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Employed Student Nurse Program

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The application period for PHSA's 2021 ESN intake is now closed. If you have supplemental documents to add to your application, please email them to

Have you always dreamed of a career specializing in pediatrics, child & youth mental health, perinatal, or oncology nursing? Work and learn with us and apply to be part of the Employed Student Nurse Program at BC Children's Hospital, BC Women's Hospital, or BC Cancer! 

PHSA is committed to career pathways and investing in its people. As an Employed Student Nurse working at BC Children's HospitalBC Women's Hospital, or BC Cancer in specialized pediatric, child and youth mental health, perinatal, or oncology care settings, you will consolidate your nursing skills and gain valuable practice working as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team. This hands-on experience will prepare you for a career in either pediatric, child and youth mental health, perinatal, or oncology nursing and you may be able to use this experience as a stepping stone to acquiring a preceptorship at BCCH, BCW, or BC Cancer as part of your fourth year.

Our Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program provides a nursing employment opportunity to work in a clinical setting of up to 350 hours of hands-on experience with pay. These hours will help you consolidate your theory and clinical skills, build on your nursing practice, and participate as a team member. In many cases, you can also apply your earned seniority toward your first RN/RPN job with us.  

You qualify to apply if you:

  • Are continually enrolled full-time in a recognized Registered Nursing (or Registered Psychiatric Nursing for Child & Youth Mental Health) program in British Columbia
  • Are planning to specialize in pediatrics, child and youth mental health, perinatal, or oncology nursing
  • Have successfully completed your second or third year of nursing education toward your degree in nursing
  • Have successfully completed your pediatric, mental health, perinatal, or medical/surgical instructor-led rotation
  • Are a student member of the BCCNP or are eligible for student membership
  • Have certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support; and
  • Meet the BC Children's Hospital, BC Women's Hospital, or BC Cancer recruitment screening requirements
How to apply:

Determine your first choice of program/specialty area. Download and complete the corresponding application form below. 

Download the PHSA ESN Application Checklist to ensure all supplemental documentation is included in your application. E-mail your complete application (in 1 e-mail) to

Application Forms:

Thank you for your interest in PHSA. Please note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Due to the volume of applications received, we cannot comment on the status of individual applications.

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