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BCNU Position Statements

The BCNU has published a series of position statements on a number of issues around professional practice that matter to our members. Topics include harm reduction, provisions of care, workload and patient safety, social determinants, primary care, and more. To view all of our position statements, click here.

Nursing Research Initiative

Prior to bargaining for the Provincial Collective Agreement (2006-2010) policy discussions between union, employer and government representatives took place, resulting in significant gains for nurses. One achievement was $8M allocated to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) to support practice relevant health services research related to nursing workforce and policy initiatives.

The money is being used to fund research, a Nursing Research Facilitator in each Health Authority and a nursing health services research network – InspireNet.

For more information go to: Nursing Research Initiative


Provincial Nursing Workload Project

Reducing workload (safe staffing) and improving practice conditions is critical for safe patient care.

In 2006 BCNU and health employers agreed to work together to find ways to better manage nurses’ workload. The agreement was part of the 2006 provincial contract.

Eight pilot projects gave frontline nurses a chance to develop new standards for measuring workload and applying nurse staffing plans to the needs of patients/resident/clients.

Read the report of the Provincial Nursing Workload Project

Review the resource toolkit for worksite teams

Read the memorandum on workload from the provincial contract (Appendix O).


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