Vancouver Coastal Health

Outpatient Withdrawal/Opiate Replacement Nurse (RPN/RN)

Job Description

Job Title: Outpatient Withdrawal/Opiate Replacement Nurse (RPN/RN)
Work Site: Overdose Emergency Response, Squamish Mental Health - Squamish, BC
Status: Casual (0 FTE)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $35.53 - $46.65 per hour
Hours: various
Reference#: 128591-rro


Come work as an Outpatient Withdrawal/Opiate Replacement Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Psychiatric Nurse OR Registered Nurse to join the Squamish Mental Health team as a Outpatient Withdrawal/Opiate Replacement Nurse. Apply today to join our team!


As an Outpatient Withdrawal/Opiate Replacement Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Be responsible for screening, assessment, direct nursing care, education and counselling to clients presenting with/for opiate replacement therapy and other substance use issues and related problems.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide outreach services to individuals with serious mental health and/or addiction issues in the community.
  • Work effectively with challenging clients to maintain a safe environment for clients and staff.
  • Conduct initial and follow-up addiction, nursing and mental health assessments for clients who are requesting addiction services and withdrawal services.
  • Collaborate and consult with interdisciplinary team members, educational resources and other health care professionals/ providers, and participate in team meetings/conferences to achieve excellence in client-centred care and education.


Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) 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. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.



Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • Two (2) years’ recent related experience providing treatment services to clients with mental health and addiction issues 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 & Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client-centered approach.
  • Knowledge of Community development and health promotion principles and practices
  • Broad knowledge of BCCNP Standards of Practice for registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.
  • Broad knowledge of addictions and treatment interventions, including opiate replacement therapy.
  • Broad knowledge of emergency mental health and crisis stabilization.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side effects).
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct mental health and addiction assessments and provide treatment planning and crisis intervention.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients and their families, health care staff and community partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations, problem solve and facilitate resolutions.
  • 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 prioritize, take initiative, be flexible, and work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make nursing practices decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to manage aggressive and suicidal behaviour.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess client responses to care, and to respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify community resources appropriate to client needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
  • Demonstrated de-escalation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, leadership and work direction.
  • Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail 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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