Geriatric Emergency Nurse

Work Area: 
MSJ emergency department
Base Site: 
Mt St Joseph Hospital
Job Category: 
Registered Nurse
Acute Care Hospital
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


Reporting to the Operations Leader, Emergency Department (ED), demonstrates expertise and role models best practice direct care skills in the assessment and medical management of acutely ill seniors with complex care needs who present to the ED. Teaches patients and families self care, promoting their own abilities to develop and maintain healthy behaviours within the context of an illness or disease. Develops, implements and evaluates approved patient education programs. Consults with members of the Geriatric Care Team and ED interdisciplinary health care teams to provide education and direction in the management and interventions required in caring for an acutely ill senior. Provides visible and accessible clinical support to the staff by acting as an education resource and role model. Develops, implements and evaluates education programs and patient education materials.


  • Ability to teach, provide clinical support and lead group sessions.
  • Ability to coach and counsel patients, families and staff. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of evidenced-based nursing practice relating to gerontological patients. 
  • Demonstrated skill assessing gerontological patients, identifying foci of care and initiating appropriate care plan in consultation with the patient/family and team members. 
  • Ability to identify learning needs and develop educational programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to role model evidence based gerontological practice.
  • Ability to provide and/or develop resource materials, including educational materials.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of adult education principles. Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Ability to apply decision making and analytical skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to role model conflict resolution strategies. Ability to prioritize and organize work independently.
  • Knowledge of research processes and methodology.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Ability to operate related equipment, including computers.


  • Registration with the BC College of Nursing Professionals as a practicing RN registrant, plus three years’ recent related clinical experience in emergency or gerontological nursing, including recent acute care experience and one year’s leadership experience, familiarity with relevant Home Health programs, completion of post graduate specialty program(s) and or Canadian Certificate in Gerontology, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Demonstrates expertise and role models the specialized geriatric care skills required to provide optimal medical management for the acutely ill senior with complex care needs. Assesses patients/families physical, emotional, and mental readiness and ability to learn, through methods such as physical assessments, discussions, completion of questionnaires, chart review, and through collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team. Organizes resources, supplies and equipment for patient/family home as required. Develops educational materials for patient/family, such as pamphlets, brochures, instruction sheets, and manuals. Teaches patient and or significant others(s) to administer treatments and operate equipment safely, both at home and in the hospital. Provides direct nursing care, including physical assessments and administering medications and treatments. Consults with members of the Geriatric Care Team and ED interdisciplinary health care teams to provide education and direction in the management and interventions required in caring for an acutely ill senior. Acts as an education resource for staff. Teaches/educates members of the interdisciplinary team as required in area of expertise. Coaches staff in clinical nursing skills and behaviours by role modelling and through individual and group teaching. Completes a geriatric nursing assessment of seniors with complex care needs in the ED. Uses validated testing and performance scales, prioritizes care requirements, ensures diagnostic testing is complete, assesses and interprets results and monitors patient’s progress according to expected outcomes. Observes and detects significant life threatening changes to patients condition, develops individualized care plans and intervenes to manage change. Evaluates outcomes to these interventions. Provides rapid geriatric assessments in collaboration with ED staff to facilitate appropriate transfer/treatment and discharge.