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CAMH is a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Recently, CAMH has partnered with Ryerson University to create the Ryerson-CAMH Collaborative for Client-Centred Care which was made possible through the generous support of Andrew and Valerie Pringle. CAMH also maintains affiliation agreements with many other universities and colleges.  All professional disciplines provide training opportunities for students in their respective disciplines. CAMH provides a very rich academic environment for students, and students are welcome to attend the vast array of educational events held each academic year at the Centre. In 2011, CAMH was presented with a “CNA Employer Recognition Award” which is reflective of an organizations commitment to supporting clinical specialty certifications. For the past four years, CAMH has been recognized as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers and was most recently awarded the silver Quality Healthcare Workplace Award by the Ontario Hospital Association.  CAMH has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2012.  We also provide awards of courage and transformation to the clients that we serve each June at our Transforming Lives Awards 

Nursing​ at CAMH:

  • There are approximately 800 Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) working in various roles throughout the Centre. 
  • Nurses practice in a variety of client centred environments within hospital and the community with a wide range of specialty areas such as:  Addictions and Concurrent Disorder services; Child and Youth Services; Dual Diagnosis Services; Emergency and Triage Services; Research, and Clinical Informatics..
  • Our CAMH Practice Model of Care is approached Interprofessional that is family sensitive, client-centred, holistic, incorporating diversity and health equity.  Within this practice model the Practitioners are committed to evaluation and accountability; partnership; and, continuous learning including interprofessional education.
  • There is a strong focus on diversity, continuous learning, and a holistic view of health.  Care is client-centered, working with clients to meet their goals for recovery. 
  • Many nurses have specialty certification in mental health nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association (​). 
  • Nursing also has a very large role in the education of students both at the undergraduate and graduate level, with over 400 nursing students completing their placements at CAMH each year. CAMH also maintains affiliations with many other universities and colleges. 

Nursing at CAMH is led by the Chief of Nursing Practice and Professional Services, Dr. Rani Srivastava.  The nursing leadership team is comprised of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), Nurse Educators, Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, Managers and Directors.  Many of these nurses have a status appointment at the University of Toronto, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and some also have academic affiliations with York and Ryerson Universities. 

The Professional Practice Office serves as a resource to nurses and provides support and coordination of practice issues through: 

  • Nursing Practice Council (NPC) – all nurses at CAMH are members of NPC and are connected via email. As well, each unit has a designated representative and they attend meetings every other month and participate in a practice centred working group. 
  • Nursing presence on camhINSITE intranet 
  • Canadian Nurses Association Certification exam education 
  • Various educational opportunities throughout the month
  • Observational /educational placements 

What placements ar​e available in Nursing?

We have nursing placements for each strata of nursing education. 
  • Practical Nursing Students
  • Practical Nursing to BScN Students
  • Nursing Diploma to BScN Students
  • BScN Nursing Students
  • Masters Nursing Students (Leadership, Practice, Teaching- Learning, Research)
  • Mental Health Nursing Certificate Placements

Placements can be found within all of our services.  The availability of these placements could be determined by education level and availability of an appropriate preceptor.  Please see for the descriptions of our various clinical services.

Am I able to do my placement hours in the evenings/we​ekends because I work?

Nursing clinical experiences are generally arranged in two ways: 
  1. They correspond with a Mental Health Clinical Placement that requires specific days for classroom and specific days for clinical experience so placements days are school directed.
  2. A preceptored clinical experience would require the following of a preceptor’s schedule.  There could be minor deviation from the preceptor’s schedule to support some accommodation; however, this would be the exception and not the rule.

Am​ I able to split my placement between 2 programs (i.e, Addictions Program and MAUI)?

You would be able to split your placements between 2 programs if the following conditions have been met:
  1. You have met your determined learning goals within a clinical setting
  2. Time frame for each clinical area allows for meaningful learning.
  3. Preceptor availability
Job shadowing to experience a different service or program can always be arranged through the PPO Education Office.

What qualific​ations are required for placement in the Nursing discipline?

