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

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As of April 1, 2024 this position may qualify for a one-time recruitment incentive up to $30,000 (subject to funding availability).  To learn more about this incentive and if you qualify, please ask your Talent Acquisition Advisor at khull@phsa.ca.

Registered Nurse (RN) / Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), Families in Recovery 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.
  • Observe, monitor, evaluate, and document client progress, symptoms, and behavioral changes; perform a variety of healthcare 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.
  • Initiate and facilitate discharge planning; identify referrals to other healthcare practitioners.
  • Provide education and support to clients/groups using a health promotion approach.

Our comprehensive specialty training program consists of:

  • Employer-paid BCIT course
  • Individualized onboarding pathways
  • Ongoing education and support 

What you bring:

  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as a 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 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.
  • Commitment to develop knowledge and understanding of legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents – including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study – and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • 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 of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, 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.
  • 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: Regular, Part-Time (0.75 FTE) Opportunities
Wage: $41.42 to $59.52 hourly
Location: 4500 Oak St, Vancouver BC V6H 3N1
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
Hours of Work: 
Self Scheduling; 0700-1910/1900-0710 

Requisition: # 167919E & 167920E

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: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

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. 

PHSA is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. With learning and compassion, we are addressing existing inequities and barriers throughout our systems. PHSA is seeking to create a diverse workforce and to establish an inclusive and culturally safe environment. We invite applications and enquiries from all people, particularly those belonging to the historically, systemically, and/or persistently marginalized groups identified under the B.C. Human Rights Code.

One of PHSA’s North Star priorities is to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, which includes dismantling barriers to health care employment at every level. We welcome Indigenous individuals to apply and/or contact the Sanya'kula Team (Indigenous Recruitment & Employee Experience) for support at indigenous.employment@phsa.ca.

Indigenous-specific anti-racism initiatives are rooted in addressing the unique forms of discrimination, historical and ongoing injustices, and marginalization faced by Indigenous peoples. These initiatives align with an Indigenous rights-based approach, recognizing the inherent rights and self-determination of Indigenous communities. PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at http://internaljobs.phsa.ca

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of June 23st, 2024. 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.

If you have not registered your internal profile, a password is required to log in for the first time. To obtain your password, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk at 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264. Please note regular business hours are Monday – Friday (excluding stats), 8:30am to 4:30pm. For inquiries outside of regular business hours, please email the Internal Jobs Help Desk at internaljobshelpu@phsa.ca and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

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