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Licensed Practical Nurse, Correctional Health Services, Okanagan Correctional Centre

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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

PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) took on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC Corrections facilities in October 2017. PHSA is mandated to improve the quality and continuity of care for clients across the province during their time in correctional facilities and as they reintegrate into the community. This will help to improve access to primary health care, as well as mental health and substance use support for inmates; key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages, and evaluates selected specialty and province wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose  

Licensed Practical Nurse, Correctional Health Services

Wage: $27.20 to $29.94 per hour

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

Casual opportunities available at the following centre:


Oliver - Okanagan Correctional Centre, 200 Enterprise Way, Oliver, BC

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works collaboratively with the interprofessional team to provide health care services to patients (inmates) with physical and/or mental health, substance dependence, concurrent disorder, and chronic disease. The LPN identifies and monitors inmates' actual and potential strengths and limitations including psychosocial, physiological, psychological, social-cultural, and spiritual needs. Duties also include planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care within an interprofessional clinical framework in accordance with Standards of Practice for the Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia and consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the Provincial Health Services Authority and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services as well as with established protocols.

Qualifications

Education, Training, and Experience

  • Graduation from a recognized program for Practical Nurses plus 1 year of experience working with offenders and/or in secure health care settings, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Current full practicing licensure with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. (CLPNBC). 

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Ability to organize work and follow instructions accurately.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

We invite you to apply by visiting https://jobs.phsa.ca and search either by agency (BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services), job category or location. Click on the “Apply Now" button where you can register for the first time or enter your Username and Password in order to re-access your profile on our system.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

For more information about the Agency that you are interested in, please visit the website at www.bcmhsus.ca

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

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