Vancouver Coastal Health Clinic Nurse RN (Supervised Injection Site) in Canada

Opened in 2003, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, InSite is North America’s first legal supervised injection site, operating under a constitutional exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Our program is a part of a continuum of services for people with chronic drug addiction. InSite was designed to be accessible to injection drug users who are not well connected to health care services. It's part of a continuum of care for people with addiction, mental illness and HIV/AIDS. InSite is the first rung on the ladder from chronic drug addiction to possible recovery; from being ill to becoming well.

Our clients are IV substance users, many of whom have been using drugs for a long time. Their long-term drug use and chaotic lives have seriously compromised their overall health. About half of the people who use InSite are marginalized, which means they are homeless or living in shelters or have significant mental health issues.

Through InSite, clients develop trusting relationships with our health care team, making them more likely to pursue withdrawal management (detox), addiction counselling and other addiction treatment services. Our team includes nurses, mental health workers, peer support Workers, and family practice physicians. Together we strive to create an environment that supports the journey of recovery through compassion, hope and respect.

Statistics and facts from 2015/2016:

  • To date, there 18,093 registrants with 3,476,722 visits.

  • There have been 40,245 clinical treatment visits and 4,922 overdose interventions without any deaths.

Job Title: Clinic Nurse RN (Supervised Injection Site)

Work Site: Supervised Injection Site, CTCT, OnSite

Status: Temporary Full Time till Nov 2017 or return of incumbent

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Salary: $32.33 - $42.45 per hour

Hours: 0845-1800/1745-0300 with rotating days off

Reference#: 088148-kwe


Working within the context of a client-centered care model, the vision/values of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and in accordance with CRNBC Standards of Practice the Clinic Nurse provides on-going health care in a multi-disciplinary clinic setting to clients of all ages with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases, including communicable diseases, addictions and general health issues. Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members, educational resources and other health care professionals/providers to achieve excellence in client-centered care and education.


Education & Experience

Current practicing registration with College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).

Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, including or supplemented by training in community health nursing, plus 2 years’ recent acute care or community health nursing experience in a clinic setting, working with marginalized youth and clients or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of community health nursing theory and practice within a client/family -centered approach.

Working knowledge of CRNBC's Standards for Nursing Practice.

Working knowledge of theory and established practices and procedures of professional nursing care for acutely, chronically and terminally ill clients.

Working knowledge of facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution techniques, and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.

Demonstrated case management, teaching/training, clinical support and consultation skills.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Ability to provide physical, psychological and educationally supportive care and counseling.

Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team environment.

Demonstrated Skill in CPR Techniques.

Ability to prioritize, work independently, and use a cooperative approach to program delivery.

Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

Employees of VCH must apply via the *Internal Application Process . Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.*

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

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