Vancouver Coastal Health

Addiction Nurse (Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse) - Overdose Outreach Team

Job Description

Job Title: Addiction Nurse (RPN/RN) - Overdose Outreach Team
Work Site: Overdose Emergency Response, Sechelt Hospital - Sechelt, BC
Status: Regular Full Time
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $36.23 - $47.58 per hour


Days off: Saturday and Sunday

Reference#: 162344-jzh


Come work as an Addiction Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health in Sechelt, BC!


Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Nurse OR Registered Psychiatric Nurse to join the Regional Overdose Outreach Team based in Sechelt to provide outreach nursing case management support to clients at risk for overdose or dealing with problematic substance use at Sechelt Hospital as a Addiction Nurse. Apply today to join our team!


As an Addiction Nurse with VCH you will:

  • Provide direct nursing care and supportive counseling to clients who are in the process of detoxification, stabilization and/or transitioning into other Long Term Care addiction services, working effectively with challenging clients to maintain a safe environment for clients and staff.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, educational resources and other health professionals and care providers from multi-jurisdictional sectors such as housing, justice and/or health, to achieve excellence in client-centred care and education.



Our team of outreach and social workers and peers provide connections for people who have recently experienced opioid overdose and/or are at high risk for opioid overdose to substances use care and support.


We help clients:

  • Navigate to appropriate services (e.g. primary care, detox, treatment, etc.)
  • Support in accessing Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) (e.g. methadone, suboxone, iOAT, etc.)
  • Overdose prevention education

The Overdose Outreach Team does not provide long-term case management services. However, we will support clients in accessing the long term supports as needed.


Check out this link on how Unique partnership with firefighters helps support people who have overdosed:




The District Municipality of Sechelt is located on the lower Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, approximately 50 km northwest of Vancouver. It is accessible from the mainland by a 40-minute ferry trip between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale, followed by a 25-minute drive along Highway 101, also known as the Sunshine Coast Highway. This charming seaside community is known for its natural beauty and is a popular destination for outdoor activities including sightseeing, boating, diving, camping and mountain biking. There are also several municipal parks, plenty of eateries, locally owned shops, boutiques and galleries, and a golf course. Imagine a lifestyle where you are only a short walk or bike ride to work, you go home for lunch and you are home again in time for an activity or go for a hike AND watch the sunset - all before dinner. That is what Sechelt has to offer you!



Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Two (2) years’ recent, related experience providing treatment services to individuals with mental health and/or addiction issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid Driver's License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of recovery and trauma informed practice
  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client/family-centred model of care.
  • Broad knowledge of BCCNM Standards for Nursing Practice.
  • Broad knowledge of substance use and a positive attitude toward substance dependent clients and their rehabilitation.
  • Broad knowledge of community residential services available for clients experiencing Substance use problems.
  • Broad knowledge of behaviour management and ability to utilize non-violent crisis intervention strategies in a trauma informed manner.
  • Broad knowledge of facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution techniques and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR Techniques.
  • Demonstrated case management, teaching/training, clinical support and consultation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, work independently, and use a cooperative approach to program delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.

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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