Nurse Practitioner

Canadian Mental Health Association, York - Vaughan, ON (30+ days ago)

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POSTING DATE: April 8, 2020
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.


Closing Date: Until Filled

Contract, Part-Time (until March 31, 2025), 21 Hours per Week, Evening and Weekend hours may be required

Competition #2020-001

Our Mission: As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

Our Organizational Values:
  • Client and Family Centered – through partnership, accountability and action
  • Culturally Competent – to provide the best service and work experience
  • Innovation – to bring value to our community
Team Values: Respect, Trust, Teamwork and Communication

Hours of work: 21 hours per week. Flexible evening and/or weekend hours may be required

Location: Vaughan, York Region and South Simcoe

Job Profile:
Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being is an IRCC-funded program that aims to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of immigrants and refugees through a team of clinical therapists, nurse practitioner, and program coordinator. The program offers a menu of services, such as comprehensive mental and physical health assessment, psychoeducation, individual counselling, coordinated care planning, family support, consultation, community outreach and education, and specialized trauma treatment, among others. Services are provided in collaboration with community agencies that provide services to immigrants and refugees to ensure integration and coordination of care.

The Nurse Practitioner will provide assistance with clients’ primary health concerns including physical health and health screening, pregnancy / prenatal issues, sexual and mental health care. The Nurse Practitioner will determine the presence of existing and potential health problems, provide nursing care and treatment (including prescriptions, counselling interventions, and/or referral) and monitor on-going therapy of clients within the RN (EC) scope of practice.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.

  • Council of Ontario University Program in Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program Certificate (or recognized equivalent)
  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Nurses
  • Four or more years’ experience as an RN, preferably in a mental health setting
  • A second language (French, Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is an asset.
  • Excellent health assessment skills, sound clinical judgment and diagnostic skills
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing serious mental illness, concurrent disorders and dual diagnosis (developmental disability and/or traumatic brain injury) is preferred
  • Familiarity with the administration, injection, side effects and iatrogenic manifestations of psychotropic medications, especially the newer neuroleptics
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
  • Driver’s License Abstract required, and a valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)
This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People & Teams, Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being Program.

Working Conditions:
Office work, community settings, meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients

Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.

Why work for CMHA York Region?
We are team committed to our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We hold ourselves accountable and we celebrate our wins. Because we risk, we learn and we take the opportunity and time to constantly improve our skills, the way we function as a team and ultimately deliver services. We are a team committed to mental health for all. Join us and be part of providing great care in great communities!

Application Procedures:
If you are interested in this opportunity, please follow the link on this posting or visit the Career section of our website. Complete the application form and submit cover letter and resume (PDF or Word) together as one (1) document / attachment in the Resume section, outlining how your experience matches our requirements, to the Human Resources Department quoting Competition #2020 – 001.

CMHA, York Region Branch supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email

Online:, under CAREERS section.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please be advised priority will be given to applicants who apply before the application deadline, and if you are currently active in another recruitment cycle, you will not be eligible for this position.