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Personal Care Aide (PCA) - Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Oct 06, 2019
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, British Columbia

Location:  Vancouver

Reporting to:  Clinical Manager, Nursing Team

Job status:  Casual

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider.  For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them.  Be part of a talented and innovative team who takes pride in supporting & providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.


HERE’S WHY IT’S SO GREAT TO WORK WITH US.  Aside from being surrounded by a friendly, inclusive, dedicated team, Canuck Place offers employees free courses for Langara College, weekly onsite massage therapy and informative lunch n’ learns, as well as various learning opportunities.  Canuck Place Children’s Hospice also has a "Care For the Caregiver" committee who provides ongoing, creative activities to connect us with one another as a reminder that it’s "this" moment that really counts.



Under the direction of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse, the Personal Care Aide ensures safe, quality care while performing care duties relating to feeding, personal hygiene, music & recreational therapy activities, accompanying children & families on outings and some clinical duties.  Candidates must be available to work days, evenings, nights and weekends, and should be available on short notice.



  • A High School diploma, supplemented with graduation from a recognized Health Care Assistant program, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Registered with the BC Care Aid Community Health Worker Registry



  • Provides personal care to children with bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, skin and hair care; assisting with toilet needs; and lifting & transferring children.
  • Assists with meals by serving and feeding designated children.
  • Assists with a child’s exercise routines.
  • Safely utilizes mechanical aids, such as wheelchairs, lifts and stretchers.
  • Performs tasks, as delegated by the nurse, such as obtaining urine specimens, administering non-sterile dressings and checking skin for ulcers & for skin integrity, following standard procedures & protocols.
  • Monitors children and reports observations, problems & any behavioural, physical & cognitive changes to the Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Accompanies children & families on outings and during social activities, as required.
  • Assists with recreation and music therapy activities.
  • Performs some clerical duties, such as typing, answering the telephone and counting petty cash.
  • Charts pertinent information in the child’s chart.
  • Follows policies, procedures and standards of excellence to ensure a safe environment for children & families, other staff & volunteers.
  • Assumes other related responsibilities, as assigned.  



What you bring to the role:

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Good English communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Ability to observe and recognize changes in children.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with children & families.
  • Good computer skills, including MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional & personal boundaries.
  • Clear and valid Class 5 BC driver’s licence is required.

You have:

  • High integrity; creativity; balance, good judgment and objectivity; high vision and conceptual capabilities; ability to consult, facilitate and collaborate; sense of humor.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility that allows you to work with high energy, creative people.
  • Ability to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing, ambiguous environment.


Note:  Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require occasional weekend & evening work and travel within & outside the Lower Mainland.

At the discretion of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the information in this job description may be reviewed and revised, as required, to meet the needs of the organization.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality & diversity within its community and to a welcoming & inclusive workplace.  We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations & genders and others with the skills & knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.



Please submit your cover letter and your resume here by October 6, 2019.  We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage First Nations, Inuit & Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been shortlisted will be contacted.

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