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The Men in Nursing group works to break down outdated stereotypes.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



Introduction to Embodying Your Practice<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/Member-Education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Online1/1/2022 8:00:00 AM6/30/2022 7:00:00 AMProvincial Events<p style="font-size:14px;">This on-demand course is divided into four modules which are typically completed over four weeks.<br></p><p style="font-size:14px;">This self-paced course is not salary reimbursed.<br></p> to Embodying Your Practice
Crucial Conversations: On-Demand<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/Steward-Education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Online1/24/2022 5:00:00 PM3/8/2022 1:00:00 AMProvincial Events<p>Two day course completed online between January 24, 2022 & March 07, 2022.<br></p><p><em>This event is salary replaced.</em><br></p> Conversations: On-Demand
Steward Intermediate<img alt="" src="/ResponsiveImages/newseventsrollup/2017-education_and_workshops/Steward-Education_icon_215x215.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Online1/27/2022 5:00:00 PM2/4/2022 1:00:00 AMProvincial Events<p style="font-size:14px;">Two-day Virtual Course<br></p><p style="font-size:14px;">Day 1: January 27 (0900 - 1700)<br>Day 2: February 03 (0900 - 1700)<br></p><p style="font-size:14px;"><em>This event is salary replaced.</em><br></p> Intermediate

 Latest News



Candidates Confirmed for BCNU Special Election1/19/2022 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p>Campaigning period is now underway for candidates running for vice president​</p> Confirmed for BCNU Special Election
BCNU Announces Interim CEO1/13/2022 8:00:00 AM<p>​Experienced labour lawyer and mediator to take on acting role as lead negotiator<br></p> Announces Interim CEO
BCNU Special Election: Call For Nominations1/4/2022 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​Call for nominations issued to fill current vice president vacancy<br></p> Special Election: Call For Nominations

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