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Casual RN / RPN, New Grad - Forensic Community & Liaison Nurse, FPSC Clinics, Kelowna, BC

Casual RN/RPN

Forensic Community & Liaison Nurse

FPSC Clinics, Kelowna, BC $36.32 to $47.44 per hour


What you’ll do

  • Conducts initial intake and ongoing biopsychosocial nursing psychiatric assessments including current mental status examinations, general assessments of physical health, special needs/precautions, and completes all related assessment tools as per policy.  Identifies, develops and implements an Integrated Treatment Plan (ITP) based on the evaluation of clinical risk and need through the completion of the Short-term Assessment of Risk & Treatability (START).  Ensures the Regional Clinic Manager is informed of emerging problems, unusual circumstances, plans of action, and legal issues concerning assigned clients.  Screens to determine whether referral to or liaison with other agencies is required and whether appropriate community options exist.
  • Provides community case coordination and advocacy services for clients by methods such as communicating and monitoring client contacts with mental health teams, private psychiatrists, family physicians, probation, other specialists, and social service agencies that are involved in the provision of services to the client to ensure continuity of care and sharing of pertinent information; establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with all resources; communicating closely with treating psychiatrists/psychologists to ensure ongoing evaluation and effective treatment; and working in collaboration with other community resources to meet the client’s need for assistance including financial, housing, medical and psychiatric care, substance abuse intervention, family support, employment/skills training opportunities, life skills training, transportation, and prosocial/recreational programs. 
  • Maintains concise and accurate documentation of relevant information on client files in accordance with FPSC policy standards to meet regulatory requirements and provide evidence and rationale to support findings and treatment plan such as compiling pertinent background information for clinical case planning and collecting information to assist psychiatrists/psychologists in the preparation of reports for the Courts.  Provides written reports and summaries as per FPSC policy, standards and guidelines. 
  • Provides nursing services, information and support, and short-term, time-limited follow-up as required by methods such as addressing immediate social or mental health needs, providing counseling/therapeutic support to individual clients and their families, and acting as a group co-facilitator as required; assisting with finding shelter, food, financial assistance, medication or referral to other appropriate resources; administering medications and assessing their effectiveness, monitoring client for presence of side effects such as extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), tardive dyskinesia and other movement disorders related to psychoactive medications, providing information on medication management, including teaching the client about benefits and possible side effects; and giving advice and information about mental illness, personality disorders, range of treatment options available, court process, community options, and resources and education on mental illness.
  • Facilitates access to psychiatric and social services, by methods such as receiving referrals as per FPSC policy, accompanying clients to community resources as clinically appropriate as part of their community transition plan; and conducting home visits as per the ITP and FPSC policy, and meeting with clients outside of the office environment to assess and assist with their community reintegration and prosocial development.
  • Conducts or participates in pre-release planning conferences; consults with appropriate members of the clinical treatment team to help determine requirement for certification under mental health act and other emergency situations, psychiatric treatment needs, and social needs including referrals to other agencies; and following the consultation with the clinical team, informs community service providers of an increased risk to client and/or community safety as appropriate.  Monitors client compliance with Review Board dispositions and initiating direct back/ breach proceedings as necessary.  Shares in the Duty Officer responsibilities at the clinic as required.
  • Provides Court Liaison bridging and transitional services within 20 working days following completion of the court process and provides Correctional Centre Liaison bridging and transitional services for a time period of up to 20 working days post release from the custodial centre.


What you bring

  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM)
  • Two (2) years recent, related experience working with individuals in the community with severe and persistent psychiatric illness.
  • Valid BC Drivers License.  Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

What you have

  • Nursing theory and Forensic Psychiatric Nursing practice
  • British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM) standards of professional practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Bill C30 and the Provincial Court system.
  • Psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
  • Nursing practice related to assessment of behaviour, risk and to assisting clients to regain/improve their coping abilities.
  • Conduct bio-psychosocial psychiatric assessments, provide treatment planning, and to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case management process.
  • Assess clients’ responses to care and to respond appropriately.
  • Adjust to new or unexpected events and to problem solve
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff
  • Listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a co-operative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
  • Establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
  • Provide leadership, work direction, and effective consultation.
  • Teach, demonstrate and coach clients and co-workers both one-on-one and in groups. 
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing,
  • Internet and e-mail software.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out 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.



Casual Status

Wage: $36.32 to $47.44 per hour

Kelowna, BC

Hours Monday-Friday, 08:00-16:00



What we do


BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services provides specialized hospital and community-based assessment, treatment and clinical case management services to adults with mental health disorders who are in conflict with the law.

Provincial Health Services Authority (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:

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.