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VCH offers funded education opportunities for nursing staff hired into various specialty practice areas.  Clinical Education regularly consults with the Specialty Programs throughout VCH to determine the number of opportunities to be posted.  Final approval is subject to patient/client care needs, program funding, and space availability.

Is this right for me?

Do your research! If you’re considering a specialty training opportunity, think carefully about which area is right for you. Some units are willing to host shadow shifts to give potential trainees a feel for the area. Contact the unit manager or educator. Click here for videos that appeared in VCH News during Nursing Week in 2013, highlighting specific specialty areas.

Program Eligibility

  1. UPDATED: It must have been at least 2 years since your last sponsorship for specialty training.
  2. Unless previously approved by Employee Engagement, employee will assume a full-time role in the area of training upon successful completion (no Part Time or Casual).
  3. Must be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident. Registered Nurses employed under a temporary work visa are not eligible.
  4. Eligibility is restricted to applicants with a minimum of 2 years’ recent acute medical/surgical experience. Preference to applicants with high acuity training and/or experience.
  5. Must meet the academic requirements for the selected program, including having current unrestricted practicing registration with CRNBC and current CPR.
  6. Applicants must successfully complete the program prior to working in the specialty department.

Course List

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Unit Site Program When to Watch Internal Postings Associated Training Dates
ICU VGH, Lion’s Gate, Richmond Hospital Critical Care (BCIT) Early Aug, 2017
Early Dec, 2017
Early Mar, 2018
Early Apr, 2018
Jul. – Sept. 2018
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Jan. – Apr. 2019
Apr. – Jul. 2019
Post Anaesthesia VGH, Lion’s Gate, Richmond Hospital, UBC Hospital Critical Care (BCIT) Early Aug, 2017
Early Dec, 2017
Early Mar, 2018
Early Apr, 2018
Jul. – Sept. 2018
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Jan. – Apr. 2019
Apr. – Jul. 2019
Cardiac VGH Critical Care (BCIT) Early Aug, 2017
Early Dec, 2017
Early Mar, 2018
Early Apr, 2018
Jul. – Sept. 2018
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Jan. – Apr. 2019
Apr. – Jul. 2019
Emergency VGH, Lion’s Gate, Richmond Hospital, UBC Hospital Emergency (BCIT) Early Aug, 2017
Early Dec, 2017
Early Apr, 2018
Apr. – Jun. 2018
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Jan. – Mar. 2019
Post Anaesthesia VGH, Lion’s Gate, Richmond Hospital, UBC Hospital Critical Care (BCIT) Early Aug, 2017
Early Dec, 2017
Early Mar, 2018
Early Apr, 2018
Jul. – Sept. 2018
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Jan. – Apr. 2019
Apr. – Jul. 2019
High Acuity Units and Units with Step-Down Beds VGH, Lion’s Gate High Acuity (BCIT) Speak to your High Acuity unit manager. Apr. – Jun. 2018
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Jan. – Mar. 2019
Labour and Delivery Lion’s Gate, Richmond Hospital Perinatal (BCIT) Early Aug, 2017
Early Dec, 2017
Early Apr, 2018
Apr. – Jun. 2018
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Jan. – Mar. 2019

Occasionally, an opportunity for Neonatal, Nephrology, or Perinatal training will also become available.

Rural site needs are met using the UNBC Critical Care, Emergency, and Trauma course, the UNBC Perinatal course, and a modified version of the VCH in-house Perioperative program.

VCH funding consists of 100% tuition, books and wages during the full-time training program, as well as tuition and books required for any applicable pre-requisite home study courses.
  1. Check the internal job postings page frequently around the dates specified above, where unit-specific opportunities will be posted. Search with the keywords “training opportunity.”
  2. Complete internal job application, and be sure to attach your resume. Submit your completed application prior to Closing Date listed on the posting.
  1. You may want to contact the prospective new unit educator or manager to arrange an observational visit prior to applying to a specialty education program.
  2. Most courses include prerequisite online coursework that is done on your own time prior to the commencement of full-time studies. After completion of prerequisite coursework, the post-basic education program requires full-time attendance.
  3. If you have already attended BCIT, or completed any specialty nursing courses, your prior coursework will be assessed for possible advanced entry into the program. VCH does not fund for courses to be audited or retaken unless required by BCIT.
  4. Courses demand a minimum of 20-25 study hours per week, in addition to class time.
  5. All programs require access to a computer, the internet, and familiarity with email and word processing.
  6. UPDATED: Due to the high cost of training specialty nurses, by accepting this training opportunity you agree to remain in the department in which you were hired for at least one year subsequent to completing training. This will ensure you are able to consolidate and apply your skills in the specialty area that VCH has supported and funded you to complete. In the event you leave the area of specialty in under one year for employment not covered by the Nurses’ Provincial Collective Agreement (PCA), VCH will seek to recover the total cost of the program from you in accordance with Article 35.03(E).