Vancouver Coastal Health

Nurse (RPN/RN) - Primary Care Team/Integrated Care Team - DTES

Job Description

Job Title: Nurse (RPN/RN) - Primary Care Team/Integrated Care Team - DTES
Work Site: Integrated Care Team, Heatley Community Health Centre - Downtown Eastside (DTES) - Vancouver, BC
Status: Regular Full Time - Vacation Relief
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $36.23 - $47.58 per hour


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 156705-ach


Come work as a Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Psychiatric Nurse OR Registered Nurse to join the Integrated Care Team at the Heatley Community Health Centre. Apply today to join our team!


As a Nurse with VCH, you will:

  • Work collaboratively to coordinate and develop a plan of care within a team-based and interdisciplinary care team model that includes Primary Care, Mental Health and Substance Use, Home Health and other community partners.
  • Care for clients and families who are experiencing health challenges such as, but not limited to, chronic disease and mental health and substance use and who are adversely affected by the social determinants of health to establish and coordinate a plan of care and support a transition between services.
  • Use health interventions and/or self-management principles to conduct physical and mental health assessments, identify problems and address issues or variances from the plan of care, in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team and any other health care services.
  • Act as a resource to the team by providing information and nursing support based on nursing theory and practice related to clients with complex health care needs.
  • Provide direct care activities within the clinic or on outreach/home based visits by assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and documenting client care as part of their team and collaboratively with other partners.
  • Establish, maintain and enhance therapeutic relationships based on respect.



Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

  • Two (2) years’ recent related experience providing care through a holistic mental health, substance use and primary care lens or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle for business-related purposes, as required.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of community nursing theory and practice within a client family-centred model of care.
  • Demonstrated ability in dealing with a variety of situations and responsibilities requiring initiative, creativity and professional judgment.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of a client and family centered recovery model in mental health and substance use.
  • 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 Aboriginal people.
  • Knowledge and experience in Trauma Informed Practice, Harm Reduction and Recovery Oriented Care.
  • Broad knowledge of crisis intervention and supportive counseling skills.
  • Broad knowledge of mental health and treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology
  • Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct mental status exams and suicide risk assessments.
  • Demonstrated ability to care plan and develop supportive counseling, crisis intervention and care coordination.
  • 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 leads to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary 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 ability to problem solve and use critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable software applications.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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 (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.


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.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

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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