Vancouver Coastal Health

Employed Student Nurse (ESN) - Bachelor's of Science in Nursing

Job ID 2023-107866
City Vancouver
Work Location
Admin 601 W. Broadway
Various locations/sites throughout Vancouver Coastal Health
Work Area
Various locations/sites throughout Vancouver Coastal Health
Additional Sites
Various locations/sites throughout Vancouver Coastal Health
Labour Agreement
Nurses' Bargaining Association
200 - Nurses BCNU
Position Type
Job Status
Standard Hours / Week
Job Category
Salary Grade
Min Hourly
CAD $32.13/Hr.
Max Hourly
CAD $32.13/Hr.
Shift Times
Position Start Date
Spring/Summer 2024


The salary range for this position is CAD $32.13/Hr. - CAD $32.13/Hr.

Job Summary

Come work as an Employed Student Nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an Employed Student Nurse to join the team at Vancouver Coastal Health. Apply today to join our team!


Our Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program provides a nursing employment opportunity to work in a clinical setting of up to 400 hours of hands-on experience with pay. 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. ESN educators and unit staff support your transition from student to new graduate nurse. Our program is unique and the ESN opportunities are different depending on the geographical location from small towns to major cities.


Education & Experience


To be considered you must:

  • Have successfully completed 2nd Year of your BScN program or equivalent*, prior to your start as an ESN
  • Have successfully completed at least one Adult Medical or Surgical rotation in your BScN program, prior to your start as an ESN
  • Be continually enrolled in a recognized nursing education program in BC, and in good standing
  • Be registered (or eligible for registration) with BCCNM as an Employed Student Registrant (must be obtained before you start as an ESN)
  • Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (Healthcare Provider CPR)

Please note:

  • To be considered for this ESN intake your nursing program final preceptorship date must be April 2025 or later (we cannot accept ESN students who will be in their final preceptorship concurrent to an ESN placement)
  • Nursing students may not hold ESN positions with more than one health authority concurrently

* Equivalency to be determined with nursing education program in which student is registered.


Knowledge & Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize assigned workload and set priorities.
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a variety of internal and external contacts including co-workers, physicians, community agency representatives. patients/residents/clients, and families.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

What do I need to do in order to apply?

  1. Write a cover letter, providing a brief introduction of yourself and express why you are interested in an ESN position at Vancouver Coastal Health, and your short-term and long-term nursing goals. Please note: you must include a cover letter for your application to be considered.
  2. Update your resume to include your clinical placements, work experience and volunteer experience. Please note your clinical placements must be listed on your resume. See below for examples of the preferred resume format
  3. Click the “Apply now” button
  4. Create an online profile or use an existing profile if you have previously applied to VCH
  5. Complete the application questionnaire.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted that do not include all items listed above will NOT be considered. 


Preferred Resume Format


Please provide details about your Clinical Placements and Work Experience in the same format as shown below:


Clinical Placements 


Clinical Placement



Length of placement

(i.e.: Surgery, Psychiatry etc.)

(i.e.: Burnaby Hospital, VGH, etc.)


(approximate number of hours)


Work Experience




Dates Employed

Hours per month

(i.e.: Care Aide, Porter)

(i.e.: Surrey Hospital, UBCH etc.)


(approximate number of hours)



  1. Talent Acquisition will review all applications.
  2. Based on application, cover letter, supporting documents including CPR and vaccine card, and meeting the program requirements, candidates will be shortlisted.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and offered an interview with a centralized hiring manager.
  4. If successful after interview you will be matched to a unit.
  5. If the match is mutually agreed upon, you will be offered employment as an ESN with VCH.
  6. Start the BCCNM employed student registration process.

If you are in a Psychiatric Nursing program, please apply for the Employed Student Psychiatric Nurse (ESPN) Program


For more info, check out our Employed Student Nurse program website here!

Closing Statement

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

As per the current Public Health Orders, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2024.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply online via the Internal Career Portal on CareerHub, you are currently viewing the External Career Portal. Refer to the site for instructions on how to view internal job postings and how to apply as an employee. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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