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Nurse Clinician, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency (CAPE) - BC Children’s Hospital

Nurse Clinician, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency (CAPE)

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver BC


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


The Nurse Clinician, CAPE plans and coordinates nursing practice activities such as patient assessment, care planning, patient and family teaching, health promotion, and case management, acting as an educational resource to the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health Program, Emergency Department and Inpatient Units to staff and community in the clinical expertise area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.


What you’ll do

  • Complete mental status and psychosocial assessments of mental health patients in the Emergency Department for patients triaged to Mental Health, determining the need for immediate follow up by the Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Resident, either for admittance or for referral to community resources.
  • Begin the assessment process for patients certified under the Mental Health Act of BC by the emergency room physician or by Vancouver Police Department/RCMP until the patient can be assessed by the Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Resident.
  • Develop care and treatment plans with final dispositions authorized by the emergency Room Physician or consulting Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Resident.
  • Provide general and crisis counseling to patients and their families including brief crisis intervention, referrals to community resources, or Emergency Department Social Worker.
  • Assess the patient’s needs in collaboration with the assessment/triage team during the intake procedure to determine patient disposition. Support the process of admission and transfer to inpatient units by supporting the needs of the patient and their family, providing information to the receiving unit and facilitating transition by sharing emergency treatment outcomes and care plans to the inpatient unit.
  • Acting as a nursing resource, develop individual patient care plans in conjunction with nursing and medical staff and other related disciplines in Mental Health, the Emergency Department and Inpatient Units, in both the hospital and community setting.
  • Resolve problems related to patient care.

What you bring

  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing.
  • Current practicing registration as an RN or RPN with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Three (3) years’ recent, related experience working with children, adolescents and families on an inpatient child/adolescent mental health unit including one (1) year’s recent, related experience in a crisis or emergency psychiatry setting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current CPR and CPI training.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of emergency triage procedures, mental health assessment, psychopharmacology in children, general counseling principles and interview techniques, crisis theory, concurrent disorders, abnormal psychology, DS IV diagnosis, de-escalation techniques and knowledge of community resources.
  • Demonstrated skills in individual, family and group therapy.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

You have demonstrated ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Make decisions in an independent manner in a clinical setting.
  • Relate effectively and establish rapport with psychotic and crisis-prone adolescents, children and their families.
  • Participate as a member of a multidisciplinary care team, and function as a nursing resource team member.
  • Organize.
  • Teach.
  • Operate related equipment (e.g. personal computer).
  • Physically perform duties of the position.


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.

Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time (until March 06, 2024)
Wage: $43.09 to $52.82 per hour
Location: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled
Hours of Work: Rotating Schedule; 0800-2000, 0800-1645.
Requisition: # 132389E


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