|Job Title:||Mental Health Nurse (RPN RN)|
|Work Site:||Access and Assessment Centre|
|Status:||Temporary Full Time till April 2020|
|Start Date:||As soon as possible|
|Salary:||$34.83 - $45.73 per hour|
|Hours:||07:30-19:30/11:00-23:00 with rotating days off|
Access and Assessment Centre serves as a single point of access for all Vancouver adults in need of urgent assessments and Home Health and MHSU services. Operating 0730 to 11pm daily (365 days a year), the AAC will provide better, more easily accessible care and eliminate the need for clients to navigate a complicated system or default to the Emergency Department (ED). Our aim is to reduce 70% of unnecessary ED visits, a reduction of 4,000 visits per year.
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 plans. Establishes, maintains and enhances therapeutic relationships based on respect. Administers prescribed medicines, monitors client response and provides/demonstrates 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 British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) standards (professional & practice) and Code of Ethics for registered nurses or registered psychiatric nurses. 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 as a Registered Nurse or a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)
- Up to two (2) years’ recent related experience working with individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric illness or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
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
- Applicable to ECT and TMS treatment programs, demonstrated ability in the initiation and management of IV therapy and administration of IV medications
- Applicable to ECT and TMS treatment programs, knowledge of the indications, actions, reactions, routes, dosages, and side effects of anesthetic and other drugs used in critical care environment as well as nursing problems commonly encountered in a critical care environment
- 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 https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings 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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