Registered Nurse

Are you looking for a challenging, yet rewarding career as a Registered Nurse? Do you love working independently and enjoy a broader scope of practice? 

 Island Health has unique opportunities to work on the spectacular northeast coast of Vancouver Island in Alert Bay/Cormorant Island, Port Alice, Port Hardy and Port McNeill. These positions would be a great fit for you if you love the outdoors, want to escape city living and are looking for a new challenging career working within both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. 

In these roles, you provide professional nursing care and are responsible for coordinating and administering direct client care utilizing the nursing process. You provide direction to staff and respond to emergency situations to safeguard clients, visitors and staff.  Teams in this region have excellent working relationships with physicians and other healthcare professionals. 

 Relocation assistance is available and temporary paid accommodation may be offered (subject to availability). We currently have a $10,000 rural and remote incentive once employment commences in exchange for a 2-year return of service, plus an additional potential $5,000 at the beginning of your third year if you commit to a third year return of service. You may also be eligible for up to $2,000 per year reimbursement of professional development expenses ($8,000 max). 

These positions may also qualify for the Federal and Provincial Loan Forgiveness program.


  • Registration with BC College of Nurses and Midwifes as a practicing RN registrant 
  • Two years of recent, related experience (or equivalent) 
  • Basic Life Support, Level C required
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Emergency Room, ICU and Critical Care preferred
  • Valid BC Driver’s License

We have full-time, part-time and temporary positions available.

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More about Island Health...

“I was drawn to rural nursing and the uniqueness of it and knew Cormorant Island Community Health Centre would provide an extraordinary learning opportunity. Prior to taking the job my husband and I toured the island and immediately connected with the peaceful beauty of the land as well as the kindness of the local people. CICHC offers a great opportunity to work with an integrated team which includes multiple health sectors including the nearby Health Ctr run by the local Namgis people. The hospital is well supported with highly trained nurses and physicians who value team principles. I also feel well connected and supported by the Island Health extended team based in PHH and PMH. After many years in urban health care settings, it has been a refreshing and inspiring experience so far working and living on Cormorant Island.”

  • Loreen, Registered Nurse in Alert Bay

Alert Bay is located on Cormorant Island, three kilometres off the Northeast coast of Vancouver Island. The population is approximately 1,500. Alert Bay is easily accessible by a scenic ferry ride from Port McNeill and the small, picturesque fishing village of Sointula on Malcolm Island. It is the oldest community on northern Vancouver Island and has been the traditional home of the Namgis First Nation for several thousand years. Ferry service runs continuously between Port McNeill, Sointula and Alert Bay seven days a week. 

Port Alice, a milling village, is located on beautiful Neroutsos Inlet, southwest of Port McNeill. With close to 700 residents, it's an attractive, well-planned village that is popular for fishing, boating and many other outdoor activities. There is a fully equipped recreational complex with weight room, hockey rink and curling ice. 

Port Hardy is a located on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island with a population of approximately 4,000. Visitors and residents enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities and a lively local arts and cultural scene. Nanaimo is four and a half hours south by car. 

Port McNeill is a quaint town and its close proximity to the east coast makes it a hot spot for whale watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking and viewing wildlife. Port McNeill is a small, friendly community and is only a two hour drive to Campbell River.

Island Health 

Island Health is one of British Columbia’s regional health authorities and the largest employer on Vancouver Island with more than 24,500 employees, 1,900 physician partners and 3,000 volunteers. 

At Island Health, we provide public health care services to over 794,000 residents throughout our region. We create work environments that support and attract workers with passion and dedication that will help us provide the highest quality of patient care. 

We offer a benefits package that may include (depending on position type) dental and prescription coverage, government backed pension plan, long term disability and extended health plan with up to four weeks' vacation after your first year.