Students + Educational Opportunities

Providence has several different programs available to further education and professional development.

PHC Employed Student Nurse (ESN/ESPN) Program 2019

About the Program

Providence Health Care's Employed Student Nurse (ESN/ESPN) program provides an opportunity for RN and RPN students to continue their professional development and become part of a committed interdisciplinary team. This paid employment experience allows students to consolidate the knowledge and skills learned in school while gaining increased exposure to the clinical setting. Although the focus is on consolidation, as an ESN/ESPN you will also learn through hands on experience.

ESN/ESPN’s are considered supernumerary when working on the unit and are hired as casual employees. This allows for flexibility when scheduling shifts around school schedules. You can also apply your earned seniority towards your first job with us!  Numerous positions are available at Mount St. Joseph Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in many exciting areas. These areas include Acute Medicine, Surgery, Mental Health, Cardiac, Renal, Critical Care and Maternity. 

In addition to the clinical area supports, a dedicated ESN/ESPN educator provides orientation and mentorship during your ESN/ESPN experience and continues to provide support to you as a New Graduate with Providence Health Care. Job readiness will be enhanced through your ESN/ESPN experience, easing the transition from student to qualified nurse.

How Do I Qualify?

You must be able to answer yes to each of the following 4 statements:

  • I will have successfully completed the equivalent of “year 2” in a recognized nursing education program by April 2019
  • I will have completed a clinical placement in Acute Medicine or Surgery before my start date: April, May, June, July, or August 2019
  • I am eligible for student membership with CRNBC/CRPNBC
  • I have Current CPR Certification.

How Do I Apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 ESN/ESPN program.

• Click HERE to download and complete an ESN application form. Cut and paste your resume into the ESN application so that is one document.
• Create an account through PHC’s Career page by creating a profile and uploading your completed ESN application form where it asks you to upload your resume.
• Submit your completed application by applying to the job posting under Nursing, Employed Student Nurse and follow the directions on how to apply.  You can also visit to apply to the role that you are interested in.

You must be available to attend one full week of Nursing Orientation before you can begin working as an ESN/ESPN.

PHC New Graduate (NG) Program

Interested in joining the New Grad Program at PHC? Here is some information on how to become involved, what the program offers and who you can contact for more information.

How Do I Join The New Grad Program?

Once you have gained employment with PHC you will automatically be part of the program. You do not need to apply to the New Grad Program in order to join. Whether you are an RN, LPN or RPN hired in either a casual, part time or full time position you are part of the program.

Once you are hired, your operations leader/manager will schedule you for New Graduate Nurse orientation where you can meet the educators of the program and find out more. You are officially part of the program for one year but the educators are usually always around!

What Does The New Grad Program Offer?

The program is made up of three different components: Added Support, Education and Consultation.


It is becoming widely known that the transition from a student nurse to a fully qualified nurse can be difficult at times. The New Graduate Program at PHC provides a new graduate specific orientation in order to familiarize you with the program and helps to prepare you to start your new career. 

Orientation consists of two weeks classroom education, unit specific orientation and guided bedside shifts. The number of guided bedside shifts depends on the unit you will be working on and your previous work experience. The new graduate educators will work with you to ensure you have enough support.

On the unit you will see the New Grad Educators as they check-in with you, see how your day is going and if any clinical help with problem solving is needed. In addition, you will have the support of your Operations Leaders, unit Educators, Clinical Resources Nurses (Mentors), Clinical Nurse Leaders and your colleagues.


The Program provides four educational workshops. These workshops are engaging, interactive and relevant to new graduate learning needs. Topics covered include, interpreting lab results, responding to emergencies, diagnostic tests & procedures and providing care at the end of life.

3 Month Seminar
The first three months can sometimes be the most difficult. Extra support and education is provided at this time and brings new graduates together to talk and share their experiences.

One to One Support
If you require specific education, the educators can meet with you individually, discuss your learning needs and provide extra education, skills lab practice and other resources.


• Assistance / advice regarding career planning
• Goal setting
• One to one support in your transition from student to qualified nurse

How Do I apply for a position at PHC?
Create an account on the careers webpage.

If you are already a PHC employee, please apply as an internal applicant.

For more information, please contact the Nurse Educators for the ESN & New Grad Program:

Nala Murray
Office Phone: 604-806-9261
Blackberry: 604-790-2722


Employer Paid Nursing Specialty Education Opportunities

Providence Health Care is committed to helping you define your career path and become the best in your profession.  If you are a Registered Nurse with one to two years of medical/surgical experience and looking to expand into areas such as Emergency, Perinatal, Neonatal, OR, ICU, CSICU, PAR, CCU, Cath Lab or Hemodialysis, join us.

Providence Health Care will pay for all tuition, books and salary, while you learn.  Upon successful completion, you will be hired into an existing vacancy and will be required to commit to a minimum of one year in the department.

The following Post Basic Specialty Nursing Programs are offered in conjunction with British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
• Critical Care (ICU/CCU/Cath Lab/CSICU/PAR)
• Emergency
• Maternity (Neonatal/Perinatal)
• Hemodialysis (Nephrology)

For detailed course information, visit

Providence Health Care Perioperative Nursing Program

This is a course for Registered Nurses (RNs) who want to specialize in perioperative nursing. It is offered as a combination of distance education, classroom sessions and clinical practice. All surgical specialties are covered such as general surgery, gynecology, plastics, urology, vascular and thoracic, orthopedics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and ear nose and throat (ENT).

The Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) has approved this program.  Upon successful completion of the Program, graduates are awarded a Diploma in Perioperative Nursing and receive credits toward a baccalaureate degree.

If the possibility of working at Providence Health Care appeals to you, please apply online to our available positions.