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Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Services - BC Children’s Hospital


Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Services 

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, BC

In accordance with the Mission, Vision, Values and strategic direction of PHSA, safety, including both patient and employee safety, is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA. As such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Working collaboratively as part of an inter-professional team and within an evidence-based trauma-informed model of care, the Registered Nurse, Mental Health Emergency, BC Children’s Emergency Department supports all aspects of therapeutic care of patients with behavioral, emotional and mental health presentations.

The Registered Nurse performs physical and mental health assessments and provides appropriate nursing care, prescribed treatments, and medications in consultation with physicians and consultants. Observes, monitors, evaluates and documents client progress, symptoms and behavioural changes and performs a variety of health care interventions. Plans and coordinates patient assessment, care planning, patient and family teaching, and health promotion initiatives. Acts as an educational resource for the Emergency Department staff within the defined area of clinical expertise according to established policies, procedures, standards of practice, and philosophy at Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC.  

What you’ll do

  • Provides direct health care services to children and youth presenting with a wide variety and complexity of mental health presentations. Performs physical, psychosocial and mental health assessments, collaborates with physicians and allied health as required, administers prescribed treatments and medications according to policy.
  • Observes, monitors, evaluates and documents patient progress, symptoms and behavioural changes. Performs a variety of health care interventions, utilizing nursing skills and medical equipment including therapeutic interventions using a variety of modalities.
  • Assesses the patient’s needs in collaboration with the emergency team during the intake procedure to determine patient disposition. Develops care and treatment plans with final dispositions authorized by the emergency department physician and/or consulting psychiatrist. Provides general and crisis counseling to patients and their families including brief crisis intervention, referrals to community resources, or emergency department social workers. Initiates and facilitates discharge planning and referrals.
  • Supports 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.
  • Works with team members to develop educational resources that may be used with patients/families for health teaching.
  • Acting as a nursing resource, attempts to resolve problems related to patient care and develop individual patient care plans in conjunction with nursing and medical staff and other related disciplines in mental health, emergency and inpatient units and possibly community liaison providers. Recommends and implements changes and revisions to individual plans as necessary.

What you bring


  • Graduation from an approved Nursing Program with current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).
  • One (1) year recent related experience working with children, adolescents and families in a child/adolescent mental health or inpatient setting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current CPR and CPI training.

You will also have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of emergency triage procedures, mental health assessment, substance use, psychopharmacology in children, general counseling principles and interview techniques, crisis theory, trauma-informed care, abnormal psychology, de-escalation techniques and knowledge of community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions in both an independent and consultative manner in a clinical setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate effectively and establish rapport with psychotic and crisis-prone adolescents, children and their families.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.). 

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, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • 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.
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Part-Time Positions

Wage: $41.42 to $59.52 per hour
4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 2N9

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Requisition # 158514E (0.73 FTE) Hours of Work:  As per master line 31; 0700-1906 and 1900-0706

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

What we do

BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia.

BCCH is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

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.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BCCH are 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.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of December 8, 2023. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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