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Employed Student Nurse Program

Hands on experience with pay: Our Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program is designed to provide up to 400 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.

We have completed the selection for our ESN positions for the Spring/Summer 2018 intake. We would like to thank you for your interest and hope that you will keep us in mind for future opportunities.


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

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 CRNBC or CRPNBC as an Employed Student Registrant
  • Have certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Meet our recruitment screening requirements

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

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


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