Northern Health

British Columbia

Registered Nurse, Mental Health & Addictions

Oct 25, 2016
$32.33 - $42.45
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Early Career

Position Summary

In accordance with established vision and values of the organization and in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, Mental Health & Addiction Nurse provides comprehensive assessment, care planning and treatment coordination for designated clients and their families. Working collaboratively with other health care providers and the multidisciplinary team, the Mental Health & Addiction Nurse provides direct psychosocial care, counselling and group work, system navigation and advocacy, education and linkage to relevant specialized complex care resources while facilitating client self-management. The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse is responsible for providing and developing services to maintain or improve the health and social well-being and functioning of the identified population.

The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse is a member of the Mobile Support Team delivering outreach to First Nations communities and reserves by providing a continuum of services such as: prevention, promotion, and education; assessments and care planning for individuals; and consultation on cultural and clinical interventions; and crisis response when communities are impacted by critical events. The position is to provide community development support as it relates to Mental Wellness with BC First Nations communities.

The Mental Health & Addiction Nurse practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CNRBC), or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC).


  • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing.
  • Two years' recent related Mental Health & Addiction experience in clinical areas, services, and programs, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC).
  • Current valid B.C. driver's license and access to reliable vehicle.
  • Travel is a requirement of this position; and flexibility in relation to work schedules and locations may be required.
  • Experience working with BC First Nations organizations and communities.
  • Knowledge of the health and wellness governance landscape in First Nations' health in BC, particularly relative to mental wellness.
  • Knowledge of theories, practices and principles relative to mental wellness, suicide prevention, and mental health emergency response, particularly relative to First Nations in BC, including the current programs and services available.
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal/First Nations mental wellness health system needs, including mental health and wellness issues that face BC First Nations.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols and ability to manage conflict in a respectful and culturally relevant and safe manner.


Fort St. John is known as "The Energetic City," which reflects the large resource base of oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture, and the vitality of their residents who are keen to live and work in a community that gives back so much. Fort St. John sits high above the spectacular Peace River Valley, Northwest of Dawson Creek and Southeast of Fort Nelson, where endless patchwork quilts of cropland melt into the horizon. Serving an area population of 69,000, Fort St. John is the hub of the Northeast with a new cultural center and library, theatre and art space. The main industries are agriculture, forestry, natural gas, construction and trucking.

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