Ontario Shores employs more than 500 nurses, including registered nurses, registered practical nurses and advanced practice nurses, who work together in collaboration with the interprofessional team to provide patients with specialized mental health care.
Guided by the Canadian Standards for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Ontario Shores Standards of Care and our Nursing Strategic Plan, our nurses work with patients through the four components of our Collaborative Recovery Model:
- Enhance change
- Identify strengths and values
- Engage in visioning and goal-striving
- Monitor action outcomes
Nurses at Ontario Shores are supported by a strong professional practice structure led by the Nursing Advisory Committee. Opportunity for professional growth is available at Ontario Shores as it continues to build on its expanding scope of practice.
Ontario Shores has designed on-site education to support and promote safe, ethical care and evidence-based practice. Education initiatives include Leadership Development, Preceptorship, Collaborative Recovery Model and how it is integrated at Ontario Shores, Psychopharmacology, Mental Health - Nursing and Relationship Management through the Crisis Continuum.
Financial support is available for registered nurses who aspire toward Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing certification or formal education advancement. We are developing tuition reimbursement programs which will support nurses in their quest for educational excellence.
For nurses and nursing graduates new to mental health nursing we offer a nursing residency program, a premier program which was recently launched with four other tertiary mental health hospitals in Ontario.
Nurses at Ontario Shores can specialize in a number of areas including Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis, Assessment and Reintegration, Forensics, Neuropsychiatry, Seniors Mental Health and the Integrated Community Access Program (ICAP).
If you are a recent nursing graduate and are interested in participating in the Nursing Graduate Guarantee program, we encourage you to apply to Ontario Shores through the Health Force Ontario website at www.healthforceontario.ca.