Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse (RN/RPN)

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Come for the job. Stay for the team.

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


Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Nurse (RN) OR Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) to join the Mental Health Assertive Outreach Team in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Mental Health and Addiction Outreach Nurse, you will:

Provides triage and outreach services that are inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness, addictions and/or chronic medical conditions.
Conducts mental and physical status assessments and assesses clients’ physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual needs to determine priority of care requirements based on client needs, availability of resources and best practices.
Provides counseling and assists client with reducing repeated contact with and use of acute and community healthcare services/programs/resources.
Assesses high risk situations and provides crisis intervention.
Collaborates 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.
Facilitates the movement of clients between acute care, community agency support site and designated health centre.
Participates in case conferences/meetings with members of the multidisciplinary team.
Assists clients with attendance to needed services such as medical appointments.
Education and Experience

Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia 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.
This position is for Car 87 who work alongside the Vancouver Police. Successful completion of an Enhanced Security Police Clearance will be required. Applicants who have already completed this clearance and who have experience working with police partners are preferred.


The hours and days of work are subject to change based on operational needs.


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 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.

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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