Mental Health Nursing Residency Program
Registered Nurse – Mental Health Residency Project (New Graduate Initiative)
Full Time1, Rotating Shifts
September 8, 2008. The duration of the Residency Program is three months (until November 28, 2008). Residents will be
provided with permanent full-time employment at the end of the residency period.
As per Collective Agreement
Purpose of Position
As part of Ontario’s nursing recruitment and retention strategy, five tertiary mental health facilities are collaborating to offer
a mental health nursing residency program as an excellent learning opportunity for novice mental health nurses. As an
applicant selected for the residency program, you will participate in a program designed to enhance your knowledge and
skills in mental health nursing. You will experience a dynamic collaborative practice environment where you will be a
member of an interdisciplinary team, working together responding to a variety of challenges and having the opportunity to
work and learn from the best. The resident program will also provide you with an opportunity to gain knowledge of the
sub-specialties within Mental Health Nursing including forensic, mood & anxiety disorders, addictions and psychotic
The successful candidates will be provided with an intensive learning experience in mental health nursing using a variety
of didactic approaches. Upon completion of the program, residents will be able to deliver safe, effective, person-centered,
ethical, and evidence-based mental health care. Residents will be provided with permanent full-time employment at
the end of the residency period.
• Application through the New Graduate Guarantee
• A 150-word written submission about your interest in Mental Health Nursing
• Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (Temporary or Permanent)2
• Attend all educational programs offered by the host organization, following the curriculum set out by the partner
• Complete required assignments and learning activities in a timely manner.
• Work with assigned mentor to develop and attain professional goals and objectives.
• Practice in accordance with College of Nurses of Ontario standards.
• Respect and maintain confidentiality at all times in accordance with organizational policies, College of Nurses of
Ontario practice standards, and related legislation.
• Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing.
• Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Understanding of the nursing process and how it is effectively applied to the development, implementation,
evaluation and modification of a person’s plan of care.
• Ability to work with clients of diverse ethno-racial and cultural background.
• Ability to work as a member of an interprofessional team.
Number of hours in accordance with respective collective agreements
Or eligibility for registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
• Critical thinking and analysis skills with a solutions focus.
• Current certificate of competence in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).
• Commitment to professional development, reflective practice and continuous quality improvement.
Please e-mail your cover letter, resume and a 150 word written submission indicating why you would like to
become a mental health nurse to:
Geriatric Psychiatry Services and
Providence Care, Mental Health Services Site