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Posting # 48229 - [ UNIFOR ]
Registered Practical Nurse, Steele St. Residence - 1 position
Steele St. Residence
Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care - St. Thomas, ON
Full Time


It is understood that the hours of work reflect the current scheduling arrangements and are subject to change as determined by the Employer.

The Mental Health 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.

The Steele Treatment and Rehabilitation Program Residence is one of the services offered by St. Joseph's Parkwood Mental Health Program. The Steele Street residence is staffed 24 hours per day by an interdisciplinary team of professionals including an occupational therapist, therapeutic recreation specialist, and nursing staff. The program emphasizes a home-like environment in which therapeutic relationships are developed and individual choice is encouraged. The values and principles of the psychosocial rehabilitation philosophy guide program development and operation. The Steele Street program is not just a place to live, but rather a community-based treatment and rehabilitation program providing specialized services to people with highly complex mental health care needs.

The successful candidate will provide nursing care to clients with severe and persistent mental illness and will support the continuation of rehabilitation daily programming for the residents of Steele.



Essential Qualifications

  • Current certificate of competence with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Valid CPR certificate
  • Proficiency and experience in pharmacology and medication administration
  • Knowledge of the nursing care needs of clients with serious mental illness
  • Knowledge of a Safety Culture in a Health Care Setting in compliance with the OHSA
  • Ability to establish positive interpersonal relationships and able to work as an effective member of the interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to apply and document the prescribed treatment, rehabilitation and support plan of care
  • Ability to coordinate care collaboratively with all members of the interdisciplinary team as well as to fulfill nursing responsibilities in an independent, self-directed manner
  • Ability to relate therapeutically with clients
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively respond in crisis situations
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Model of Care
  • Proficiency in French would be an asset
  • Experience working with community mental health nursing
  • Previous experience working in a mental health environment
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act
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 documentation you have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and a written commitment to follow any future Public Health recommendations and St. Joseph's Health Care London policies and processes related to Covid management in the workplace.
  • 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 11, 2022
Submission deadline: May 17, 2022

Christine Davison, Human Resources

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