Interior Health is seeking experienced and dynamic Registered Nurses (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) to join our Mental Health & Substance Use (MHSU) Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) team in beautiful Kamloops, B.C.
The Opioid Agonist Treatment nurse works as part of an interdisciplinary team out of the Community Heath Service Center (CHSC). This service creates a priority response to individuals who have recently had an opioid overdose or are at high risk for overdose in the community.
About the Job:
The Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse:
• Functions as a member of the larger Hospitals & Communities Integrated Services (HCIS) or Tertiary Mental Health Services multi-disciplinary care team
• Ensures that persons with serious severe and persistent mental health problems, and/or problematic substance use and/or development disability issues who may or may not be in crisis have access to timely, responsive, evidence based treatment and clinical supports across the continuum of available services
• Provides assessment, treatment, case management, community support, and as required, urgent response to clients who may also have serious functional impairment in the domains of physical health and personal, family, financial, occupational, and social life
• Functions as a primary clinician utilizing a variety of specialized treatment modalities/therapies for individuals, groups of clients and/or their families
The OAT nurse supports with the initial intake and assessment for clients interested in the Opiate Agonist program. They will respond to individuals in the community and hospital, assertively engaging and providing follow up to assist with linking individuals to care and providing assessment, support for connection to community services, assistance with treatment planning and facilitate. Working in a system of care, the RN/RPN will work with physicians and community services to ensure therapy initiation, support and streamlined transition and continuity of care. In addition, this position will be responsible for coordinating overdose prevention education. Experience in substance use is preferred and an understanding of evidence-based practice for opioid dependence is required. We are looking for a nurse who is flexible and well organized, with strong assessment and communication skills.
This is a CASUAL OPPORTUNITY. Casual means hours are not guaranteed and may vary and shifts may be at short notice. Casual employees are eligible to apply for internal postings including permanent and temporary positions. There are many opportunities with Interior Health that begin with casual employment and lead to regular employment.
Shifts of work are Monday through Friday with shift times of 08:30 to 16:30, 09:00 to 17:00, 08:30 to 19:00.
About this location/unit:
Kamloops: Kamloops, the second largest city in the southern interior of BC, is famous for its hospitality, offering visitors all the amenities of a big city - first class accommodation and dining, a lively arts scene, modern shops, a full range of businesses and wonderful parks and recreation facilities. The landscape is characterized by rivers, mountains, lakes and grasslands which offer unsurpassed opportunities for year-round outdoor adventure, enough to keep even the most avid outdoor enthusiast busy. Blue skies, endless sunshine, deep powder snow, one thousand lakes and spectacular landscapes make the Kamloops region the natural place to visit and experience unparalleled adventure opportunities.
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• Graduation from an approved school of nursing and two years’ recent related experience in a mental health and substance use environment; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Current practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.