Northern Health

British Columbia
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Emergency Psychiatric Liaison Nurse - Fort St. John (Full Time)

$31.71 - $41.63
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Early Career

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Mental Health & Addictions Services (MHAS) and under the supervision of the Team Leader, and working as a multidisciplinary team member, performs intake assessment, crisis intervention, and direct patient care to Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) patients in the Emergency Department and/or other inpatient units, in accordance with the College of Nurses' of British Columbia (CRNBC) Standards of Practice and/or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (CRPNBC). Provides input into and assists with ensuring effective patient flow for assessed and admitted MHA patients including those awaiting transfer for further assessment; assists with patient admission and transfer to ensure MHA services and bed destination is achieved in a timely manner. Within the context of a patient service culture, screens and assesses patients to develop plans of care. Collaborates with Emergency Department Nurses, other emergency service providers, multidisciplinary community Mental Health and Addictions teams and other community service providers and assists in adapting care plans to address psychiatric needs.


  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing plus current practicing membership with the College of Registered
  • Nurses' of British Columbia (CRNBC) or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC). Two (2) years' recent related experience in a crisis or emergency psychiatry setting or in acute psychiatry, out-patient psychiatry or after-hours mental health or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other care providers to facilitate and enhance inter-agency and interdepartmental problem solving.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively, including establishing and maintaining rapport with psychotic and crisisprone individuals.
  • Ability to proactively and effectively resolve issues impacting on quality and continuity of care.
  • Ability to organize work, and to set and adjust priorities in relation to identified risk factors.
  • Ability to work independently in a self directed manner.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Working knowledge of violence management protocols and Mental Health Act provisions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of emergency triage procedures, mental health and addictions assessment, psychopharmacology, general counselling principles and interview techniques, crisis theory, abnormal psychology, DSM IV multiaxial diagnosis, de-escalation techniques, seclusion and restraint practices, and community resource and social service utilization.
  • hysical ability to perform the duties of the position.


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.