Specialty Psychiatry/Mental Health

Role and Facility Information

Forensic Community & Liaison Nurse – Prince George
Reference #48246
Temporary Full-Time from 4 July, 2016 to 3 July 2017
Wage: $32.77 - $ 43.02
2nd Floor – 1584 – 7th Ave.,
Prince George, BC

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.


• Conducts initial intake and ongoing biopsychosocial nursing psychiatric assessments including current mental status examinations, general assessments of physical health, special needs/precautions, and completes all related assessment tools as per policy.
• Identifies, develops and implements an Integrated Treatment Plan (ITP) based on the evaluation of clinical risk and need through the completion of the Short-term Assessment of Risk & Treatability (START).
• Provides community case coordination and advocacy services for clients.
• Facilitates access to psychiatric and social services.
• Conducts or participates in pre-release planning conferences; consults with appropriate members of the clinical treatment team to help determine requirement for certification under mental health act and other emergency situations, psychiatric treatment needs, and social needs including referrals to other agencies; and following the consultation with the clinical team, informs community service providers of an increased risk to client and/or community safety as appropriate.
• Provides Court Liaison bridging and transitional services within 20 working days following completion of the court process and provides Correctional Centre Liaison bridging and transitional services for a time period of up to 20 working days post release from the custodial centre.
• Participates in BC Review Board hearings, liaises with the Review Board for clarification on administrative matters, and consults with Forensic Psychiatric Services’ legal counsel as required with respect to Review Board issues.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

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 Driver’s 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 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 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 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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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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