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!
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.