Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Registered Nurse (RN) /Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) - Psychiatry

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Registered Nurse (RN) /Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) -Psychiatry
    Work Site: Psychiatry In Patient, Powell River Hospital - Powell River, BC
    Status: Temporary Full Time
    Start Date: As soon as possible until approximately September 29, 2020
    Salary: $34.83 - $45.73 per hour
    Hours: 07:00 - 19:00/19:00 - 07:00 with rotating days off
    Reference#: 119981-jta



    On the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, where endless green mountains meet sheltered Pacific Ocean waters, Powell River provides a stimulating blend of outdoor adventure and cultural amenities. Originally founded as a resource extraction centre - once home to the world's largest pulp and paper mill - Powell River now offers adventurers countless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, golfing, boating, hiking, biking, fishing, and scuba diving. This area is host to world-class art galleries, tremendous dining opportunities, and memorable events and festivals.

    On the doorstep of both Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the Powell River region offers an array of experiences for travelers of all kinds, no matter the season. Experience the legendary Sunshine Coast Trail and Powell Forest Canoe Route, rock-climb the Eldred Valley, snowshoe in the Knuckleheads; this is the adventure destination you've long been waiting for.



    Provides nursing care to assigned psychiatric patients, both by working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team. When applicable to the job, provides nursing services for clients before, during and Electroconvulsive Electrocosive Therapy (ECT) treatment and transcranial magnTMSc stimulation (TMS) treatment both by working independently and as a member of an integrated care team. Enhances quality of life from the perspective of the patient/family. Consults, confers, and collaborates with other health care providers. Demonstrates continuous improvement and best practice approach in nursing practice. Provides education and support to client and family. Maintains and advances own clinical competence. Participates on designated hospital committees/teams and approved research projects as assigned.

    Practices in accordance with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) standards of professional practice and Code of Ethics for registered nurses / registered psychiatric nurses. 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 client and family centered care model.


    Education & Experience

    • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Pofessionals (BCCNP).
    • Certification in Mental Health Nursing or two (2) years’ recent, related experience in an acute psychiatric setting.
    • When applying for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment programs, job requires completion of a recognized critical care nursing program or two (2) years recent, related critical care experience. 

    Knowledge & Abilities

    • Knowledge of mental health issues and treatments. 
    • Knowledge of community mental health services, resources, and referral procedures. 
    • Applicable to ECT and TMS treatment programs, knowledge of the indications, actions, reactions, routes, dosages, and side effects of anesthetic and other drugs used in critical care environment as well as nursing problems commonly encountered in a critical care environment. 
    • Applicable to ECT and TMS treatment programs, demonstrated ability in the initiation and management of IV therapy and administration of IV medications. 
    • Knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client. 
    • Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care. 
    • Demonstrated ability to respond immediately and appropriately to sudden emergencies. 
    • Demonstrated ability to assess client responses during procedure and to respond appropriately. 
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care providers, both one-on-one and in groups.
    • Demonstrated ability in nursing practice related to assessment of behaviour and to assisting patients to regain or improve their coping abilities, and to prevent further disability. 
    • Demonstrated ability to lead and co-lead group sessions. 
    • Demonstrated ability to manage aggressive and suicidal behaviour. 
    • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement care plans. 
    • Demonstrated ability to assess patient responses to care, and to respond appropriately. 
    • Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem-solve, set priorities and deal with conflict. 
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 
    • Demonstrated ability to teach clients and their families. 
    • Demonstrated skill in conscious sedation techniques. 
    • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques. 
    • Demonstrated skill in techniques appropriate to a critical care environment. 
    • Demonstrated skill in the use of critical care monitoring and support equipment. 
    • Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to effectively use a computerized patient care information system. 
    • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

    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.


    This posting has been posted internally and externally concurrently. External applicants will be considered after internals.

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

    VCH**Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer vchthe site for How to Apply instVCHtions. 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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