PHC welcomes over 1,500 nursing students annually. We look forward to having you join us in providing excellent patient and family centred care. 

  • Registered Nurses (RN’s)
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN’s)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s)
  • Residential Care Aides (RCA’s)
  • Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN’s) studying in a Canadian Program
  • Specialty Education
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS’) including Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Masters of Nursing (MN) programs
Organizing Placements

In order for us to do our best to accommodate all of the nursing placement requests we receive and ensure you have an amazing experience here at PHC, we ask that you leave all organization to your school coordinator. 

Please do not try to make arrangements for your own placement directly with a PHC employee as it can create confusion, complications, delay acceptance and potentially reduce your chances of getting the placement you seek all together. This also applies to instructors and school coordinators enquiring on behalf of their students. 

Kindly follow the procedures that are currently in place:

  • All placements, including observation requests are to be organized in advance through HSPnet.
  • Schools from out of province may submit a request using the HSPnet Request Form. 
  • Students that are required to find placements on their own, may contact the Student Placement Coordinator for available opportunities.
  • Any follow up of outstanding requests may be directed through the School Coordinator to the PHC Student Placement Coordinator.
  • Only after a request has been confirmed, may the unit / manager / preceptor be contacted to make arrangements for start / orientation dates. Instructors are responsible for making these arrangements on behalf of their students for group placements.
HSPnet Request Form
Preparing for Placement

Ensure you are adequately prepared before arriving on site.

All Students

  • Review the Orientation Page and complete everything outlined that is applicable to you.
  • Register and complete SCM Computer Training. Students going to residential sites may not require training.   
  • All students and instructors must receive glucometer training before arriving on site for placement. Training is provided by the school as the glucometers are used province wide. Please contact your school coordinator for more information including the password. If you are on placement visiting from out of province, your preceptor will be able to train you. Please contact the Student Placement Coordinator for the password. 
  • For each practice placement, students must have their own User ID to use the Automated Dispensing Machines (Omnicell). Training to use these machines will be provided by your instructor/preceptor. We also have a 10-minute training video available on YouTube.
    • Once you have a confirmed placement, the appropriate Automated Dispensing Machine User ID Request Form or Spreadsheet (see below) needs to be completed. Return the form/spreadsheet to your clinical instructor, who will then forward it to the Student Placement Coordinator (email User IDs will be active only for the duration of the clinical placement. 
  • Review Photo ID tab below to determine if you will be provided PHC ID. 
Automated Dispensing Machine User ID Request for SPH/MSJ (spreadsheet for instructors)
Automated Dispensing Machine User ID Request Form - Holy Family Hospital/Parkview/Alder


Nurse Practitioners

You may also require a dictation ID while on placement; please confirm with your supervisor if you need this access. In order to receive access, you will need to completed SCM Computer Training, then can contact Transcription Services via 604-806-9696 or email to request your dictation ID. Please allow 1-2 business days after your SCM account has been created, for your dictation ID to be activated. 

PHC Photo ID

School identification must be worn on the left upper chest and be visible at all times while on placement at PHC. For undergrad placements, only instructors requiring access to locked units will be granted PHC identification and will require a manager or Operations Leader's approval. CNS's, NP's and MN's, please confirm with your supervisor if you need ID. If ID is required, refer to the Photo ID page directions on how to obtain ID. 

For students requiring access to locked units, the units will have generic temporary passes for their use. These passes are available on a sign-out basis. Please note:  units may charge a deposit for these passes to recover replacement costs should the cards be lost or damaged.

For those will be on medical units or in the emergency department at St. Paul's Hospital, please see below for information specific to you. 

SPH Medicine Units

In order to enhance patient safety, the medical units at SPH including 7A/B and 8D Medical Short Stay units now have a magnetic locking door system. 

There is an intercom camera system located outside of the 7A/B unit doors for visitors to contact the nursing stations in order to access the units. Students and instructors will need to use this intercom until they are provided temporary passes.

Obtaining Temporary Passes

Clinical Instructors may obtain temporary passes for their students from Rowena Ng, Administrative Assistant. Please contact her to make arrangements 604-682-2344 ext. 63233. Please note:  a deposit may be charged for each card.

The passes must be returned at the end of the placement. If an instructor is carrying on with another group, they must assign the passes to the new students by signing them out again. 

The passes will be assigned based on gender so that the students may access the locker rooms. They also provide access to the bike locker, available in the parking lot of SPH.  

Emergency Department

Clniical Instructors and nursing specialty students doing placements at PHC will be provided temporary passes. 


OR Observation

All requests for observation visits of the Operating Room must be submitted through HSPnet. Following confirmation, instructors are to contact the Nurse Educator to make arrangements for their group of students. Please submit requests at least two weeks prior to the visit and be specific with dates.

Due to patient acuity and logistics, opportunities to view some surgeries especially cardiac surgery, may be limited.


All students must complete a one hour orientation/tour before their scheduled placement in the OR. The OR Educator and Instructor will coordinate the date and time.

To get the most out of your observation, if you are provided details about the type of surgery you will be observing, it is recommended you read up on the procedure. 

Prepare for Observation

  • Eat a meal prior to your arrival as some procedures will take several hours to complete.
  • Jewellery including rings, necklaces, earrings, watches, etc is not to be worn and mobile/ electronic devices are not to be brought into the OR. Please do not bring these with you.
  • Wear comfortable shoes (with socks) and your ID badge. You will change into OR scrubs, bouffant head cover and mask.
  • No outdoor clothing (ie. long sleeve shirts) is allowed to be visibly showing under your scrubs.
  • Always wash your hands before and after leaving the OR theatres and change your mask. 

OR Dress Code

Arrival to OR

Unless told otherwise, report to the OR reception desk at the following times:

Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 0730 hrs
  • Wednesday – 0830 hrs

St. Paul’s Hospital

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 0730 hrs
  • Wednesday – 0800 hrs

Please ask the Unit Coordinator to page the educator to let them know you are here for your OR observational experience. The educator or delegate will come meet you and bring you into the OR. 


SPH - Shannon Liu,
MSJ - Thelma Velasco,