Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA
PHSA operating nurses at the BC Children's Hospital

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Along with retirement planning assistance, PHSA employees can plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan and phased-in work options to help ease the transition to retirement
  • Employees at PHSA's main location can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including a cafeteria (with healthy and special-diet menus), a nap room and subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility (with instructor-led classes such as yoga and belly dancing)
  • PHSA makes getting to work easier (and cleaner) with secure bicycle parking and shower facilities (offering one of the most scenic bike rides to work in the country) and supports the annual 3-week long "Clean Commuter Challenge" -- additionally, PHSA partners with "TravelSmart" to help reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle commutes to work and installed a number of electric vehicle charging stations (as part of a provincial initiative)
PHSA clinical transfer nurse working at the BC Patient Transfer Network

Highlights

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Established in Canada 2001
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,346
Part-time employees in Canada 8,624
Average age of employees in Canada 43.57
Longest serving employee 45 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • PHSA works with a number of post-secondary institutions to provide internships, co-op opportunities and practicum placements to students in a variety of fields including medical laboratory, cytogenetics, clinical genetics technology, information management/information technology and business administration
  • Each year, PHSA places 200 students in its BC Ambulance Service education program for primary and advanced care paramedics, hiring over 70% of participants upon program completion -- additionally, the organization encourages high school students to consider a career as a paramedic through workshops, mock scenarios (with participants responding to calls) and operations field trips
  • BC Emergency Health Services, part of PHSA's network, offers paid co-op opportunities for Commerce and Business students studying at University of Victoria or Camosun College -- the 12-week program allows third year students to explore and engage in payroll and billing processes within a health care environment -- additionally, PHSA manages a comprehensive co-op program for information management and information technology services
  • PHSA established an Employed Student Nursing program to provide student nurses with opportunities to practice as a registered nurse in specialty areas such as Pediatrics, Perinatal, Oncology or Mental Health nursing -- over 95% of employed student nurses are hired for permanent positions upon graduation
PHSA clinical transfer nurse working at the BC Patient Transfer Network

Highlights

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,346
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives BC Women's Perinatal Nursing Program for new graduates, employed student nursing program, Health Care Students to Practice website, 12-month paid Child Life Fellowship, respiratory therapist practicum placements for Thomson Rivers University students, Radiation Therapy Service Technologist Trainee program, 4-day pilot project for high school students to experience the work of a BCAS paramedic and pre-hospital care (offered in partnership with the Langley School)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • In 2009, PHSA launched the Green+Leaders program to promote environmentally conscious workplace behaviour such as sustainable transportation, expanded recycling programs and a number of paper use, energy and waste reduction initiatives -- over 120 leaders have been trained since the program's inception
  • Over 160 PHSA employees participated in the 3-week Clean Commuter Challenge last year, comprising over 50 teams who showed their support for sustainable commuting -- the organization also encourages alternative commuting through support for Bike to Work Week (with bike repair workshops at major sites) and dedicated parking for car-sharing services as well as the installation of new onsite electric vehicle charging stations
  • PHSA established a number of organic collection programs ahead of the City of Vancouver's organics program, which was introduced in 2015 -- programs are operating at number of its acute care sites
PHSA employees proudly display their Green Initiatives Fund project 'fix it, Willingdon!,' offering employees the chance to attend workshops on the repair of common houshold items

Highlights

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,346
Employee green team Green+Leaders (program has trained over 120 employees across the province), Energy and Environmental Sustainability Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives 7 senior-level employees are part of the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee, which is comprised of leaders from other health authorities, municipalities and external partners
Green highlights Green+Leaders program offers paid time off to volunteer for sustainability initiatives (up 4 paid hours per month from October to May), BC Green Care (dedicated green social networking site for employees), unique Bees and Trees program to develop pollinator bee habitat at one hospital site
Extended recycling organics
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Commuter Challenge (over 160 PHSA employees participated last year), Bike to Work Week (spring and autumn), other transportation initiatives (bike room with tools, parking for car sharing service, transportation fair to showcase alternative commuting options)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, new constructions must be built to meet LEED Gold standards, lighting upgrades to energy-efficient lighting, rooftop gardens at two sites, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
PHSA employees working in the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at the BC Children's Hospital

Highlights for New Grads

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Administration, Communications, Employee Wellness & Safety, Finance, Human Resources, Information Management/Information Technology, Facilities & Planning, Laboratory, Nursing, Pharmacy, Protection Services, Research/Scientific, Supply Chain
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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