Clinical Resource Nurse (RN) - Mental Health and Substance Use

ID# 002340

Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver, BC

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Come work as a Clinical Resource Nurse - Mental Health and Substance Use with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Clinical Resource Nurse to join the Intensive Case Management team at Heiltsuk Hospital in Bella Bella, BC. Apply today to join our team!

If you are looking to relocate, short term temporary housing may be available along with access to Talent Acquisition's relocation program, including support from the relocation specialist to find a permanent residence and potential reimbursement. Hybrid work schedules may be available (including both on side & remote) as applicable (with existing VCH policies and collectice agreement requirements), where a rotation can be discussed, as well as travel, transport & housing options.

As a Clinical Resource Nurse - Mental Health and Substance Use with VCH you will:

  • Act as a clinical resource by providing consultation and clinical support to the interdisciplinary care team, other professionals and students for the clinical area.
  • Role models evidence informed best practices to support staff in achieving best client outcomes through in the moment education.
  • Consult, confer, and collaborate with multidisciplinary team members, physicians, educational resources and other health care professionals to achieve excellence in client-centred education and research.
  • Work collaboratively across multiple sites, clinics, and services within an integrated health service delivery model and interdisciplinary care team that includes primary care, mental health and substance use, outreach based and home based services, private General Practitioner (GP) partners, and other community care services.
  • Establish, maintain, and enhance therapeutic relationships based on respect.


Bella Bella is a beautiful island community off the central coast of British Columbia, 690 km north of Vancouver. It is surrounded by a magical world of channels, inlets and old growth forest. It is home to salmon, orcas, humpbacks, bald eagles and the other denizens of the Pacific Northwest. The climate is mild and the area is a paradise for kayaking, sport fishing, hiking and photography.

The Heiltsuk Hospital in Bella Bella has 7 acute beds, 7 long term care beds and a 4-bed emergency department open 24/7, along with Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging services. It offers telehealth services as well as speciality clinics. Heiltsuk Hospital also has an Intensive Case Management team for mental health and substance use. There is a medical clinic and a pharmacy located in the hospital. The healthcare team consists of Physicians, RNs, LPNs, PCAs, Laboratory and Radiology Technologists, Combined Lab/X-Ray Technologists, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Assistants, and Support Services Personnel.

Heiltsuk Hospital is located on the traditional territories of the Heiltsuk Nation. It is one of the only provincial hospitals located on a reserve in all of Canada.

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Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Three (3) years’ recent, related nursing experience in the designated clinical area(s), including one year's related teaching experience and/or group facilitation or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Completion of ‘Educator Pathway Program’ is preferred.
  • Three (3) years’ recent, related nursing experience working in relation to the Mental Health Act.
  • Valid BC Driver’s and access to a personal vehicle for local travel may be required.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice, Cultural Safety, Gender Affirming, Harm Reduction and Recovery Oriented Models of Care.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess clients at risk and knowledge of appropriate acts; eg. Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship Act, Public Health Act, Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act as it relates to the rights and obligations of clients and staff.
  • Knowledge of clinical practice related to treatment and care of the designated client population.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clinical leadership and work direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental health conditions, substance use and substance disorders, the recovery model and principles of psychosocial rehabilitation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client and family centred model of care.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of evidence based nursing practice related to designated clinical area.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate, facilitate and lead.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programs and materials for staff/ clients and families based on education theories, principles and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote a supportive, creative learning environment and engage in continuous quality improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to use critical thinking in approach to teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop educational programs and material.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of adult education principles, methods and tools.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of other health disciplines and their role in patient/client care.
  • Demonstrates ability to problem solve using sound judgment in applying critical thinking skills within safe limits of patient/client care.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and set work priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to use research and methodology in practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, work direction and consultation.
  • Demonstrated skill in facilitating groups that include professionals/patient/clients and or patient/clients/family members.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate, coach and facilitate.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, negotiate and deal effectively with co-workers, physicians, other health care staff, clients and their families, and staff of outside agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively deal with conflict resolutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events and set priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability in conducting physical, mental, psychosocial/functional environmental assessments.
  • Demonstrated skill in clinical techniques and the use of applicable equipment and supplies.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
  • Knowledge of relevant clinical practice standards/guidelines and care pathways.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in writing and orally on a one to one and group setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change and support staff through transition.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a project or initiative.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to effectively use PARIS.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. 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

Equity, diversity, 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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