Specialty Psychiatry/Mental Health

Role and Facility Information

Mental Health and Substance Use Nurse (RN/RPN),
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Surrey, BC

What you’ll do

Provide direct mental health and substance use care to client presenting with a wide variety and complexity of illness/disease including communicable disease, addiction, mental health, and general health issue. Perform physical, addiction, and psychiatric assessment, collect specimen, refer client to the physician for further examination, administer prescribed treatment and medication according to protocol, and make appropriate adjustment.
Observe, monitor, evaluate, assess, and document client progress, symptom, and behavioral change and perform a variety of mental health and substance use intervention utilizing nursing skill and medical equipment including therapeutic intervention using a variety of modality. Initiate and facilitate discharge planning; identify referral to other health professional.
Provide counseling, education, and group programming support to client using a trauma-informed, motivational, and health promotion approach regarding mental health and substance use issue and concern.
Work collaboratively with other health care professional, client, family, and community in the identification and resolution of mental health and substance use issue, cultural and language barrier, ethical dilemma, and coordination and integration of care, and make referral to other service provider as appropriate.
Maintain accurate computerized and paper record in accordance with established procedure and policy; prepare and maintain statistical information, correspondence, report, and other documentation. Document client/family perspective and nursing observation.
Use appropriate supply and equipment in accordance with departmental standard and safe care requirement. Problem-solve equipment malfunction with technical staff. Handle, store, and dispose of workplace hazardous material and sharp in accordance with established procedure.

What you bring


Current practicing registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse or as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
Two 2 years’ recent experience providing acute or community health nursing care/services to clients who have concurrent psychiatric and/or mental health and substance use disorders or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Skills and Knowledge

Working knowledge of community health nursing theory including mental health and addictions, communicable diseases and practice within a client/family -centered approach.
Working knowledge of BCCNP's Standards for Nursing Practice.
Knowledge of the BC Mental Health Act, other facilities and community resources.
Working knowledge of facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution techniques. Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events
Demonstrated case management, teaching/training, clinical support and consultation skills.
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: Temporary Full-Time (1.00 FTE) until June 16th 2024
Wage: $40.21 - $57.78 per hour
Location: 14323 – 57th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3X 1B1
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Rotating, 08:00 to 20:00
Requisition: #156156

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.

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.


Live and work in BC


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