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Nursing


Nursing is an honoured and rewarding profession that is founded on both the art of caring and the science of health and illness management.

We are committed to creating a practice environment that supports and encourages nurses to use their unique knowledge and skills in the care of women, babies, children and youth. As academic hospitals and health centres, we also encourage our nurses to advance their knowledge related to nursing care and practice through research, and we support them along the way.

Professional development

We believe that excellence in practice is grounded in knowledge and skill. Our renowned preceptor program provides the foundation for nursing colleagues new to the profession or to this area of specialty practice. It helps them develop and hone the knowledge and skills required to effectively care for our patients who need our specialized and tertiary services.

Having acquired a strong foundation, our nurses are actively encouraged and supported to continue to build their knowledge and skill. A myriad of on-site professional development programs aimed at developing clinical, educational and leadership skills support them to be life-long learners. Together these programs offer nurses the opportunity to sustain their passion for nursing, maintain their ability to offer the excellent care for which our organization is known and to achieve their personal professional goals.

Nurses are key

Nurses are an integral part of the team of health care professionals who work collaboratively to deliver health services through our inpatient, ambulatory care and outreach programs to patients from across B.C.

Supported by a strong vision, our nurses are provincial and regional leaders when providing specialized nursing services for children, youth and women. They are published in health care literature and regularly recognized for their leadership and expertise with awards for excellence in care and leadership both within our organization and in the community.

Career opportunities

We offer exciting options for those who are interested in a career in nursing. There are a variety of innovative job opportunities in clinical practice, education, research, professional leadership and operational management. For students who have completed their 3rd year and are looking for a paid experience see our Employed Student Nurse Program.

BC Children’s, Sunny Hill and BC Women’s are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. For more information, please visit the careers section of that web site at www.phsa.ca/careers.

Clinical areas 

Critical care

The pediatric Critical Care Unit provides care for patients requiring close observation, multiple system support and life support. Info Brochure

Emergency

The Emergency department has a variety of areas of specialty, such as trauma room, fast track and OBS (observation area).

Inpatient units

Medical oncology units for patients with cancer; 2B has 10 beds and 3B has 14 beds. Patients who are more acutely ill and those undergoing Hematopoetic Stem Cell Transplants are cared for on 3B. 

3F cares for patients with medical renal, endocrine and metabolic issues. Patients undergoing renal transplants are cared for on this unit.

3M is a 28 bed unit with a specialized focus on respiratory and cardiac sciences. Children's Heart Centre  

This 32 bed unit has a specialized focus on neurology and surgical patients. It is a fast-paced and busy environment that provides opportunity to work with a variety of complex cases. The surgical subspecialty services include: Dental/Oral Surgery; Ear, Nose, and Throat; General Surgery; Gynecology; Neurosurgery; Ophthalmology; Orthopedics; Plastics and Burns; Thoracic; Urology; and Vascular. Specialized care provided on 3R includes: caring for infants less than 1 month of age on a continuous opioid infusion post-24 hours of initiation; caring for children with burns; caring for children with epidurals; caring for children with external ventricular drains (EVD); caring for children on a midazolam infusion; ICP monitoring for stable patients; post-operative care for term infant less than 14 days old; video intensive monitoring for assessment of seizures. 

Medical Day Unit

MDU provides care to children requiring investigational drug therapies, studies, infusions.

Renal Unit

The Renal unit provides care to children requiring hemodialysis. For more information visit Nephrology

Mental health

The mental health areas provide care to children and youth with complex and emergency mental health needs, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Nursing Resource Team (NRT)

A team of pediatric nurses that work in all the pediatric units on the third floor. There may be situations to support the Emergency department, depending on your competencies.

Surgical suites 

The Surgical Suites provides services for a wide range of surgical procedures. There is a specialty BCIT program offered to work in the OR. Surgical Day Care Unit (SDCU) is a fast paced area providing care to children who do not require admission for their surgical procedure. Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) is the recovery room. Parents are encouraged to join their children to comfort them post-op

Ambulatory clinics

The ambulatory clinics are numerous and varied. They offer a variety of services including oncology day treatment, surgical follow-up, seizure management & follow-up, endocrine and diabetes care to name a few. There are several clinic nurses and clinicians who work in these areas.

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Sunny Hill provides care to children and youth with active and long-term rehabilitation needs. There is an extensive outpatient program including the provincial autism program.

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