Registered Nurse - ICU & High Acuity Unit

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Are you someone who has a real passion for serving others? Are you a Registered Nurse looking to showcase your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment?

Island Health is an employer that knows our people make the organization. We are the Health Authority for all of Vancouver Island, one of the most livable regions in the world. The South Island is a vibrant urban centre with an abundance of recreational and cultural opportunities. We are the largest employer on Vancouver Island with over 21,500 employees, 1,900 Physician partners and 6,500 volunteers that provide health services to the 765,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities.

People make our organization. Health care attracts smart, caring individuals who want to make a difference and help people. No matter what area of health care you are in, our multi- disciplinary team's work together to provide the best care to our patients and residents, At Island Health we believe our values guide our actions and relationships, shaping how we make decision and plan for the future. Our vision is, "Excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time".

Island Health is looking for a patient-focused team players to join their team of compassionate and dedicated nurses who provide care to acutely ill patients in our Critical Care units.

Our Intensive Care units are state of the art, and allow our multidisciplinary teams provide a comprehensive array of intensive care services for complex ventilated medical/surgical patients with multi-system failure. The staffing ratio is 1:1 for ventilated and critically unstable patients. ICU nurses are part of the Code Blue team except for the Cowichan District and West Coast General Hospitals. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) and organ donor maintenance is available at the Victoria and Nanaimo Hospitals.

The High Acuity units at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria General Hospital and Nanaimo General Hospital act as an intermediate care area between Adult intensive Care and Inpatient Medicine/surgical units. The HAU provides care for adult patients requiring increased monitoring and resuscitation in a multidisciplinary environment. The unit's staffing includes Intensivist and Critical Care Nurses with specialty education training. The nurse-to-patient ratio in this unit is 1:2.


  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BC College of Nurses and Midwives).
  • Minimum 2 years of recent Critical Care nursing experience and or an accredited Critical Care course.
  • Demonstrated ability in arrhythmia interpretation as evidenced by a mark of 75% on the VIHA ECG Challenge exam.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support and CRRT (continuous renal replacement therapy) are assets.

Why work with Island Health?

Island Health offers health care services to more than 850,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities through hospitals, clinics, health centres, community based health units, long term care and assisted living facilities. As the largest employer on Vancouver Island, we employ 27,000 employees, 2,400 physician partners as well as hosting more than 2,500 volunteers.

We believe that our values guide our actions and relationships, shaping how we make decisions and plan for the future. At Island Health, C.A.R.E. guides everything we do:

  • Courage: To do the right thing – to change, innovate and grow.
  • Aspire: To the highest degree of quality and safety.
  • Respect: To value each individual and bring trust to every relationship.
  • Empathy: To give the kind of care we would want for our loved ones.

Island Health continues to be selected for top employer awards, including BC Top Employer (2024). Employees may be eligible for exceptional employer-paid benefit packages including dental and prescription coverage, group live, long-term disability and an extensive extended health plan, as well as vacation, leave, and municipal pension benefits.

Our Commitment

Island Health offers programs and services on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw Peoples.

As an organization, we are committed to cultural safety and humility and we demonstrate this through our actions to address Indigenous specific racism, systemic racism and the ongoing impacts of colonialism.

Please reach out to our Indigenous Recruitment and Retention team for support with your application if you identify as Indigenous at

About Vancouver Island

Live, work and play! Surrounded by ocean, Vancouver Islanders enjoy the best year-round climate in Canada with warm summers and mild winters. Imagine skiing, golfing and scuba diving all in the same day! The relaxed pace, easy access to outdoor activities, an abundance of art, music, theatre and festivals ensures that there is something for everyone.

Whatever the lifestyle you are looking for, we have it here.

Vaccination Notification

To keep our employees, clients and the communities we serve safe, Island Health is enforcing an employee mandatory vaccination policy which is intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. As such, Island Health requires Proof of BC Provincial Immunization Registration as a condition of employment, and any offers of employment are contingent on you providing proof of vaccination prior to commencement of the offered effective date. If an offer of employment is extended, but proof of vaccination is not provided, the offer will be rescinded.