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We have opportunities for healthcare professionals who are interested in contributing to improved health outcomes and quality of life for people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES.).

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... 

  • Powell River offers water lovers endless kayaking, fishing, and scuba diving options. The city is located on the upper Sunshine Coast, about 145km Northwest of Vancouver. It's accessible by ferry from Vancouver Island, or from Earl's Cove while driving up from Gibsons or Sechelt. If you happen to be a water lover AND a healthcare professional looking for a nice change of pace, we strongly encourage you to take a look at our available opportunities:
  • Have a great (and more importantly, safe) May-long weekend from the Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Department!
  • Leane Mathias, Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care, North Shore, holds the prescribing pad she received last fall.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary and acute care across VCH can prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS) for patients and clients as a result of a recent change to their scope of practice. CDS includes narcotics such as morphine and Tylenol #3 as well as benzodiazepines such as Ativan.

The change allows NPs to provide patients with more holistic care and saves valuable time for everyone. “In my work with complex, marginalized clients who are struggling with both medical and social challenges, this change is very useful,” says Eliza. “NP’s can now directly prescribe CDS to our patients with acute or chronic pain issues, when appropriate – in addition to providing alternative methods of pain control.” Eliza continues: “More importantly, we are now able to also do continuation prescribing of Suboxone which allows us to provide low barrier care to our patients who are seeking treatment for addictions.” Dr. Michael Norbury, Medical Director of Primary Care for Vancouver Community, concurs on the many benefits to the change saying “The change in scope is good news for everyone. It gives us flexibility, and there is more than enough work to go around.”
  • Powell River is located on the upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia within the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. Powell River offers a mix of urban and rural living within a beautiful setting.  Surrounded by mountains, lakes, forest and the ocean, Powell River offers something for every outdoor recreation enthusiast.  It’s also home to a vibrant Arts and Culture community, and of course, Powell River General Hospital. VCH had a chance to catch up with Patrick, resident Senior Medical Sonographer at Powell River General Hospital:

What is your role at Powell River General Hospital?

I am currently the senior medical sonographer at Powell River General hospital. I have worked for close to 5 years, starting my career in Northern Alberta.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day starts at 8:35, where I have may have up to 12 patients booked for care. We usually have between 2 – 4 emergency cases during the day, covering the wide spectrum of ultrasounds we facilitate at Powell River General Hospital. These include OB/GYN, abdomen, small parts, vascular and echocardiography.

What do you love most about the Powell River community?

The beautiful thing about Powell River besides the incredible summer is the amazing longevity of the people who live here. I am astonished at the vitality of the older population that frequents the hospital. I often have patients in their 90’s as lucent as my younger patients. There’s also a general sense that people here care about one another. It is common in our waiting area that you experience a feeling of a tight-knit social gathering, as many patients know and care about one another’s condition. Some patients even stay long after their exam to visit friends. 
Surprise us with a fun fact about yourself, or your profession:

I traveled over the winter to Kenya on a mission trip volunteering my cardiac ultrasound skills on young children in preparation for their valve replacements. With ultrasound, there is a lot of opportunity to travel and volunteer outside of full-time employment.
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