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BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Senior Forensic Community Nurse, Minimum and Medium Security Units, Forensic Regional Clinic, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services - Vancouver, BC

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Senior Forensic Community Nurse, Minimum and Medium Security Units
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Vancouver, BC

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!

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' live. 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.

What you'll do
  • Supervise and coordinate the daily activities of the assigned regional clinic staff to ensure the provision of efficient and effective client care delivery by establishing priorities, ensuring availability of qualified staff, scheduling staff and coordinating work assignments. Monitor client care and follow-up, evaluate quality of client care and outcome for the long term resolution of care needs and ensure adherence to established policies, procedures, and protocols including those for quality assurance and the safety of staff, clients, visitors, and the community. Work with the Regional Manager, physicians, staff and other areas/external resources to solve operational problems and facilitates continuity care, and keeps the Regional Manager appraised of any issues or concerns.
  • Act as a clinical resource for members of the multidisciplinary team and students and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration for treatment concerns, continuity of care, and community resource coordination by methods such as assisting with nursing interventions and problem solving, providing clinical guidance and information on complex cases, discussing patient care issues, facilitating the completion of START assessments and implementation of individualized interdisciplinary treatment plans, making decisions on nursing strategies determined to be most effective in managing behaviour, and developing linkages/partnerships with other facilities, agencies, and community resources to best meet client needs and expected outcomes.
  • Ensure the dissemination of information concerning BC Review Board matters to both staff and clients in a timely manner. This aspect of the role will include the initiation of Direct Back and/or Breach Returns to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH). Provide clinical support and direction when staff are initiating Direct Backs or Breach Returns. Support nurses and social workers in the preparation of reports for the Review Board, ensuring that documentation about clients is appropriate and complete. Review the process and outcome of Review Board hearings with the treatment team members, identifying issues which require follow-up and communicating these issues to the Regional Manager.
  • Coach team members and coordinate/implement orientation and ongoing training for regional program staff through methods such as clarifying requirements, determining training/orientation sequence of job functions, participating in preceptorships and mentoring, collaborating with nursing and social work leadership, discussing progress and facilitating establishment of individual and area goals, assessing progress and providing feedback and/or written documentation for authorization by the Regional Manager. Identify and recommend staff training/skill enhancement to the Regional Manager. Assist with the coordination and placement of student practicums. Support the Professional Practice Leader, Social Work, to provide education to the Social Workers regarding developments and changes in clinical practice.
  • Coordinate requests for vacation days, special education and other leaves of absence by reviewing staffing levels with designated staff/team members to determine operational requirements, granting/denying request, or referring matter to the Regional Manager.

What you bring

  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as an RN or RPN with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM)
  • Three (3) years' of recent, related experience working with individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric illness, including one (1) year supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid BC Driver's License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Skills and Knowledge
  • Knowledge of nursing theory and Forensic Psychiatric Nursing practice
  • Broad knowledge of British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM) standards of professional practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Broad knowledge of applicable Legislation such as the Forensic Psychiatry Act, Criminal Code of Canada, Mental Health Act and its application to the management of persons under the care of FPS.
  • 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, 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 Full-Time (1.00 FTE)
Wage: $50.12 - $67.08 per hour
Location: 300 - 307 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1P8
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 08:30 - 16:30 Monday - Friday
Requisition: #164981

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

BCMental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

BCMHSUS 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 BCMHSUS 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 May 10, 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 and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

About BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides a diverse range of mental health and substance use programs and services for people across B.C


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Application closing date is 2024-09-08

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