Vancouver Coastal Health

Crisis Response Nurse (Registered Psychiatric Nurse or Registered Nurse)

Job Description

Job Title: Crisis Response Nurse (Registered Pyschiatric Nurse or Registered Nurse
Work Site: Adult Mental Health, Sunshine Coast Mental Health - Sechelt, BC
Status: Regular Part Time (0.47 FTE)
Start Date:

As soon as possible

Salary: $36.23 - $47.58 per hour


Days off: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; some Friday shifts as operationally required

Reference#: 151107-awu


Come work as a Crisis Response Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)! Relocation Assistance and Staff housing may be available.

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Psychiatric Nurse OR Registered Nurse to join the Adult Mental Health team at Sunshine Coast Mental Health in Sechelt, BC as a Crisis Response Nurse. Apply today to join our team!


As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


As a Crisis Response Nurse at Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Provide assessments, screening, triage, treatment and/or case management for individuals. Your clients may include adults or youth/young adults experiencing urgent and emergent mental health and substance abuse problems.
  • Work in partnership with clients, families and relevant clinical care partners to ensure service provided is integrated across the continuum of care.
  • Provide emergency mobile crisis response as required.
  • Facilitate immediate hospital or detox facility admission if deemed necessary.
  • Provide crisis intervention counseling, treatment planning, intensive case management and referral coordination.
  • Initiate and participate in case conferences and case management meetings.
  • Prepare and maintain client records.
  • Provide consultative and direct services/care to clients, families, community health professionals/agencies, law enforcement, and/or schools, physicians and Emergency Room staff.
  • Participate in team meetings, continuing education, conferences, and/or corporate initiatives and engage in on-going team planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities.


Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Three (3) years’ recent related experience providing treatment services to individuals within the designated client population with mental health and substance use issues or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel will require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client/family centered model of care.
  • Broad knowledge of BCCNM standards for nursing/psychiatric nursing practice.
  • Broad knowledge of mental illness and treatment applicable to the designated client population.
  • Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of hospital and community based resources and the ability to act as a liaison between services.
  • Broad knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counseling skills.
  • Broad knowledge of family systems theory.
  • Broad knowledge of community mental health services, resources, and referral procedures.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention theory, Early Psychosis Intervention, and Attachment Theory.
  • Basic knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct mental health status exams and risk assessments, and provide treatment planning and crisis intervention for designated client population.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case management process.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with multi-barrier client population.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physician, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities and to adjust schedule to deal with unexpected situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate related electronic equipment.
  • 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.


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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