Student placements offer students hands-on experience in a clinical or community setting to learn the necessary skills, attitudes, and knowledge to practice effectively in their field. They emphasize the importance of learning by doing. Placements can also open many opportunities to network and make important contacts within the industry.

The student’s educational experience may involve access to patient information or direct patient/resident care under the direction and supervision of practicing health professionals authorized by the health authority or educational institution.

As a part of our efforts to be recognized as a centre of excellence and leaders in eldercare, Louis Brier Home and Hospital has been committed to fostering its relationships in the academic community. In 2019, we established solid relationships with UBC School of Nursing and School of Medicine and since then have collaborated with a range of other universities and colleges across British Columbia to give students an opportunity to practice and build their clinical, research and educational skills in an environment that provides the highest quality of care. At Louis Brier, we also see the student placement program as a great recruitment opportunity; we see our students are potential future employees. We have hired several Care Aides in 2021 from these placements.

In January 2021, we revamped our student placement program to make it a more formalized, robust process. Since then, we have seen over 165 practicum students come through our doors, the majority of which have been nursing and care aide students, however, we have had students practicing in other fields such as music therapy, social work, rehab, human resources, and finance.

Long-term care (LTC) training grounds provide for different types of experiences:

  • Palliative care
  • One-to-one care with residents
  • Opportunities to learn during various terms of their schooling (1st year, final year, etc.).
  • Hospital and Care Home experience
  • Spiritual Care as part of Jewish culture & tradition
  • Orientation day(s) at the onset of their practicum from each department (noting specific disciplines that may not be associated with LTC, i.e., recreation, rehab, social work)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) specialist (even pre COVID)
  • Nursing students receive a certification to carry out Rapid Antigen Testing
  • Additional education on the nursing units (i.e., falls prevention, suicide prevention, etc.)
  • Experience with Point Click Care (PCC) and SmartZone modules
  • Instructors meet with the nursing leaders ahead of time to go over the expectations of the university and of Louis Brier

Louis Brier offers student placements in the following areas:

  • Nursing
  • Healthcare Aide
  • Social Work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupation Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Music Therapy
  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Human Resources
  • Finance

Please direct all student placement inquiries to our Student Placement Coordinator at

Only representatives from an educational institution should contact the Student Placement Coordinator. Students cannot arrange their own placements. Please contact your school if you wish to do your placement at Louis Brier Home and Hospital.

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