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New Graduate Nursing Jobs

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.  With excellent health care benefits, fantastic locations and a supportive team environment, it’s no wonder VCH is considered a leader in the health care field.

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How To Apply

The steps to an exciting career:

External applicant | Internal applicant | International applicant | Medical staff

If applicable, you must be registered with the appropriate statutory body at the time of start date. If you are not currently registered in B.C., please see our Professional Registration page to direct you to the various regulatory bodies.

New Grad Support Program

Clinical Education offers a Nursing New Grad Program to support your unique needs as a new grad.

This tailored program is available for the first 18 months after nursing graduation and provides learning opportunities to further develop clinical skills and consolidate your practice.

PROGRAM CRITERIA

  • Have been hired into an RN/RPN/LPN position within VCH
  • Have provisional registration or are a licensed practical nurse/registered nurse/registered psychiatric nurse with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Have graduated from a nursing program in the last 18 months, and have not previously participated in a New Grad Program.

Workshops

Clinical Education has designed two paid workshops created specifically for you. These workshops are currently being offered on-line. Please log into VCH Learning Hub and register for the following courses:

  • New Grad Transition Workshop (2 hours): Explores your transition experience from nursing school to independent practice. Personal and professional wellness strategies are reviewed.
  • New Grad Clinical Decision Making Workshop (4 hours): Focuses on evaluating and implementing the clinical decision-making (CDM) framework. You will practice application of the CDM framework in a supportive environment during this course.

At the Elbow Support

New Graduate Clinical Nurse Educators are available to RNS and LPNs in acute care medical/surgical/specialty units to provide support in areas such as: clinical skills, clinical decision-making, resource finding, and emotional well-being. Learn more.

Evaluation Surveys

We ask you to complete the Nurse Experience Survey by Casey-Fink at the 3, 6, 12 and 18 month mark post-graduation. A link to the survey will be sent to your work email and can be accessed online.  The results of the survey are anonymous and will provide valuable information about the new grad experience to help us modify the program to meet your needs.

Program Resources

Via Learning Hub there is a one-stop-shop for online resources under “New Graduate Nurse Team Site”.

For general inquiries about the New Graduate Nurse Program, please email VCHNewGradprogram@vch.ca

Cover Letter & Resume Tips

Cover Letter

  • Provide a brief introduction of yourself
  • Express why you are interested in a RN, RPN, or LPN position with Vancouver Coastal Health
  •  Identify the desired areas of nursing you wish to be considered for
  • Identify your short term and long term nursing career goals

Resume

  • Your contact information
  • Education – nursing program attended – commencement & completion date (month/year)
  • Other educational programs attended
  • Certifications (e.g.: CPR – expiry Jan. 2018)
  • Clinical placements & work/volunteer experience (see example below)

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Meet Our Team

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”.

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