Being a Nurse with ACT means having an impact in our most vulnerable communities. Using a lens of harm-reduction and Housing First, you will join us in advocating for equity for the people we serve. If you have experience working with individuals who use drugs and/or experience homelessness, and are passionate about providing comprehensive care to those living with both psychiatric and substance use diagnoses we want to hear from you!
Apply now to join our team and make a positive impact in the lives of those who need it most.
POSITION TITLE: Community Outreach Nurse (Registered Nurse / Registered Psychiatric Nurse)
PROGRAM: Assertive Community Treatment Team
SALARY: : $40.21-$57.78 (BCNU Level 3 RN/RPN)
TYPE: Casual Relief Position
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
- Unlimited massage and physiotherapy.
- Vision care, dental care, prescription drugs, Psychologist, life insurance, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists.
- Guaranteed lifetime monthly pension when you retire.
- 24-hour helpline, Life Coaching, Financial Coaching, Legal Advisory Services, Nutrition Counselling, and more.
Pursuant to the Provincial Health Officer’s Order, the incumbent of this position is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will only consider applicants who are fully vaccinated, or who have received an exemption from the Provincial Health Office. Proof of either must be provided in advance of any offer of employment being made.
To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2022.104” to: Chelsea Bromley, Team Lead at the ACT Team, at email@example.com
Transportation: Must has a clear driving record and Class 5 Drivers License (Learners and New drivers licenses are not sufficient) in order to qualify for a Modo account. 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. Our mission is to advance social equity by building upon the strengths of our community and of each individual. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities, and make change for people experiencing homelessness, mental health, trauma, and substance use issues.
RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects this diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply. As we work towards building a diverse staff team, we are particularly seeking applicants who identify as being Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Trans people, Gender Diverse and Queer identified people.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based transdisciplinary intensive mental health team where 80% of the work occur in the community. Support is provided by ACT clinician’s seven days a week and 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 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.
ACT nurses assess, identifies, plans, implements and evaluates the 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 CRNBC/CRPNBC Standards of Practice and consistent with the mission, vision and values and established policy and protocols of RainCity Housing and the ACT team.
Many of our clients are certified under the Mental Health Act and knowledge of the Act and its implications and limitations is essential to working as an ACT nurse.
The 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 Nurse establishes and maintains relationships with, and consults with community health centers, hospitals, housing providers and the interdisciplinary teams to provide appropriate treatment services based on best practices and client need. The Nurse performs duties such as, intake, mental and physical health and addictions assessment, treatment planning, crisis intervention, consultation with hospitals around care planning and discharge, wound care and medication administration.
Education and Experience
– Baccalaureate in Nursing or Health Sciences (Psychiatric Nursing).
– Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).
– Three (3) years’ recent related experience providing treatment services to individuals with mental health, addiction and chronic medical concerns,
– 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 in a downtown environment and be flexible and creative in providing services
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.
CREATING A SAFER SPACE
We are committed to making our organization a safer place for our staff, with steps taken to create space for learning and unlearning. RainCity’s department of Indigenous Services & Cultural Safety was created with the purpose to acknowledge the unique history and service needs of our Indigenous staff and tenants in respect to accessing culturally relevant and culturally sensitive care and support. RainCity’s Black Affinity Group was formed to provide support for Black staff by creating a safe space to support each other, network, debrief, and to heal from the impact of harm endured. Candidates are welcome to self-identifying in their cover letters as Black, First nations, Métis, or Inuit.
RainCity Housing is a unionized workplace. Along with the union, we support the principles of the Human Rights Code of BC. We promote a workplace that treats both staff and the people accessing services with dignity and respect. All of our employees are expected to develop and exhibit skills to contribute to safety in the workplace, including demonstrating anti-racism knowledge and skills to support racialized communities, including knowledge of Canada’s historical and on-going colonialism and its impact on Indigenous peoples, as well as demonstrating anti-discrimination knowledge and skills to support equity seeking groups, including the 2SLGBTQA+ community, people who use drugs and alcohol, people living with mental health issues and sex workers.
INCLUSIVITY AND SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES
In our efforts to provide a barrier-free workplace, we invite you to let us know of any adjustments or accommodations that might be needed for you to participate in the interview or selection process by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RainCity Housing wishes to acknowledge that we operate programs on the stolen, unceded, ancestral, traditional homelands of the Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh & səl̓ílwətaʔɬ Nations in so-called Vancouver, and the q̓íc̓əy̓, qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, SEMYOME, shíshálh, ˈstɔːloʊ, sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ and qiqéyt Nations in the so-called Lower Mainland.