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Clinical Security Liaison Nurse, Maximum and Multi-Level Security Units, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services – Coquitlam, BC

Clinical Security Liaison Nurse, Maximum and Multi-Level Security Units

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC




What you’ll do


  • Facilitate staff learning by acting as a clinical resource and demonstrates expertise and leadership in nursing and clinical practice by methods such as demonstrating patient de-escalation, PVPC, ATR (Code White) and seclusion entry procedures, answering questions related to clinical practice issues, problem solving, troubleshooting concerns and leading clinical and security interventions.
  • Work as an integral member of the interdisciplinary clinical team and provides patient clinical security and risk information and management advice as it relates to the development of risk assessments and treatment plans.  Collaborate and assists clinical staff in the development of health outcomes that support patient recovery and therapeutic care.  Provide information in the development of behavioural/treatment patient care plans and risk management plans for patients.  Promote the growth and development of an innovative and progressive attitude with a focus on the recovery of the patient while recognizing the need for therapeutic caution.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to assist, recommend and guide safe seclusion care of patients and staff on FPH units, which includes following the policy and procedure.  Collaborate with teams on, and supports colleagues with, patient transition out of seclusion.  When requested plans and authorizes patient entry/exit of seclusion.
  • Support members of the interdisciplinary team with clinical decision making regarding patient de-escalation, PVPC, ATR (Code White) and seclusion entry decisions and procedures.  Evaluates performance of ATR team post incident by assisting with post incident debriefing with patient and clinical team and providing feedback to ensure care is provided according to program standards and clinical practice guidelines.  Leads and coordinates mock PVPC ATR code white drills by guiding staff through refresher scenarios, observing staff performing activities and providing feedback to ensure scenario is completed according to established standards and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Provide critical feedback to leadership team about staff PVPC and ATR competencies, including skill development improvements post incident and post incident investigations. Provide direct follow up with staff to improve patient outcomes.


What you bring




  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse or as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or Health Sciences, completion of post basic specialty nursing certificate/program if applicable, and three (3) years' recent, related experience in the designated clinical area, including working with individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and including one (1) year's related administrative/supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Valid BC Driver's License and access to personal vehicle for local area travel may be required.
  • Successful completion of PVPC, ATR, and Therapeutic and Relational Security (See ThinkACT) educator/ trainer training.
  • Successful completion of CISM training.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Complex mental illness, substance use and concurrent disorders and treatment, and of the principles of recovery.
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology, substance dependency and substance use treatment, psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects) and psychotherapeutic and counseling skills.
  • Trauma-Informed Practice and its application to the defined population of clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership, supervision, work direction and consultation.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive mental health and substance use clinical and risk assessments, utilizing relevant tools and rating scales, and formulate a treatment plan, participate in transition planning and provide crisis intervention.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have:  Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.)


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, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • 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).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.




Job Type: Temporary Full-Time (1.00 FTE)

Wage: $44.93 –  54.66 per hour.

Location: 70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 5X9

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Hours of Work: Rotating; 0700-1500/1500-2300.

Requisition #139729


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


What we do

BCMental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

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 and BCMHSUS are 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.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.


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