More than just a job.
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.
- RN/LPN/RPN Designation
- Various Shifts
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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.
- Good listener
- Team player
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
The Heartwood Centre for Women is a voluntary 90-day residential treatment program where staff and residents work together to create a wholesome, therapeutic environment. Heartwood provides trauma-informed treatment for substance dependency and other concurrent disorders, including trauma.
The General Duty Nurse provides and coordinates nursing care services such as patient assessment, patient and family teaching, and health promotion activities for female clients with substance dependence, concurrent disorder and chronic disease and their families, consistent with established policies, standards of practice and philosophy at British Columbia’s Children & Women’s Hospital and BC Mental Health & Addictions Services as well as with established protocols.
Example of Duties/Accountabilities:
- Maintains client records by performing activities such as collecting and documenting information including health care information regarding clients and their families, nursing observations, telephone communications, interventions, teaching and care evaluations to ensure that client records are current and complete.
- Plans direct care for the female clients by performing activities such as reviewing client/family history, developing a care plan specific for the client, and meeting with other members of the health care team to discuss and review the care plan.
- Provides direct patient care and collaborates with other members of the health care team to evaluate patient care in the residential treatment setting by methods such as assessing client health status, observing, monitoring and evaluating client progress, symptoms and behavioural changes, reorganizing priorities, and managing clients medication as required. Performs CPR as required.
- Teaches clients and their family by providing and explaining information, demonstrating procedures and use of equipment, checking the learner’s use of procedures, techniques and equipment and evaluating the effectiveness of the selected teaching methods.
- Identifies own learning needs, reviews these with the Nursing Supervisor, or delegate, and engages in a variety of activities to meet these needs.
- Participates in the orientation and continuing education of staff and students by preceptoring and role-modeling.
Education, Training and Experience
- Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).
- Graduation from a recognized diploma program in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing.
- One (1) year of recent, related nursing experience in substance use and mental health care setting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. This job requires that the incumbent be female.
- CPR Training – Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) – Level 1.
Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of substance dependence, behavioural, social emotional and mental health/psychiatric problems in women.
- Knowledge of developmental theory.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to relate effectively to women with substance dependence and their families.
- Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of an interdisciplinary care team, work independently, and function as a nursing resource.
- Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem-solve, and deal with conflict.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work.
- Demonstrated ability to teach and provide effective consultation.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
- Ability to operate related Equipment.
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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.
BCMHSUS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence.These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.
For more information regarding nursing opportunities with Heartwood Centre for Women please contact Sheila Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities
The Heartwood Centre for Women
4480 Oak Street – Vancouver BC