RN-RPN Addiction Services

Work Area: 
Rapid Access Addiction Centre
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Job Category: 
Registered Nurse
Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Acute Care Hospital
Mental Health
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


The RN/RPN is responsible for:

  • Screening, registration, assessment and ongoing follow-up of clients who are participating in the research study in accordance with study protocols.
  • Develops, implements and adjusts outcome oriented individualized care plans; initiates measures to relieve crisis situations and manages aggressive behaviour; and establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships based on respect with clients.
  • Obtains client data and completes case report forms, charts and other study documentation.
  • May collect biological samples and review test results, as applicable.
  • Participates in team meetings and program planning, maintains client records, and updates knowledge in addictions and nursing.


Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice with a client and family centred care model.
Broad knowledge of substance abuse issues, treatment, non-violent intervention, and the recovery process.
Broad knowledge of facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution techniques.
Broad knowledge of mental health issues and care.
Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
Demonstrated ability to provide treatment planning and crisis intervention.
Demonstrated interest in clinical research.
Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promote communication and lead to a co-operative approach to problem-solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with multi-barrier clients.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with a variety of internal/external audiences.
Ability to work as a member in an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to apply decision making and analytical skills.
Ability to deal with others effectively.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to prioritize and organize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Ability to use computers and standard office applications.
Ability to teach.


  • Registered Nurse with current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse with College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRNPBC). 
  • Two years’ recent, related experience in providing addiction services in a health care setting or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 
  • Completion of the Basic Cardiac Life Support Course, Level C.


  • Provides services for clients by methods such as screening clients who are receiving opiate replacement therapy, conducting initial and follow up addiction, nursing and mental health assessments and creating treatment plans. Ascertains client needs in relation to the level of care required, available services/resources and best practices. Collaborates with colleagues and refers to other services when required to ensure optimum use of resources to facilitate client centred care. 
  • Reviews and explains the purpose and conduct of the study, explains consent forms to potential subjects, study obligations, and obtains required consent signatures. 
  • Educates and provides supportive counselling to participants/families regarding the study and the diseases being investigated. Meets regularly with client, probes reasons for substance use and addiction, eliciting concerns, identifying goals, expectations and support resources. Reviews client learning needs; assisting with understanding of substance addiction and the recovery process. 
  • Researches addiction information and prepared education information. Teaches regarding health care and nutritional requirements for immune compromised and disadvantaged clients to maintain physical well-being; suggesting position behaviour modifications; examining motivations for change; and teaching relapse prevention strategies. 
  • Monitors clients injecting opiates and provides information on safe injection techniques. Identifies safety concerns and reports as per study protocol. 
  • Ensures that appropriate appointments, diagnostic tests, procedures and follow up visits have been scheduled. Provides pre and post test support to subjects as applicable which may include referral to other resources.