|Job Title:||Mental Health Nurse|
|Status:||Casual (0.01 FTE)|
|Start Date:||As Soon As Possible|
|Salary:||$32.94 - $43.24 per hour|
|Hours:||0700-0915/1900-0715 with rotating days off|
Venture is a 20-bed psychiatric facility, which provides professionally supervised short-term crisis intervention/counselling and stabilization program to mental health team clients as an alternative to hospital. It endeavours to maintain clients’ autonomy in a safe, supportive, community environment. Individualized treatment plans are formulated on admission and include medication initiation and adjustment as well as daily living activities and an afternoon drop-in program for ex-Venture clients. Mental health team case managers and physicians continue their involvement in ongoing clinical care while clients are in Venture.
Provide individualized direct nursing care and brokerage services to a wide range of clients with severe and persistent mental illness, concurrent disorders and/or dementia and is responsible for the full range of clinical practice and the client-centred rehabilitation program by working independently and as a member of a team. Enhances quality of life from the perspective of the client/family. Performs physical and psychosocial rehabilitation assessments. Consults, confers and collaborates with other health care givers and family members to develop, implement, evaluate and modify individualized strength-based treatment plan. Establishes, maintains and enhances therapeutic relationships based on respect. Administers prescribed medicines, monitors client response and demonstrates and provides ongoing information to the client/family on activities of daily living, use of medication and side-effects and integration of illness to their lifestyle. Prepares and maintains client records according to established standards, participates in team meeting, engages in team planning and quality improvement activities and maintains and updates own knowledge.
Practices in accordance with the College of Registered Nurses’ of British Columbia (CRNBC) and/or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC) standards (professional & practice) and Code of Ethics. Practices within the scope of practice as set by the organization, as per VCH policies and guidelines/clinical practice documents and within own competence. This practice is aligned with the vision, mission, goals and values or the organization as well as the concept of the client and family care model.
Education & Experience
Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).
Diploma in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing plus two (2) years’ recent related experience working with individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric illness or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of the principles and practices of a client and family centered recovery model in mental illness.
Knowledge of concurrent disorders.
Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology.
Knowledge of the Mental Health Act as it applies to the rights and obligations of clients and staff.
Knowledge of community, social and mental health resources.
Ability to identify emotional, social, or environmental barriers and intervene to eliminate stigma.
Ability to effectively manage conflict situations and aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with clients, families, team members, other groups and community agency personnel.
Knowledge of trauma-informed care.
Demonstrated ability in nursing practice related to assessment of behaviour and to assisting clients to regain or improve their coping abilities, and to prevent further disability.
Demonstrated ability to lead and co-lead group sessions.
Demonstrated ability to plan and implement care plans.
Demonstrated ability to assess client responses to care, and to respond appropriately.
Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem-solve and set priorities.
Demonstrated ability to participate in the development and delivery of educational programs and materials for clients and families based on education theories, principles and best practices.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to counsel and teach clients and their families.
Demonstrated ability to model and mentor new staff and students.
Demonstrated ability to provide leadership through initiative and independence.
Demonstrated skill in clinical techniques and the use of applicable equipment and supplies.
Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
Demonstrated 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.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.
***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the staffpostings.vch.ca 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.***
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