Community Mental Health Nurse

Application ends: March 31, 2023
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Job Description


Government of Yukon -> Health & Social Services – Mental Wellness and Substance Use – Client Services

Location: Whitehorse, YT

Requisition: #41339

Salary: $80,913 – $93,848 per annum

Closing date: May 19, 2023

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the above noted Admissibility. A hiring preference will apply for qualified candidates of Canadian Indigenous ancestry, with a priority for qualified Yukon First Nation candidates. This initiative is in support of the Yukon government’s goal for a representative public service.

For more information on the hiring preference, visit

This is an until-filled competition. Candidates are encouraged not to delay submitting their application as this posting can close at any time with 24-hours posted notice. Resumes will be screened at regular intervals until the position is filled or the competition closes, whichever is earliest.

This posting is for a Term position, working 75-hours biweekly, until January 31, 2025.

This posting will also be used to create an eligibility list for future permanent full-time and part-time positions, and full-time and part-time Term positions.

Reporting to the Supervisor of the Psychiatric Outreach Program, this position involves responsibility for conducting mental health assessments, developing and implementing treatment plans, and case management, including mental health counselling to clients with serious, persistent mental illnesses in the Yukon. The Community Mental Health Nurse works collaboratively with Mental Health Support Workers and other Health and Social Services professionals to implement treatment plans that assist clients to learn about strategies to manage their mental illness and work on their recovery. Additional clinical roles include consulting with other health care professionals and providing psychoeducation to support staff regarding mental disorders and best practices for managing these. The nurse has responsibility for case management and coordinating psychiatric follow-up with clients. The mental health nurse is also responsible for supporting clients with medication adherence, which includes administering long-acting intramuscular injections as prescribed. This role also includes providing psychoeducation to clients and facilitating psychoeducation groups.

For more information about this position, please contact Lauren Hill, Psychiatric Outreach Program Supervisor, Mental Wellness and Substance Use, at

For more information about the recruitment process, please contact Susan Bryant, Human Resources Consultant, at

Please do not email resumes to the email addresses above; resumes may only be accepted through E-Recruitment. Link to create your account to apply: here

Essential Qualifications:

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications. Please note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume/cover letter. Please be specific with how your work experiences and related duties align with the essential qualifications listed below.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing combined with coursework in Mental Health or a Psychiatric Nursing degree;
  • Experience in providing mental health assessments, nursing interventions, case management, and support services to clients with a range of serious, persistent mental illnesses and issues (i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use concerns, interpersonal conflicts, etc.);
  • Experience providing psychoeducation to clients, families, and support staff;
  • Experience completing suicide risk assessment and creating safety plans; and
  • Experience in providing trauma-informed care and harm reduction services.

Knowledge, Skills and Suitability:

Candidates should have and may be assessed on:

  • Self-awareness, as it pertains to bias and impact on others;
  • Strong knowledge of, and experience in, nursing best practices and standards;
  • Ability to provide direction and deliver service in a competent, safe and ethical manner;
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage a diverse case load;
  • Excellent oral and written clinical communication skills;
  • Excellent ability to initiate relationships with clients, their families and other health professionals;
  • Ability to provide clear information and direction to various stakeholders regarding clients with serious mental health illnesses;
  • Enthusiastic, highly motivated approach and ability to produce effective results;
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills;
  • Ability to take a broad-based, strategic approach to planning;
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Commitment to excellent client service and innovation;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and experience with, the Mental Health Act; and
  • Experience providing services related to harm reduction and/or knowledge of other services designed to meet the needs of people who use substances, including Opioid Agonist Treatment Services.

Conditions of Employment:

  • TB Screening;
  • Vulnerable Sector Security Clearance;
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence or equivalent;
  • Eligibility for registration with the Yukon Registered Nurses Association;
  • Verification of degree(s); and
  • CPR C & AED; or Health Care Provider AED; or BLS with oxygen; or recognized higher level of training.

Job Requirements:

  • Exposure to clients who: engage in unpredictable behaviour and may pose a risk to themselves or others; show signs and symptoms of a deteriorating mental status; or are in a highly aroused emotional state that could require RCMP assistance to manage;
  • Occasional overnight travel throughout the territory; and
  • Lift up to 25 lbs.