Doris Aladi, BScPN, Registered Psychiatric Nurse with Coast Mental Health

Get to know Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Doris Aladi, who serves patients in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

Doris is a registered psychiatric nurse who specializes in mental health, acute psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, tertiary care, addictions, as well as recovery and rehabilitation. She is currently serving patients at Coast Mental Health in Vancouver BC, Canada. For more than 45 years, Coast Mental Health has empowered people living with mental illness by providing three essential pillars of recovery: housing, support services, and employment & education. The non-profit’s approach is client-focused and community-based with an aim to prove that with compassion and courage, recovery from mental illness is possible. 

With extensive years of experience in her field, Doris provides a broad range of psychiatric nursing functions and direct care, including psychiatric assessment, pharmacotherapy, and crisis intervention to clients who live in a variety of community-based settings. Doris is responsible for the delivery of care for individuals who have experienced homelessness, severe addiction, mental illness, trauma, family/cultural and community disconnection. Also in settings with individuals that has entanglements with the justice system and forensic psychiatry as well as physical health deterioration, behavioral issues and challenges. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, she shares information with health delivery team and other professionals in relation to the client’s progress, care plans, helpful interventions and approaches. All these are designed to meet the needs of the client. Through continuity of care, majority of Coast Mental Health  Recovery and Rehabilitation program clients are referred from Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. This is a 94-bed facility that provides integrated treatment for adults with the most severe and complex concurrent disorders in British Columbia. It is the only program of its kind in the province.

Additionally, Doris practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the former professional governing boards of College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia and the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia which is now together as the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals. The  focus is client-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-focused care model which forms the vision and values of the organization.

During her academic career, Doris earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Douglas College in Coquitlam British Columbia, Canada in March of 2016. She then went on to become a member of the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals.

Believing that mental illness finds a way of touching all of us, either directly or through our friends and family, Doris chose this career path because it gives her comfort knowing that she is one of the many professionals in the world dedicating their time, overcoming the challenges, and advocating for the individual with mental illness. She feels that recovery is achievable through support, empowerment, autonomy, and responsibility.

What motivates her to start her day is knowing that she is in a position to use her skills to influence someone’s life in a positive manner, especially individuals dealing with mental illness. She strives to make a difference in their lives by listening to their needs and providing the- needed support as well as giving care directly. 

A registered psychiatric nurse, like Doris, is a nurse who specializes in caring for those with mental health needs. Psychiatric nurses are part of the multidisciplinary team in the treatment of individuals with psychiatric illness and relative symptoms. They are able to work in a variety of locations, including hospitals, outpatient facilities, health departments, mental health agencies, and long-term care centers.

Happily married, Doris attributes her success to having a great support system, including her husband, who is also in the same professional field. She feels that being a great listener, being passionate about her work, as well as remaining dedicated to her patients are all aspects that have helped her in achieving success throughout her career. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. 

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