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Role and Facility Information

As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, and Heartwood Centre for Women. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching.

BCMHSUS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

Forensic Community & Liaison Nurse

Reference # 49143

Regular Full Time

Wage: $32.72 - $42.74

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

1584 – 7th Avenue,

Prince George

Within the context of a biopsychosocial framework and in accordance with the with the College of Registered Nurses’ of BC (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) standards of professional practice and Code of Ethics, the Forensic Community & Liaison Nurse (FC&LN) works under the general direction of the Regional Clinic Manager, with the clinical guidance of a treatment team leader and access to the Professional Practice Leader, Nursing, as part of a multidisciplinary forensic psychiatric community mental health team to provide a defined range of community forensic mental health nursing services to Mentally Disordered individuals in conflict with the law and to clients who are referred to Forensic Psychiatric Regional Programs. The FC&LN carries out nursing psychiatric/psychological assessments and treatment services to adults who are subject to a legal order for criminal offences (probation, bail, provincial parole, conditional sentence) and provides assertive case coordination services to high-risk mentally disordered offenders, and supervisees and coordinates services to adults found Not Criminally Responsible due to Mental Disorder (NCRMD) or Unfit to Stand Trial.


Education, Training and Experience

Diploma in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing.

Two (2) years recent, related experience working with individuals in the community with severe and persistent psychiatric illness.

Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).

Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate.

Skills and Abilities

Broad knowledge of nursing theory and Forensic Psychiatric Nursing practice

Broad knowledge of CRNBC or CRPNBC standards of professional practice and Code of Ethics.

Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.

Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.

Broad knowledge of Bill C30 and the Provincial Court system.

Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).

Demonstrated ability in nursing practice related to assessment of behaviour, risk and to assisting clients to regain/improve their coping abilities.

Demonstrated ability to conduct biopsychosocial psychiatric assessments, provide treatment planning, and to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case management process.

Demonstrated ability to assess clients’ responses to care and to respond appropriately.

Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events and to problem solve

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff.

Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a co-operative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.

Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.

Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.

Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, work direction, and effective consultation.

Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate and coach clients and co-workers both one-on-one and in groups.

Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.

Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, Internet and e-mail software.

Ability to operate related equipment.

Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

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Prince George

Known as British Columbia’s northern capital, Prince George is located at the approximate geographic centre of the province where the Nechako and Fraser Rivers meet. With forestry as the major industry, residents enjoy affordable housing, above-average incomes, and a wide range of services and amenities including sports and cultural events. Recreational activities in the area include golfing, skiing, fishing and hunting. Prince George is also home to the University of Northern British Columbia.

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