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  • North Vancouver,  BC
  • (604) 726-2416

Adrienne Harrington



  • Dedicated and self-motivated Registered Psychiatric Nurse 
  • Outstanding team player; passionate about delivering the highest level of overall patient satisfaction
  • Consistently empathetic; actively listens and quickly establishes rapport in order to deliver superior patient care and advocacy
  • Exudes exemplary independent judgment and critical thinking abilities
  • Performs well in high-pressure, fast-paced environments through the effective use of exceptional multitasking abilities
  • Able to quickly and smoothly diffuse high-stress situations
  • Ability to utilize patient management skills to enhance quality of life and increase patient satisfaction
  • Nurtures relationships ensuring the highest level of quality and care; offers education through use of therapeutic communications and reliable support

Work History


Staff Psychiatric Nurse

St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care

Responsible for completing thorough holistic assessments and daily medication administration for up to 5 patients on a 20 bed, in-patient mental health unit. In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, provides support and advocacy for patients, co-leads therapeutic groups, links patients to community services and housing, collaborates on care plans and ensures community discharge plans are in place. Provides guidance, mentorship and orientation to student nurses and new staff nurses.


Addiction Nurse

Addiction Services, Evergreen and Three Bridges Community Health Centres, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Provided screening and assessment, direct nursing care, education and counseling to clients presenting with substance use disorders and related problems at the Community Health Centre. Worked collaboratively with physicians and health care professionals, addiction agencies, clients and their families in the identification and treatment of substance abuse issues. Coordinated and integrated care and advocacy and provided input into treatment plans. Performed physician delegated duties related to the Opiate Replacement Therapy Program. Developed and co-facilitated a weekly methadone support group. Provided telephone support for home based withdrawal management and provided consultation and referral to Primary Care and Withdrawal Management Services.

Responsible for the recruitment, assessment, orientation, case management, program development, group facilitation as well as maintenance and input of statistical and/or research data for the Tobacco Dependence Clinic. Provided psycho-education, performed physician delegated duties related to the pharmacological management of tobacco dependence and followed up with former group attendees.



Bachelor of Science, Psychiatric Nursing (enrolled)

Douglas College

The Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing Program provides the graduate with an increased breadth and depth of specialized knowledge and skill beyond that obtained in the diploma program. Graduates demonstrate additional knowledge in family theory and assessment; knowledge of statistical methods in research; ability to critically analyze, interpret, evaluate and integrate nursing research literature to guide psychiatric nursing practice; and ability to participate in psychiatric nursing research projects.


Diploma In Psychiatric Nursing

Douglas College

The Psychiatric Nursing Diploma Program provides graduates with specialized knowledge and skills to provide safe, comprehensive, holistic care to individuals in a variety of mental health care settings. Each semester builds on foundational concepts and skills to prepare graduates to respond to mental health care needs within the context of families, groups and communities.