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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The Men in Nursing group works to break down outdated stereotypes.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



National Nursing Week: Self Care Series<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2018-events-icons/MemberOutreach_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Online5/10/2021 7:00:00 AM5/16/2021 7:00:00 AMProvincial Events Nursing Week: Self Care Series
Crucial Conversations: On Demand<img alt="" src="/responsiveimages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/steward-education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Online5/10/2021 4:00:00 PM6/22/2021 12:00:00 AMProvincial Events<p>​Two day course:  May 10, 2021 & June 21, 2021<br>between 0900 - 1700<br></p> Conversations: On Demand
Pension Workshop - FULL<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/virtual-workshop_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Online5/10/2021 5:30:00 PM5/10/2021 7:30:00 PMProvincial Events<p>​1030 - 1230<br></p> Workshop - FULL

 Latest News



Day of Mourning - April 284/26/2021 7:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​We remember all workers lost in the workplace<br></p> of Mourning - April 28
BC Nurses' Union says Budget 2021's Post-Pandemic Outlook Falls Short in Addressing Province's Nurse Shortage4/20/2021 7:00:00 AMNews Release<p>​Union says ensuring there are enough nurses now and into the future must be part of government's pandemic recovery plan<br></p> Nurses' Union says Budget 2021's Post-Pandemic Outlook Falls Short in Addressing Province's Nurse Shortage
BC Nurses Plea for Public to Follow Health Orders As Hospital Admissions Climb4/19/2021 7:00:00 AMNews Release<p>​New numbers over weekend show province's hospitalization, ICU levels at unprecedented high<br></p> Nurses Plea for Public to Follow Health Orders As Hospital Admissions Climb

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