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Registered Nurse, Maximum and Multi-Level Security Units - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

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Overview

As a BCMHSUS nurse, you bring your patient-care expertise to assist in the care for clients dealing with some of the most complex combinations of mental health, substance use and physical health issues. You could work within forensic psychiatric services for people involved with the criminal justice system, or within health care services for inmates incarcerated in provincial correctional facilities. You would perform both physical and mental health assessments, refer, treat, and evaluate clients; as well as document client records. You would work in an innovative and collaborative environment with other health care professionals, clients, and communities.

Success Profile

What does it take to be a successful BCMHSUS nurse at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Compassionate
  • Good listener
  • Open-minded
  • Personable
  • Team player
  • Understanding

Culture

BCMHSUS is a province-wide resource for people who are affected by problematic substance use, mental health issues and health care concerns. The goal is to support people to regain their health, benefit from treatment, and eventually return to community life, with continued support for recovery. The service integrates mental health, substance use and primary care to provide a holistic approach and focuses on a person’s individual strengths.

Testimonials

  • "There are a few reasons I like working at Burnaby Centre: being part of the team and feeling supported and encouraged every day; there's a sense of family with all my colleagues; and we all support each other in a common goal of providing the best care possible to our clients."

    ~ Michelle, Clinic Nurse, Burnaby Centre for Mental Health
  • "There's a real humanity to it. We get to deal with a patient one on one. Whereas with hospital nursing, you're usually dealing with seven to ten patients at a time. So you really get to know the clients and what some of their issues are, and you start to build a rapport and build trust and that can happen over time. Then you do see them out in the community, and they're successful. That's always a good feeling."

    ~ Raelene, Clinic Nurse, Correctional Health Services
  • "I work with my best friends every day; we're very close due to the acuity of the environment—we operate according to team principles. We provide team nursing here, which is a little bit different that other more traditional nursing environments. It's pretty rewarding."

    ~ Mandi, Clinical Nurse Leader, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Benefits and Perks

  • Extended health and dental benefits

  • Health and wellness programs

  • Defined benefit pension program

  • Maternity/parental/educational leaves

  • Compensation

  • Variety

Job Details

Registered Nurse, Maximum and Multi-Level Security Units - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC

Under direction of the Clinical Nurse Leader or designate, the Direct Care Nurse provides nursing care delivery and care planning for forensic psychiatric patients directly or in conjunction with an interdisciplinary and unit based treatment team or supervisor. The Direct Care Nurse interprets and applies methods, techniques and procedures to address the needs of individual patients; liaises with other members of the health care team; maintains accurate records; provides support and guidance to patients and their families and other health care professionals; and provides input into policies and procedures.

What you’ll do

  • Provide direct care in accordance with the care plan by methods such as performing protocols and interventions; implementing behaviour management strategies and meeting care recipient needs; applying approved techniques, procedures and treatments; and administering prescribed medication.
  • Recognize and identify signs and symptoms and detect changes in patients’ conditions; report and record as indicated.
  • Collect and document patient health care information. Maintain complete and accurate records of nursing observation, interventions and evaluation of nursing care. Maintain complete and accurate records of telephone communications.
  • Plan direct care and contribute to the physical and psychological well-being of the patients by methods such as assessing clinical requirements, status and condition of care recipients; developing care plans based on identified needs; participating in various interdisciplinary assessment and screening processes, and including patient and family, when appropriate, in planning nursing care and implementing care plans, evaluating outcomes and revising plans to address gaps and to respond to the needs of care recipients.

What you bring

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • Graduation from a recognized diploma program in Psychiatric Nursing or Nursing.
  • One (1) year of recent experience working in a forensic or acute psychiatric hospital setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • CPR Training – Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) – Level 1.
  • Current and updated knowledge of changes and developments in the practice of psychiatric nursing and of applicable Federal and Provincial legislation (i.e. the Criminal Code of Canada, Forensic Psychiatry Act, the Mental Health Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Young Offenders Act, Public Trustee Act).
  • Broad knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of behavioural, social, emotional and mental health/psychiatric issues in adults.
  • Broad knowledge of adult education principles, methods and tools.
  • Demonstrated organizational, facilitation, decision-making and leadership skills.

You have demonstrated ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Prepare and maintain records, charts, and reports.
  • Participate as a member of multidisciplinary care team, work independently, and function as a nursing resource.
  • Adjust to unexpected events, problem-solve, and deal with conflict.
  • Operate related equipment.
  • Physically perform the duties of the position.

What’s in it for you

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Temporary Part-Time (0.65 FTE) (TO September 2020)

Wage: $36.60-$47.50 hourly

Location: 70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam BC

Applications will be accepted until position is filled

Hours of Work: 0700-1500/1500-2300

Reference # 87028

What we do

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) bcmhsus.ca, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

PHSA plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

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