The Addiction Nursing Fellowship program strives for excellence in clinical training, scholarship, research, and advocacy. The program includes specialty training in inpatient and outpatient addiction management, as well as related concurrent disorders training. The program prepares Nursing Fellows to work clinically in the field of addiction and take leadership roles in academic and/or research settings.

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New nursing trainees are accepted into the program each year from a range of clinical and academic backgrounds. The program runs from July 1 to June 30 (one year). All fellows must be available for the first two weeks of July to attend an online academic block. There may be some flexibility with the start date and duration, particularly for applicants who have secured their own funding.

We're pleased to offer Fellowship opportunities with focused clinical rotations in the Interior, Vancouver Island (primarily in Victoria), Fraser Health, and the lower mainland. Applicants should indicate their preferred location in their letter of intent, along with a brief summary of why they would be a good fit for the program.

Fellowship Overview

  • Fellows are accepted with a focus on clinical practice, nursing research, and/or leadership.
  • The program encourages learning experiences in a variety of settings, including residential recovery, withdrawal management, inpatient, corrections, perinatal, primary care, chronic pain, research, and other placements.
  • The program also encourages didactic learning experiences through a two-week academic block, monthly journal clubs, research and presentation skills development, 4 days of motivational interviewing training, and interdisciplinary academic half-days to enhance clinical and research skills.
  • Mandatory courses include: The BCCSU Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program (POATSP); Addiction Care and Treatment Online Course (ACTOC); Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2 CORE) Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans; Indigenous Cultural Safety training.
  • Fellows will complete a research or quality improvement project and present at the annual BCCSU Research Conference.
  • Each fellow will prepare and present a “What’s New in Addiction Nursing” session.
  • Clinical rotations are selected with the Fellow and Program Director based on experience and tailored to individual learning objectives. A description of some of the training rotations can be found below.
  • Teaching/presenting at clinical rotations.


The BCCSU Addiction Nursing Fellowship accepts applications from registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses who are licensed to practice in BC through the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. Nurse practitioners can apply for the Addiction Nurse Practitioner Fellowship. Applicants who are currently in Master’s or Doctoral programs and/or have secured funding through their employer will be prioritized. All applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss eligibility and funding options.


The St. Paul’s Hospital Addiction Medicine Consultation Team (AMCT) provides in-patient consultation services for patients admitted to all areas of the hospital including Internal Medicine, ICU, Psychiatry, Surgery, OBGYN. Consultation services include initial assessments, ongoing collaborative care in hospital, and facilitating transition to community services at the time of discharge. This includes treatment of addiction, withdrawal management, management of related pain and behaviour issues, education, and advocacy. The AMCT consists of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, social workers, and trainees from a variety of backgrounds. Nursing Fellows on AMCT will offer a teaching on most Thursdays; these slides are updated each year by incoming Fellows.
The St. Paul’s RAAC, and is an outpatient counterpart to the hospital’s inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Team. The RAAC provides consultation and stabilization for individuals with substance use disorder on a short-term basis. Nurses will be provided with hands-on experience in completing addiction nursing assessments and consultations and will be embedded within an interdisciplinary team of physicians, social workers, and peer navigators. Referrals for the clinic will be received from St Paul’s Hospital’s Emergency Department, the inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Team, community agencies, as well as self-referrals.
The ACT team is a community based mobile team of health professionals and law enforcement personnel who meet patients in their homes and on the street to help with stabilization, medical treatment, and assistance staying out of the criminal justice system. The team is composed of an Addiction Psychiatrist, Addiction Nurse, social worker, and police officer, among other staff. The ACT team is based on the Pathways to Housing model from New York which incorporates a ‘housing first’ approach into the Assertive Community Treatment model.
This provincial referral source 100 bed treatment centre treats severely concurrently disordered patients. Admission criteria include severe active substance use disorder and psychiatric illness. Acute detoxification, stabilization, and early treatment groups of different types are offered. Fellows will work with Addiction Psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, health care workers and psychologists.
The Crosstown Clinic offers pharmaceutical heroin (diacetylmorphine) and hydromorphone within a supervised clinical setting for patients with severe, chronic opioid use disorder. They have an on-site pharmacy, and a large interdisciplinary team. They also offer counselling, housing referrals and direction to legal assistance.
The Heartwood Centre for Women at British Columbia Women’s Hospital provides in-patient withdrawal management and residential treatment for pregnant and non-pregnant women within a trauma-informed multidisciplinary setting. Services include a comprehensive addiction treatment program, psychiatric and full primary care to women with multiple comorbidities.

