ER Mental Health Liaison Nurse (NRS-23-212)

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Client Services Manager - ER, the Mental Health Liaison Nurse (MHLN) is part of the Emergency Department Team and functions in a shared care model. The MHLN will assist and support assessment, treatment, disposition, and short term follow up of people experiencing mental health issues/crises in the emergency room (i.e. follow-up while in the facility and/or brief post discharge linkage to resources; with client’s other care providers; and other agency staff as required), and including the facilitation of hospital admissions.  As part of the Emergency Department team, the MHLN will facilitate hospital admissions, follow-up while an inpatient and offer links to resources as required. 

The MHLN will exercise an appropriate level of initiative and independent judgment in determining work priorities, work methods to be employed and action to be taken on unusual matters. The position functions in a manner that is consistent with the mission, vision and values; and the policies of Southern Health-Santé Sud.


  • Current registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba or the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and the scope of practice as defined by the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA)
  • Undergraduate degree in Nursing
  • Registered Nurses – Current Canadian Nurses Association certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Possess sound working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Vulnerable Person’s Act, Child and Family Services Act, Protection of Person’s in Care Act, Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act / Registered Nurses Act, Standards of Practice (CRPNM) / Standards of Practice (CRNM), CRPNM Code of Ethics/ CRNM Code of Ethics
  • Knowledge of cultural diversity and practices of the population served
  • Knowledgeable about psychotropic medications
  • Knowledgeable about substance abuse and addictions
  • Minimum of two (2) years acute mental health experience in the last three years
  • Experience with the shared care model of mental health service delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a collaborative interdisciplinary environment that supports quality services, quality improvement and staff empowerment
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and make decisions autonomously
  • Ability to use an analytical and inquiring approach to problem-solving while contributing to program improvement
  • Demonstrate ongoing professional growth and competency relevant to practice area
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships
  • Demonstrates awareness of and compliant with established policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills and flexibility to meet the demands of the position
  • Able to effectively perform the tasks and responsibilities of the position
  • Given the cultural diversity of our region, the ability to respect and promote a culturally diverse population is required
  • Proficiency of both official languages is essential for target and designated bilingual positions
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the physical and mental demands of the job
  • Demonstrated ability to respect confidentiality including paper, electronic formats and other mediums
  • Good work and attendance record

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Southern Health-Santé Sud, in partnership with the Indigenous community, is committed to increasing the representation of Indigenous people within all levels of our workforce. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self identify as being of Indigenous descent in their cover letter/application.

Completes and maintains Satisfactory Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Search, Adult Abuse Registry Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred.

All Health Care Workers are required to be immunized as a condition of employment in accordance with Southern Health-Santé Sud policy.

Please include three work-related references with your job application from persons who are not related to you but have direct knowledge of your current and past work performance.

Consistent with the French Language Services Policy of the Government of Manitoba and Southern Health-Santé Sud’s FLS Policy, we are committed to offering services in English and French in designated program/service areas serving French-speaking communities within Southern Health-Santé Sud. If no candidates satisfy the bilingual qualification, candidates meeting all other qualifications may be considered for this position.