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Experienced Resource Nurse (RPN RN) Tertiary & Acute MH&Addictions

Experienced Resource Nurse (RPN RN) Tertiary & Acute MH&Addictions

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Job Title: Experienced Resource Nurse (RPN RN) Tertiary & Acute MH&Addictions
Work Site: Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital
Status: Regular Full Time - Baseline (1.00 FTE)
Start Date: JANUARY 2018
Salary: $39.16 - $48.00 per hour
Hours: 0730-1930 / 0730-1530 / 1530-2330
Reference#: 098037-slo





About Experienced Resource Nurses (ERNs)


Experienced Resource Nurses (ERNs) work at a leadership level and provide direct patient care across multiple programs while supporting and mentoring less experienced team members. ERNs work a regular rotation and receive their schedule in advance.


As Carole Rudko, the manager of the Experienced Resource Nurse Team explains, “The ERN role provides a unique opportunity for nurses to provide mentoring skills while practicing and role modeling excellence in patient and family care.”


Farinah Kadir, ERN, loves the constant variety of the ERN role. “Some people think that working on multiple units could feel uprooting, but for me it’s the opposite.  Most people only get the benefit of one work family, but I get 11. The staff is welcoming and always ready to help.” Read more about Farinah’s ERN experience here.






Within the context of a client and family centred care model, practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses (CRPNBC) and the established vision and values of the organization. This role works on a regular basis providing relief on various nursing units and functions as a mentor, experienced clinical resource and champion in the delivery of excellent patient care to nurses and other team members. Utilizes advanced clinical skills to function as a clinical resource including formally advising other nursing staff in nursing practice, providing clinical instruction, supporting staff training and development to the (nursing or interdisciplinary or care) team. This role takes on a leadership role in assisting unit leaders and teams by performing functions such as mentoring staff, implementation of new clinical practice initiatives and providing direction to individual staff and providing input and feedback regarding the operation of the unit(s). The role also provides nursing care to assigned clients both by working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.


Education & Experience

  • Baccalaureate in Nursing, Five (5) years of recent, related nursing experience in a clinical environment including experience preceptoring and as a charge nurse as well as leadership training or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC). 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and work direction.
  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client/family centred model of care
  • Broad knowledge of CRNBC, CRPNBC, CLPNBC standards for nursing practice.
  • Broad knowledge of nursing problems commonly encountered in the applicable clinical environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, direction and leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate, facilitate, mentor and coach.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote a creative learning environment.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers, medical personnel, other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and to establish workload priorities. 
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment including computerized client care information system and relevant software.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Demonstrated skill in clinical techniques and the use of applicable equipment and supplies.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.

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 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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