Employed Student Nurse Program

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""Our Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program provides a nursing employment opportunity to work in a clinical setting of up to 350 hours of hands-on experience with pay." - Nicola C., VCH Patient Services Manager"
- Nicola C., Patient Services Manager

Our Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program provides a nursing employment opportunity to work in a clinical setting of up to 350 hours of hands-on experience with pay. These hours will help you consolidate your theory and clinical skills, build on your nursing practice and participate as a team member. In many cases, you can also apply your earned seniority towards your first RN/RPN job with us.

ESN educators and unit staff support your transition from student to new graduate nurse.ESN positions may be available at the following sites:

  • Richmond Hospital (Richmond)
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver)
  • UBC Hospital (on the grounds of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver)
  • Powell River Hospital (Powell River)
  • St. Mary's Hospital (Sechelt)
  • Community programs in various locations

Our program is unique and the opportunities are different at each location. Employment opportunities usually commence in the spring/summer to coincide with school breaks. 

Application criteria
You qualify for the ESN program if you:

  • Are continually enrolled full time in a recognized registered nursing or registered psychiatric School of Nursing Program in British Columbia;
  • Have successfully completed 2nd Year of your RPN or BScN program(or equivalent); 
  • Have successfully completed your Adult Medical-Surgical Rotation;
  • Are registered/eligible for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia as an Employed Student Registrant (if applicable); 
  • Have certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support; and 
  • Meet our recruitment screening requirements.

How to ApplyTo apply to our Employed Student Nurse Program, please visit our Careers website.

Our ESN Application Process is as follows:

  • Applicants apply online for an ESN opportunity.
  • Recruitment Services reviews applications and contacts qualified applicants for additional information.
  • Short listed applicants are contacted for interview.

Our posting for the 2015 ESN intake will be available on our website from December 19, 2014 to January 16, 2015. Interested candidates should apply early and ensure their applications are complete as opportunities are limited.

Thank you for your interest in Employed Student Nurse opportunities with Vancouver Coastal Health. We look forward to receiving your application!

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