Vancouver Coastal Health

Registered Nurse (RN) - Sheway - DTES

Job Description

Job Title: Registered Nurse (RN) - Sheway
Work Site: Sheway Program, Downtown Eastside (DTES) - Vancouver, BC
Status: Temporary Part Time (0.8 FTE)
Start Date:

As soon as possible until approximately October 2022

Salary: $36.23 - $47.58 per hour


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 152426-ach


Come work as a Nurse with the Sheway Program at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Nurse to join the Sheway Program in Vancouver, BC. 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 Sheway Nurse, you will:

  • Provide direct health care services to marginalized women and their infants and/or children with complex needs living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
  • Use trauma informed, harm reduction, self-care management principles to conduct assessments, identify variances, and form a plan of care in collaboration with the client, with the, interdisciplinary team member and/or community agency.
  • Ensure continuity of care across the continuum by liaising with interdisciplinary team members, coordinating, implementing clinical interventions, evaluating client outcomes based on client goals for care, coordinating ongoing care and supporting transition.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with primary care providers as appropriate and in accordance with the service delivery model.
  • Act as a resource for the team by providing information based on nursing theory and practice related to clients with complex health care needs that includes mental health and substance use issues and the impact of social determinants of health such as poverty, housing, food insecurity, personal safety and access to safe medical care.
  • Consult, confer, and collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, educational resources and other health care professionals to achieve excellence in client-centred education and research.



Sheway is a Coast Salish word meaning "Growth."

Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program (P.O.P.) located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. The program provides health and social service supports to pregnant women and women with infants under eighteen months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help the women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences.





Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • Two (2) years’ recent related experience working with individuals with mental health and substance use issues, providing maternal/infant care or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Certified practice in Contraceptive Management and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of woman centred care
  • Knowledge of maternal/infant/early childhood and family health and communicable disease control.
  • Knowledge of Infant feeding.
  • Demonstrated certified skills/abilities to provide contraceptive management and to assess and treat sexually transmitted infections.
  • Knowledge and skills to provide care coordination to a select caseload of clients.
  • Ability to assess clients at risk and knowledge of appropriate acts; e.g. Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship, Public Health Act as it relates to the rights and obligations of clients and staff.
  • Knowledge and experience in providing culturally safe and competent care, specifically pertaining to Indigenous women and children.
  • Knowledge and experience in Trauma Informed Practice, Harm Reduction and Recovery Oriented Care
  • Understands the relationship between trauma, mental health and addictions.
  • Broad knowledge of crisis intervention and counseling skills.
  • Broad knowledge of mental health issues and treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indication and side effects).
  • Broad knowledge of substance use and treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct basic psychiatric assessments.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide treatment planning, counseling, crisis intervention, and case coordination.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide therapeutic abortion referrals and support
  • Demonstrated ability to provide nursing support in cases of sexual and/or violent assault
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust schedule to deal with unexpected situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and leadership.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide services through outreach in the Downtown Eastside setting such as SROs (single room occupancy housing), alleys and on the street. Collaborates with other disciplines and agencies to provide care in an outreach setting.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, Internet and email 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 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.

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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