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Regional Home Health Education Program

Interested in pursuing a career in Home Health? Then the Regional Home Health Education Program (RHHEP) is for you! The RHHEP is a joint project between Regional Clinical Education and Home Health at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to support the education of nurses who are new to the Home Health Program. Upon graduation, you will enter into the role of a community health nurse. The program has attracted many VCH internal staff who are looking for a new challenge or change of routine.

In addition to 100% subsidized education, VCH will cover books and wages while in training.​ The training program consists of eight weeks of classroom and online training mixed with hands-on, preceptored patient care to consolidate learning. Using a preceptorship model, learners are partnered with an experienced home-health nurse who models best practices in caring for clients in the community.

The next training cohort starts on October 25, 2021 so don’t delay. Send your application in today.


Responsibilities of a Community Health Nurse

Community health nurses provide a range of services and supports to clients living in the community with acute, chronic, palliative, or rehabilitation-care needs. This care is provided in a team-based care model as a part of an interdisciplinary team, which includes rehab, case management, dietetics and nursing. Home health clients typically have ongoing health issues and/or complex personal and/or social issues, requiring care planning and coordination with appropriate resources. Clients include frail elderly, persons with disabilities and adults with a range of care needs in areas such as chronic disease management, wound management, IV management and palliative care.

​As a community health nurse you will:

  • Work in partnership with a client and family to establish safe, realistic and reasonable goals and provide nursing care and other services for the client in an interdisciplinary team model.
  • Deliver direct care and engage in care management to assist clients to manage their own care and navigate through the various services available within the community setting.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • One year recent related clinical experience in a relevant clinical area working with complex clients/patients with chronic health conditions or functional mobility issues.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License required as local area travel may require the use of a vehicle or other accepted mode of transportation.

How to Apply


External applicant | Internal applicant | International applicant

You must be registered with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives at the time of start date. If you are not currently registered in BC, please visit the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives website to learn more.

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Gerardo Chandia, Community Health Nurse and recent graduate of the RHHEP says, “What I really enjoyed about the Regional Home Health Education Program was that it was an easy going, well-designed program that was fun, interactive, thoughtful and applicable to the role I find myself in. The instructors did a fantastic job in sharing their experience and insights, along with great testimonials, of community health and gave the sense of feeling prepared to take up the new role.”


“RHHEP was started as a response to provide support and training to nurses who had not experienced any type of community health consolidation in their education,” says Heather Wright, Manager of Home Health. “By providing an intensive and practical experience, the program helps to build confidence and skills in a novice nurse by providing joint visits with preceptors and clinical leadership.”
“If you are passionate about elder care including end of life and chronic disease management combined with a mixed generalist practice that truly partners in care with clients, families and caregivers, Community Home Care nursing is truly a wonderful experience,” Heather says.


Alexandra Hogg, Clinical Educator for the Home Health Program and RHHEP Facilitator, feels that the program helps to support nurses with all kinds of experience in a new practice area. “The most common feedback that we get about the RHHEP program is that it helps new health clinicians feel supported and confident in an area which is often completely different from any professional experience that our nurses have had before. I’m proud that we are able to offer this experience and ongoing support for nurses who would like to explore a change in their career.”


Speak to a Recruitment Advisor

Have questions? Speak to our Recruitment Advisor, Brigitte Relova, for more details: Brigitte.Relova@vch.ca

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