By Patrick Callan
For someone as passionate about working in the mental health
field as Joselin Lai, the opportunity
to be a part of a new inpatient acute care unit was one she couldn’t pass up.
In fact, when Joselin heard about CAMH’s new General
Psychiatry and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (GPU 2 -PICU) set to open in March
2018, she jumped at the chance to get in on the ground floor. Joselin has been
a social worker on CAMH’s General Psychiatric Unit/Acute Care Unit for the past
year. She’s looking forward to helping lay the foundations of client care on GPU2-PICU
for years to come with her new team.
“I can’t wait to meet my new colleagues and be a part of
this exciting opportunity,” says Joselin. “This new unit is going to transform
Social Worker Joselin Lai is thrilled to be the first
person hired to work on CAMH’s new acute care unit.
The model of care on GPU 2 -PICU will mirror CAMH’s existing
General Psychiatry and Acute Care Units, which emphasizes treatment for
patients with concurrent disorders and patient engagement in therapeutic
programming. Located on the fourth floor of CAMH’s College Street site, it will
consist of 20 general psychiatry and three psychiatric intensive care beds.
Renovations will begin shortly to optimize the use of the existing space.
Manager, GPU2-PICU, says the new unit will meet a growing need for acute care
services at CAMH. But first, she’s assembling a dynamic interprofessional team
of care providers, including RNs, RPNs, program assistants, and social workers to
work on the new unit.
“I’m looking for people who are passionate, like to work in
a fast-paced environment, and have excellent critical thinking skills,” she
says. “This is a great opportunity to help build something from the ground up.”
While GPU2-PICU is still a few months from opening, Wendy would
like her new team to get started right away in other units at CAMH so they can
gain some valuable experience.
“This will help them get settled in at CAMH and become more
familiar with the unique needs of our patients,” says Wendy.
Joselin says it’s important for patients to feel they are
heard, valued and respected.
“They also need to receive the support, treatment and resources
that will help them continue to recover and thrive when they are discharged,”
Joselin is aware of all the planning underway for the new
unit – from renovations and team recruitment to developing team training and
designing clinical processes – and she’s confident it will ensure safe patient
care and a strong team environment.
She admits she doesn’t know exactly what to expect on the
new unit, but she’s looking forward to growing with her new colleagues, learning
from them, and supporting each other along the way.
“It’s always nice to start with a new team and to know each
other from the beginning,” she says. “It’s like having a new family.”
Check out the links below to apply for a job on CAMH’s new
acute care unit.
Practical Nurses- Full-time
Practical Nurses - Part-time
Assistant - Full-time
Worker 2 (Group Programming)