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About BCNU
Your Union and Regions​

We are the BC Nurses' Union. We represent more than 47,000 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 Chair; for larger regions, there's also a Co-Chair. You elect your Regional Chair (and Co-Chair) 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The Men in Nursing group works to break down outdated stereotypes.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, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Caucus works to challenege homophobia and increase awareness throughout our union about its damaging impact. 

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 Featured Events



Communicating: Essential Skills<img alt="" src="/responsiveimages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/member-education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BCNU Head Office - 4060 Regent Street, Burnaby4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM4/5/2019 12:00:00 AMProvincial Events Essential Skills
Crucial Conversation<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/Steward-Education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BCNU Head Office - 4060 Regent Street, Burnaby4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM4/4/2019 12:00:00 AMProvincial Events Conversation
Personal Resilience Workshop<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/Workshops_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BCNU Head Office - 4060 Regent Street, Burnaby4/4/2019 3:30:00 PM4/5/2019 12:00:00 AMProvincial Events;Central Vancouver;Coastal Mountain;Fraser Valley;RIVA;Simon Fraser;South Fraser Valley;Shaughnessy Heights;Vancouver Metro Resilience Workshop

 Latest News



BCNU Welcomes Federal NDP Support for Reduction of Workplace Violence Faced by Nurses3/4/2019 8:00:00 AMNews Release<p>Nurses harmed by violence and trauma, such as PTSD, need better WCB protections in BC </p> Welcomes Federal NDP Support for Reduction of Workplace Violence Faced by Nurses
New Quality Assurance Requirements for LPNs3/1/2019 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​Effective April 1, 2019, Jurisprudence is being discontinued as a Quality Assurance Program component for LPNs<br></p> Quality Assurance Requirements for LPNs
BCCNP Seeks Input From Nurses to Harmonize Practice Standards2/26/2019 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​The British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals has now begun the work of harmonizing practice standards amongst the four nursing designations; LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs<br></p> Seeks Input From Nurses to Harmonize Practice Standards

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