Nursing Professional Practice Conference

The BC Nurses’ Union is a learning organization, committed to the growth and development of all our members. Every two years BCNU organizes a nursing professional practice conference to support members’ professional development featuring guest speakers that share their expertise. 

For 2021/22, BCNU will be host online professional practice workshops with local and global experts on a variety of themes.  

Nursing Professional Practice Workshop​

Nursing and the Remaking of Long-Term Care

Friday, February 18, 2022
1100 – 1300

Join BCNU for an important discussion on how we might re-imagine the long-term care sector and transform it into a genuinely inviting place for residents, families and health care professionals, alike. What role can a nurse play in this transformation?

Guest Speakers

Jennifer Baumbusch

Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch directs a research program on health-care delivery and nursing practice with older adults. Her focus is on long-term residential care, family contributions to care delivery, well-being among individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, and knowledge translation.



Jackie Dives Nursing Professional Practice Conference 2021

Jackie Dives brings a powerful visual element to this discussion inviting us, through her photographs of elder care, to consider how such care exists on a continuum from the home to the many congregate settings we refer to as long term care. 

Jackie Dives is a lens-based artist focused on issues of grief and identity. She has been working within the topic of the overdose crisis in her community since 2016. She is trained as an addiction’s counsellor and volunteers as a bereavement photographer, wherein she is invited into hospitals to make the first and last family portraits in the event of the loss of a baby during childbirth. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including in The New York Times, The Guardian, and TIME Magazine.

Nursing and Disability Justice

Friday, December 3, 2021
1100 – 1300

In commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and as part of our ongoing series of nursing professional practice workshops, BCNU is pleased to invite you to Nursing and Disability Justice with our guest speakers Dr. Laura Bulk, Andrea Dalzell and Ryann Mason in a discussion about nursing and disability justice and what we can do to contribute to a more accessible and welcoming health-care system for all.

Laura Bulk

Dr. Laura Bulk is a is a teacher, advocate, friend, learner, woman, disabled person, occupational therapist, Christian, activist, and scholar. Her work focuses on enhancing diversity and understanding and promoting human dignity and flourishing.

Andrea Dalzell

Andrea Dalzell is a registered nurse, highly active health-care advocate, disability rights influencer, and a strong survivor who was diagnosed with transverse myelitis at age five. After graduation and 76 interviews, she finally got her first position as a registered nurse as a wheelchair user.




Ryann Mason

Ryann Mason is a 29-year-old disability advocate, registered nurse, proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, adaptive athlete, public speaker, and sexuality educator. Ryann was born with a rare genetic collagen disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). EDS causes a plethora of symptoms, the most obvious of which being hypermobile joints that dislocate easily. Despite her diagnosis, Ryann had pursued a career in health care, starting as a volunteer EMT and eventually achieving her dream of working as a nurse in the emergency department.

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UPDATED: March 01, 2023

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