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Forensic Community & Liaison Nurse, FPSC Clinics - Vancouver, BC

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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

Are you a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse passionate about making a difference in the lives of marginalized individuals within the community? BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services has an exciting opportunity for a Forensics Community & Liaison Nurse, based out of our Vancouver Regional Forensics Clinic.

The Forensics Community & Liaison Nurse works as part of a multidisciplinary forensic psychiatric community mental health team to provide a defined range of community forensic mental health nursing services to mentally disordered individuals in conflict with the law and to clients who are referred to Forensic Psychiatric Regional Programs. Working under the general direction of the Regional Clinic Manager, you will assess, treat, provide case coordination, and coordinate services by:

  • Conducting initial intake and ongoing bio-psychosocial nursing psychiatric assessments including, current mental status examinations, general assessments of physical health, special needs/precautions, and completing all related assessment tools as per policy. 
  • Identifying, developing and implementing 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). 
  • Ensuring the Regional Clinic Manager is informed of emerging problems, unusual circumstances, plans of action, and legal issues concerning assigned clients. Screen to determine whether referral to or liaison with other agencies is required and whether appropriate community options exist. 
  • Providing community case coordination and advocacy services for clients by methods such as communicating and monitoring client contact 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 pro-social/recreational programs.  

Qualifications

You have:

  • A diploma in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing
  • Two (2) years’ recent, related experience working with individuals in the community with severe and persistent psychiatric illness
  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)
  • A Valid BC Driver’s License.
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate.

If this sounds like you, apply online today! www.phsa.ca/careers

For more information, contact Sheila Johnston at sheila.johnston@phsa.ca or 604-875-7154     

About Us

As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, and Heartwood Centre for Women. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching.

Job Details

  • Reference number: 86002
  • Temporary Full-Time (To September 2021)
  • Wage: $35.61- $46.50 per hour
  • Hours: 0830-1630 Monday-Friday

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