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Registered Nurse, Mental Health & Addictions - First Nations (permanent Full Time)

Reference ID: 05226644
Full Time
Fort St. John, BC     

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In accordance with established vision and values of the organization, and in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority and First Nations communities; Mental Health & Addiction Nurse provides comprehensive assessment, care planning and treatment coordination for designated clients and their families. Working collaboratively with other health care providers and the multidisciplinary team, the Mental Health & Addiction Nurse provides direct psychosocial care, counselling and group work, system navigation and advocacy, education and linkage to relevant specialized complex care resources while facilitating client self-management. The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse is responsible for providing and developing services to maintain or improve the health and social well-being and functioning of the identified population.

The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse is a member of the Mobile Support Team delivering outreach to First Nations communities and reserves by providing a continuum of services such as: prevention, promotion, and education; assessments and care planning for individuals; and consultation on cultural and clinical interventions; and crisis response when communities are impacted by critical events. The position is to provide community development support as it relates to Mental Wellness with BC First Nations communities.

The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CNRBC), or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC).


- Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing.

- Two years' recent related Mental Health & Addiction experience in clinical areas, services, and programs, or an equivalent combination of 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).

- Current valid B.C. driver's license and access to reliable vehicle.

- Travel is a requirement of this position; and flexibility in relation to work schedules and locations may be required.

- Experience working with BC First Nations organizations and communities.

- Knowledge of the health and wellness governance landscape in First Nations' health in BC, particularly relative to mental wellness.


- Knowledge of theories, practices and principles relative to mental wellness, suicide prevention, and mental health emergency response, particularly relative to First Nations in BC, including the current programs and services available.

- Knowledge of Aboriginal/First Nations mental wellness health system needs, including mental health and wellness issues that face BC First Nations.

- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols and ability to manage conflict in a respectful and culturally relevant and safe manner.


Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.

Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.

Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.

Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills.

Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.

Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.

Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.

Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of Northern Health policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.

Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.

Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.

Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


Fort St. John is known as "The Energetic City," which reflects the large resource base of oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture, and the vitality of their residents who are keen to live and work in a community that gives back so much. Fort St. John sits high above the spectacular Peace River Valley, Northwest of Dawson Creek and Southeast of Fort Nelson, where endless patchwork quilts of cropland melt into the horizon. Serving an area population of 69,000, Fort St. John is the hub of the Northeast with a new cultural center and library, theatre and art space. The main industries are agriculture, forestry, natural gas, construction and trucking.

Posted: October 22, 2016
Closes:November 21, 2016
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