Student Nurses

Group of young nurses holding sign 'Become a Student Nurse'

Student Membership

As a student nurse, you're the future of health care and the future of BCNU! We want to help you prepare for a smooth transition from school to work. We also want to help you understand what it means to be a union member and work under a union contract.


BCNU student nurse membership is free, and you can apply for sponsorship and bursary opportunities, attend union meetings, receive the Update magazine, and more. Please note that student nurses do not have access to the Member Portal until they have a job and are paying BCNU dues.  


Student Nurse Advocacy Bursary

This new bursary is an initiative to recognize the role of allyship in increasing awareness of human rights and equity issues. BCNU recognizes the financial challenges students face when in school. Providing funding for students who align with BCNU shared values and beliefs builds relationships and recognizes the contributions that students make to furthering social justice within a diversified membership.

The Student Nurse Advocacy Bursary will be awarded to 32 students from around the province and applications are open to student LPNs, RNs, RPNs, including employed student nurses. For more information about this bursary and how to apply, please visit the Student Nurse Advocacy Bursary page.

Student Nurse Education Bursary

This fund is open to student LPNs, RNs and RPNs who are BCNU student members. Students currently working as employed student nurses are not eligible. Employed student nurses are welcome to apply for the Member Education Bursary. The bursary is funded by donations and fundraising at BCNU's annual convention from vendors, members and regions. For more information about this bursary including how to apply, please visit the Bursaries and Funding page.

Indigenous Student Nurse Education Bursary 

This fund is open to Indigenous BCNU student members who are studying to become LPNs, RNs and RPNs, including those currently working as employed student nurses. For more information about this bursary including how to apply, please visit the Indigenous Student Nurse Education Bursary page.

National Council Licensure Examination

Students graduating from a nursing program will be required to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), Regulatory Exam - Practical Nurse (REx-PN) (formerly CPNRE), or Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Exam (RPNCE). Note that internationally educated nurses who apply for registration in BC may be required to write the NCLEX-RN. Here are some helpful resources.

UPDATED: March 15, 2023

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