Registered Nurses Labour Report

Registered Nurses

As I look at the growth potential for many health care occupations, including nurses, doctors, technicians, technologists, pharmacists and many more, the growth rates are among the highest in the labour market.

It’s quite simple, our population is aging and health care workers play a critical role in that trend. And while innovative drugs, technology and therapies are limiting the amount of personal interaction required, the highly intensive nature of health care limits our ability to significantly lower the total number of jobs needed to be filled.

 All this is taking place at a time when the largest pool of workers, who are paying the majority of taxes, are retiring. I say all this to say that while you may read that health care jobs have excellent potential, that potential is significantly limited by government’s ability to fund those jobs.

 As an example, as we looked at job postings for nurses, nearly all of them were for part-time, temporary  or casual positions at a time when most health care authorities are struggling to keep up with demand. There just isn’t the funding available to create the new full-time positions required.

 Nurses remain one of the largest occupational groups in British Columbia with more than 46,000 workers. And while many nurses may be struggling to find employment in Metro Vancouver, the data would suggest that seeking casual employment or relocating to a small rural community can be a fast-track to full time, sustainable employment.

 While it’s estimated that 5,000 new jobs will be created in the next five years just to keep up with the expanding health care sector, more than 7,000 jobs will be created to replace retiring nurses.

 Most nurses are now in their late 40s and early 50s and thousands of new jobs will become available to replace these workers in the coming decade.

While nursing appears to be a great career choice, at least in the long-run, it is critical for new nurses to make effective choices. These choices will relate to where they go to school, the communities where they hope to find work and their area of specialty.

 Gerontology is just one area of tremendous growth. In nursing as with all occupations, it is essential for new workers to have a clear understanding of their life goals, employment preferences and a clear sense of what brings workplace satisfaction. With that understanding you can make a career in nursing work best for you, rather than the other way around

Student Spotlight: Tiffany Scott, Culinary Arts Program

Tiffany Scott - PolaroidName: Tiffany Scott
District Program:Culinary Arts

Future Aspirations: To become a top chef and own my own café/restaurant with my mom that serves lunch and dinner.  My mom will do the baking, and we will have art for sale…kind of like a bistro.  My mom does stain glass so she will showcase her work. 

Tiffany Scott is a Grade 12 Clayton Heights student who is entering the District Career Program for culinary arts.  We recently sat down and had a Q & A period.



What made you choose the Culinary Arts District Partnership Program?

I heard about it over announcements so I went to the counsellors’ office and saw the book in the waiting area.  I love cooking so I came down to the Careers Ed. office to talk to Mr. Fisher who told me about the program and he gave me the application form.  I did a summer course at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts 2 summers ago and I wanted to learn more.

What does your district program entail?

In second semester I go to my first day at Tamanawis and then the next day I start my courses, we work in the cafeteria and feed the school students and do catering. All day was spent  just cooking and doing some book work.  The last month of the course you go to VCC and at the end you write exam for the Professional Cook 1 Certificate. And the next year you can go into the Professional Cook 2.

How has high school helped inform your career or academic goals?

It helped me realize that you have to be disciplined to stay on top of everything so that you don’t fall behind.  It has given me a jump start for going to college and  life after school.

Do you have a favourite class and/or instructor? Why?

Favourite class was peer tutoring, Ms. Montgomery’s BASES class was very inspiring.  Being with those students and getting to know them was very special to me.

What made you choose Culinary Arts Program?

I have a passion for cooking, and the free first year of college is a big help.  When VCC came to our school I spoke to them and she helped answer all my questions

What does it feel like to be graduating early?

I’m going to miss my friends, seeing them every day.  You don’t realize how fast 5 years are going to go, suddenly I’m graduating.  It hasn’t sunk in yet, when I come back for grad and commencement then …

What was the application process like?

It involves formal interviews, application forms to be filled out, etc. …like you would going to college.

What do you think will be your favourite part of the program?

To learn new things about cooking. I know a lot but I want to learn more.  Meeting new people and making connections for my future. 

What are your short term and long term goals?

Continuing on in college; also moving out closer to the college & sharing with  roommates, and eventually …finding my independence.

Who in your life has most influenced you?

That’s a hard one, I honestly cannot narrow it down to 1.  My 2 best friends and my teachers really helped me get on the right path, who I am and who I want to be.  But my Mom has been my biggest champion…telling me you can do what you put your mind to.  Be yourself.  She empowered me.

What would you tell someone who is looking at going into a District Partnership Program?

