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New Graduate Nursing Careers

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) welcomes “New Grad” nurses – RNs and RPNs! As one of B.C’s health authorities, our unique patient population requires specialized focus in our various practice areas.  Nurses at PHSA provide specialty care in a variety of clinical environments, program and service areas across the province of British Columbia. We invite you to review the programs listed below for our New Grad opportunities, which vary greatly in types of care, patients, environments, specialties and location.  

About the New Grad Nurse Program

All new graduates hired as a registered nurse (RN) or registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) will be placed into a regular or temporary position, with a minimum 0.7 to full-time-employee hours for the first six months of employment.

The program is available for the first 18 months after nursing graduation and provides new graduates the unique opportunity to consolidate their nursing practice and start their career specializing in either pediatrics, child & youth mental health, perinatal, oncology or adult mental health nursing, including corrections and forensics.

PHSA offers a New Graduate Transition to Practice Program. Our virtual workshops range from 2 to 4 hours and cover topics such as transition shock, clinical decision making, team dynamics, dealing with conflict and feedback, and more. Learn more about the program and you can register for the workshops through Learning Hub! New grads also benefit from in-depth orientation and training, mentorship by experienced team members, and a warm welcome!

PHSA programs that actively hire New Grad nurses include:

BC Cancer

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia. New Grads are welcomed into the program through a provincial-level onboarding program, followed by orientation and buddy shifts, along with in-house training for specialized services including: 

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy/Systemic Therapy
  • In-Patient
Regional Cancer Centres include :  Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria

BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children's Hospital provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia. New Grads are welcomed into the following units:

  • Mental Health Programs
  • Medical & Surgical Units 
  • Nursing Resource Team  
  • Oncology/Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant 
  • Emergency department 
  • Emergency Room – Mental Health 
  • Operating Room AORN Training 
New Grads are also welcomed at Sunny Hill Health Centre.

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education. 

New Grads are welcomed into the following units:

  • Postpartum Unit 
  • Birthing Unit 
  • NICU
  • Families in Recovery (FIR) Unit

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges. New Grads are welcome to apply for open positions within the adult mental health program areas below:

Adult Mental Health Programs:

  • Correctional Health Services - Locations include: Coquitlam, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack, Prince George, Oliver, Kamloops, Victoria and Nanaimo
  • Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Coquitlam
  • Forensic Regional Clinics - Locations include: Prince George, Victoria, Vancouver, and Nelson
  • Red Fish Healing Centre, Coquitlam
  • Heartwood Centre for Women, Vancouver
  • Provincial Assessment Centre, Coquitlam

Apply for jobs

To apply for a new grad opportunity click here: can search by keyword, sign up for job alerts, and even create a profile that includes a resume, cover letter, and license to practice (provisional and/or BCCNM).

Application and Interview Tips

New Grads, we can’t wait to get your job application! Before you hit “send,” here’s what you need to know about applying for New Grad program opportunities.

  • Describe your clinical experiences to date; Formal unit name(s), clinical focus and dates (to and from)
  • List any additional training and/or certifications you hold
  • Relevant volunteer experience 
  • Completion date of your program and when you are expected to graduate
  • When you are planning or scheduled to write the NCLEX or RPNCE
  • Tell us if you are registered with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).

 Hiring leaders want to learn about you as a person and you as a nurse. Here are some ideas on what to include in your cover letter:

  • What made you choose nursing as a career
  • Is there one particular area of clinical interest and why
  • Completion date of your program and when you are expected to graduate
  • When you are planning or scheduled to write the NCLEX or RPNCE
  • If you are registered with the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).

Be ready to provide professional references (names and contact information) of your previous clinical educators, instructors, or preceptors. Check in with your references to let them know of positons you’re applying for and expected timeline for reference checks.

Here's what our new grad nurses have to say:

“As a New Grad RN, I was inspired by my interdisciplinary team I met during preceptorship and have felt so supported to continue to learn through ongoing education in chemotherapy and BMT. Over the past two years, I continue to be inspired – by the beautiful moments with the children I work with. Join us – we’d love to have you!” – Alyssa Magahis RN, BC Children’s Hospital, Oncology

“I felt really proud when I came to the end of my orientation. My peers and educators were telling me how quickly I was catching on to the new role and that my critical thinking skills were helping me to care for my patients well, despite the complexity of the new learning curve. I attribute this to an incredibly supportive team and comprehensive orientation process that BC Cancer provides.” – Ashley Morgan RN, BC Cancer

“As a perinatal nurse, we can play a role in supporting pregnant women through substance stabilization and safety. By using compassion, empathy and being non-judgemental, we can create huge impact in the lives of women and their newborns.” – Sasha Johal RN, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, Families In Recovery program

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