In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Working in the community setting as a member of a multidisciplinary care team, the Mental Health & Addiction Services Nurse provides intake, nursing and clinical assessments, intervention, treatment, consultation and referral for clients experiencing mental health and/or alcohol and drug use problems and their caregivers/families.
Education, Training And Experience
Registration with BC College of Nursing Professionals as a practicing RN registrant or a practicing RPN registrant. Recognized post basic education related to psychiatric nursing and/or mental illness. Two (2) years recent related experience. A significant understanding of mental health and/or alcohol and drug use issues. Knowledge of applicable legislation, such as the Mental Health Act and the Guardianship Act. Knowledge of available programs, their interrelationships, and their function in delivering care in the community to persons with mental illnesses. Knowledge of mental health and/or alcohol and drug use assessments, treatment methodologies, intervention strategies, the change process, and community dynamics; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Valid BC Driver's License.
Skills And Abilities
Apply nursing process as required and described in BCCNP Standards of Nursing Practice.
Demonstrate clinical competence congruent with the care and treatment of mental illness;
Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Deal with others effectively
Sound organizational, problem solving and teaching skills
Sound judgment, good observation and client assessment skills, tact and empathy
Work independently, demonstrating initiative, with limited supervision
Work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary team
Promote positive change and independence
Prioritize and organize client demands made and care needs
Physically and emotionally carry out the duties of the position
Operate a personal computer with a variety of windows based software
Foster good public relations
Operate related equipment
Maintain a commitment to continued professional development as required by the employer
Use personal vehicle