Vancouver Coastal Health

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Emergency

Job Description

Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Emergency
Work Site: Emergency, Lions Gate Hospital - North Vancouver, BC
Status: Regular Part Time (0.58 FTE)
Start Date:

As soon as possible

Salary: $28.43 - $32.98 per hour


Days off: Rotating

Reference#: 144974-rro


Come work as an Emergency Licensed Practical Nurse 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 an Emergency Licensed Practical Nurse at the Lions Gate Hospital Emergecny Unit for Vancouver Coastal Health today!

As an Emergency LPN at Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Work closely with the Care team including: Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Triage Nurse, Emergency Physician, Psychiatrist, Security, etc. in direct care activities such as assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating interventions, and coordinating health services for the designated medical client group of the Emergency Department.
  • Participate in discharge and/or care planning, function as a client advocate, and teach clients and their families about illness/injury and overall health promotion and wellness.
  • Enhance quality of life from the perspective of the client/family.
  • Establish, maintain, and enhance therapeutic relationships based on respect.
  • Provide care to clients and families based on stable and/or predictable states of health by initiating and following established plans of care.
  • Recognize and respond to unexpected client outcomes by communicating and collaborating with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Document care provided and respond to incidents in accordance with established policies, procedures, and Emergency Department expectations.
  • Consult, confer, and collaborate with other health care providers as needed.


Education & Experience

  • Graduation from a recognized program for Practical Nurses and one (1) year of recent experience working in a related area of care.

  • Current practicing registration as a Licensed Practice Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability in nursing practice related to caring for the designated medical client group in the Emergency Department (e.g. including but not limited to patients with complex disease; acute/ chronic Disease Management; Mental health and substance use issues).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of pathophysiology related to common diagnosis related to designated client group (e.g. Malignancies/Cancers; Acute/Chronic Respiratory Illness/disease; Acute/Chronic Renal Failure, Acute/Chronic Hepatic Failure; GI illness/diseases; Chronic Wounds, Orthopedic injuries/conditions; Mental health and substance use issues).

  • Demonstrated ability to perform nursing assessments and interventions related to common diagnosis and specific clinical situations relevant to the designated client group - e.g. Cancer, Supportive Care, Pain Management (Acute/Chronic/Neuropathic/Palliative); Wound care; venipuncture Diabetes management, first aid, orthopedic injuries pediatrics, mental health and substance use and harm reduction strategies including safe medication practices (e.g. Best Possible Medication History, transcription, and patient education).

  • Demonstrated ability to make sound clinical judgments to provide safe ethical client care to manage a select population of clients. Has knowledge of and accesses appropriate resources embedded within the service delivery model to support nursing practice. Knows when and how to seek out clinical support and guidance as needed.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize potential complications and care issues relevant to the designated client group by alerting the RN and/or most responsible provider. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage conflict situations and aggressive behavioral and use non-violent crisis intervention, behavioral management techniques, and processes specific to Emergency Department to mitigate violence in collaboration with the healthcare team.

  • Demonstrated ability in correct usage of equipment and maintains competency in working with, for example, oxygen delivery equipment; vital signs monitor; glucometer; IV pumps; splints, dressings and walking aids and other care related equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to document client care on appropriate systems/forms in accordance with organizational and unit standards in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide safe and appropriate telephone consultations and document related discussions and client care on appropriate systems/forms in accordance with organizational and unit protocol.

  • Demonstrated skills in patient/family centered care planning, patient/family engagement and education; trauma-informed care and therapeutic communication. Has knowledge of legislation, government policies and procedures as it applies to the rights and obligations of clients and staff as well as the impact of social, cultural and family systems on health outcomes.

  • Demonstrated skill in performing LPN scope of practice and standards of care relevant to designated client population in the Emergency Department including infection control, violence prevention, collaboration, communication, patient flow, etc.

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.


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

Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to delivering exceptional care and building a great place to work. At VCH, we value and accommodate unique differences to ensure that our staff and medical staff (both current and prospective) have the opportunity and are supported to thrive.

To build a strong and representative workforce, we are seeking candidates who will contribute to a caring and inclusive culture. We encourage applications from members of communities that are disadvantaged on any grounds under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, people of all genders and sexualities and people with disabilities.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.

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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