Substance Use Nurse (RN) - Complex Pain & Addiction Services

$36.23 - $47.58 hourly
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Jun 14, 2022
Full time Registered Nurses

Job Description

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Nurse to join the Complex Pain Services team at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!

As a Substance Use Nurse, you will:

  • Evaluate, diagnose and provide evidenced based, specialized inpatient treatment for patients of ages 17 and up suffering from combination of addiction and other serious psychiatric disorders.
  • Provide specialized pain and addiction care on various inpatient units of Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, George Pearson and G.F. Strong.
  • Work in collaboration with physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, peer-support workers, patients and their families to provide comprehensive clinical services.
  • Serve as a resource caring for patients with mental health, pain and addiction issues, and symptom management with a strong knowledge base in pain pharmacology, psychopharmacology, Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT), psychotherapy, and current harm reduction practices; Clinical experience in pain, addiction and mental health is expected.
  • Active participation in academic activities and clinical care including discharge planning/community based referrals is expected.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of community resources pertaining to out-patient pain management, mental health and addiction treatment resources.
  • Receive clinical nursing support and practice oversight from the Regional Addictions Clinical Nurse Specialist and affiliated nursing educator resources.


Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse.
  • Two (2) years recent, related experience providing clinical services to individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Completion of the BC Centre on Substance Use Addiction Nursing Fellowship an asset.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of substance use, harm reduction strategies including assessment and intervention, current pharmacological approaches to substance use treatment and treatment/recovery
  • Positive attitude toward substance dependent clients including advocating for client identified goals.
  • Broad knowledge of community residential services available for clients experiencing substance use problems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community, social and mental health resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of impact of social, cultural and family systems on health outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide nursing assessments and interventions such as facilitating group process, conflict resolution, crisis interventions, individual and group counselling.
  • Demonstrated case management skills including the ability to plan and implement care plans and anticipate and respond to potential complications and care issues relevant to the designated client group.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify emotional, social, or environmental barriers and intervene to eliminate
  • Demonstrated ability to document client care on appropriate systems/forms in accordance with organizational and unit standards in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage conflict situations and aggressive behavior and use non-
    violent crisis intervention and behavioral management techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to model and mentor new staff and students.
  • Demonstrated skill in performing autonomous scope of practice and standards of care relevant to designated client population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated skill in clinical techniques and the use of applicable equipment and supplies.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.