Perioperative Services is Hiring!

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Advance your career & enjoy a balanced lifestyle

Be part of one of the most exciting & challenging OR environments nationwide

Develop new skills by working alongside some of Canada's finest practitioners

Enjoy the benefits of being part of one of the largest health research institutes in Canada

Take advantage of 100% employer-Paid education program

Live & work in Vancouver - one of the most beautiful cities in the world – (up to $5,000 relocation assistance available)

Vancouver Coastal Health is opening its doors to qualified perioperative professionals to join our teams. We are hiring perioperative nurses for work across all of our operating rooms and recovery rooms.

As an employer of choice, we offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Full health & dental coverage
  • Vacation starting at 4 weeks
  • Defined benefits pension plan
  • Relocation assistance
  • On-site fitness facilities & showers (VGH)
  • State-of-the-art cycling centre (VGH)

You will also experience:

  • A rewarding, exciting, & challenging work environment
  • Supportive leadership and team members
  • Advanced technology & education
  • Professional development and mentorship opportunities
  • The chance to be “on the pulse” of Canadian perioperative services
  • Breathtaking natural beauty that exists in the Vancouver & coastal regions


  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses’ of British Columbia (CRNBC)
  • Completion of a recognized perioperative training or critical care nursing program, OR
  • 2 years’ recent, related experience

The Team

Your team leaders are a visible, empowering presence that are dedicated to quality care, and strive to create a holistic framework to support nursing staff; developing an enticing work environment where you consistently feel valued and heard is a priority. VCH demonstrates that integrated care isn’t just a buzzword, it’s our practice.

Your colleagues are what truly define the VCH experience. You will work with highly skilled team members that will help you progress as a perioperative professional. Our collaborative and team-centric environment will have you working alongside colleagues with the mutual desire to promote wellness, provide support, and ensure patient care. Participative management provides empowerment to staff through collaboration within a diverse interdisciplinary team. From the moment you throw on your scrubs, you will be an integral member of the team.

What are people saying?

“I am a Registered Nurse and over the 45 years of this amazing career I have met many wonderful people; patients, family and co-workers. There is a special bond with those who share the honour of caring for those needing medical care,” says Joan Mason, a Registered Nurse at Squamish General Hospital. Following an appendectomy at the age of 13, Joan knew she wanted to be a nurse. She was the only daughter in a family of five and her father encouraged her to further her education so that she could be a self-sufficient woman. Joan has experienced many inspirational moments and has great admiration for family members who find the strength to care for their terminally ill loved ones at home. Joan shared what she loves about the location of Squamish General Hospital: “Our operating room has an amazing view of the Squamish Chief – daily we admire it.”

Registered Nurse

"I relocated to Squamish first and then applied for this current position. I am grateful for this opportunity at Squamish General Hospital because it has allowed me to design my life for a better work-life balance. I strive to spend as much time as possible in the mountains. Every day that I work, rain or shine, I walk outside the hospital and see the Stawamus Chief up close, and marvel at it.
Having worked in four different health regions in AB and BC, it is clear that similar challenges exist in every unit and every hospital. In my role in the perioperative program, I do feel supported because we have active discussions about our challenges and take initiatives to improve as a team. It is a dynamic group of people that I enjoy working with."

Registered Nurse

“I’ve had the opportunity to work in several specialty areas in VGH over the years and I have found PACU nursing to be the most stimulating and challenging of them all because of the diversity, complexity and unpredictability of the patients we care for every day. Helping a patient make the transition from critically ill to awake and stable in a relatively short time is a unique and rewarding aspect of PACU nursing. The best part of the PACU team is their overall dedication towards helping each other do what’s best for our patients.”

Joanne B.,
Registered Nurse

Your specialization allows you to work & live anywhere – take advantage of it!

Vancouver Coastal Health is opening its doors to qualified perioperative & recovery nurses for work in our exciting hospitals. Vancouver and the North Shore is a region that's full of life! With breathtaking natural beauty, economic prosperity, safe neighbourhoods, an excellent education system, as well being an entertainment haven – this is a place where you will quickly find yourself at home.

Our Hospitals

Vancouver General Hospital

As an adult level 1 trauma and transplant centre, Vancouver General Hospital runs 21 operating rooms and acts as the primary referral centre for the province of British Columbia. Define your future in one of the most exciting and challenging healthcare operating room environments in Canada. VGH perioperative services include: Cardiac, thoracic, vascular, neurosurgery, spine, orthopaedic, plastics, urology, gynecology, ENT, ophthalmology, general surgery and robotic surgery.

Lions Gate Hospital

Located on Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore, LGH is a level 3 trauma centre closely affiliated with the University of B.C. One of the  busiest hospital in the Vancouver area, LGH has 10 operating rooms including 2 new minimally invasive theatres. Surgical services include:  General surgery, ophthalmology, urology, gynecology, ENT, vascular, orthopaedic, plastic and neurosurgery procedures.

