Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse RPN RN (Access and Assessment Center) in Canada

REACH HIGH: Grow Professionally as an Out reach Nurse

Are you a qualified RN/RPN looking to grow professionally while delivering innovative, client-centered mental health services? VCH is actively recruiting for qualified RN/RPNs with sharp critical thinking abilities, three to five years’ relevant experience (intake, assessment and triage) and a passion for volunteering in the community to join our new Mental Health & Addictions Access and Assessment Centre (MH&A AAC) team – the first of its kind in the province!

Our facility serves as a single point of access for all Vancouver adults in need of urgent assessments and Home Health and MH&A services. Operating 24 hours per day, the AAC will provide better, more easily accessible care and eliminate the need for clients to navigate a complicated system or default to the Emergency Department (ED). Our aim is to reduce 70% of unnecessary ED visits, a reduction of 4,000 visits per year. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to leading edge work, while inspiring change in the Community.

Job Title: Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse RPN RN (Access and Assessment Center)

Work Site: VGH 12th & Oak

Status: Casual (0.01 FTE)

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Salary: $32.33 - $42.45 per hour

Hours: various

Reference#: 089337-kwe


Position works as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide triage and outreach services that are inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness, addictions and/or chronic medical conditions. Conducts mental and physical status assessments and assesses clients’ physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual needs to determine priority of care requirements based on client needs, availability of resources and best practices. Provides counseling and assists client with reducing repeated contact with and use of acute and community healthcare services/programs/resources. Assesses high risk situations and provides crisis intervention. Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to develop, implement and adjust client’s care plan and meet the client’s need for integrated services and continuity of care across the continuum. Facilitates the movement of clients between acute care, community agency support site and designated health centre. Participates in case conferences/meetings with members of the multidisciplinary team. Assists clients with attendance to needed services such as medical appointments.

Practices in accordance with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and/or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC) standards (professional & practice) and code of ethics. Practices within the scope of practice as set by the organization, as per VCH policies and guidelines/clinical practice documents and within own competence. This practice is aligned with the vision, mission, goals and values of the organization as well as with the concept of the resident/client and family centered care model.


Education and Experience

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

Diploma in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing plus two (2) years’ recent related experience working with individuals with mental health and addictions illness or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of a client and family centered recovery model in mental illness.

Broad knowledge of crisis intervention and counseling skills.

Broad knowledge of mental health illness and treatment.

Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indication and side effects).

Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.

Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.

Demonstrated ability to conduct psychiatric assessments.

Demonstrated ability to provide treatment planning, counseling, crisis intervention, and case coordination.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.

Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.

Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.

Demonstrated ability to adjust schedule to deal with unexpected situations.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and leadership.

Demonstrated ability to problem solve.

Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.

Ability to operate related equipment.

Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, Internet and email software.

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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