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.
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Contact the Regional Chair for your School to learn more
BCNU Nursing Practice Conference
The BC Nurses' Union is pleased to sponsor one BCNU student member from each of our 16 regions to attend our nursing practice conference in Richmond (complimentary travel and accommodations available if required).
This year's nursing practice conference, Nursing Through Relationship: Care & Resilience, was an opportunity to reflect on many relationships in the challenging contexts of care. Student nurse colleagues enjoyed some of the most interesting nurse leaders and thinkers in North America for absorbing presentations, dialogue and discussion.
This competition is now closed.
Human Rights and Equity Conference - November 30, 2018
BCNU sponsors a student member from each of our 16 regions to attend our annual human rights and equity conference in Richmond (with complimentary travel and accommodations if required).
This year's conference, Self, Body, Place, Community: The Many Meanings of Belonging, will encourage attendees to reflect on what it means to belong - to feel at home - as oneself - in one's body – as part of a place. How that belonging builds and sustains community. And what happens when we feel like we don't belong - what is that experience of not belonging - of feeling estranged as oneself - from one's body - out of place and community?
(NOTE: if you are an Employed Student Nurse, please DO NOT apply as a student. Instead, apply as a regular member here.)
This competition is now closed.
2018 CNSA National Conference took place January 23 - 27, 2018 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo.
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. 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.
Starting in January 2015, students graduating from a registered nursing program will be required to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which replaces the CRNE. This is a much different exam than the old CRNE and students who entered nursing programs four years ago were not expecting to write this new exam. There are resources available to prepare students to write the exam. Note that internationally educated nurses who apply for registration in BC may be required to write the NCLEX-RN — contact BCCNP for more information.
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