Vancouver Coastal Health

Registered Nurse (RN) - Palliative Care Nursing

Job ID 2024-125740
City Vancouver
Work Location
Dogwood Lodge
Dogwood Lodge Hospice
Work Area
Dogwood Hospice
Home Worksite
06 - Dogwood Care Home
Labour Agreement
Nurses' Bargaining Association
200 - Nurses BCNU
Position Type
Job Status
Regular Part-Time
Standard Hours / Week
Job Category
Salary Grade
Min Hourly
CAD $41.42/Hr.
Max Hourly
CAD $55.91/Hr.
Shift Times
Days Off
Position Start Date
As soon as possible


The salary range for this position is CAD $41.42/Hr. - CAD $55.91/Hr.

Job Summary

Come work as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse for Vancouver Coastal Health, and you may be eligible for a financial recruitment incentive of up to $15,000. Incentives are time limited and conditions apply. Apply today to speak to a Talent Acquisition Advisor!

Join our Hospice Care team at Dogwood Lodge Hospice! Each day you have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone experiencing end-of-life care. As part of our compassionate and dedicated care team, you will be empowered to provide support to patients and their families, fostering an environment of comfort, dignity, and respect. You can truly and positively impact the lives of others during their most vulnerable moments. We look forward to welcoming you on our team!


As an Registered Nurse in Palliative Care you will:

  • Provide nursing care to achieve quality symptom management, goals of care conversations and/or end of life/palliative care to clients by assessing their needs, establishing care goals and initiating referrals to other interdisciplinary team members.
  • Provide nursing support to community-based clients/families/caregivers who are receiving palliative care, facing complex physical, psychosocial, spiritual and/or practical difficulties arising from advanced progressive life-limiting illness.
  • Plan and evaluate the care needs of clients with a life limiting illness by working independently in client’s community home setting and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Assess the client’s physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual needs and enhances quality of life from the perspective of the client/family.
  • Promote the palliative philosophy and approach to care.
  • Demonstrate expertise and leadership in nursing practice by maintaining and advancing own clinical competence.
  • Participate in ongoing palliative education and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams.

This work is framed within VCH’s commitments to our pillars of Indigenous Cultural Safety, Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Planetary Health.


Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Two (2) years’ recent, related palliative care experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated skill in performing RN autonomous scope of practice and standards of care relevant to palliative patient/client group.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices, pathophysiology and trajectory of disorder/disease related to common diagnosis and specific clinical situations related to area of practice (e.g. cancer, end stage cardiac, COPD, neurological disease such as ALS or MS, chronic renal disease, end stage liver disease, metabolic disorders, or HIV/AIDS, dementia, frailty).
  • Demonstrated ability to provide nursing assessments and interventions related to common diagnosis and specific clinical situations relevant to the designated client/patient population.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of approaches and systems in place (e.g. RPace, EPAIRS, MAID.)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • General of knowledge Trauma Informed Practice and Harm Reduction approaches and Strengths-based care.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote Indigenous Cultural Safety.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide competent and culturally safety care in a variety of settings and with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform focused secondary assessments, 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 client group.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate and maintain competency in the applicable equipment such as central venous access devices, chest tubes, catheters, drains and oxygen delivery equipment.
  • Demonstrated skill in palliative symptom assessment and management.
  • Demonstrated skill in conducting goals of care conversations, understanding the care goals and what is most important to the patient.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable software applications.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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.

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.

***Employees of VCH must apply online via the Internal Career Portal on CareerHub, you are currently viewing the External Career Portal. Refer to the site for instructions on how to view internal job postings and how to apply as an employee. 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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