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Posting # 42615 - [ Non-Union ]
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Forensic Psychiatry Pgm - 1 position
Forensic Psychiatry Program
Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care - St. Thomas, ON
Full Time


Term position, anticipated to extend until March 19, 2021, subject to the availability of work.


We are seeking a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) to work collaboratively within comprehensive interdisciplinary teams in the Forensic Psychiatry Program.

The Forensic Psychiatry Program has adopted the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Model as its overarching philosophical framework. This philosophy is built on a set of principles and values that emphasize client and family involvement in decision making, client choice, the provision of a range of services to meet treatment, rehabilitation and support needs, and a commitment from mental health services professionals to achieving the best possible outcomes for clients based on their stated preferences, wishes, desires and life plans. As part of the forensic system, this must also be accomplished within the parameters defined by the Ontario Review Board within each patient's Disposition order. In order to help achieve this vision, the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) will play a key role in clinical leadership, education and training to ensure staff has the necessary skills, knowledge and competence required. In addition, the CNS will ensure continuous quality improvement to evaluate and measure quality of services delivered including, but not limited to, client outcomes. The Forensic Psychiatry Program is also highly invested in both education and research and has various connections with the University of Western Ontario.



Essential Qualifications

  • Knowledge of a Safety Culture in a Health Care Setting in compliance with the OHSA
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MScN) or Masters of Nursing (MN) or health care related Masters degree
  • Superior interpersonal, coaching, and communication skills to effectively work within an interdisciplinary team setting
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills in complex clinical and non clinical situations
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of adult learning, coaching and mentoring principles
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with the concomitant physical and mental health care issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and expertise in best practice patterns and translating them into clinical practice
  • Advanced knowledge and skills with a multi system focus in mental health assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, consultative support and evaluation specific to the care of patients with mental illness
  • Ability to demonstrate a facilitative teaching approach with patients, families, staff and community partners
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting and/or promoting research use in practice
  • Demonstrated shared leadership experience
  • Knowledge and experience within the Forensic Mental Health system
Preferred Qualifications
  • Proficiency in French would be an asset
Teaching and Research
  • St. Joseph's Health Care London through its affiliation with Western University and Fanshawe College is a leading research and teaching hospital. As an employee of St. Joseph's you will be expected to engage in role related teaching and research activities in addition to any of your clinical duties
Immunization Requirements
  • Provide vaccination records or proof of immunity against measles, mumps rubella and varicella (chicken pox)
  • Provide documentation of the Tuberculosis skin testing

Posting date: May 21, 2020
Submission deadline: May 27, 2020

Patricia Melo, Human Resources

Your interest in this opportunity is appreciated.
Only those under consideration will be contacted.
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