Northern Health

British Columbia

Student and new graduate programs

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Employed Student Nurse Program

The purpose of the ESN program is to provide an opportunity for student nurses finishing their second or third year of a nursing program to develop into the role of a professional nurse through the following:

  • Developing interdisciplinary teamwork and communication skills
  • Taking advantage of opportunities to connect theory with practice
  • Consolidating previously learned concepts/skills in the nursing program
  • Engaging in summer employment within Northern Health patient care areas
Criteria for Employment
  • Registration in a recognized nursing education program
  • Able to provide proof of Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Ability to gain Employed Student Registration with CRNBC once hired
  • Currently resides in British Columbia or Alberta or have a residence there
  • Successful completion of 2 or more years of a nursing education program
  • Able to provide proof of successful completion of all courses in current year of nursing school

New Graduate Nurse Transition Program

Northern Health's Professional Practice department continues to assist newly hired new graduate nurses with their transition to professional nurse through our New Graduate Nurse Transition Program. Funding is used to provide orientation, transition workshop attendance, education and supernumerary shifts to nurses who are in the first year of their career.

The goals of the New Graduate Nurse Transition program are:

  • To support managers to hire the right employee for the position/team
  • To support new graduate nurses and staff nurses in opportunities for mutual learning
  • To provide resources to new grads around interviewing, portfolio development and choosing career paths
  • To provide program based on continuous quality improvement through yearly program evaluation and revisions as required
  • To create early relationships with nursing students and communicate career opportunities and growth within Northern Health
  • To offer professional development funding for new graduates who need supernumerary shifts, extended orientation and training
  • To offer resources around new graduate nurse transition to both new graduates and staff at the sites. This includes workshops for new graduates, mentor development and website information

The program is open to RNs, RPNs and LPNs that are within one year post graduation and are newly hired into regular, temporary and casual positions in general and specialty areas. Applications are available through Professional Practice once you have been hired.

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