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Phoenix Centre hires for casual positions throughout the year - Detox Workers, Nurses, Administrative Support, Janitorial and Kitchen - please contact us for more information at ksad@phoenixcentre.org. You may also find our postings on Indeed.ca or BC Jobs


LPN both Fulltime and Casual positions available 

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Detox Supervisor the LPN provides nursing care and support to clients with potential psychological, emotional, behavioural, and medical problems who are withdrawing from substances. This position requires flexibility and responsiveness in a stressful environment, often dealing with clients in crisis situations. Managing emergency situations is an ongoing expectation of this position.  The position also provides education to clients and consultation to staff as required. The hours of work for this position are full-time (1,950) and are extended shifts (12 hours) that are part of a master rotation (2Days, 2 Nights followed by at least 4 days off). The position requires a moderate level of physical fitness to effectively carry out the duties of this position.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Nursing Care

·  Completes a full mental and physical health assessment of the client upon arrival and then on an ongoing basis as required

·  Provides support and resources to clients and families about health care, harm reduction and other addiction education and treatment options

·  Provides health/mental health instruction and education to all residential staff (in all residential settings) including orientating staff to the approved administration of oral and topical medications and information of medication

·  Discusses mental health plans, and evaluates medical care and therapies of clients with psychiatrist, physician, professional therapists, social workers, and other professionals

·  Develops positive relationships with program clients and provides warm, nurturing and therapeutic environment in which to explore responsible choices and options

·  Discusses mental health plans and evaluates medical care and therapies of clients with psychiatrist, physician, professional therapists, social workers and other professionals

· Works with approved assessment tools to determine clients’ withdrawal needs and administers medical protocols initiated by a physician and under the supervision of a Registered Nurse

·  Provides wound care, diabetes monitoring and care and other medical support as required and within the scope of practice of an LPN

·  Provides and/or assists with medical or environmental emergencies consistent with legislative parameters and approved organization policies

·  Administers medication according to medication schedules and protocols

·  Manages behaviour of clients in a professional and therapeutic manner

·   Maintains a clean and healthy residential environment

·  Follows internal safety and emergency procedures

·  Consults regularly with the Detox Supervisor and/or designate to discuss medical, emotional and referral needs of clients and progress

·  Performs nursing care to clients including the administration of prescribed medication/treatment and observing, recording, and reporting symptoms and changes in client’s condition

·  Works co-operatively with colleagues and community professionals and acts as a positive role model at all time


· Develops a case file and maintains accurate and timely written reports and records for each assigned program client

· Documents significant occurrences and information related to clients

Program Evaluation

·  Participates in program evaluation by collecting and compiling data and making modifications to service to reflect evaluation findings

Cultural Competence

·  Provides culturally competent services through recognition of the similarities and differences in values, norms and customs of persons served that vary by ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

Organizational Role

·  Participates positively and productively as a member of the program team

·  Actively supports and works within the goals, policies, and procedures of the program and Society 

·  Represents the program and agency to participants, involved professionals, funders, and the community in a positive and professional manner


·  Participates in meetings with Detox Supervisor, physicians, pharmacist and detox staff as required

·  Performs other related duties as required



·  Diploma as a Licensed Practical Nurse or equivalent Nursing Certification

·  Current registration as a Licensed Practical Nurse with a Canadian college

·  CPR and Level 1 First Aid Certificate


·  At least 2 years’ experience in nursing substance affected individuals and/or individuals with mental health issues and/or equivalency

·  Experience working with the harm reduction model is an asset

·   Experience with electronic medical records will be an asset


·  Knowledge of pathophysiology related to substance abuse

·  Knowledge of mental health issues as they related to substance abuse

·  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

Skills and Abilities:

·  Excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, client family members, co-workers and people in the community both individually and in groups

· Demonstrated a respectful, empathetic, non-judgmental attitude to clients and colleagues

·  Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision on a multi-disciplinary team

· Proven ability to organize and prioritize

·  Demonstrated ability to learn and utilize new information

·  Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position

·  Able to be flexible to meet the needs of a demanding work environment

·  Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions based on nursing assessment skills and knowledge

·  Proven ability to make solution based decisions expediently, implementing and evaluating them

·  Proven ability to deal with crisis situations, utilizing conflict resolution skills

·  Demonstrated ability to accept and utilize supervisory feedback and direction

·  Demonstrated commitment to the values of the organization

·  Proven ability to work as a team member





Job Description

A casual on call position has become available in housekeeping.  The Housekeeping staff maintains the Phoenix Centre at an acceptable level of cleanliness and works with Detox to encourage the participation of clients in some of the routine housecleaning duties.  The housekeeping staff is responsible for inventorying all cleaning supplies and washroom products and advising the Supervisor when additional supplies need purchasing.     


Required Qualifications:

 Certificate relevant to institutional cleaning from a recognized educational institute

  • Grade 12
  • 2 years’ experience in institutional housekeeping

 Hours of work:  Casual on call

Salary:    As per BCGEU Community Sub sector agreement

 Start Date:    Immediately

Please submit your resume to: Sian Lewis, Executive Director


Please submit your resume and credentials to Sian Lewis, Executive Director ( ksad@phoenixcentre.org )