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About BCNU
Your Union and Regions​

We are the BC Nurses' Union. We're over 43,000 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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Aborginal Leadership Circle

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The Men in Nursing group works to break down outdated stereotypes.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



 Latest News



BC Budget 2017 May Have Surplus But Nursing Deficit Remains2/21/2017 8:00:00 AMNews Release<p>​BCNU President Gayle Duteil expected the government's strong fiscal position would've meant more funding for the nursing staff required for mental health, seniors' care and all health care services for British Columbians</p> Budget 2017 May Have Surplus But Nursing Deficit Remains
Spread Kindness and Make the Pink Shirt Promise to End Bullying2/17/2017 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​February 22 is Pink Shirt Day, an opportunity for BCNU members to join other Canadians in raising awareness and taking action to end bullying and harassment.</p> Kindness and Make the Pink Shirt Promise to End Bullying
Public Service Collective Bargaining Update2/10/2017 8:00:00 AMBulletin<p>​Bargaining for a new collective agreement covering BCNU's public service members has opened with a partial exchange of proposals with the employer.</p> Service Collective Bargaining Update

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