Vancouver Coastal Health Experienced Resource Nurse RPN RN - Tertiary and Acute Mental Health & Addiction - Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals in Canada

About Experienced Resource Nurses (ERNs)

Experienced Resource Nurses (ERNs) work at a leadership level and provide direct patient care across multiple programs while supporting and mentoring less experienced team members. ERNs work a regular rotation and receive their schedule in advance.

As Kathryn Embacher, the manager of the Experienced Resource Nurse Team for Tertiary and Acute MH&A, explains, “The ERN role provides an opportunity for mid-career nurses to hone their mentoring skills and share their knowledge with other staff on the units. It will also provide unit staff with a consistent source of experienced relief and mentorship support on Vancouver Tertiary and Acute Mental Health & Addictions’ units. This means additional support for staff and better care for patients.”

Job Title:

Experienced Resource Nurse RPN RN - Tertiary and Acute Mental Health & Addiction - Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals

Work Site:

Vancouver Tertiary and Acute Mental Health & Addiction - VGH, UBC Hospital

Status: Regular Part Time (0.75 FTE)

Start Date: JAN 30, 2017

Salary: $38.45 - $47.13 per hour

Hours: 0730-1930/0730-1530/1530-2330 with rotating days off

Reference#: 089239-mpe


Within the context of a client and family centred care model, practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses (CRPNBC) and the established vision and values of the organization. This role works on a regular basis providing relief on various nursing units and functions as a mentor, experienced clinical resource and champion in the delivery of excellent patient care to nurses and other team members. Utilizes advanced clinical skills to function as a clinical resource including formally advising other nursing staff in nursing practice, providing clinical instruction, supporting staff training and development to the (nursing or interdisciplinary or care) team. This role takes on a leadership role in assisting unit leaders and teams by performing functions such as mentoring staff, implementation of new clinical practice initiatives and providing direction to individual staff and providing input and feedback regarding the operation of the unit(s). The role also provides nursing care to assigned clients both by working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.


Education & Experience

  • Baccalaureate in Nursing.

  • Five (5) years of recent, related nursing experience in a clinical environment including experience preceptoring and as a charge nurse as well as leadership training or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and work direction.

  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client/family centred model of care

  • Broad knowledge of CRNBC, CRPNBC, CLPNBC standards for nursing practice.

  • Broad knowledge of nursing problems commonly encountered in the applicable clinical environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, direction and leadership.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate, facilitate, mentor and coach.

  • Demonstrated ability to promote a creative learning environment.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers, medical personnel, other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and to establish workload priorities.

  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment including computerized client care information system and relevant software.

  • Physical ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

  • Demonstrated skill in clinical techniques and the use of applicable equipment and supplies.

  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.

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.*

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