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Registered Nurse, Mental Health Crisis Clinic

Grand River Hospital

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

Union: ONA Nursing

Location: KW Campus 

Work Type: Part Time Job Share

Shift: 12 hour shifts Days/Nights/Weekends


The Mental Health & Addictions Program has an Extended Assessment Unit adjacent to the emergency room to assist with improving patient care and flow. We are seeking mental health nursing staff who are passionate about mental health care and who embrace working in a growing and changing clinical environment where roles and responsibilities are evolving to better meet the needs of our patients. The Registered Nurse will conduct mental health and risk assessment of patients presenting in the Emergency Room with a mental health crisis, and recommends appropriate dispositions to the ER physician. The registered nurse will also be providing full scope of nursing care in the EAU to patients requiring extended assessment and discharge to community or transitional care and support as they await an inpatient bed in Adult Mental Health. The position involves working in partnership with Emergency Room staff and Adult In-Patient Mental Health, along with other hospital services and community partners and resources. This role will include the ability to provide a full scope of nursing care including medication administration, physical health assessment and all other nursing competencies outlined in the College of Nurses standards of practice. Contributes to ensuring there is a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. 



  • Current registration with College of Nurses of Ontario 
  • 3 years experience in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing preferred 
  • Certification (CNA), Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing preferred, or willingness to obtain certification. 
  • Current valid CPR certification
    Working knowledge of Mental Health Act
  • Ability to practice in accordance with Canadian Standards of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing and the College of Nurses 
  • Training and practical experience in conducting crisis assessments and intervention 
  • Proficiency in applying the skills of de-escalation & de-briefing 
  • Extensive experience managing and responding to a diverse range of psychiatric emergencies 
  • Demonstrated positive attitude and passion for change and improvement of patient and staff safety 
  • Demonstrated skills in bio-psychosocial assessment, mental status examination, physical health assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment and transitional care of mental health clients 
  • Detailed knowledge of community services/resources
    Verbal/written communication skills. 
  •  Proficient in the use of computer, ability to type notes and access required hospital electronic systems for the provision of care to patients. 
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and as part of a team 
  • High level of maturity, professionalism & acceptance of personal responsibility 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of recovery principles in mental health 
  •  Good attendance record


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.