Richmond Hospital

Nestled in the estuary at the mouth of the historic Fraser river, the city of Richmond offers a unique blend of urban sophistication and rural tranquility. One of two sites in B.C. for Metabolic & Bariatric surgery, RH has 8 operating rooms which include 4 minimally invasive theatres, 2 of which have 3D visual capacity. Surgical services include: General surgery, ophthalmology, urology, gynecology, ENT, vascular, orthopaedic and plastic procedures.

Squamish General Hospital

Located in the outdoor recreational capital of Canada, Squamish General Hospital has 2 operating rooms. Surgical services include: General, gynecology, endoscopy, plastics, orthopaedic, ENT, dental and urology.

UBC Hospital

UBCH is one of the province’s foremost teaching and research facilities, and emanates a sense of comradery typically found at community hospitals.
With 8 operating rooms, UBCH’s surgical services include: General surgery and oncology for gynae, urology, general and plastic surgery, ENT, oral max dental, ortho recon and ortho athletics procedures. UBCH also does minor vascular and neurology surgery (deep brain stimulation and rhizotomies only)

Sechelt Hospital

Sechelt Hospital is a 46-bed facility with 2 operating rooms that serves the communities of Langdale, Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay and Pender Harbour. Sechelt, on the Sunshine Coast peninsula is one of B.C.’s most scenic regions. Surgical services include: General surgery, cataracts, endoscopy, urology and gynecology.

Powell River General Hospital

Powell River General Hospital is a 33-bed facility providing services that include surgery, medicine, endoscopy, ICU, obstetrics, in-patient psychiatry, oncology, emergency and diagnostic services. Thanks to one of the mildest climates in Canada, gardening, golfing and fishing are year-round activities in Powell River.

Vancouver Consistently Ranks in the World’s Top Most Livable Cities

"In winter, the heart of downtown [Vancouver] is 30 minutes from the ski slopes. In summer, sun seekers crowd its beaches and seaside promenades. And despite a rain-prone climate, it displays a perpetually sunny disposition. Consider it the supermodel of North American cities."

– USA Today

"Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains -- or both. And everyone looks so healthy."

– The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Adventure & Activities Await You

Living on the coast means dining on the freshest harvest from sea to garden. It means lounging on a sunny restaurant patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Now is your chance to experience amazing local wineries and microbreweries, a mild climate, and a city rife with excitement. Vancouver is energized by its diversity and takes pride in its multiculturalism: revel in your own culture, or discover a new way of living!

With quick and easy access to Whistler Resort, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island, Seattle, and of course, endless year round water and land sports, whether extreme sport or family fun, find your personal adventure here.

Where the Mountains meet the Coast

Enjoy a great mix of city and outdoor life. Year-round nature trails, seaside strolls as well as winter downhill and cross-country skiing are minutes from your door. Coffee shops, boutiques and great restaurants dot the retail area along the region’s shores. The homes, indeed the workplaces, can’t help but come with a view of the mountains, the ocean or both!

We’re hiring passionate perioperative nurses across Vancouver Coastal Health!

We believe you should come for the job because yours is a rewarding profession - in one of the world’s most beautiful and livable cities.

We know you will stay for the team because of the support and the focus on great patient care

Q: What are the minimum qualifications?

  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses’ of British Columbia (CRNBC)
  • Completion of a recognized perioperative training or critical care nursing program, OR
  • 2 years’ recent, related experience

Q: I am an LPN, Technologist, Assistant, or another 2-year diploma graduate – am I eligible to apply to RN positions?

No. You must be a registered nurse in order to be considered for nursing roles. All other positions are listed on our website: careers.vch.ca

Q: What is the pay rate for RNs in British Columbia?

There is a nine-step wage scale for nurses in British Columbia. Step placement is based on years of experience. Wage Rates as of April 1, 2017: Step 1: $32.94/hour – Step 9: $43.24/hour.

Q: Do you offer relocation assistance? Who is eligible?

New employees of Vancouver Coastal Health may be eligible for up to $5,000 financial relocation reimbursement for eligible expenses. New employees filling regular full-time, difficult to fill positions are eligible for the relocation assistance.

Q: Approximately how long does the application process take from start to finish?

From initial application to start date, the process can take as little as a few weeks.

Once an application is received it is reviewed and applicants that meet the required qualifications are put forward to the Nursing Manager for consideration.

The Nursing Manager reviews the applications received and short-lists those they wish to interview. After a successful interview, the Nursing Manager will request references. Once references are completed, the Nursing Manager reviews and if they are satisfied a job offer may be extended to the RN. If accepted, the start date for the RN is determined in consultation with the Manager.

Q: What are the steps required for an international nurse to join VCH?

You must have practicing CRNBC Registration and obtain a work visa to work in Canada.

Q: What are the various shift times / rotations available to me?

They vary. A rotation may include these hours: 0600-1530/0730-1700/0900-1830/1000-1930/2215-0745 and on-call.

Q: Do you provide perioperative nursing education/ training?

Yes! VCH offers employer-paid training to RNs with recent acute medical or surgical experience.

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