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About BCNU
Your Union and Regions​

We are the BC Nurses' Union. We represent more than 48,000 professional nurses and allied health care workers, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the community. We speak up and speak out for safe, quality, public health​ care. We value and respect diversity, and pride ourselves in providing protection, representation and services to all members.​

 History, Mission and Vision

The BCNU formed in February 1981 after the labour relations division of the Registered Nurses Association of BC (RNABC) broke away and formed a separate, independent union.​ Throughout the 1980s, BCNU won a 22% wage increase, as well as wage parity for nurses working in long-term care. 


Our Members

By belonging to BCNU, you're part of an active community of skilled health care providers, experienced in fighting to improve working conditions and advocating for patient care.​

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Our Provincial Leadership

BCNU has been a proven leader in the nursing profession and works daily to be the trustworthy and professional representative of nurses in BC, and defenders of public health care.

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Our Regional Leadership

Each BCNU region is led by a Regional Council Member; for larger regions, there may be two representatives. You elect your Regional Council Member every three years in region-wide elections by secret ballot vote.

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 Human Rights and Equity


We want all members to feel welcome in BCNU. We`re stronger together when everyone feels free to participate and get involved.​

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Indigenous Leadership Circle

The Indigenous Leadership Circle works to help members identify and tackle issues that are unique to Aboriginal people working in health care.

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Men in Nursing

The Men in Nursing group works to break down outdated stereotypes. It promotes more men to enter the profession and to become more active in our union. 

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LGBTQ Caucus

The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Caucus works to challenge homophobia and increase awareness throughout our union about its damaging impact. 

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 Featured Events



Crucial Conversations: On Demand<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/Steward-Education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Virtual2/1/2021 5:00:00 PM4/2/2021 12:00:00 AMProvincial Events<p>​Two day course: February 1, 2021 & April 1, 2021 <br>between 0900 - 1700<br></p> Conversations: On Demand
Building Union Strength (BUS)<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/virtual-workshop_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Virtual3/4/2021 8:00:00 AM3/4/2021 8:00:00 AMProvincial Events<p>​Virtual Building Union Strength<br></p> Union Strength (BUS)
Member Online Session: How to Participate in Zoom<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/Member-Education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Virtual3/8/2021 8:00:00 PM3/8/2021 9:00:00 PMProvincial Events<p>No salary replacement​</p> Online Session: How to Participate in Zoom

 Latest News



Pink Shirt Day: Let's Lift Each Other Up2/24/2021 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p> BCNU is encouraging all members to wear pink and promote civility and respect at their workplaces​</p> Shirt Day: Let's Lift Each Other Up
Nurses’ Union Recognizes Skill, Commitment and Professionalism of Seniors’ Care Workers2/23/2021 8:00:00 AMNews Release<p>​As province marks BC Seniors Care Providers Day, BCNU is renewing its call for proper investments in long-term care<br></p>’ Union Recognizes Skill, Commitment and Professionalism of Seniors’ Care Workers
New Bursary Award Available for Indigenous Nursing Students2/23/2021 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p>Union to provide financial support to Indigenous nursing students in health care<br></p> Bursary Award Available for Indigenous Nursing Students

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