Registered Nurse - Housing First Assertive Community Treatment Team
ACT is an evidence-based transdisciplinary mental health team that has a client-staff ratio of 10:1, with 80% of the work occurring in the community. Crisis support is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Program staff are closely involved in hospital admissions and discharges. The RainCity ACT team also provides housing opportunities for clients using a ‘housing first’ scattered site approach. Clients are offered immediate access to rent supplements so they have the opportunity to live in the same kinds of permanent independent apartments that are typically available to people without mental illness, and the rent supplements are provided without requiring participation in psychiatric or substance use treatment. Self-determination, choice and harm reduction are at the centre of all considerations with respect to the provision of housing and support services. Diversity: RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.
The Nurse assesses, identifies, plans, implements and evaluates the nursing care required to assist ACT team clients in meeting their physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs. The Nurse works within the team’s interdisciplinary clinical framework to provide client centered and strengths based care in accordance with the CRNBC/CRPNBC Standards of Practice and consistent with the mission, vision and values and established policy and protocols of RainCity Housing and the ACT Team. The Nurse provides treatment services that are both inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness, addictions and/or chronic medical conditions and ensures integration and continuity across the care continuum. The Nurse establishes and maintains relationships with, and consults with, service and housing providers, clients, their families and colleagues to provide appropriate treatment services based on best practices and client need. The Nurse performs duties such as, intake, mental and physical health and addictions assessment, treatment planning, crisis intervention, consultation, and individual counseling.
The Nurse also performs Service Coordination duties for a group of approximately 10 ACT clients, maintaining oversight to ensure that client’s self identified goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and practices, consistent with the values of self-determination/choice and harm reduction. Working in collaboration with the other members of the ACT team, the Nurse coordinates the provision of ACT services for clients served by the team members in their area of specialization. Services are provided in any environment including but not limited to: the streets, shelters, hospitals, apartments, office.
Baccalaureate in Nursing or Health Sciences (Psychiatric Nursing).
Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).
Three (3) years’ recent related experience providing treatment services to individuals with mental health, addiction and chronic medical concerns,
Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Valid class 5 BC Drivers License and acceptable drivers abstract. Will require the use of a personal vehicle..
Location: The ACT team offices are at 283 East 11th Ave. Vancouver. Clients receive service in the community, typically at their residence. Clients live in Vancouver and the lower mainland.
Compensation: Community Health 1 classification, $31.71 – $41.63 per hour
Apply: by midnight December 14, 2014 with cover letter and resume to email@example.com
or fax to: 604-254-3703 attention Human Resources.
Applicants should quote ACTNURSE14-95 in the subject heading.
Start Date: as soon as possible
Hours of work: Permanent Part Time, 0.9 FTE, 67.5 hours bi-weekly. A master rotation covers nurses and other client care team members. This position will require the successful candidate to work a combination of day shifts and evening shifts and to work a share of weekends.
Vehicle: use of a personal vehicle is required.
For direct enquiries: contact ACT Team leader Laura Caron firstname.lastname@example.org
For background information see:
· http://www.pathwaystohousing.org/ (the New York Housing First ACT model)