Specialty Aboriginal Health Nursing

Role and Facility Information

In accordance with established vision and values of the organization, and in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority and First Nations communities; Mental Health & Addiction Nurse provides comprehensive assessment, care planning and treatment coordination for designated clients and their families. Working collaboratively with other health care providers and the multidisciplinary team, the Mental Health & Addiction Nurse provides direct psychosocial care, counselling and group work, system navigation and advocacy, education and linkage to relevant specialized complex care resources while facilitating client self-management. The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse is responsible for providing and developing services to maintain or improve the health and social well-being and functioning of the identified population.
The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse is a member of the Mobile Support Team delivering outreach to First Nations communities and reserves by providing a continuum of services such as: prevention, promotion, and education; assessments and care planning for individuals; and consultation on cultural and clinical interventions; and crisis response when communities are impacted by critical events. The position is to provide community development support as it relates to Mental Wellness with BC First Nations communities.
The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CNRBC), or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC).

Qualifications

- Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing.
- Two years’ recent related Mental Health & Addiction experience in clinical areas, services, and programs, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).
- Current valid B.C. driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle.
- Travel is a requirement of this position; and flexibility in relation to work schedules and locations may be required.
- Experience working with BC First Nations organizations and communities.
- Knowledge of the health and wellness governance landscape in First Nations’ health in BC, particularly relative to mental wellness.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, TRAINING, EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE:
- Knowledge of theories, practices and principles relative to mental wellness, suicide prevention, and mental health emergency response, particularly relative to First Nations in BC, including the current programs and services available.
- Knowledge of Aboriginal/First Nations mental wellness health system needs, including mental health and wellness issues that face BC First Nations.
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols and ability to manage conflict in a respectful and culturally relevant and safe manner.

Wage: $31.71 - $41.63

Northern Health offers:
• Competitive compensation package
• Comprehensive Benefit package
• Municipal Pension Plan
• Outstanding Relocation package for qualified positions
• Employer Paid Vacation
• Employee Referral Program
• Offered through the Federal and BC Government “Loan Forgiveness Programs” see our careers site for more information and eligibility. http://careers.northernhealth.ca/FindaCareer/LoanForgivenessPrograms.aspx



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