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True North Goals

Vancouver Coastal Health's True North Goals.

CST Opportunities

Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) is a joint undertaking between VCH, PHSA and PHC to complete a significant transformation of clinical practices and systems. Care will be streamlined, with clinical design teams creating standardized, evidence-informed clinical practices and a powerful, new integrated clinical information system will be developed. Now is your chance to shape how healthcare is delivered, while making a positive impact on the lives of British Columbians.

A world-class innovator in medical care, research, & teaching.

Vancouver Coastal Health delivers services to more than 1 million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, the Central Coast and surrounding areas.

The remarkable range of specialties places VCH at the forefront of career destinations for Nurses, Sonographers, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Mental Health professionals and many other health care and allied professionals.

Our amazing workforce and remarkable organizational culture ensure that VCH is always promoting better heath for our communities through innovation and exceptional care.



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About Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world-class innovator in medical care, research and teaching. VCH provides a full range of direct and contracted health services including primary, secondary, tertiary care, home and community care, mental health services, population and preventive health and addictions services. VCH is one of six publicly-funded – more... 

  • The Nurse Practitioners (NPs) pictured, left to right: Michelle Sims, Jen Buck and Sheila Turris, all work at the North Shore’s award-winning HealthConnection Clinic (HCC). Michelle Sims shares what prompted her to become an NP: “As an RN (Registered Nurse) I felt like I was working inside a box,” she says. “As an NP, I feel like I’m able to work outside of that box and help people more than I could before because we’re always learning in this role and the scope of NPs continues to evolve in the system.” The role of NPs continues to grow, and late last year they were granted the ability to prescribe controlled drugs such as analgesics or Suboxone. 
Sheila Turris, a long-time NP on the North Shore and with HCC is excited to see this continued growth and feels that the NP role has already come a long way in the nine years she’s been practicing: “North Shore family physicians, specialists and NPs collaborate effectively in daily interactions,” she says. “And while some people are still a bit surprised by what we do – that we work in primary care as well as acute care for instance – I feel the gap in understanding is getting smaller all the time.”
Another factor that will help increase overall understanding of the NP role is a steady growth in outreach being planned for by HCC leadership. Jen Buck is involved in working at the offices of the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish First Nations, ensuring their members are cared for in an integrated fashion. Outreach is something she’s familiar with throughout her career, having spent 20+ years delivering health care in the high Arctic as both an outpost nurse and an advanced practice nurse.
Jen, Michelle and Sheila, recognize that the successes they’ve experienced as NPs are a result of more than just their own efforts. “The team care approach we take here at the HCC is so important to our patients,” says Sheila. “From the Medical Office Assistants to the social workers, the chronic disease nurse and our dedicated family physicians, we all work together as a team.” To learn more about career opportunities, visit:
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  • Rolling up to the hospital in 1902 in a new horse-drawn ambulance, a huge improvement over the carts previously used to transport patients. The first driver was named Dick Woodrow, and the elaborate lights on the ambulance were the envy of every other driver in the city.  The horses pulling the ambulance served a role in the creation of sutures because there was little access to commercially-prepared suture material at the time.  The operating room nurses helped with the preparation of suture material, using materials such as silkworm gut, catgut, silk, linen and horse hair.  The resourcefulness of the staff in the hospital was demonstrated by nurse Jane Rose.  When working in the operating room, she would take advantage of the arrival of the ambulance and coax a few hairs from the manes of the horses for use as sutures.
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  • Clark and one of his regular patients, Ian, catch up during one of his visits. For the past 2 years, Clark has been a Community Health Worker caring for clients in their homes on the North Shore. What he enjoys most about his job is helping his clients, assisting them with their unique needs, and the challenges they face. He loves working in the medical field: “Working for VCH is the ultimate company to work for. My job allows me to have a meaningful life by rendering service to people who are in need.” One of Clark’s clients once asked him: “Why do you do this job?” Clark responded, “It makes me feel good inside, and every time I leave his place I know he’s comfortable, clean, showered and safe.” Gestures like these help to boost the client’s self-esteem, which allow Clark to feel good about the work he does each day. 
Clark also shared what his experience has been like working at VCH: “From the managers, supervisors, schedulers, community health workers and even the clients, everyone is very supportive.  The warmth and harmonious relationships are palpable. I’m fortunate to work as a Community Health Worker.” To learn more about career opportunities, visit: .
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  • #HappyFriday from our amazing #Physiotherapy Department at Richmond Hospital! .
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