There is a high demand for registered nurses in Canada, and internationally. Many opportunities exist for BSN graduates to specialize, travel and pursue graduate education in disciplines such as nursing, public health or leadership.
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Working as a student
Island Health (formerly Vancouver Island Health Authority or VIHA) allows you to apply to start working as an employed student nurse (ESN) after your second year of study. After year one, some students are able to work as health care assistants.
Registered Nurses of British Columbia
The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia sets the standards of practice for Nurses to provide competent and ethical care. Research what Nurses do to see how Registered Nurses can affect real change in the communities they live in.
BC Registered Nurses on Vancouver Island have a 9-step wage scale. New graduates start at Level 3 Step 1 ($5,352 monthly / $32.94 hourly). For every 1950 hours worked, salary increases by 1 step.
Most nurses work either 8 or 12 hour shifts, depending on the unit. You should expect to work weekdays, weekends, and a combination of days, evenings and nights.
Currently, there is a very high demand for registered nurses across Canada, and internationally. Recent statistics suggest that between 90 and 100% of BSN graduates find work in their field fulltime, within the first year after graduation. This is amongst the highest rate for all occupations in Canada. This statistic is true for both men and women in nursing! A Canadian program BSN will prepare you for graduate studies in universities around the world, and is a stepping stone to many learning opportunities, including specialty education.
Public facilities, such as hospitals, are unionized with the BC Nurses’ Union. Some employment agencies (some clinics) may not be unionized. Information about the union and the collective agreement can be found online.
The Association of Registered Nurses of BC represents all Registered Nurses in BC.