Community Outreach Nurse, ACT Team
POSITION TITLE: Community Outreach Nurse (Registered Nurse / Registered Psychiatric Nurse)
PROGRAM: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, Vancouver and Richmond
SALARY: $35.53- $46.65 (Level 3 RN/RPN)
TYPE: Temporary Part-Time, 0.9 FTE
SCHEDULE: This position requires the person to work a combination of day (08:30-16:30) and evening (12:30-20:30) shifts and to work a share of weekends. Some On-call work may be required. Schedules are subject to change to meet operational requirements and client needs. Includes a 30 minute unpaid meal break
START DATE: As soon as possible
To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2020.247” to: Chelsea Bromley, Team Lead ACT Team
Must have your own vehicle and be able to use it for transporting clients. Clear driving record and Class 5 Drivers License (Learners and New drivers licenses are not sufficient). You will be reimbursed the difference between business and casual use insurance. Must be willing and able to drive between the Vancouver and Richmond communities.
RainCity Housing is an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues. We invite you to be a part of the change.
Housing First is a recovery-oriented supportive housing approach that operates on the principle that homeless people living with mental illness should be offered immediate access to rent supplements so they can live in the same kinds of permanent independent apartments that are typically available to people without mental illness, and that housing should be provided without requiring participation in psychiatric or substance use treatment. Self-determination, choice and harm reduction are at the centre of all considerations with respect to the provision of housing and support services.
Clients are offered the supports and clinical services of a full-service ACT team including medical, counselling and community supports. ACT is a well-researched evidence-based trans-disciplinary model. Crisis support is available 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. Program staff are closely involved in hospital admissions and discharges.
RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.
ACT is an evidence-based transdisciplinary mental health team that has a client-staff ratio of 10:1, with 80% of the work occurring in the community. Crisis support is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Program staff are closely involved in hospital admissions and discharges. The RainCity ACT team also provides housing opportunities for clients using a ‘housing first’ scattered site approach. Clients are offered immediate access to rent supplements so they have the opportunity to live in the same kinds of permanent independent apartments that are typically available to people without mental illness, and the rent supplements are provided without requiring participation in psychiatric or substance use treatment. Self-determination, choice and harm reduction are at the centre of all considerations with respect to the provision of housing and support services.
The Community Outreach Nurse assesses, identifies, plans, implements and evaluates the nursing care required to assist ACT team clients in meeting their physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs. The Nurse works within the team’s interdisciplinary clinical framework to provide client centered and strengths based care in accordance with the BCCNP Standards of Practice and consistent with the mission, vision and values and established policy and protocols of RainCity Housing and the ACT team. The Community Outreach Nurse provides treatment services that are both inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness, addictions and/or chronic medical conditions and ensures integration and continuity across the care continuum. The Community Outreach Nurse establishes and maintains relationships with, and consults with, service and housing providers, clients, their families and colleagues to provide appropriate treatment services based on best practices and client need. The Community Outreach Nurse performs duties such as, intake, mental and physical health and addictions assessment, treatment planning, crisis intervention, consultation, and individual counseling.
Education and Experience
Baccalaureate in Nursing or Health Sciences (Psychiatric Nursing).
Current practicing registration with the BCCNP
Community Mental Health outreach experience required,
Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Valid class 5 BC Drivers License and acceptable drivers abstract. Will require the use of a personal vehicle.
Knowledge and Abilities
Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client and family centred model.
Broad knowledge of diagnoses, treatment and support resources in the areas of mental illness, substance use, physical health, including HIV and Hepatitis C.
Broad knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness and problematic substance use.
Knowledge of harm reduction principles and activities
Basic knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client, including the Residential Tenancy ACT and the BC Mental Health Act.
Demonstrated understanding of oppression and marginalization, specifically as related to people with experience of a mental illness, addiction, or homelessness.
Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and be flexible and creative in providing services in 2 communities, Vancouver and Richmond.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
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