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Nursing at VCH

Our forward-thinking organization is bursting with great opportunities for both the new and experienced nurse. From small towns to major cities, from acute care to community and home care, we offer our employees a full range of lifestyle and career options. Registered nurses find their expectations exceeded at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) because we offer a wide variety of opportunities and strive to promote a respectful and dynamic working environment.

Below is just a snapshot of the wide-variety of nursing opportunities we offer at VCH. View our current opportunities page to view all our available positions.

Registered Nurses

Career and lifestyle balance

We offer nursing opportunities across the spectrum at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH.) In general, these include medical/surgical, acute care (including specialties), community, leadership, mental health and addictions and residential care.

VCH operates the largest hospital in British Columbia: Vancouver General Hospital. We also serve smaller communities with rural hospitals and health clinics, so as a nurse, you have options to satisfy both your career and lifestyle preferences.

International Applicants

We welcome 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! Learn how to apply as an international applicant.

Registered Nurses VCH

Areas of Care

Acute Care

Acute inpatient care is a key component of the continuum of health services in Canada. If you’re looking for a fast-paced career full of excitement, acute care nursing may right up your alley. No two days on the job are the same! In addition to meeting new patients on a frequent basis, acute care nurses perform a variety of tasks within a single day: patient care, staff management, technical maintenance, medical documentation and laboratory-related duties, just to name a few.

The largest hospital in British Columbia: Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), is a quaternary referral and transplant centre for the province of British Columbia. It is also a teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of British Columbia and home to one of the largest research institutes in Canada. VGH sees a wide range of patients requiring specialized care including trauma, solid organ transplants, burns, neurosurgery and spinal cord injury.

Community Nursing

Are you an experienced nurse looking for your next challenge – where excitement and building meaningful relationships with clients is routine? We’re actively recruiting for community health nurses to partner with clients and their families to promote health and prevent disease and injury. Work with a high degree of autonomy to initiate strategies that will positively impact people and their community.

Learn more about community and public health nursing here.

Residential Nursing

Imagine making a difference in the lives of clients who are no longer able to care for themselves or by a relative in their own home and who need 24-hour professional care and supervision. Your role as a residential nurse will give you an opportunity to become part of a team that cares for the “whole” person in an extended care facility.

You have the opportunity to provide direct client care in a supportive, team environment. From dispensing medications, assisting with meals, engaging the clients in the daily activities planned for them and providing emotional support, you can make a difference in the quality of the residents’ lives. Think of the rewards of providing care in a home away from home setting that emphasizes a holistic approach to an individual. As a health care giver, you can make a difference


Training & Education

100% employer-paid education

We offer specialty education for our experienced registered nurses. In addition to 100% subsidized education, we will cover books and wages while in training. You will step into a permanent full-time position once you successfully complete the program. Define your career in one of the most exciting and rewarding healthcare environments Canada-wide.


VCH has partnered with government, education, labour and other health authorities to develop the Educator Career Pathway. This is an exciting opportunity for our RNs and RPNs who have a passion for education. Develop your knowledge and skills in teaching and learning! This unique opportunity allows nurses to implement and evaluate a curriculum, and build education capacity and career mobility.

Operating Room Nurses VGH

Rural Nursing

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. Surrounded by the “Great Bear Rainforest,” you will be able to experience nature most travelers could only dream of. For more information, click here.

Spirit Bear, Bella Bella Coola, BC

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast peninsula is one of B.C.’s most scenic regions. A backdrop of the majestic coastal mountain range frames a myriad of bike and cross-country skiing trails and miles of sandy beaches. The area is home to nearly 29,000 people concentrated around the larger town centres of Sechelt, Gibsons Landing and Pender Harbour.

The peninsula attracts people looking for a friendly, more relaxed lifestyle. Whether you settle in a town centre or choose a rural setting, you’re always close to a wonderful array of social, cultural and recreational activities.

This popular area within the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region is accessible by a scenic 40-minute BC Ferries ride from Horseshoe Bay to Gibsons. To view opportunities on the Sunshine Coast, utilize our “Location drop-down list” located on our opportunities page.

Sunshine Coast

Nurse Practitioners

Advanced practice

We hire nurse practitioners for our acute and residential sites as well as community health centres. In this role, you’ll provide health services from a holistic nursing perspective, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, osteoarthritis and mental health concerns.

Nurse Practitioner scope

  • Comprehensive assessments of patients/clients
  • Diagnosing diseases, disorders and conditions
  • Initiating treatment including health care management and therapeutic interventions
  • Prescribing medications
  • Referring to specialists, nutritionists and therapists
  • Providing guidance to other health professionals
  • Participating autonomously as members of interdisciplinary health teams

View our Nurse Practitioner opportunities here.

Nurse Practitioner

New Graduates

Grow professionally

Vancouver Coastal Health’s New Grad Program provides new RN/RPN/LPN graduates with learning opportunities that encourage confidence and competence as they transition into their new graduate practice.

New Grad Support Program:

We offer two workshops for new nurse graduates. These workshops provide invaluable experience in networking with other new graduate nurses.

  • New Grad RN, RPN & LPN Transition Workshop
  • New Grad RN, RPN & LPN Clinical Decision Making Workshop

Program criteria

Registration for New Grad courses is located on VCH CCRS.

Graduate Nurses

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