BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
BCCH is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: • Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.
Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse/New Grad Nurse
Reference # 61009
Temporary Fulltime (Until September 2018)
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Nursing Resource Team
Wage: $32.94 to $43.24 per hour
4480 Oak Street
Child & Adolescent Inpatient Units at BCCH include the following and this position rotates through these units:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency (CAPE)
A six-bed unit providing emergency psychiatric assessments and stabilization for children and adolescents in crisis up to and including the age of 16 years. CAPE is a short-term stay unit with an average stay of three to five days.
Child Psychiatry Unit
A 10-bed unit that provides inpatient psychiatric services to children under 12 years old from mainland BC and the Yukon. Children are generally admitted to the Child Psychiatry program through a planned admission process.
Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for Children & Adolescents
Providing care including supportive counseling to patients and their families, life-skills teaching to patients, teaching and providing meal support therapy to patients, friends and families and professionals in the community, adcating for patients, and medical monitoring.
A 10-bed unit providing inpatient psychiatric assessments and treatment for adolescents from the age of 13 up to and including the age of 18. The average length of stay is four weeks. Adolescents are generally admitted to the program through a planned admission process.
Working collaboratively as part of an inter-professional team and within an evidence based Trauma Informed model of care, the General Duty Nurse, BC Children’s Mental Health supports all aspects of therapeutic care of patients with behavioral, emotional, and psychiatric presentations and their families/caregivers. Provides and coordinates nursing care services such as patient assessment, patient and family teaching, and health promotion activities for mental health patients and their families, consistent with established policies, standards of practice and philosophy of the BC Children’s Mental Health Program.
Example of Duties/Accountabilities
- Maintains patient records by performing activities such as collecting and documenting information including health care information regarding patients and their families, nursing observations, telephone communications, interventions, teaching and care evaluations to ensure that patient records are current and complete.
- Plans direct care for the patient by performing activities such as reviewing patient/family history, developing a care plan specific for the patient and family, and meeting with other members of the health care team to discuss and review the care plan.
- Provides direct patient care and support, including physical, psychiatric and meal support, to patients in accordance with operational policy and standards specific to the service area. Collaborates with other members of the health care team to evaluate patient care.
- Teaches by providing and explaining information, demonstrating procedures and use of equipment, checking the learner’s use of procedures, techniques and equipment and evaluating the effectiveness of the selected teaching methods.
- Identifies own learning needs, reviews these with the Program Director, or delegate, and engages in a variety of activities to meet these needs.
Education and Experience
- Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).
- Graduation from a recognized diploma program in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing.
- One (1) year of recent related clinical experience working within a child and/or youth mental health setting relevant to the service area within the BC Children’s Mental Health Program or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.
Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral, social, emotional and mental health/psychiatric problems in children and youth; subspecialties areas such as Eating Disorders, Neuropsychiatry, etc.
- Broad knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice including collaborative problem solving.
- Knowledge of child and youth developmental theory.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to relate effectively to children/adolescents and their families.
- Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of multidisciplinary care team, work independently, and function as a nursing resource.
- Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem-solve, and deal with conflict.
- Ability to demonstrate effective CPR techniques.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
- Ability to operate related equipment.
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