Registered Psychiatric Nurse,
About the Role
CASA provides assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents and their families in Alberta through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.
We do this by offering a wide range of assessment and treatment programs, as well as professional training and consultation. Our programs range in intensity from early identification, assessment and primary intervention, to intensive tertiary level treatment. All of our programs are evidence-based, community-based and trauma-informed.
CASA’s vision is a community where all children, youth and their families are provided timely mental health care and empowered to thrive.
In partnership with the Government of Alberta and several school boards, CASA is undertaking our most ambitious project yet: CASA Classrooms.
We recognize that children’s mental health supports should be provided where they are needed. That includes providing holistic, culturally safe wrap-around mental health services in trusted school spaces. This project will bridge academic and mental health initiatives in several schools through the coordinated efforts of a classroom teacher, a mental health therapist, a community social worker as well as a psychiatrist or CanReach-trained physician. This classroom-based team will provide individual therapy, group therapy and psychiatric support, as well as academic instruction that will embed opportunities to use and practice mental health-promoting skills and strategies.
Children and adolescents (grades four through 12) participating in CASA Classrooms will be supported in the classroom for approximately half of the school year, followed by another half-year of tapering treatment and transition. Programming and goals for these children will be individualized and will account for the child, the family and the community in which the classroom is located. Cognitive and behavioural skills will be taught to children as well as their families, with additional focus placed on transition and translation of skills across time and settings.
We also recognize that the translation of skills to everyday life is just as important as learning the skills in the first place. The classroom-based mental health team will also provide coordinated support to the classroom, the parents/guardians/families of those participating in the project, as well as the community school where participants will return to after their stay in the CASA Classroom.
The registered psychiatric nurse will:
Perform appropriate nursing assessments, both physical and psychosocial, to identify mental health concerns.
Integrate assessment and other data to establish appropriate long and short-term goals and provide nursing interventions to promote, maintain and restore health.
Provide information and instructions to educators to assist their understanding of the clinical condition, ongoing care and management of children.
Assist with individual or group therapy.
Monitor medication reconciliation and side effects.
Act as a resource and provide training to team members and educators to assist in their professional development, as well as for children and families.
The successful registered psychiatric nurse will also possess the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
Knowledge of family therapy and group therapy.
Knowledge of the Health Information and Protection of Privacy Information Acts in addition to professional organization’s ethics and standards of practice.
Respect and understanding of confidentiality and an ability to maintain confidentiality regarding personal and sensitive information.
Familiarity with electronic medical records or similar information systems.
Demonstrated analytic and problem-solving ability.
Appreciation of interdisciplinary approach to mental illness.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and build consensus.
Classification: Registered nurse
Location: Edmonton and area
Minimum Salary: $38.43
Maximum Salary: $50.59
Hours per Shift: 7.25
Shifts per Week: Monday through Friday
Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Completion of an accredited nursing education program.
Must be a member in good standing with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta.
A minimum of three years of recent experience in pediatrics and mental health is required.
Current Basic Cardiac Life Support - Health Care Provider (BCLS-HCP).
Closing Date: November 27, 2022
All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.
While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.