Graduate Registered Nurses - Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program

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The PEI Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program for Graduate Registered Nurses is an initiative to provide meaningful employment opportunities for recent graduates and to fill vacant Registered Nurse positions of Health PEI. 


Who is eligible for PEI Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program?

  • Students completing the last year of a recognized Canadian Bachelor of Nursing program or those completing a full RN Bridging/Re-Entry program;
  • Registered nurses who have completed a recognized Canadian Bachelor of Nursing program or full RN Bridging/Re-Entry program within the past 24 months;
  • Applicants who are eligible for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island; and
  • Applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada.

Are students eligible who are enrolled in a Canadian Bachelor of Nursing program in a university outside of PEI?

Yes, students from all recognized Canadian nursing programs are encouraged to apply.

Incentives and Opportunities

  • A one-time financial incentive of $5,000 is available effective March 1, 2020. Start date of employment with Health PEI must be March 1, 2020 or later, and a return in service agreement must be signed and approved, with an effective date of March 1, 2020 or later;
  • A guarantee of two years (3,900 working hours) of full-time employment with Health PEI; and
  • Permanent status with Health PEI which includes:
    • vacation and sick leave benefits,
    • health and dental benefits,
    • seniority hours, and
    • pension benefits.

Is there a return-in-service commitment?

Yes, there is a two year (3,900 working hours) return-in-service agreement that must be signed by the applicant and the employer prior to the commencement of work.

What vacancies exist?

Applicants’ stated preferences for work facilities and/or units will be taken into consideration during the assignment process. Applicants will be assigned to vacancies that have been identified by Health PEI.

Application Process

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Applicants who have already completed their program requirements within 24 months of applying are also welcome to apply and will be contacted within one month of receiving a completed application.

Will interviews be conducted?

Interviews will not be required as part of the regular selection process for this program. Interviews will only be conducted in exceptional circumstances and applicants will be notified if this is the case.

When will applicants know if they are accepted into the program?

Successful applicants will be notified within one month of submitting their complete application (including references).

What information is required to complete the online application?

You will need to provide the following information to complete the on-line application:

  • Personal identity and contact information, including a valid email address.
  • Identity and contact information for an alternate individual.
  • Academic information including your educational institution, program of study and expected date of completion.
  • Canadian residency status.

Do I need to provide references?

Yes, you will need to provide two references who can provide suitable, relevant information about your nursing qualification. One of the references must be your final preceptor. Your other reference may be:

  • a preceptor;
  • a direct supervisor, or
  • a clinical instructor.  

Send this online reference form to each of your references. Each reference must email a completed reference form directly to the Public Service Commission at with the subject line “Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program - Graduate Registered Nurses".

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Renseignements généraux

Ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être

Secrétariat au recrutement et au maintien de l’effectif

Immeuble Sullivan, 3e étage
16, rue Fitzroy, C.P. 2000
Charlottetown (Î.-P.-É.) C1A 7N8

Téléphone : 902-620-3874
Télécopieur : 902-620-3875