As a new graduate, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) hired Jennifer into the position of Mental Health Nurse at Vancouver General Hospital right away. “The Recruitment Advisors were so helpful and connected with me personally to find out what my areas of interest were while I was applying”, Jennifer says. After a few months in a casual role, Jennifer applied for her current job, an internal role as an RN at George Pearson Centre. “VCH has so many different sites and areas that you can work in”, Jennifer says, “This was very beneficial for me as a new graduate still finding my niche in the vast world of nursing”.
What Jennifer enjoys most about the ward she works on “is the camaraderie and teamwork that all of the nurses show amongst each other”. As a new graduate, Jennifer says she “felt so welcomed onto the team” and enjoys spending time with both the residents and the people she works with.
In Jennifer’s current role, she gets to wear multiple hats: a leader and a learner. As an RN, it is often her role to be the team leader or the nurse-in-charge, but Jennifer says she simultaneously recognizes her learning needs as a new graduate, “I step back and do not hesitate to ask for help when it is needed from my co-nurses, who are always more than willing to help guide me”.