Skip to main content
Three PHSA employees at a meeting


Registered Nurse (RN) / Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), Families in Recovery (FIR) Program - BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre


Registered Nurse (RN) / Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), Families in Recovery (FIR) Program

BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

Vancouver, BC 

You are a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse who practices with compassion and care, in a non-judgmental manner. You’re seeking a meaningful role that provides challenge, variety, and the opportunity to make an impact on others’ lives – in this case, expectant mothers and their infants. As a team player, you appreciate your interdisciplinary team members and enjoy collaborating on complex care issues, using trauma- and violence-informed practice, harm reduction, and Indigenous Cultural safety.

The Families in Recovery (FIR) Program is a provincial specialized mental health and substance use perinatal service that provides primary care to antenatal and postpartum women who use substances and to infants exposed to substances in an interdisciplinary approach. 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 Registered Nurse/Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) 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/ Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) 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/Newborn Resuscitation Certification
  • 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. 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.
  • 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).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: 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.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • 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: Casual

Wage: $40.21 to $54.28 hourly

Location: 4500 Oak St, Vancouver BC V6H 3N1

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled

Hours of Work: Casual; 07000-19110/1900-0710

Reference #  145360E

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 Women's Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education.

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

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.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BCW 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.


Learn More

  • Benefits & Perks green thumbs up
  • Student Nurse Program green clipboard
  • International Applicants Green Globe
  • Resources for Nurses Green Lightbulb
  • Working at PHSA Three People

Related Content

Sign Up for Job Alerts

Areas of InterestSelect a job category from the list of options. Search for a location and select one from the list of suggestions. Finally, click “Add” to create your job alert.

By submitting your information, you acknowledge that you have read our privacy policy and consent to receive email communication from PHSA.

Jobs for You

You have not recently viewed any jobs

You have not saved any jobs