The PHS has an array of services located in the DTES. PHS provides meals, computers, and programming including drumming, talking circles, and support groups, harm reduction supplies and have an alcohol exchange for non-beverage alcohol users. Their primary care clinic is embedded within this larger program. They provide full scope OAT (including novel and trial medications), take home naloxone training, and alcohol relapse prevention alongside common family medicine issues such as COPD, diabetes, and hypertension.

The PHS clinic offers comprehensive primary care and addiction treatment, including injectable opioid agonist treatment. Other services include:

  • Mobile Harm Reduction Services
  • Community Managed Alcohol Program
  • iOAT & TiOAT programs (at The Molson, 166 E Hastings, first door in the alley)

Vancouver Detox provides an excellent clinical learning environment for withdrawal management and related care. Fellows will learn about the full bio-psycho-social assessment for admission and management in this 25-bed inpatient medically supervised detoxification unit.

This rotation will also include a few days at the START program, 0.5- 1 day at Onsite and 0.5-1 day at Harbourlight, depending on the expressed learning goals. Fellows are expected to present a lecture (lunch and learn) to the team during this placement.


START is a small team of trauma-informed nurses and physicians located at the Robert & Lily Lee Family Centre. The team provides home-based withdrawal management as well as buprenorphine/naloxone inductions.

Onsite Detox is a level III intervention 12-bed unit. This unit largely serves inner city residents who in addition to their drug use have concurrent medical and mental health conditions as well as adverse social circumstances including homelessness.


Application Timeline for the 2023-2024 Addiction Nursing Fellowship:

  • September 1, 2022: Application process opens
  • November 1, 2022: Application deadline
  • November 22, 2022 to December 17, 2022: Interview period
  • February 15 - 22, 2023: Acceptance notification
  • March 1, 2023: Deadline for acceptance of offer by applicant
  • July 4, 2023: Fellowship begins

Please note: While the Fellowship is envisioned to begin July 4, 2022, some flexibility with start dates may be possible on a case-by-case basis.

Application Details
Interested candidates must submit an electronic copy of the following documentation:

  1. Three (3) letters - two letters of reference and one letter of support (pdf preferred):
    • One letter of reference should speak to the applicant’s clinical expertise and experience
    • One letter of reference should speak to the applicant’s character, leadership, advocacy, etc.
    • One letter of support should be from the applicant’s manager or supervisor and outline employer/organizational support for the applicant to complete the Fellowship program
  2. A 700-word letter of intent, in letter format (pdf preferred) describing:
    • The applicant’s background and preparation for the Fellowship to date
    • The applicant’s learning objectives and any specific areas of clinical interest or research interest
    • Why the applicant is interested in a career in the field of addictions, and
    • How the applicant envisions their fellowship experience will support their future impacts within the system of addictions treatment and care.
    • In addition, please comment on any institutional support available, preference for 6-month full-time or 12-month part-time format, or if flexible.
  3. A curriculum vitae

Please send an electronic copy of all application materials to [email protected]

Interviews may be conducted with top candidates from each discipline shortly after the application deadline. Interviews may be in person, on the phone, or via Zoom.

General Inquiries
For further information about this Fellowship program, please contact us at [email protected]. For managers and supervisors, please feel free to reach out with questions pertaining to program funding and institutional support.


Past Addiction Nursing Fellows are below.


















Emma Garrod, RN, BScN, Director, BCCSU Director, BCCSU Addiction Nursing Fellowship

Nicole Cowan, RN, BSN, Interim Director, BCCSU Addiction Nursing Fellowship


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