Specialty Psychiatry/Mental Health

Role and Facility Information

Registered Nurse (RN)/ Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), Maximum and Multi-Level Security Units
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
What you’ll do
- Provide direct care in accordance with the care plan by methods such as performing protocols and interventions, implementing behavior management strategies, and meeting care recipient needs; apply approved techniques, procedures, and treatments; administer prescribed medication. - Recognize and identify signs and symptoms and detect changes in patients’ conditions; report and record as indicated.
- Collect and document patient health care information. Maintain complete and accurate records of nursing observation, interventions, and evaluation of nursing care. Maintain complete and accurate records of telephone communications as well.
- Plan direct care and contribute to the physical and psychological well-being of the patients by methods such as assessing clinical requirements, status, and condition of care recipients; develop care plans based on identified needs, participate in various interdisciplinary assessment and screening processes, and include patient and family, when appropriate, in planning nursing care; and implement care plans, evaluate outcomes, and revise plans to address gaps and respond to the needs of care recipients.
- Consult with nurses, members of the interdisciplinary team, and other health care professionals and access any other available resources in relation to overall care planning issues. Meet with other members of the health care team to discuss and review the care plan. Maintain liaison between nurses, physicians, family, and community resources for individual patients to ensure continuity of care.
- Support patients with psychosocial, life, and personal care skills by methods such as teaching and providing guidance to patients, supervising and participating in routine care of the patients including personal hygiene and maintaining normal body functions; utilize accepted modalities such as Social Learning Theory, role-playing, and group therapy; and identify and pursue advocacy issues on behalf of patients.
- Maintain a safe environment for patients, families, and staff, which may extend to patients attending off-unit activities or programs by following established emergency procedures and safety practices and procedures, assume responsibility for unit security, and direct tasks specific to the maintenance of security in order to provide appropriate care delivery.
What you bring


Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).
One (1) year of recent experience working in a forensic or acute psychiatric hospital setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Skills and Knowledge

Current and updated knowledge of changes and developments in the practice of psychiatric nursing and of applicable Federal and Provincial legislation (i.e. the Criminal Code of Canada, Forensic Psychiatry Act, the Mental Health Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Young Offenders Act, Public Trustee Act).
Broad knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of behavioural, social emotional and mental health/psychiatric issues in adults.
Broad knowledge of adult education principles, methods and tools.
Demonstrated organizational, facilitation, decision making and leadership skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
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 Part-Time (0.83 FTE) until May 5th 2025Wage: $43.53 - $58.02 per hour

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Rotating 07:00-15:00/15:00-23:00
Requisition: #163953

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.


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Just a short drive from Vancouver, Coquitlam was originally established to become the capital of British Columbia. Coquitlam has a strong business community, as well as a commitment to community-based living. Golfing, fishing, and mountain biking are popular recreational activities in the area.

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