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Employed Student Nurse (ESN) Program

Earn while you learn! Hands on experience with pay: Our Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program is designed to provide up to 350 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.

We are excited to announce our ESN 2019 Intake will be accepting applications from 9:00 am PST December 20, 2018 to January 10, 2019 – a link to the jobs will be provided on the website at this time. All applications must be received by the closing date.


ESN Locations

ESN educators and unit staff support your transition from student to new graduate nurse. ESN positions may be available at the following locations:

Our program is unique and the opportunities are different at each location. Employment opportunities usually commence in the spring/summer to coincide with school breaks.

Application Criteria

Application Criteria

In order to be eligible for the employed student nurse position, you must:

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

*In order to work as an ESN, students must have successfully completed their adult medical/surgical rotation which is traditionally completed in year two of the nursing program. Students may apply prior to completion of this rotation; however, in order to work as an ESN, they must have successfully completed their adult medical/surgical or Acute Psychiatric placement.

How to Apply

How to Apply

  • Applicants apply online for an ESN opportunity.
  • Recruitment Services reviews applications and contacts qualified applicants for additional information
  • Short listed applicants are contacted for interview

For any questions, please contact us at:

Thank you for your interest in Employed Student Nurse opportunities with Vancouver Coastal Health.

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