Vacancy #: AP 78/2012

Mental Health Nurse
Student Health Services

Season Part-Time (9 months)
(Job Group M)

Why choose Brock? We're one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario, with hundreds of millions of dollars committed to new construction and programs. We're small enough to be intimate and big enough to attract world-class minds. Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture.

We are looking for a Mental Health Nurse (MHN) who will work closely with the clinic physicians, nurses and psychiatrist to triage patients as well as provide care and support to students with mental health issues. Reporting to the SHS Director, the MHN is an integral, collaborative element of the SHS interdisciplinary mental health care team that also includes our physicians and psychiatrists. The incumbent will be responsible to triage and manage crisis intervention to students in crisis; 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 make referrals to the appropriate campus and community treatment resources. The MHN will also collaborate with the SDC-counselors and disability coordinators as well as appropriate Brock and/or community mental health resources, acting in the best interests of SHS patients. The incumbent will assist in providing accountability and direction for the mental health care of students and Brock University. The incumbent is part of a multi-disciplinary team and will assist in promoting mental health education and programming, including both group and individual services. The MHN 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.

• A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with Mental Health Certification or commensurate experience; Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario; and Annual CPR certification;
• Five (5) or more years’ recent related mental health experience with three (3) years of community mental health experience preferred;
• Proficiency in clinical nursing interventions and procedures within the scope of practice of a registered Nurse and mental health appropriate to our care setting;
• Completion of an advanced diploma or certification in psychiatric nursing or equivalent combination of training and experience an asset;
• Experience triaging psychiatric and mental health disorders;
• Experience must include crisis/trauma counselling;
• Utilization of decision making, triage, critical thinking, analysis and treatment, excellent problem solving techniques, leadership and resource management;
• Knowledge and proficiency in general nursing procedures and skills, interventions and management practices particular to the needs of our patients including, knowledge of commonly prescribed medications;
• Ability to relate professionally to students;
• Strong organizational, self-management, and communication skills;
• Clinical practice including disease processes, physiology, medical interventions, new medical technology and treatment, medication management, pharmaceuticals, all types, and use, understanding of health care delivery systems in the region;
• Ability to respond effectively in emergency/crisis situations;
• Ability to work independently and promote a team environment;
• Knowledge and understanding of the impact of various lifestyle choices on the mental health of students i.e. lifestyle concerns e.g. drug use;
• Research utilization of public health policy, capacity and community building.

Notes / To Apply :

Applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, by applying online below by Friday, November 30, 2012.

It is Brock University¡¯s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer.