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Central Coast

This is your chance to explore beautiful communities outside of the city and gain unique experiences working in one of our rural hospitals. We have short and long-term opportunities available on the beautiful Central Coast of British Columbia. Start your adventure in the stunning towns of Bella Bella, or Bella Coola. A real eye-opener awaits for people who’ve never visited these remote locations. On your way to your destination, you will encounter pristine temperate rain forests and a beautiful rugged coastline that beckons the modern adventurer. Look forward to world-class fishing, beautiful hiking trails, rich culture, and endless outdoor activities. All these and more, right on your doorstep.

OPPORTUNITIES

The rural healthcare team consists of Physicians, RNs, LPNs, PCAs, Laboratory Technologists, Radiology Technologist, Combined Lab/Xray Technician, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Assistants, Mental Health, Public Health RN, Physiotherapist, Rehab Assistant, and Support Services Personnel.

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Bella Bella

About Bella Bella

Adventure awaits you in this friendly island community. Home of the salmon, the whale and the bald eagle, Bella Bella is island community on the beautiful BC “Inside Passage,” set in the rain forest at the edge of the ocean. The climate is mild and the area is a paradise for kayaking, sport fishing, hiking and photography.

Bella Bella is a beautiful island community off the central coast of British Columbia, 690 km north of Vancouver. It is surrounded by a magical world of channels, inlets and old growth forest. It is home to salmon, orcas, humpbacks, bald eagles and the other denizens of the Pacific Northwest.

Life in Bella Bella is defined by its physical geography and population of about 1500 people. Bella Bella is home to the proud and progressive First Nation community of the Heiltsuk Nation.

Here you will discover the challenges and rewards a remote location adds to the practice of health care. This is the place to be if you enjoy professional challenges, multidisciplinary rural health care, aboriginal culture and the outdoors!

R.W. Large Memorial Hospital

The healthcare team consists of Physicians, RNs, LPNs, PCAs, Laboratory and Radiology Technologists, Combined Lab/X-Ray Technician, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Assistants, and Support Services Personnel.

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Bella Coola

About Bella Coola

Bella Coola sits in a mountain valley at the head of the North Bentinck Channel. The community is at the end of a long, truly magnificent fjord, on the mainland coast of British Columbia. It is 500 km north of Vancouver and 450 km west of Williams Lake.

Tucked between snow-capped coastal mountains, this west coast village is rich in history and aboriginal culture. Bella Coola’s lush green valleys are home to the grizzly, salmon and bald eagle. The climate is mild and the area is a paradise for sport fishing, hiking, heli-skiing and photography. Hanging glaciers provide majestic backdrops where waterfalls plummet down vertical granite walls into the icy waters. Few places on earth provide such magnificent natural beauty!

Approximately 1800 people live in Bella Coola. The population is evenly split between members of the Nuxalk Nation and people of non-aboriginal descent. Here, where the mountains meet the sea, you’ll discover a natural paradise and a community that extends a warm welcome to its health care professionals.

Bella Coola General Hospital

The healthcare team consists of Physicians, RNs, LPNs, PCAs, Laboratory Technologists, Radiology Technologist, Combined Lab/Xray Technician, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Assistants, Mental Health, Public Health RN, Physiotherapist, Rehab Assistant, and Support Services Personnel.

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WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR STAR TALENT

We welcome international applications from qualified health care professionals who are internationally trained. Although the process to emigrate to Canada can be involved, you will immediately appreciate upon arrival the pleasures of life on Canada’s west coast!

To learn how to apply as an out of province, or international applicant, click below:

How to Apply

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BENEFITS PACKAGE

Vancouver Coastal Health offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which may vary depending on collective agreement and employment status. To learn more visit our benefits page:

Benefits

REGISTRATION

Registration with the appropriate regulatory body is mandatory in British Columbia to in order to practice as a nurse. Please visit the CRNBC or CLPNBC website for more information on licensing and registration.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Evidence of the excitement that comes from working on the Central Coast is everywhere:

“I have had a lot of autonomy to grow in my position and to work both in the hospital and the community with my role. However, what really still absolutely memorizes me is the beauty that I am surrounded with. The hospital sits directly on the coast line. Each patient’s room has a large picturesque view of the ocean. On any given day I can watch whales go by, or an eagle perch itself on the tree directly outside. I frequently am woken up by the wolves at night. My most favorite thing while working is to take a moment and simply watch the ocean traffic of cruise ships, barges, local fishermen and the coast guard.”
– Larisa MacGregor, Licensed Practical Nurse at R.W. Large Memorial Hospital

“An influencing factor to moving home (Bella Bella) was the opportunity to raise our young son Gage around family, nature and culture. This has been a wonderful positive experience for us as a new family.”
– Gary Housty, Manager Clinical Services at RW Large Memorial

I could not have asked for  more engaged & dedicated employees.
Michel Bazille, Director at Bella Coola General Hospital

“Since arriving about a week ago I’ve been reminded of the awesome natural beauty of the Chilcotin plateau and Bella Coola valley and have had the privilege of meeting some great people around the hospital and community. I think it’s a unique place and a real gem in the province of B.C.”
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Luke Hughson, UBC Med Student

My experience in Bella Coola has been invaluable – I would not have landed the job in Pemberton had I not gained so much experience here – it’s been very rewarding.
Megan Ross, Public Health Nurse

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