    Contributes to ensuring there is a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors
  • Good attendance record
  • Advanced de-escalation, Code White training
  • Basic Rescuer CPR


As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our patients, staff and community from COVID-19, subject to any accommodation required by applicable human rights legislation, Grand River Hospital requires that all staff have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada.


Please include a resume with your application in order to ensure that your qualifications are appropriately considered in the hiring process. 

Grand River Hospital is committed to fair and equitable employment and in our recruitment and selection practices. We strongly believe in inclusion and diversity within our organization, and welcome all applicants including, but not limited to: racialized communities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, Indigenous people, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. We are committed to providing and fostering a respectful workplace for all employees, free from violence and harassment. Grand River Hospital is a proud member of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). 

Upon individual request, the hospital will endeavour to remove any barrier to the hiring process to accommodate candidates, including those with disabilities. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application, interview or selection processes, please contact Human Resources in advance for assistance.