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Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RN & RPN), Emergency Department / Mental Health – BC Children’s Hospital

Registered Nurse/New Grad, Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RN & RPN)

Emergency Department / Mental Health – Emergency Department


BC Children’s Hospital



*Up to $5,000 in relocation assistance may be available for out of province candidates*


BC Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) offers an unparalleled career experienced in pediatric emergency care. Every day, the sickest infants, children, and youth, are admitted through the ED, arriving from all over British Columbia. Our nursing staff are key members of our ED, caring for patients with both physical ailments and critical mental health conditions, caring for the whole person through assessments for physical, psychosocial, and mental health, collaborating with specialists and resources, performing emergency care/trauma care, and/or initiating treatment plans for crisis care through to post-discharge.


Whether a skilled Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), or a New Graduate RN, you practices with compassion, confidence, collaboration, and without judgement. You are seeking an opportunity to impact more lives, more families, whole communities – and the Emergency Department at BC Children’s Hospital will provide professional challenge and growth alongside a group of dedicated colleagues.

What you’ll do

RNs and RPNs are vital team members within the BC Children’s Hospital ED, and work together with a multidisciplinary team. Within the main ED, the RN assumes responsibility and accountability for provision of the pediatric patients, including performing emergency care for resuscitation and stabilization, and pediatric trauma nursing care. The ED uses the philosophy of Family-Centred Care and serves pediatric and adolescent patients and their families. RNs and RPNs in the Mental Health Emergency, work collaboratively as part of an inter-professional team and within an evidence-based trauma-informed model of care within the ED. High-level duties will vary related to area within the ED, but typically include:

  • Perform primary and secondary nursing assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation or real and potential health problems in patients; collaborates with physicians and allied health as required, administers prescribed treatments and medications according to policy.
  • Perform triage and prioritization of patients utilizing advanced pediatric assessment skills according to Canadian Pediatric Triage Assessment Scale (PCTAS).
  • Provide nursing care to unique patient populations in crisis, including physical and sexual abuse, psychiatric problems, toxic ingestions, drug and alcohol intoxication.
  • Observe, monitor, evaluate and document patient progress, symptoms and behavioural changes. Perform a variety of health care interventions, utilizing nursing skills and medical equipment including therapeutic interventions using a variety of modalities.
  • Assess the patient’s needs in collaboration with the emergency team during the intake procedure to determine patient disposition. Develop care and treatment plans with final dispositions authorized by the emergency department physician and/or consulting psychiatrist. Provide general and crisis counseling to patients and their families including brief crisis intervention, referrals to community resources/department social workers. Initiate and facilitate discharge planning and referrals.
  • Support the process of admission and transfer to inpatient units by supporting the needs of the patient and their family, providing information to the receiving unit and facilitating transition by sharing emergency treatment outcomes and care plans to the inpatient unit.


What you bring


  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Emergency Department RNs require 1+ year of recent, related clinical experience in pediatrics or an Emergency Department setting; Emergency Nursing Pediatric course (ENPC)/Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)/Trauma Nursing Core Course preferred (TNCC)
  • Mental Health – Emergency Department RN/RPNs require 3 years’ recent related experience working with children, adolescents and families on an inpatient child/adolescent mental health unit including 1 year’s recent related experience in a crisis or emergency psychiatry setting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience; current CPR and CPI training.


Skills & Knowledge

  • Works as a member of a multidisciplinary care team, functioning as a nursing resource and making decisions both in an independent and consultative manner in a clinical setting.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; with ability to relate effectively and establish rapport with psychotic and crisis-prone adolescents, children and their families.
  • Mental Health roles only: comprehensive knowledge of emergency triage procedures, mental health assessment, substance use, psychopharmacology in children, general counseling principles and interview techniques, crisis theory, trauma-informed care, abnormal psychology, de-escalation techniques and knowledge of community resources; skills in individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Site Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have:  Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more. 


Job Type: Regular Full Time Opportunities available
$40.21 - $57.78 per hour
4500 Oak Street, Vancouver V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
Hours of Work:
As per rotation, 10- or 12-hour shifts
Requisition: ES-RFT-2379510 & ES-MH-RFT-2397859



As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


What we do



BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia. BCCH is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


PHSA plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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BCCH and PHSA are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.


Labor AgreementNurses' Bargaining Association
Requisition #ES-ALL-2398638
Work Site4500 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 2N9
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$40.21 - $57.78 / Hour
Hours of Work10- or 12-hour shifts
Work DaysAs per rotation
Expiry Date17-Dec-2023

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