Education and Experience
Graduation from approved School of Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing.
Two (2) years' recent related experience providing treatment services to individuals with mental health and/or concurrent disorders, including one year of experience working with aboriginal clients, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. May require completion of substance use certificate program. Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse and/or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License and access to personal vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage.Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultural practices and beliefs with reference to mental health status.
- Ability to complete initial and ongoing mental health and substance use client assessment and provide nursing care through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions including crisis intervention.
- Knowledge of mental illness and substance use treatment.
- Knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
- Counselling and group facilitation skills.
- Knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to mental health and substance use practices.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with clients, families/care givers, the public, medical staff and members of the interprofessional care team.
- Ability to promote person-centered care that demonstrates empathy for clients/families/care givers, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, including advocacy for special populations.
- Ability to educate clients and families/care givers about topics essential to their health care and well-being.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work.
- Ability to collaborate with and promote cooperation among members of the interprofessional care team.
- Ability to use factual information and basic principles and procedures to support nursing decisions and actions with relevant research-based evidence/evidence-informed practice.
- Ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal clients, both verbally and in writing, including empathic and respectful communication appropriate to the situation.
- Ability to develop consultative relationships with health professionals, counsellors, traditional healers and Elders.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.