Nursing Students + Training Opportunities

Teaching has long been part of the history of Providence. From the 4,000 nurses who trained at the St. Paul’s School of Nursing over 67 years, to the unparalleled specialty training programs offered today, PHC is committed to helping nurses define their career path. 

Employer-Paid Specialty Nursing Training Opportunities

Empowering nurses supports better patient care. As the needs of those we serve increases in complexity, so does the need for specialized expertise in our nursing staff.

Honouring those needs and our commitments to the professional development of our staff, PHC’s employer-paid Specialty Nursing Program funds nurses to advance their knowledge, skills and expertise in areas such as Emergency, Maternity, Perioperative, Critical Care, Hemodialysis and High Acuity.

Providence Health Care will pay your tuition, books and salary, while you learn. Upon successful completion, you will be hired into an existing vacancy in the area of study and will be required to commit to a minimum of one year in the department.
The following programs are offered in conjunction with the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) Specialty Nursing department:

  • Critical Care (ICU/CCU/Cath Lab/CSICU/PAR)
  • Emergency
  • Hemodialysis (Nephrology)
  • High Acuity
  • Maternity (Neonatal/Perinatal)

For detailed course information, visit

Employer-Paid Perioperative Nursing Program

Registered Nurses who want to specialize in perioperative nursing can join a long history of education in the OR at St. Paul’s. PHC’s employer-funded Perioperative Program includes online learning, simulation strategy and clinical preceptorship with a strong emphasis on the clinical portion.

Providence will cover the cost of tuition, books and salary while you complete the program. Nurses who have one to two years of acute care experience are preferred, but the program also accepts new grads who have done preceptorships with us in the OR and who display a keen interest in Perioperative nursing.

All surgical specialties are covered such as general surgery, gynecology, plastics, urology, vascular and thoracic, orthopedics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and ear nose and throat.

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.

Who is eligible?

Registered Nurses with one to two years of medical/surgical experience who have not received post-basic education funding from PHC in the past two years are encouraged to apply!

If you don't have the preferred clinical experience, but have an interest, contact us at

For more information on specialty training at Providence, read this PHC News story.

For more information on specializing in the OR, read this PHC News story.

Click here to view Employer-Paid Specialty Nursing Training Opportunities!


PHC Employed Student Nurse Program 2021

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, Maternity and our Long Term Care sites.

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 four statements:

  • I will have successfully completed the equivalent of year 2 in a recognized nursing education program by April 2021.
  • I will have completed a clinical placement in Acute Medicine or Surgery before my start date: January, February, March, April and May 2021.
  • I am eligible for student membership with CRNBC/CRPNBC.
  • I have Current CPR Certification.

How Do I Apply?

We are currently not accepting applications for the 2020/2021 ESN/ESPN program.

Applications will re-open again Fall of 2021. 

  • Download and complete the ESN/ESPN Application Form.
  • Cut and paste your resume into the application so that is one document.
  • Create an account through PHC's Career page by creating a profile and uploading your completed 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 HERE 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.

Due to spam settings in Gmail accounts, you may be missing out on important messages from Recruitment regarding the status of your application. To ensure responses from us don’t go to your spam folder, you will need to set up your filter settings. 


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.

Added Support

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 Educator for the Employed Student Nurse & New Grad Program:

Angela Lee, BSN, RN
Ph: 604-806-9261