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Specialty Critical Care/ICU

Role and Facility Information

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Registered Nurse (RN) with Critical Care experience to join the Hyperbaric unit at Vancouver General Hospital. Apply today to join our team!

As an Registered Nurse in Hyperbaric Critical Care with VCH you will:

Provide baromedical nursing care within a compressed air environment to ambulatory clients of the Elective Program and possibly critically ill clients in the Emergency Program, both by working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Perform clinical dives in a hyperbaric chamber as the diving nurse or functions as the backup nurse by providing assistance as required to the diving nurse.
Enhance quality of life from the perspective of the client/family.
Consult, confer, and collaborate with other health care givers.
Demonstrate expertise and leadership in nursing practice.
Maintain and advance clinical competence.
Participate in client and family teaching programs.
Prepares and orientates clients to the chamber and hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
Participate on designated hospital committees/teams and approved research projects as assigned.

Education & Experience

Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
Completion of a recognized critical care nursing program or two years' recent, related critical care experience.
Successful applicant(s) must obtain medical clearance by WorkSafeBC for Compressed Air/Diving as arranged by the Hospital through the Employee Health Unit and successfully complete an in-house pressure tolerance test.
Knowledge & Abilities

Knowledge of Nursing theory and practice within a patient/family centred model of care.
Knowledge of the BCCNM standards for nursing practice.
Broad knowledge of nursing care issues commonly encountered in a critical care environment.
Knowledge of the indications, actions, reactions, routes, dosages, and side effects of drugs used in critical care environment.
Demonstrated ability in nursing practice to assess and manage critical and life-threatening situations.
Demonstrated ability to respond immediately and appropriately to sudden emergencies.
Demonstrated ability in the initiation and management of IV therapy.
Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques
Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and work direction.
Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to communicate with, and deal effectively with, clients and their families, co-workers, physicians, and other health care staff.
Demonstrated ability to teach clients and their families based on identified needs.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload.
Demonstrated ability to plan and implement plans of care.
Demonstrated ability to communicate in writing accurately, concisely, and clearly.
Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to effectively use computerized client care information system.
Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

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