Nurse – Crisis Intervention/Home Based Treatment – Registered Nurse (RN)/Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)

Full Time

Website Vancouver Coastal Health

Job Summary:

Come work as a Nurse in Acute Home-Based Treatment with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Psychiatric Nurse OR Registered Nurse to join the Acute Home-Based Treatment program in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!

Acute Home-Based Treatment Team

Join a specialized community mental health and substance use team targeting the client’s journey as a crucial transition point in their continuum of care.

Our program will provide short term, crucial in-home acute psychiatric care for clients 17 & up, who require immediate and intensive support as an alternative to hospital. The client will have to consent to treatment within their home environment.

Clinical staff will utilize their knowledge of the full spectrum of mental health disorders, connect and assist with navigation of Vancouver Community Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) services. Staff will play a key role for the client and to healthcare providers in the system.

The team will support the client from hospital back home and will also provide treatment at home as an alternative to hospitalization when appropriate.

The team is active and passionate about their work in mental health and substance use. The acute and community systems will rely on this team to do the very important work of providing comprehensive mental health and substance use care in the client’s home. There will be strong clinical support and leadership to ensure this team remains innovative and productive. All clinical staff will feel competent that they’re contributing to improving mental health and substance use care of the clients living across Vancouver.

As this is a city-wide team, we will see a wide range of clients across all socio-economic backgrounds.

We will have close relationships with Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. In the community we will also work closely with all Vancouver Coastal Health community MHSU teams and be familiar with other outreach-only teams.

Joining our Acute Home-Based Treatment team is an opportunity to experience true innovation, compassionate and flexible care. Clinicians will be part of a dynamic team that will be instrumental in the lives of the clients and an important link between mental health and substance use services in the city.

The initial work location during temporary program development is at Raven Song Mental Health and Addictions.

Upon program launch, this position will work throughout Vancouver Community, and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) acute sites.

As a Nurse in Crisis Intervention/Home Based Treatment with VCH, you will:

Work as a member of the Crisis Intervention / Home Based Treatment Program to provide assessment and treatment services in the client’s home setting.
Conduct mental health and addiction assessments on individuals experiencing urgent and emergent mental health and/or substance abuse problems.
Conduct initial screening and/or assessment as needed, to determine if client requires home based treatment, detox, hospitalization, the provision of mobile crisis response, and/or other community-based support.
Assess bio-psychosocial-spiritual needs; conduct safety and risk assessments, and formulate initial diagnostic impression in order to determine priority of care requirements and the available services and resources.
Develop crisis intervention/treatment plans; provide client care in the form of immediate screening and/or assessment, intervention, referral and support to clients in urgent situations as well as providing assessment and treatment services once the crisis period has stabilized.
Attend to anticipated/unanticipated client responses to care; initiate measures to stabilize the crisis/emergent situations and responds effectively to aggressive behaviour and/or self-harm.
Provide client/family/caregiver with education and support, and create care plans with other key members of the interdisciplinary team such as the primary care physician, psychiatrist, and/or mental health case manager.
Collaborate with others within community and acute care to facilitate the movement of clients.

Education & Experience

Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
Three (3) years’ recent, related experience working with the designated client population providing treatment services to individuals with mental health issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel will require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client/family centred model of care.
Broad knowledge of BCCNP’s standards for practice for registered nurses or registered psychiatric nurses.
Knowledge of emergency mental health and crisis stabilization
Broad knowledge of mental illness and treatment.
Knowledge of substance use and addictions treatment.
Knowledge of DSM-IVTR Diagnostic Classification System, mental status examination and case formulation.
Broad knowledge of relevant facilities and community resources.
Comprehensive knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side effects).
Knowledge of infectious and chronic disease management.
Knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client care, including the BC Mental Health Act and REACT guidelines.
Demonstrated ability to conduct mental health and addiction screening and/or assessments and provide treatment planning and crisis intervention/treatment.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients and their families and health care staff.
Ability to conduct safety and risk assessments
Ability to prioritize, take initiative, be flexible, work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to assess and respond effectively to aggressive behaviour and/or self-harm.
Ability to assess client responses to care, and to respond appropriately.
Ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
De-escalation, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Ability to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail 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.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 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

Diversity, equity, 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 2023.

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

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Seniority will not apply.

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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