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About BCNU
Your Union and Regions​

We are the BC Nurses' Union. We're over 47,000 professional nurses and allied health care workers, providing care in hospitals, long-term care 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The Men in Nursing group works to break down outdated stereotypes.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



Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2018-events-icons/Campaign_Bus_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Pacific National Exhibition8/22/2018 6:00:00 PM8/25/2018 6:00:00 AMProvincial Events National Exhibition (PNE)
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 St, Burnaby8/28/2018 3:30:00 PM8/29/2018 12:00:00 AMProvincial Events;Central Vancouver;Coastal Mountain;Fraser Valley;RIVA;Shaughnessy Heights;Simon Fraser;South Fraser Valley;Vancouver Metro Resilience Workshop
Ovarian Cancer - Walk of Hope<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2018-events-icons/Other_Events_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Queen Elizabeth Park (Start/Finish at 33rd and Cambie Street entrance)9/9/2018 4:00:00 PM9/9/2018 7:00:00 AMProvincial Events;RIVA Cancer - Walk of Hope

 Latest News



Two Nurses Violently Assaulted in Ten Days8/16/2018 7:00:00 AMNews Release<p>​BC Nurses’ Union calls for immediate security improvements at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital<br></p> Nurses Violently Assaulted in Ten Days
Members Working in the Community Health Sector Ratify New Contract8/14/2018 7:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​BCNU members working at sites including S.U.C.C.E.S.S. have a new three-year contract with health employers<br></p> Working in the Community Health Sector Ratify New Contract
Province Introduces New Emergency Health Provider Registry7/27/2018 7:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​Nurses and other medical professionals willing to help can now voluntarily register to assist colleagues during times of emergency<br></p> Introduces New Emergency Health Provider Registry

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