We're Hiring: SAFER RN, LPN Nurse (Sat - Sun) Signing Bonus Available

Details of the Position:

Wage: as per BCNU Wage Grid, $1000 Signing Bonus paid in two installments: $500 at end of probation period, $500 at six months

Work Locations: SAFER Clinic, Ləkʷəŋən Territory, Victoria BC        

Hours of Work: hours negotiable up to 8.5 per day on Saturdays and Sundays


  • Saturdays, hours negotiable between 8:30am-6pm, up to 8.5 hour
  • Sundays, hours negotiable between 8:30am-6pm, up to 8.5 hours
  • Additional weekday hours may be available

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: March 31, 2023

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@avi.org 

Job Summary:

SAFER is a flexible, community-based, harm reduction program that provides safer, pharmaceutical alternatives to the currently toxic drug supply.

Under the direct supervision of the Clinical Nurse Lead, or designate, the SAFER Nurse will work in partnership with an interdisciplinary team to provide participant-centered healthcare including assessment, screening, and education to support participants who are accessing SAFER. The SAFER Nurse will use a harm reduction, trauma-informed approach and is required to have demonstrated clinical skills and experience to independently assess individuals with complex primary care health needs and active poly-substance use. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide care and support for individuals with high levels of poly-substance use and a variety and complexity of acute and chronic conditions, related but not exclusive to conditions of poverty and criminalization.
  2. Work both independently (under the Working Alone Policy, when appropriate) and collaboratively with the SAFER team to support people contemplating or accessing pharmaceutical alternatives to illegal/toxic substances in a variety of settings (eg. primarily via outreach to parks, drop-in centres, shelters, supported housing, OPS/SCS, etc, and also at SAFER clinic).
  3. Provide care, assessment, screening, education, referrals, and advocacy regarding substance use, acute and chronic health concerns, mental health, sexual health, wound management, and general wellness, including primary and specialist care, substance use services, diagnostic and laboratory services, and medication management.
  4. Provide harm reduction support through collaborative risk reduction strategy, education, distribution of harm reduction supplies, and naloxone trainings and distribution.
  5. Collaborate with participants and SAFER team to develop and maintain individualized care plans, providing ongoing monitoring and support with participants in accordance with the care plan.
  6. Work with community partners to ensure seamless support of mutual participants.
  7. Provide screening and assessment and administer medications as ordered by program physicians and according to clinical protocols.
  8. Provide education, information and appropriate referrals that are responsive to the self-identified needs of participants to manage their health, enhance understanding of their health status, and navigate through the various services and community supports related to their care.
  9. Participate in staff meetings, trainings, educational forums, and engagement in community building and networking.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Minimum 1 to 5 years’ full scope, outreach nursing experience working with people with high levels of poly-substance use and mental health challenges.
  • Previous experience working in supervised consumption/overdose prevention services, safer supply or other harm reduction programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice principles and practices, including harm reduction, anti-racism, decolonization, combating stigma related to drug use, HIV, hepatitis C, and challenging gendered oppression, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia 
  • Experience working in solidarity with diverse populations including people who are criminalized for their drug use; people who are denied housing/precariously housed/warehoused; racialized identities; Indigenous persons; LGBTQI2S+ identities; sex workers; people with disabilities.
  • Relevant or applicable training/experience in anti-racism and a demonstrated commitment to anti-colonial learning/unlearning.
  • Strong analysis of colonialism and intergenerational impacts of historical and ongoing colonization
  • Demonstrated understanding of public health and equity-oriented models of social support and health care.  
  • Strong knowledge of typical medical approaches to substance use disorder and opiate agonist treatment options.
  • Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge in the areas of primary care, substance use, harm reduction, HIV, HCV, sexual health, mental health and health promotion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to person-centered healthcare service provision.
  • Works well under pressure and in stressful situations.
  • Capable, independent practitioner and committed team member.
  • Excellent communication, conflict resolution and crisis management skills.
  • To comply with current BC Public Health Orders, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption. Proof of vaccination status will be required for successful applicants for positions covered by the order.
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and use of own vehicle for work purposes is required for this position.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position and operate related equipment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain respectful rapport with participants.
  • Ability to observe and recognize subtle changes in participants.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to use related equipment including computer to complete documentation, data, and reports using Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
  • Practiced conflict resolution and non-violent crisis intervention skills.
  • Ability to work outdoors during all types of weather in all seasons.


We strongly encourage applications from, but not limited to, Indigenous Persons, persons of colour, persons living with disabilities, persons who use/d drugs, persons with experience of sex work, persons who live with HIV and/or hepatitis C, and persons representing diverse genders and sexualities.

It is beneficial to identify in the cover letter if you are Indigenous and have lived/living expertise relevant to the position.

We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted