Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse (RPN RN)

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse (RPN RN)
    Work Site: ACT 4 & ACT 5 (865 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver) 
    Status: Casual 
    Start Date: As Soon As Possible 
    Salary: $33.56 - $44.06 per hour
    Hours: 0800-2000
    Reference#: 104694-mal

     



     

    Assertive Community Treatment teams bring health care and life-skills support to clients; all of whom would have difficulty arranging and keeping appointments with traditional office-based health care practitioners. ACT emphasizes recovery through community treatment and rehabilitation. The ACT team strives to reduce the number of contacts between police and their clients who are, primarily, the severely addicted and mentally ill.

    For more information, check out this link: http://vchnews.ca/vancouver/news/2013/11/07/intensive-act-treatment-renders-impressive-results/



     

     

     


    JOB SUMMARY:

    Position works as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide triage and outreach services that are inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness, addictions and/or chronic medical conditions. Conducts mental and physical status assessments and assesses clients’ physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual needs to determine priority of care requirements based on client needs, availability of resources and best practices. Provides counseling and assists client with reducing repeated contact with and use of acute and community healthcare services/programs/resources. Assesses high risk situations and provides crisis intervention. Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to develop, implement and adjust client’s care plan and meet the client’s need for integrated services and continuity of care across the continuum. Facilitates the movement of clients between acute care, community agency support site and designated health centre. Participates in case conferences/meetings with members of the multidisciplinary team. Assists clients with attendance to needed services such as medical appointments.

    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 of the organization as well as with the concept of the resident/client and family centered care model.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Education and 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 mental health and addictions 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 and Abilities

    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of a client and family centered recovery model in mental illness.
    • Broad knowledge of crisis intervention and counseling skills.
    • Broad knowledge of mental health illness and treatment.
    • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indication and side effects).
    • Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
    • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct psychiatric assessments.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide treatment planning, counseling, crisis intervention, and case 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 lead 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 a multidisciplinary team.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and leadership.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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.***

    Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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