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Clinical Externs

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted January 12, 2022.

Role: Clinical Extern

Status: Part time, Temporary 

Positions Available: 39

Location: Toronto, Ontario


Position Description

CAMH is seeking interested nursing students to join a Clinical Extern Program. This opportunity is an exciting way for students in RN and RPN entry-to-practice programs to contribute their knowledge and skills in a psychiatric care environment. Clinical externs will gain valuable patient care experience and build connections with a team of passionate Interprofessional care providers in a hospital setting. Clinical Externs may be considered for nursing opportunities upon graduation and licensure. Reporting to CAMH’s Nursing Resource Unit, the Clinical Extern is an unregulated health care provider working within a changing environment and interprofessional team to advocate for and promote wellness while ensuring the delivery of safe, effective and ethical care. The Clinical Extern works in collaboration with the team under the direct supervision of a Regulated Nurse (Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse) and Extern Mentor while contributing to the advancement of practice excellence.  The Clinical Extern will develop their competencies through learning, education, experience and reflective practice.   All Clincial Externs must complete mandatory training required for CAMH orientation and unit orientation activities .


Duties include (but are not limited to)


  • Practices under the direct and/or indirect supervision of a nurse (RN or RPN) to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills and judgment needed to perform all actions/duties;
  • Follows organizational policies and professional standards while taking into account the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) guidance for unregulated care providers;
  • Participates in patient assessments (e.g. mental status exam, suicide risk, physical health assessments) and assists with activities of daily living ;
  • Requests assistance with assigned duties when necessary;
  • Contributes to care planning, safety planning and evaluation;
  • Provides assistance with lifting, turning, transferring, transporting and ambulating as needed;
  • Assists with comfort measures and patient safety by ensuring the environment is clean and tidy and free of hazards;
  • Engages in additional skills as approved;
  • Requests assistance with assigned duties whenever in need;
  • Provides transfer of accountability at shift report and when going on break;
  • Contributes to and supports positive team functioning 


  • Nursing students between 2nd and 4th year of a College of Nurses of Ontario Baccalaureate Nursing Program (e.g. BNSc), or final year of a College of Nurses of Ontario approved Practical Nursing program
  • Excellent academic standing 
  • Current certificate in Basic Cardiac Life Support required
  •  Demonstrated infection prevention and control practices  is an asset
  • Demonstrated excellent problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Psychiatric/mental health nursing experience (clinical practicums) with individuals with mental illness and/or addictions is an asset.
  • The ability to work with clients of diverse cultural and social backgrounds is necessary.
  • Computer literacy is required.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.


Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.


Please Note: This is a part-time, temporary position 


CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.