Vancouver Coastal Health

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - MHSU

Job ID 2023-106580
City Powell River
Work Location
Powell River Mental Health
Withdrawal Management
Supplementary Job Title
Training may be offered
Home Worksite
36 - Powell River Hospital
Labour Agreement
Nurses' Bargaining Association
203 - Nurses BCNU LPN (Facilities)
Position Type
Job Status
Standard Hours / Week
Job Category
Salary Grade
Min Hourly
CAD $32.84/Hr.
Max Hourly
CAD $41.35/Hr.
Shift Times
Days Off
Position Start Date
As soon as possible


Should there be insufficient qualified candidates available for the above position, VCH may offer candidates additional education.


Applicants must successfully complete additional education prior to working in the Department.


In person pre-requisites:  October 4 – October 6, 2023 (subject to change)

Douglas College MHCP 400: LPNs in Mental Health and Substance Use Practice

Full-time virtual additional education & in person practicum:  October 10 – November 20, 2023


Candidates accepting this training opportunity agree to remain with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) as a regular status nurse in the area of nursing applicable to the education program for which they are hired for at least 18 months subsequent to completing training.


This will ensure that candidates are able to consolidate and apply skills in the area that VCH has supported and funded candidates to complete. In the event that a candidate leaves the area of nursing applicable to the education program for which they were hired or VCH in under 18 months, VCH will seek to recover the cost of the program.


The salary range for this position is CAD $32.84/Hr. - CAD $41.35/Hr.

Job Summary

Come work as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Powell River, BC with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Are you a dedicated healthcare worker and enjoy working as a member of an interdisciplinary care team? Do you thrive in both independent and collaborative environments? Apply to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Vancouver Coastal Health today!

As an LPN at Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Work independently and collaboratively as a member of an inter-professional care team performs optimized scope of practical nursing functions for clients with stable or predictable states of health within the designated area of care. This includes activities such as assessing, care planning, implementing, evaluating and documenting client care, and providing support to clients and their families.
  • Collaborate and care with clients and families who are experiencing health challenges related to, but not limited to, chronic disease, mental health, and substance use.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of an inter-professional care team and in a team nursing approach with a Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RN/RPN) to care for clients with unpredictable outcomes or where the acuity or complexity of care requires a level of knowledge and skill beyond the scope of practice of an LPN.
  • Maintain and advance clinical competence pursuant to the standards of practice of BCCNM for LPNs.




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.


Education & Experience

  • Graduation from a recognized program for Practical Nurses.
  • Successful completion of additional education where Mental Health and/or Substance Use are the primary diagnosis as outlined by BCCNM or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
  • Current practicing registration as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of mental health treatment within a client and family model of care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of other facilities and mental health resources.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practice within the standards dictated by the BCCNM for Licensed Practical Nurses.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of suicide and violence risk assessments
  • Demonstrated knowledge of common symptoms of various mental health diagnosis.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour and use violence prevention and behavioural management techniques.
  • General of knowledge Trauma Informed Practice and Harm Reduction approaches and Strengths-based care.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote Indigenous Cultural Safety.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide competent and culturally safety care in a variety of settings and with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to utilize recovery oriented models of care.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport with patients.
  • Demonstrated ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize.
  • Ability to work under the pressure of interruptions and adapt to changes.
  • Ability to problem solve and take initiative.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an inter-professional team.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate computerized patient care information system and word processing, Internet and e-mail software.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.

Closing Statement

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.  Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2024.

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

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Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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