You are required to be registered in a nursing program at CAMH education affiliated College or University.

Is CAMH affiliated with my​ educational institution?

Please connect with your school to enquire if they are affiliated with CAMH; if they are, then placement arrangements can be made; if not, please have your placement co-ordinator (or equivalent) to contact:  whoever, to begin a dialogue regarding putting an agreement in place.

Your school must be affiliated with CAMH in order for you to have a clinical placement here.

I’m no​t from Canada.  Can I still do a Nursing placement at CAMH?

If you are a foreign student you can have a nursing placement at CAMH and we encourage you to come.  CAMH would need to connect with your school to ensure that the an Affiliation Agreement is in place and the conditions of that agreement are met.

How a​re placements organized?

There are many steps that are involved in the placement of nursing students, but they begin with communication between the school placement office and CAMH placement co-ordinator; and the Manager Nursing Education and Clinical Service Managers.

The following is the basic process for Clinical Instructor led Nursing Student Groups and or Community Placements that run concurrently with a theory based course:

  • Contact between CAMH student placement office and school who would request a specific number of clinical placements.
  • CAMH student placement office would request from various clinical services availability to facilitate these students and provide qualified preceptors.
  • CAMH student placement office would communicate back to the school with placements available.
  • The school would then assign students to those placement areas using their processes.

    How do I ​apply for a Graduate Nursing placement at CAMH?

    Initial contact with a school’s placement co-ordinator and the Manager Nursing Education is the preferred starting point of the graduate nursing student placement process at CAMH.  After this initial contact a request is placed, the student can access the Manager Nursing Education to have a conversation about educational interests and goals.  From that discussion, options are provided to the student regarding placement areas that have an Advanced Practice Nurse in a Leadership Role to connect with to discuss in more detail the students needs and if the APN believes that they could support these.  Once it has been established that an APN will preceptor a graduate student, contact will be made by the Manager Nursing Education with the school's placement co-ordinator to finalized details so the placement is secure.   

    What man​datory trainings are required prior to placement?

    Prior to Nursing Student Orientation, the following mandatory trainings via elearning are required:

    TREAT elearning Section

    1. TREAT Basic Navigation
    2. TREAT Progress Notes (Complete all Modules and do the QUIZ)
    3. TREAT eIPCC (Complete all Modules and do the QUIZ)
    Order Management elearning Section

    1. Order Management (“View Only” Section for Students – complete all modules – no quiz)
    Mandatory Policy elearning Section

    1. CAMH Privacy Fundamentals (Complete Module and do the QUIZ)
    2. Workplace Violence Prevention (Complete Module and do the QUIZ)

    Emergency Code eLearning
    • Code Black 
    • Code Blue 
    • Code Brown 
    • Code Green 
    • Code Grey 
    • Code Orange 
    • Code Purple 
    • Code Red 
    • Code White 
    • Code Yellow 

    Confientiallity User Agreement must be signed.

    Other mandatory trainings (Client Bill of Rights, Infection Control, Nicotine Replacement Therapy) will be presented in Nursing Student Orientation.

    Do I requ​ire any immunizations before coming to CAMH?

    As per the Affiliation Agreement, Nursing Student must be screened or immunized for the following infectious diseases:
    • Screened for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
    • Chicken Pox (Varicella)
    • Hepatitis B (for nursing students only)
    • Two Step Baseline for TB – x-ray if two step is positive

    Will I require a​ police check?

    Yes, a police check is required and part of the Affiliation Agreement with your College or University.

    Contact Information

    Linda Slodan
    Manager, Nursing Education
    416-535-8501, Ext. 32073
    Jane Paterson
    Director of Interprofessional Practice
    416 535-8501, Ext. 34017​​​​​​

     ​Contact information

    Linda Slodan
Manager, Nursing Education
416 535-8501, ext. 2073 

    Jane Paterson
    Directo​r of Interprofessional Practice
    416 535-8501, ext. 4017​







    This was a very enlightening placement which enabled me to view nursing practice and its scope of practice in a new light.
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