Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care for Elders

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care for Elders
    Work Site: Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) - Richmond Hospital
    Status: Casual
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Salary: $34.83 - $45.73 per hour
    Hours: Various
    Reference#: 122005-jta


    Using a best practices approach, provides nursing care to assigned patients/clients working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary care team. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates client care for designated acute care for elder patient/subacute medicine patient/client group. Participates in discharge planning, functions as a client advocate and teaches clients and their families about illness/injury and overall health promotion and wellness. Enhances quality of life from the perspective of the client/family. Documents care provided and responds to incidents in accordance with established policies and procedures. Consults, confers and collaborates with other health care providers. 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 (professional & practice) and code of ethics for a Registered Nurse. 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 a client and family centred care model.


    Education & Experience

    • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

    Skills & Abilities

    • Demonstrated ability in nursing practice related to designated client group - Acute Care for Elders/Subacute Medicine including geriatric and chronic disease patient populations.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of pathophysiology, treatment protocols, and nursing interventions related to common diagnoses and specific clinical situations related to area of practice (e.g. Stroke; COPD; Chest pain/Heart Failure (CHF); Pneumonia;Leukemias; Renal Disease; Liver Disease, Multimodal pain management; Wound Care; Delirium; Dementia; Alcohol & Drug Dependency; Failure to Thrive ).
    • Demonstrated ability to provide nursing assessments & interventions related to common diagnoses and specific clinical situations relevant to the designated patient/client group (e.g. Respiratory depression/failure; Blood Transfusion;Cardiac Chest Pain/Arrest; Pressure Ulcer (Braden Scale); Delirium (PRISME/CAM); Dementia - both Pharmacological and non-pharmacological (PIECES framework); Genitourinary; Violence & Aggression; Dysphagia; Falls).
    • Demonstrated ability to perform focused secondary assessments and integrate information from a variety of sources including diagnostics and develop plan of care relevant to the designated patient/client group.
    • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to potential complications and care issues relevant to the designated patient/client group.
    • Demonstrated ability in correct usage of equipment and maintains competency in working with Oxygen delivery equipment; Ostomy; other care related IVs, tubes, catheters, drains, suctions for patient population.
    • Demonstrated ability to document client care on appropriate systems/forms in accordance with organizational and unit standards in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Demonstrated skill in the management of patients with acute/chronic pain management; Cognitive impairment. Utilizes the Pain Assessment Record to perform comprehensive pain assessments.
    • Demonstrated skill in safe care & management of Oxygen Therapy - High Flow 02 and saturation monitoring; VAC Dressing; Insulin Management; TPN (including Intravenous devices); Wound Care; Chest Tubes; Ostomy; Medication reconciliation, transcription and administration (including the use of Omnicell & MAR systems).
    • Demonstrated skill in assessing, maintaining, troubleshooting IVs; TPN; Chest Tubes; Ostomy equipment.
    • Demonstrated skill in performing RN autonomous scope of practice and standards of care relevant to designated patient/client population including IV, infection control, isolation protocols etc.

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


    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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