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Orientation for New Hires

General Orientation – Day 1

  • Continental breakfast is offered
  • Orientation begins promptly at 8:00am 
  • Complimentary lunch is catered by our Nutrition and Food Services department (please contact the Centre of Education and Organizational Development at ext. 6023 if you have any special dietary needs)

Topics covered during Day 1 of orientation:

  • Introduction/Welcome from the Centre of Education and Organizational Development 
  • Welcome from a Senior Management Team member 
  • Lived experience recovery story
  • Ontario Shores tour – please wear comfortable shoes
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • OPSEU Presentation (union employees only)
  • Introduction to Benefits for full-time non-union/management employees
  • Mandatory education online modules – you are welcome to bring your own headphones


Safe Management Group (SMG) Training: Day 2 and 3

The goal of Safety Management Group (SMG) Training Program is the early recognition and prevention of violent/aggressive behaviours through crisis prevention and crisis management.

Every new employee attends some form of SMG training, depending on how much patient contact they have. 

Various topics covered include:

Crisis Prevention:

  • Risk Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Behaviour Profiling

Crisis Management:

  • Managing aggression
  • Physical Intervention Concepts/Techniques


On-Unit Preceptorship Program - Day 4 and 9

On-unit preceptorship is currently for inpatient nursing staff only at Ontario Shores. The Nursing Preceptorship Program involves having an experienced nurse partner with a newly hired nurse with the intent of socializing the newly hired nurses to the unit, while assisting them in acquiring specialized nursing competencies required for safe, ethical and quality practice within their specified clinical setting.

Clinical Orientation: Day 5 – Day 6

  • Attendees include all clinical employees (anyone who has direct patient contact)
  • Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. in The Conference Place
  • New employees are invited to purchase lunch from the Main Street Café or use this time as they wish  
  • Two breaks are scheduled for each day of clinical orientation

Topics covered during Day 5:

  • Welcome - Discipline Overviews from the following programs:
    • Psychology
    • Therapeutic Recreation
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Vocational/Rehabilitation Services
    • Social Work
    • Child and Youth Workers
    • Nursing
    • Behaviour Therapy
    • Integrated Health Services
  • Infection Control Practices
  • Patient/Peer Support and Quality Improvement
  • Patient Rights - PPAO
  • Mental Health Act / Legislation and Patient Safety

Topics covered during Day 6:

  • Mental Health Introduction
  • Therapeutic Relationship and Recovery Model 
  • Recovery Tools
  • Ethics
  • Clinical Care Standards
  • Safewards


Meditech System Training - Day 7 and 8

Topics Covered during Day 7

  • Meditech Training System Navigation
  • RAI Overview
  • LOCUS Overview
  • Mental Status
  • Plan of Care

Topics Covered during Day 8:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Meditech order entry, medication entry (Nursing)
  • Workload training (allied health and outpatients)
  • CWS training (Outpatients only)
  • Discipline specific training (Allied health and outpatients)



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