VCH NP leadership team

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) offer extensive health services, from diagnosing diseases to prescribing meds. Backed by the VCH NP Team, they operate independently and collaborate with physicians and medical teams in various settings.

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Where you may work

NPs at VCH work in over 100 positions across a variety of practice settings in rural, remote and urban areas, including:

  • Acute
  • Primary care
  • Long-term care
  • Ambulatory care

Starting as a new grad

VCH provides provisional licensing for NPs awaiting OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) results, enabling early job start. We offer a supportive environment with tailored orientation for new graduates. Our Nurse Practitioner Advanced Education Programs include 200 hours of advanced education and clinical mentorship over the first three months to support the transition to independent practice.

OSCE Reimbursement

VCH reimburses the OSCE cost for NP candidates hired into regular or temporary positions, provided they haven't yet completed the exam. The reimbursement is a forgivable loan, forgiven after one year of continuous employment with VCH. 

In addition to reimbursement, VCH organizes a biannual mock OSCE for newly hired NPs in preparation for their examination. These sessions occur 2-3 weeks before the actual exam, aiming to prepare provisionally licensed NPs with practice scenarios that closely resemble the licensing OSCE.

Total Compensation Package

VCH offers a competitive annual salary and a robust benefits package with comprehensive health benefits, a Municipal Pension Plan, and paid leave.  

Professional growth is supported with exam reimbursements, annual dues coverage, and a professional development allowance. 


Why join Vancouver Coastal Health?

  • Provisional licensing
  • OSCE reimbursement
  • BCCNM license reimbursement
  • Training and support
  • Support for Continuing Education
  • New grad and residency support
Ketu Patel

Meet the team

“I enjoy working in a spirited and challenging environment where individuals are committed to helping one another and making positive impacts on health and wellbeing.”

Ketu Patel, Nurse Practitioner

Meet Ketu

Meet Dr. JJ Sidhu

Meet Dr. JJ Sidhu, Dept Head and Medical Director, MHSU Vancouver. He gives us a glimpse into his role and what he loves most about working at Vancouver Coastal Health.

Meet Dr. JJ Sidhu, Dept Head and Medical Director, MHSU Vancouver

Meet Robin Faulk

Meet Robin Faulk, who relocated from the United States and now working as an NP in psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital.

Meet Dr. Robin Faulk
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Career pathways

In addition to a variety of areas of practice, Nurse Practitioners have opportunities to explore leadership opportunities in professional practice or medical affairs. Courses in leadership are offered to support the career journey.

Career pathways for Nurse Practitioners

Expanding skills

VCH welcomes providers interested in upskilling in a new specialty. We will support experienced NPs in tailored orientations to meet their learning needs. Our hospital-based roles are always expanding, and we are looking for NPs interested in developing a new skill set. 

Licensure in BC

In order to practice in British Columbia, you must be licensed. Detailed licensing information is available at the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

How to apply

External applicant

Internal applicant

Out-of-province or international applicant