RN/RPN Tertiary Mental Health

Work Area: 
Geriatric Psych 1 South
Base Site: 
Mt St Joseph Hospital
Temporary Part Time
End Date: 
May 2, 2022 or return of incumbent
Acute Care Hospital
Mental Health

This RN/RPN position will be based out of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, located at 3080 Prince Edward St. in Vancouver BC. “One South” is the 16 bed Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (GPU) for older adults with psychiatric illness such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder or dementia with psychosocial and behavioural symptoms (BPSD). Expected length of stay for our patients is between one to six weeks. During their stay, patients will be assessed and treated by our interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, family doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers and nurses. The goal of treatment is to assess, treat and stabilize patients before discharging them back to the community and to provide support to the families/support systems.


Reporting to the Operations Leader, the Mental Health Nurse, assesses, identifies, plans, implements and evaluates the nursing care required to assist patients/residents in meeting their physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs. The Staff Nurse works within an interdisciplinary clinical framework in accordance with the CRNBC/CRPNBC Standards of Practice and consistent with the mission, vision and values and established protocols of Providence Health Care.


  • Registered Nurse with current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia or, in Residential Care and Mental Health a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with current practicing registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia.
  • Completion of the Basic Cardiac Life Support Course, Level C.
  • One year recent experience in general/community psychiatry or one year recent medical/surgical experience in psychiatric nursing.

Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
    • 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 teach
    • Ability to provide clinical directions