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Student practice education and new graduate support

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

Student placement

Student placement provide students with 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 follows the BC Student Practice Education Guidelines and considers placement requests in priority from local, provincial, national, and international public and private educational institutions, other agencies, and non-affiliated individuals. All requests for student placements must be submitted through HSPnet. Please do not contact our facilities or staff directly to request student placement opportunities.

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.

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

Student placement prerequisites

Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO)

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 students complete a Criminal Record Check prior to commencing a placement at Northern Health. The Criminal Record Check is valid for 5 years. Students must report any new charge or conviction to their educational institution, who will inform the health care organization where a student is placed.
  • The cost is the responsibility of the student.
  • A copy of the Criminal Record Check will be kept on file at the student’s educational institution. However, students are also encouraged to keep a copy for their own records and should they be require to provide a copy.
  • False information will result in the termination of your practicum experience.

Electronic systems

Access to electronic systems will be set up in advance of student placements. For larger groups of students, educational institutions may be required to submit group access requests.

Confidentiality agreement

All students must sign a Confidentiality Agreement that will be stored by their educational institution. Proof of signed form may be requested by their placement unit or facility.


All student must adhere to the BC Practice Education Guidelines on Immunizations in order to engage in student placements. Students should contact their school to determine to best way to provide documentation related to their immunization status.

Fit testing

Fit testing is the responsibility of educational institutions.


The requirement of CPR training is dependent on the student’s program of study and their educational institution’s requirements.


Employed Student Nurse program

The purpose of the employed student nurse program (ESN) 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

Employed Student Nurse positions are posted annually in the spring. Please visit the ExpectMore career page to view current postings. Reminder to all applicants that you may only apply to 1 posting.

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."


Employment opportunities for new graduates

To apply for job opportunities in Northern Health you will need to create an online profile on the ExpectMore website. We recommend you do this as early as possible so you are ready to apply for positions as 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.

Please carefully review the required education, training and experience listed in the available job postings to ensure they are suitable for new graduates. If you do not meet the basic qualifications you will not be considered.

For any questions please contact


New Graduate Transition Program

Northern Health assists newly hired health care professionals with their transition to practice through our New Graduate Transition Program (NGTP). This program provides funding for professional development and supernumerary shifts intended to ease transition and support newly graduated health care professionals in their first year of employment.

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 existing 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