Attention PHC Nurses! Get paid to go back to school: Providence Recruiters are holding information sessions to talk to you about our specialty training opportunities

Jan 8, 2020 | News

A Clinical Nurse Leader provides orientation to a nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Paul’s Hospital.A Clinical Nurse Leader provides orientation to a nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Paul’s Hospital.

The start of the year is a time of renewed energy, and your goals for 2020 may involve freshening up your nursing skills and heading back to school. With this in mind, our Recruitment team is holding on-site information sessions at St. Paul’s Hospital to talk with you about the opportunities available for nurses who are interested in advancing their clinical skills.

To get the goods, we sat down with our Recruiters and department leaders to learn more about the application process and who is best suited to take part in specialty training (spoiler alert: probably you!).

Who is eligible for specialty nursing education funded by Providence?

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, talk to us! We can walk you through other options or keep connected for other opportunities in the future.

What will Providence fund while I am enrolled in specialty education?

Providence will pay your full salary while you take part in the program as well as the cost of tuition and books. You will also be guaranteed a permanent job with Providence upon completion. This is a major benefit offering peace of mind for those passionate about furthering their education.

Why should I leave my current position to advance my training?

A lot of the work that we do at Providence is focused on our populations of emphasis; St. Paul’s is a world leader in Heart Lung care; our Renal Program has received global recognition and introduced changes to public health policy and clinical practice; and because of our excellence in these areas, our Maternity Centre is able to care for some of the most complex pregnancies and mothers with existing medical problems as it is home to BC’s only cardiac and renal obstetrical programs supporting pregnant women with cardiac or renal issues.

The complexity of care that we are able to provide to our patients, residents, clients and their families requires specialty-trained nurses. Providence is committed to supporting you in advancing your skills by offering to pay for your wages, tuition and books so you can continue to provide excellent care to the people we serve. 

What specialized areas of focus are offered?

Nurses can focus their advanced training in a wide range of programs including:

  • Critical Care (Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Cath Lab, Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit, Post-Anaesthesia Recovery, Radiology)
  • Emergency
  • High Acuity
  • Maternity (Neonatal/Perinatal)
  • Nephrology (Hemodialysis)
  • Perioperative (OR)

Where does the specialty training take place?

With the exception of perioperative nursing, all specialty training programs (critical care, emergency, high acuity, maternity and nephrology) are delivered in conjunction with BCIT’s Specialty Nursing department. (See below for more information on our in-house Perioperative Program.) Courses are offered on a part-time basis to allow maximum flexibility for students and include distance and online learning as well as clinical placements.

I want to specialize in the OR. How do I enroll in PHC’s perioperative program?

Nurses who want to specialize in the OR can join a long and strong history of perioperative nursing at St. Paul’s dating back to 1931 when the hospital introduced its first post-basic nursing education program in the OR. Today, PHC’s in-house Perioperative Program includes online learning, simulation strategy and clinical preceptorship with a strong emphasis on the clinical portion. As with the other specialty training areas, Providence will cover the cost of your wages, tuition fees and text books while you complete the perioperative 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 (ENT).

When will these opportunities be posted and for which intake?

All specialty training opportunities are currently posted on our Careers website here for the April 2020 in-take.

How do I apply?

To view and apply to specialty nurse training opportunities at Providence, visit our Careers website here.

What do I need to apply to the program (CL, updated resume)?

You will need a cover letter and updated resume to apply to our specialty training opportunities.

Where will I work after I complete the training?

After you successfully complete the specialty training, 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.

Where do I get more information?

For more information on our specialty training opportunities, attend our upcoming information sessions:

  • Meet recruiters and clinical staff from the specialty areas at our information sessions
  • Thursday, January 9 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria at St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Wednesday, January 15 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria at St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Email us at:

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PHC Recruitment is holding information sessions for staff to learn more about specialty education opportunities. Stop by to learn about these nursing careers and to speak with our recruiters and clinical staff. There will be an opportunity to enter to win a prize!


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