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
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
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
resource toolkit for worksite teams
Read the memorandum on workload from the provincial contract (Appendix
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