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RPN, Child & Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Services

Grand River Hospital

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted September 23, 2022.

Union: UNIFOR Service

Location: KW Campus 

Work Type: Unscheduled Part Time 

Shift: 11.25 hour shifts


At Grand River Hospital, we work with the communities we serve towards life-long health and well-being for all. We exist to provide exceptional care through inspired people, one patient at a time. Our Mental Health & Addictions Program strives to deliver exceptional patient experience, excellent patient access, and engaged staff. Reporting to the Clinical Manager, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, you will work primarily in our CAIP unit. We are seeking a mental health nurse who is passionate about mental health care and who embraces working in a growing and changing clinical environment where roles and responsibilities are evolving to better meet the needs of our patients in a new model of care. 

The RPN will:

  • provide skill building and de-escalation interventions, along with conducting mental health and risk assessments, as well as safety planning, and working with families,
  • offer person-centred care, guided by recovery principles,
  • promote healing and instills hope while demonstrating the values of the Mental Health and Addictions Program
  • provide psychiatric and mental health nursing care working within a team with individuals experiencing psychiatric and mental health problems. The patient population includes the moderate to severely mentally ill and/or those who are experiencing a psychosocial crisis. Nursing care is provided in accordance with the Canadian Standards of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CNA).

This position requires that the RPN work as a member of an interprofessional clinical team and will:

  • participate in service committees and quality improvement initiatives as required
  • engage in professional development and continuing education
  • assist with program development and evaluation as required
  • participate in team building, service development and improvement activities striving to contribute to a healthy workplace environment
  • contribute to ensuring there is a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.


  • Current registration with College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Practices in accordance with Canadian Standards of Mental Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification preferred
  • Preferred 3 years nursing experience working in a mental health setting, experience working with youth required
  • In-depth knowledge of psychotropic medication and related side effects
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and resolve issues with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated understanding of psycho-social, resilience and recovery models
  • Demonstrated skills in crisis management, individual intervention, and de-escalation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practice guidelines pertaining to the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent disorders
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team and community service providers
  • Demonstrated ability to provide in depth mental health assessments, risk assessments, mental status examinations, and development of crisis, safety and discharge plans
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Privacy Acts, Health Care Consent Act, and other relevant legislation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to Grand River Hospital Mental Health & Addiction Program comprehensive safety programs and practices including staff, patient and environmental safety
  • Proven ability to work effectively with other health care providers and community service and school board providers
  • Excellent organizational, time management, prioritization and problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Excellent interviewing, verbal and written communication skills
  • Good attendance record
  • BCLS/ Heart saver

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.