Northern Health COVID-19 information

Professional practice

Employed Student Nurse program

Repost postings will be live from March 31st to April 5th, 2020. Please visit the ExpectMore career page to view postings. Reminder to all applicants that you may only apply to 1 posting.

The purpose of the ESN program is to provide an opportunity for student nurses finishing their second or third year of a BScN or RPN program to develop into the role of a professional nurse through the following:

  • Engaging in summer employment within NH patient care areas
  • Developing interdisciplinary teamwork and communication skills
  • Consolidating previously learned concepts/skills in the nursing program
  • Taking advantage of opportunities to connect theory with practice

Criteria for employment

  • Registration in a recognized nursing education program
  • Successful completion of 2 or more years of a BScN or RPN program
  • Able to provide proof of successful completion of all courses in current year of nursing school
  • Ability to gain Employed Student Registration with BCCNP once hired
  • Able to provide proof of Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Currently resides in British Columbia or Alberta or have a residence there

If you have any questions please email


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"Being an ESN is one of the most valuable experiences we get as students. It gives us a chance to not only learn and experience more than we would in our clinical rotations, but it provides us with the opportunity to take control of our learning by choosing areas of interest to further develop our knowledge and skills. I feel much more prepared to enter the workforce because of the extra experience I gained as an ESN."

"The ESN program is very helpful to prepare (you) for what nursing is, and (how to) start learning to problem solve on your own. The program also helps you to identify what your strengths and weaknesses are and the areas in need of improvement."


New graduate nurses

Please carefully review the required education, training and experience listed in the available job postings for ones that are suitable for new graduate nurses. Those who do not meet the basic qualifications will not be considered.

Visit the ExpectMore website to create your online profile. Do this as early as possible so you are ready to apply for a position when they become available.

Once you create a profile, the system will send you an email for you to activate your account. This has to be completed within seven days from creating your profile. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam/junk mail folder. If you do not complete this task within the seven days, you can go to the website and try to sign in; it will give you the option to have the system resend your activation email.

For any questions please contact


New Graduate Transition program

Northern Health's Professional Practice department continues to assist newly hired health care professionals with their transition to professional practice through our New Graduate Transition Program. Funding is used to provide orientation, transition workshop attendance, education and supernumerary shifts to health care professionals who are in the first year of their career.

The goals of the New Graduate Transition program are:

  • To create early relationships with students and communicate career opportunities and growth within NH
  • To offer resources around new graduate transition to both new graduates and staff at the sites. This includes workshops for new graduates, mentor development and website information
  • To support new grads and staff  in opportunities for mutual learning
  • To offer professional development funding for new graduates who need supernumerary shifts, extended orientation and training
  • To provide a program based on continuous quality improvement through yearly program evaluation and revisions as required

The program is open to health care professionals that are within one year post graduation and are newly hired into regular, temporary and casual positions in general and specialty areas. Applications are available through Professional Practice once you have been hired.

For more information please contact


External student placement

Student practice (also referred to as student placement) offers students hands-on experience in a clinical or community setting to learn the necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge to practice effectively in their field.

Northern Health recognizes the importance of students and continuous learning. Our goal is to provide a broad scope of learning opportunities, in collaboration with our academic partners, for students and practitioners from a variety of healthcare disciplines.

Northern Health considers placement requests in priority from local, provincial, national, and international public and private educational institutions, other agencies, and non-affiliated individuals.

An Affiliation Agreement is required between the Health Authority and the post-secondary Institution affiliated with the learning role. We, at Northern Health have adopted the Provincial Education Guidelines for student practice; please become familiar with this policy.

How do I request a clinical placement?

All disciplines, except medical students, trades, and pastoral care, must submit all placement requests through HSPnet.

For any questions or international placement requests please the clinical placement coordinator at

Placement Prerequisites


All students are required to complete the Student Practice Education Core Orientation or SPECO (curriculum) on the LearningHUB. If you don't have an account on LearningHub you'll need to create one to access the SPECO orientation.

SPECO includes the following modules:

  • Information and Privacy
  • Culture of Safety
  • Infection Control and Prevention
  • Muscular Skeletal Injury Prevention
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Code Red
  • Waste Management
  • Hand Hygiene

Criminal record check
  • It is required that you have completed a Criminal Record Check prior to commencing your placement at NH. This is usually a prerequisite to being accepted into post-secondary education.
  • The Criminal Record Check is valid for 5 years. Students must report any new charge or conviction to the post-secondary institution which will inform the health care organization where a student is placed.
  • The cost is the responsibility of the student.
  • Your Criminal Record Check should be kept on file by your educational institution.
  • False information will result in the termination of your practicum experience.
  • You must inform your educational institution and your placement site of any status change incurred during your practice experience.
  • The student may be required to provide proof of the Criminal Record Check. It is suggested that the student maintain a copy for their records.

Electronic systems
  • For groups of students, access to electronic systems will be set up in advance by the post-secondary institution. Typically, the schools with larger groups of students are within our Northern Health boundary area and they are aware of the process based on the facility the students will be at. Please contact for questions.

Confidentiality agreement

To be signed and stored by the post-secondary institution. Proof of signed form may be requested by the unit or facility.



Please contact your school to determine to best way to provide this information to your school.


Fit testing

Provided by your school annually.



Dependent on program and post-secondary requirements.