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Training Participant, Interview Panel for Providence Health Care

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

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Are you interested in helping interview applicants for jobs at Providence Health Care? Come join our training session so you can be part of the interview team and engage in the hiring process!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Providence Health Care, Professional Practice & Nursing


Our goal is to enhance the hiring of health care candidates by incorporating patient and family voices in the interview process. By involving patients and families in the hiring practices of Providence Health, we aim to honour the significance of the patient perspective and ensure the selection of our employees reflects the values of patient -and family- centred care. The patient family partner would be a member of the interview panel, and is expected to ask a set of predetermined questions (two or three), and to score the candidates’ responses using a predetermined scoring system. The patient partner will also have an opportunity to note their impressions and thoughts of the candidates’ responses on the interview score card. The predetermined questions and scoring criteria are provided to the patient partner before the interview. This 3 hour training session (includes breaks) will be required for patient partners interested in becoming a panel member for future interviews.

Level of Engagement

Interview Panel Training Session: This opportunity is at the level of inform on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that you will be provided with balanced and objective information to assist in understanding alternatives and solutions. Interview Panel Member: This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


  • No experience with interviewing needed, but experienced interviewers welcome.
  • Ability to be fair and objective with the scoring of candidates – your input will influence which candidate is selected.
  • Patient partners who have experienced care at a Providence Health Care site are encouraged, but it is not a requirement.
  • Regular access to a computer and email.
  • Must be fluent in English.
  • Patient partners that are currently employed for a health authority are unfortunately excluded from this engagement.
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader Directly.


  • Vacancies: 12
  • Interview Training Session will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 12:30 - 3:30pm
  • Location: Providence Health Care Head Office, 1190 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Additional session to be held, dates and time not yet determined.


Pre-approved mileage (max. 60 km each way at $0.52/km) and parking fees (max $18/day) or transit will be reimbursed. Light refreshments provided at the training session.


Involving patient partners in the interviewing process of our candidates is a long-standing practice at Providence Health Care, and those who have participated in previous interview panels suggested a workshop be developed to train additional volunteers. The Professional Practice & Nursing department of Providence Health Care worked with patient partners to create this training workshop and curriculum. This training session will prepare you for future interview engagements - with a range of opportunities. You will learn from fellow patient partners, who will be co-facilitating the training with nurse educators and a practice consultant from Providence Health Care. Interviews may be for various care settings, for instance acute care, community, or residential care. The opportunities range from one time interviews to multiple sets of interviews conducted over several days. Interviews are most often conducted in person, during regular business hours (Mondays – Fridays, between 8:00am and 4:00pm, and take approximately 60 minutes. There may be the option for patient family partners to attend the interview via telephone or teleconference, but this must be agreed upon with the hiring manager for that specific interview(s).

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Karen Estrin
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast


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