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Registered Nurse, Families in Recovery (FIR) - BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

Registered Nurse, Families in Recovery (FIR) Program 

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

 Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA effective October 26, 2021.

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BC Women’s Hospital’s Families in Recovery (FIR) Program is a provincial specialized perinatal service that provides primary care to antenatal and postpartum women who use substances and to infants exposed to substances in an interdisciplinary approach. Located at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver, FIR opened in 2003 and is a first of its kind program in Canada. Through the provision of treatment and supports focussed on principle based practice and integrated programming, the interdisciplinary team at FIR focuses on stabilization and harm reduction in a recovery oriented approach to care. 


This acute care service has 12 beds for women who want to stabilize their substance use and address any pregnancy related concerns and/or withdraw from substance use during pregnancy. The Model of Care at FIR was renewed in 2020 through a collaborative process to align perinatal substance use practice on the unit to the best evidence and address the evolving needs women, children and families. The philosophy of care at FIR includes trauma and violence informed practice, harm reduction, Indigenous Cultural safety and mother-baby togetherness through Rooming-in.  


The Registered Nurses (RN) are guided each day by providing culturally safe care as they perform the following:

  • Direct healthcare services to clients presenting with a wide variety and complexity of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases including communicable diseases, substance use, mental health and general health issues in the antenatal and postpartum/postnatal period.
  • Observes, monitors, evaluates and documents client progress, symptoms, and behavioral changes and performs a variety of health care interventions utilizing nursing skills including therapeutic interventions using a variety of modalities including newborn observation for possible Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome with the Eat Sleep Console Model of Care.
  • Initiates and facilitates discharge planning; identifies referrals to other healthcare practitioners.
  • Provides education and support to clients/groups using a health promotion approach. 

What you bring:

  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as an Registered Nurse (RN) with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM)
  • Two (2) years’ recent experience providing acute or community health nursing care/services to clients who have concurrent psychiatric and/or substance abuse/misuse disorders including one (1) year perinatal and nursery nursing experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current CPR Certification
  • Newborn Resuscitation Program (NRP) provider
  • Breastfeeding update, minimum 6 hours, in the last two years.
  • Fetal Health Assessment Certificate

What key skills and abilities you demonstrate:

  • Community health nursing theory including mental health and substance use, communicable diseases and practice within a client/family -centered approach.
  • British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM) Standards for Nursing Practice.
  • The BC Mental Health Act, other facilities and community resources.
  • Facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Adjust to new or unexpected events
  • Maternal/fetal/newborn nursing theory and expertise.
  • Woman centered care and its application.
  • Newborn care for infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Enthusiasm, commitment and ability to provide nursing care that acknowledges cultural diversity in health practices and an individual’s right to make choices.


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 (12) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Flexible work options including flextime, work locations and job sharing (eligibility will vary)
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.  


Regular Part Time
Wage: $36.23 to $47.58 per hour
Location: 4500 Oak St, Vancouver BC V6H 3N1
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled
Self Scheduling; 0700-1910/1900-0700
Reference Number:  2021 BCW FIR    


What we do 


BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre (BCW), part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education.   


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.