Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse – Registered Nurse (RN) / Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) – ACT 4 & 5

  • Full Time
  • Vancouver
  • 41 - 56

Vancouver Coastal Health

Salary: The salary range for this position is CAD $41.42/Hr. – CAD $55.91/Hr. Job Summary:

Come work as a Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Nurse OR Registered Psychiatric Nurse to join the Integrated Primary and Community care department (IPCC) and Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) as a Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse in Vancouver, BC.

Apply today to join our team!

As a Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse with VCH, you will:

Conduct mental and physical status assessments and assess clients’ physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual needs to determine priority of care requirements based on client needs, availability of resources and best practices.
Provide counseling and assist client with reducing repeated contact with and use of acute and community healthcare services/programs/resources.
Assess high risk situations and provide crisis intervention.
Collaborate with interdisciplinary team to develop, implement and adjust client’s care plan and meet the client’s need for integrated services and continuity of care across the continuum.
Facilitate the movement of clients between acute care, community agency support site and designated health centre.
Participate in case conferences/meetings with members of the multidisciplinary team.
Assist clients with attendance to needed services such as medical appointments.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

ACT teams bring health care and life-skills support to clients; all of whom would have difficulty arranging and keeping appointments with traditional office-based health care practitioners. ACT uses a trauma informed approach to promote recovery through community-based treatment and rehabilitation.

The ACT team strives to reduce the number of contacts between police and their clients with severe and persistent mental health conditions and substance use concerns.


Education and Experience

Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
Diploma in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing plus two (2) years’ recent related experience working with individuals with mental health and addictions illness or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of a client and family centered recovery model in mental illness.
Broad knowledge of crisis intervention and counseling skills.
Broad knowledge of mental health illness and treatment.
Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indication and side effects).
Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
Demonstrated ability to conduct psychiatric assessments.
Demonstrated ability to provide treatment planning, counseling, crisis intervention, and case coordination.
Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.
Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
Demonstrated ability to adjust schedule to deal with unexpected situations.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and leadership.
Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, Internet and email software.
Closing Statement:

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents.

At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and “going first” when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care.

We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2024.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

Employees of VCH must apply online via the Internal Career Portal on CareerHub, you are currently viewing the External Career Portal. Refer to the site for instructions on how to view internal job postings and how to apply as an employee.

Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.