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Licensed Practical Nurse, Women’s Substance Use Program - Heartwood Centre for Women

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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


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.


  • "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

Licensed Practical Nurse, Women’s Substance Use Program - Heartwood Centre for Women

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Vancouver BC

Are you an LPN passionate about working with women affected by substance dependence, concurrent disorders and chronic disease? Work within a recovery oriented and culturally safe model of care to provide tertiary care services to identify and monitor women’s actual and potential strengths and limitations including psychosocial, physiological, psychological, social-cultural and spiritual needs.

What you’ll do

  • Establish therapeutic relationships with clients and families, providing emotional support as needed.
  • Contribute to the development and modification of individualized care plans by identifying client priorities/plans and suggesting revisions of the nursing care plan as required for stable clients.
  • Perform a variety of nursing procedures, such as taking blood pressure, client height and weight, and urine testing as directed, communicating client information to Patient Care Coordinator, in-charge Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RN/RPN), physicians, and other appropriate members of the team.
  • Monitor client status in relation to anticipated outcomes. Evaluate the effectiveness of nursing interventions by comparing actual outcomes to anticipated outcomes. Report unanticipated changes and concerns to RN/RPN.
  • Deliver medications consistent with the written care plan, physician orders and in accordance with the standards of BCCCNP and established procedures; assess their effectiveness and document all client medications.
  • Assist RN/RPN and physicians in the performance of various examinations, treatments and diagnostic procedures. Assists RNs/RPNs in caring for clients with unpredictable outcomes or where the acuity or complexity of care requires an advanced level of knowledge and skill beyond the scope of practice for LPN.

What you bring

  • Graduation from a recognized program for Practical Nurses or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current full practicing licensure with the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
  • One (1) year of recent, related experience in substance use and/or mental health care setting, and/or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Broad knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice, including collaborative problem solving.
  • Broad knowledge of mental health, addictions and concurrent disorders and treatment.
  • This job requires that the incumbent be female.

You have the ability to

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Relate effectively to women and their families.
  • Participate and work as a member of a multidisciplinary care team.
  • Organize work and follow instructions accurately.
  • Operate related equipment.
  • Physically 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.
  • Flexible work options including flextime, work locations and job sharing (eligibility will vary)
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Job Type: Regular Part-Time (0.60 FTE)

Wage: $27.87-$31.15 per hour

Location: 5th Floor - 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC

Applications will be accepted until position is filled

Hours of Work: 0700-1900hrs; 1900-0700hrs

Requisition # 88952

What we do

Heartwood Centre for Women, part of BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) is a voluntary 90-day residential treatment program where staff and residents work together to create a wholesome, therapeutic environment. 

BCMHSUS, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

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.

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