More than just a job.
Working within Correctional Health Services, you will provide trauma-informed care to clients presenting with a wide variety and complexity of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases, including communicable diseases, substance dependency, and mental health and general health issues. You will be a member of an interdisciplinary, collaborative health care team, liaising with other health care professionals, clients, family members, and community agencies to provide clients with safe and effective care. Be part of a team where you can live and work in your community, positively influence an incarcerated individual’s journey down a new path, and see the difference you can make as you serve the diverse populations of the BC Corrections system.
- Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time,
- Job Level: Entry, Mid, Senior,
- Travel: Minimal
What does it take to be successful working in Correctional Health Services at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.
- Good Listener
- Team Player
About Correctional Health Services
Correctional Health Services (CHS), part of BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is an integral part of British Columbia’s health care system. CHS provides health services at the 10 provincial correctional centres. 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.
"We have a really robust health care system within corrections. We have what we call our Mental Health and Substance Use team and it’s made up of allied health professionals as well as nurses, and that includes Mental Health Coordinators, Concurrent Disorder Counsellors, Addictions Counsellors, Access and Transition Nurses who do a lot of discharge planning work, Mental Health & Substance Use Nurses, Social Workers as well as Support Workers"Shannon Petovello Mental Health Coordinator, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women
"This is a fantastic place to learn and grow as a nurse. I had only been a nurse for a year when I started here."Jennifer Gill Licensed Practical Nurse, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women
"Corrections was something different, so I tried it, and I never left."Kelsey Holzworth Registered (Clinic) Nurse, Prince George Regional Correctional Centre
Benefits and Perks
Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.
Extended health and dental benefits
Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs
Relocation support for out-of-province hires
Work with an interdisciplinary health care team
Opportunity to work across multiple roles, such as clinic nurse and mental health & substance use nurse roles.
Equitable hourly rates in accordance with collective agreements
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) / New Grad, Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC), Oliver BC - Correctional Health Services
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) / New Grad
Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) in Oliver BC
Correctional Health Services, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
$28.43 to $32.98 per hour
What you'll do
- Establish therapeutic relationships with patients and families. Assess and identify patient’s actual and potential strengths and limitations including physiological, psychological, social-cultural and spiritual needs. Provide emotional support as needed.
- Contribute to the development and modification of individualized care plans by identifying patient priorities/plans and suggests revisions of the nursing care plan as required for stable patients.
- Perform a variety of nursing procedures such as taking blood pressures, heights and weights, and urine testing as directed; and communicate patient information to in-charge nurses (RN/RPN), physicians, and other appropriate members of the team.
- Monitor status of patients in relation to anticipated outcomes. Evaluate the effectiveness of nursing interventions by comparing actual outcomes to anticipated outcomes. Report unanticipated changes and concerns to the nurse-in-charge.
- Maintain complete and accurate computerized and paper records through methods such as tracking results /consults documentation, and inputting data and documentation in accordance with established procedures and policies appropriately on the patient’s health record.
- Review the medication administration record for each patient and check with the nurse-in-charge or the physician regarding any concerns.
What you bring
- Graduation from a recognized program for Practical Nurses plus one (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 British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
- Occupational First Aid Level 2 certification
You will have the ability to:
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Deal with others effectively
- Organize work and follow instructions accurately.
- Operate related equipment.
- Demonstrate skill in CPR techniques.
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What we bring
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 professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
- Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
- Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
Temporary, Full-Time (until December 31, 2021)
$28.43 to $32.98 per hour
Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) - 200 Enterprise Way, Oliver, BC V0H 1T2
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Rotating Schedule; 0500-1615 &1145-2300
Requisition Number: 112301
What we do
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) bcmhsus.ca cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages 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.
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PHSA is committed to employment equity, 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, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
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