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Employed Student Nurse (ESN) Program

Applications for the 2020 ESN/ESPN intake program will commence in December. Check back often for details!

Earn while you learn! Hands on experience with pay: Our Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program is designed to provide up to 300 hours of hands-on experience with pay. Our ESN educators support you through your transition from student to nurse and work with you to identify a career path that works for you. 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.

As an ESN you provide direct nursing care to both stable and unstable patients/residents/clients appropriate to the level of education and training you have received to date in your nursing program. Our program is unique and the ESN opportunities are different depending on the geographical location from small towns to major cities.

Thank you for your interest in the Employed Student Nursing Program at Vancouver Coastal Health. 

Employed Student Nurse Experiences

How soon can I apply to the ESN posting?

Applications for our 2020 Spring/Summer Employed Student Nurse (ESN) Program will be posted mid-December.

What are the qualifications?

To qualify for the ESN program you must: 

  • Be continually enrolled full time in a recognized registered nursing School of Nursing Program in British Columbia and be in good standing;
  • Have successfully completed 2nd Year of your BScN/RPN program (or equivalent);
  • Have successfully completed your Adult Medical-Surgical rotation or Acute Psychiatric rotation;
  • Be registered/eligible for registration with British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) as an Employed Student Registrant;
  • Have certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support;
  • Meet our recruitment screening requirements

What does the ESN application process look like?

1. Student Nurse applies to the VCH ESN posting prior to the deadline.

2. The Recruitment team reviews applications and sends next steps to the eligible Student Nurses by email.

3. The Recruitment team will review and shortlist all ESN applications. We are working hard to screen all your applications!  We thank you for your patience!

4. Shortlisted Student Nurses will be notified and invited for an interview with a Hiring Manager (or delegate).

5. If the Student Nurse is successful, they are hired to start as soon as April 1, 2020.

6. The newly hired ESN completes the registration process with BCCNP ASAP.  Please note that you must have your BCCNP active ESN status prior to your first day as an ESN, including any training or orientation. You will not be able to start without this.

Testimonials

I am very proud of being in a position where I can support the ESNs with their professional development and actually see the positive impact through their confidence levels.  I am so grateful that VCH offers these experiences as it allows ESNs to explore healthcare beyond the lens of a student.  This program allows ESNs to be part of a team, contribute to patient care, practice skills and gain a better understanding of their career path.

– Bal S., Regional Clinical Educator

 

The role of Clinical Education is to provide orientation, support and guidance to the Employed Student Nurses that get hired every year. I feel a sense of accomplishment when an Employed Student Nurse enjoys their experience on a unit and the unit considers them a good fit for the team. The most amazing result is when an ESN gets hired to VCH!

– Lisa B., Regional Manager, Clinical Education

 

I was motivated to work as an employed student nurse at VCH because I knew this organization would offer a vast population of patients and a supportive learning atmosphere. I wanted to step out my comfort zone and be able to take on the responsibility of providing care and making patient care decisions. I was keen to venture into a new environment where I could improve my skills and to gain confidence as a student nurse and VCH allowed me to take on a patient workload while adapting to the adrenaline of the hospital setting and discovering new skills every day!

– Mehtab B., 2019 ESN Student

 

I’m proud to be able to support new nurses in gaining experience working with seniors, in hopes they will choose this as a career path. The field of geriatrics is diverse and there are so many job opportunities and the work is very rewarding. I enjoy their spirit of learning and the excitement of them starting their nursing career. My advice to future ESNs is to take advantage of this opportunity and choose a placement that aligns with your passion. Let your learning needs be known and go in with a plan of the skills you want to practice.

– Christine D., Manager, STAT Centre Inpatient Unit & Medical Day Program, Homevive Program

 

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