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A. Education, Training and Experience
RN or RPN diploma plus a minimum of one year's recent psychiatric nursing experience with adults with a variety of mental disorders. A minimum of six months of experience supporting mental health clients in a community setting or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Registration with the College of Nurses of British Columbia or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia. Current CPR certification required.
Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) model; assessment and treatment and case management methodologies; learning theories of mental disorder and intervention strategies. Knowledge of relevant mental health and addictions legislation including legal statutory boundaries governing consumer rights. Knowledge of community mental health and addictions programs, services, resources and promotion. Knowledge of other health disciplines (including primary care physicians) and their role in client care.
B. Skills and Abilities
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing;
Demonstrated ability to use the nursing process in mental health treatment programs i.e. such as assess (physical, mental/physiological/functional and environmental), plan, implement, make decisions, organize, prioritize, evaluate and communicate as required;
Ability to administer and monitor the side effects of psychotropic medications;
Ability to work independently in a community setting;
Ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment;
Demonstrated ability to practice initiative, good interpersonal, crisis intervention, leadership and teaching skills, and effective communication and counseling with individuals, families and groups; and demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills;
Ability to manage aggressive behaviour and to use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques where appropriate;
Ability to adapt and accept change as the program evolves;
Physical ability to perform the duties of the job;
Ability to operate related equipment.
Travel is a requirement of this position and transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Program