Head Nurse (RPN/RN) - Mental Health & Substance Use

$45.90 - $55.32 hourly
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Aug 03, 2022
Temporary Registered Nurses RPN

Job Description

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Head Nurse to join the Mental Health & Substance Use Inpatient Unit at the Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre. Apply today to join our team!

As a Head Nurse with VCH you will:

  • Administrate/oversee and provide supervision to designated staff and team professionals including continuous communications, conflict resolution, performance recognition, coaching, performance management, safe work and resident/client transfer practices, workload and staffing issues.
  • Conduct Attendance Wellness Promotion (AWP), Respectful Workplace, accommodation and other meetings in conjunction with an HR Advisor.
  • Recruit, hire, select, mentor and retain staff.
  • Oversee all aspects of resident/client care delivery and daily activities of designated programs/areas.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders on the achievement of quality indicators and program goals and objectives.
  • Ensure a high standard of care while promoting interdisciplinary practice and ensuring a safe environment for staff and residents/clients.
  • Quality patient care is supported through a patient/family centered care model in accordance with established standards of professional practice and the vision and values of the organization.


Education & Experience

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is required.
  • Baccalaureate in Nursing and/or Bachelors in Psychiatric Nursing.
  • Five (5) years recent related experience in an appropriate area of clinical practice within a large complex health organization.
  • Strong facilitation, conflict management and resolution skills that include three (3) years supervisory leadership experience or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Experience using a variety of software applications including presentation, word processing, spreadsheet and databases.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of issues in relevant service area including current trends, best practices and modalities of treatment.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team leader, motivator, coach/mentor, and team member within a complex multidisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to continuously communicate effectively and strategically with colleagues, physicians and health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Utilizes strong critical thinking skills when making decisions, resolving issues/conflict.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, and deal effectively with and guide others in resolution of conflict issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and resolving conflict.
  • Demonstrated ability to model and foster a positive, collaborative, and respectful team working environment.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professional confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clinical and administrative supervision and consultation.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to facilitate team building and to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes open and direct communication and leads to a cooperative approach to problem solving.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, organize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Employs advanced expertise in the use of current computer applications to create and maintain a variety of client care information systems (such as PARIS), databases, documents and presentations.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.

Please contact Comp/Class prior to posting
Supplementary Job Title required if being posted

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.