Nursing Student

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is committed to engage highly qualified employees to carry out its objectives and to provide a work environment that is conducive to personal and professional growth. In CNA’s commitment to inclusion and the dismantling of racist and systemic discriminatory practices we are eager to attract a diverse workforce. We will provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants for employment, encouraging those who have not been historically well represented, to better serve the diversity of nurses and people living in Canada.

The Organization:

CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. Our mission is to advance the nursing profession to improve health outcomes in Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system. CNA is the only national association that speaks for all types of nurses across all 13 provinces and territories. We represent nurses that are unionized and non-unionized, retired nurses, nursing students, and all categories of nurses (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses). We are guided by a set of ethical values of courage, equity, diversity excellence, innovation and trust. We are seeking an individual who is an innovative thinker and will have demonstrated experience in handling challenging issues in a diverse, transformational and dynamic work environment.

Position: Nursing Student (Full-time contract, 16 weeks)

As this position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program (2024), only youth participants are eligible.

To be eligible, youth must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period*;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.

**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada Summer Jobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student’s time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.


The Research Assistant, University works as a research assistant and writer and supports CNA in the development of program policies and implementing initiatives. Assignments support the advancement of CNA’s vision, mission and goals.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Researches and monitors trends and developments in nursing practice, research, education and leadership through literature reviews and internet searches
  • Drafts documents, including key concepts for position statements and/or standards, in support of the association’s policy priorities
  • Researches and drafts correspondence and memoranda
  • Participates in CNA meetings and activities
  • Contributes to intra-agency work groups for projects on key issues in support of CNA’s goals


  • Completion of year 3 in a baccalaureate nursing program
  • Experience acquired through volunteer work
  • Experience acquired through hospital rotations while in school
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with computers and current software
  • Ability to establish and maintain good work relationships
  • Ability to manage competing priorities

Desirable qualifications:

•   Membership in the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

If contacted for this position, please advise us if you require any adaptive measures at any point in the recruitment process and we will work with you to meet your needs. CNA will consider all qualified candidates and select the best individual for the position.