Employed Student Nurse Program

The Employed Student Nurse Program enables you to gain clinical experience in health care facilities in special paid part-time or part-year positions.

These positions are supernumerary - positions that are in addition to the unit's normal staff complement. You work under the direction of a nursing unit manager or designate. 

The program was launched in 2001 following negotiations between BCNU, student nurses, employers, educators and the Registered Nurses' Association of BC. They created a job description to match the skills and knowledge of third and fourth year students.

The rules governing the program are set out in the Memorandum of Agreement for Employed Student Nurses. It is re-negotiated in each round of provincial nurses' bargaining.

To apply, contact the Human Resources Departments of the different health authorities to find out if positions are available.

Upcoming Virtual Presentations

Join BCNU for a one-hour virtual session on Thursday, Apr. 4 starting at noon, to learn more about the Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program.

Gain insight into the benefits of the program, how to apply for an ESN position and more. There will also be a random prize draw taking place, where four BCNU student members could win funding towards their studies.

This presentation is open to all BC student nurses, whether they are a BCNU student member or not.

Register for the webinar 

If you aren’t already a BCNU student member, signing up is free and easy. Visit the Student Nurse Membership page for more information.

UPDATED: February 26, 2024
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