I would tell them to go for it, even if you don’t get in, you can always try again the following year.  Everyone I talk to who’s going into the program is so excited.  And will be a step ahead of everyone else

It sounds like you are on your way to a very successful career Tiffany, we are so proud of you!  

Thank you for sharing this information.  Please  keep in touch! 

Thank you for this interview.       Mr. N. Fisher, Career Facilitator & Ms. Vandas

Student Spotlight: Jordan Scharf, Plumbing Program

Jordan Scharf - PolaroidName: Jordan Scharf
District Program: Plumbing
Future Aspirations: To continue on with my plumbing apprenticeship and get my Red Seal Certification in Plumbing.  One day I’d like to become a foreman on a job site.

Jordan is a Grade 12 Clayton Heights student who entered the District Career Program for Plumbing in Grade 11.  He is a January Grad and will continue his plumbing apprenticeship working for a company that his instructor recommended him for.  We recently sat down and had a Q & A period.

What made you choose the Plumbing District Partnership Program?

I heard great things about the program through a friend that was doing the plumbing apprenticeship and I thought it sounded great.  In grade 10 I spoke to Mr. Fisher in the Clayton Heights Career Centre and with his help I applied and was accepted into the program for grade 11.

What does your district program entail?

In grade 11 for second semester I went to Panorama Ridge Secondary and Kwantlen Polytechnic University to take Foundations Level 1 in plumbing.  In grade 12, I only had to do English 12, Cabinet Construction 12 and was a Peer Tutor with my English Teacher.  Plus, with my work experience hours gave me enough credits to graduate early in January.  Through my instructor at Kwantlen I was referred to Core Mechanicals and they have now offered me a full time job and I will continue my apprenticeship while working for them.

What does it feel like to be graduating early?

It kind of feels like my life is finally starting.  It’s exciting and, to be honest, a little scary.

What is your favourite part of being in the district partnership program?

You were in a class all day with the same group of guys, so we became close friends.  We worked hard but had so much fun together.  It was great to learn hands-on and not be inside a classroom all day.

Who in your life has most influenced you?

My dad – he taught me to always work hard no matter what, even though you have to sacrifice now it will pay off in the long run.

Did you have a favourite class and/or instructor at Clayton Heights? Why?

Definitely wood shop with Mr. Barefoot.  He always made the class fun and helped me with project ideas.  I looked forward to his class every day.

What would you tell someone who is looking at going into a district partnership program?

Definitely do it, it will pay off and will help you get ahead in life.

It sounds like you are on your way to a very successful career Jordan, we are so proud of you!  We are so happy that you had such a positive experience in the District Career Program, keep in touch!

Student Spotlight: Donathon Green, Carpentry Program

Donathon GreenName: Donathon Green
District Program: Carpentry
Future Aspirations: To get an apprenticeship with an established Construction Company.  I want to save so that I can buy my own house and one day have a family.

Donathon is a Grade 12 Clayton Heights student who has been selected for the District Career Program for Carpentry. We recently sat down and had a Q & A period.

When did you start to consider entering the district partnership program?

I started thinking about it in grade 10 when I was at Guildford Park Secondary.  I liked that it was a free program for anyone who wanted to get ahead in life.  Plus, if you change your mind on your future career goals you still have a new skill you can utilize and fall back on.

What made you choose the carpentry district partnership program?

I like building things to showcase my talent.  I like the practicality of carpentry, I can build houses and renovate my own home one day.

What does your district program entail?

I’ll be leaving Clayton Heights when semester 1 is finished and will begin the Foundations/Level 1 Carpentry program which is being held at both Guildford Park Secondary and during the month of May I will be attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

What does it feel like to be graduating early?

I just got use to high school and don’t really want to leave yet, but it’s worth it as I’ll be on track to a better future. When my friends are just finishing high school I will already have completed the first year apprenticeship technical training for Carpentry (Level 1 Technical Training Equivalency).

What is your favourite part of being in the district partnership program?

It saves me a lot of money and gives me duel credits towards high school and college. I like that I will be with people who want to learn just as much as I do.

Who in your life has most influenced you?

My dad – he works hard all day every day to support his family.

What would you tell someone who is looking at going into a district partnership program?

Apply before it’s too late because spots are limited and there are a lot of people who want to get in.  It’s a really good choice for anybody that wants to get part of their college paid for.

We wish Donathon a huge congratulations and look forward to updates on how he’s doing in the program!  Good Luck Donathon!