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Past Campaigns and Initiatives

Respect Nurses

This year, BCNU is shining a light on the critical state of our health-care system and the devastating impact on nurses, patients and our communities. LEARN MORE​

Influenza Vaccine

Winter is coming and so is influenza season. By fighting four of the most common predicted strains, the influenza vaccine can prevent sickness in up to 80% of people.  LEARN MORE​

BCNU Celebrates 40 Years

On June 11, 1981, over 200 nurses gathered in Victoria for the inaugural convention and the BCNU was officially formed! Since then, the advocacy and fight for better working conditions for nurses hasn’t stopped.  LEARN MORE​

Speak Up and Speak Out

Now more than ever, our nurses are expected to do more and more with less and less. It is time for the BC government to take specific actions to show that they truly value nurses and the essential care that nurses provide in every health care setting. TAKE ACTION​​​

2021 Federal Election

2021 Federal Election

The health of all Canadians and those who provide health care must be a key priority this federal election. As we look to the federal candidates, nurses are asking for a number of priorities to be addressed. LEARN MORE​

Take Care of Those Who Take Care of You

National Nursing Week 2021

National Nursing Week is May 10-16, 2021. To recognize the crucial role nurses have played every single day across British Columbia, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, BCNU has organized virtual events that focus on you and your wellbeing. LEARN MORE​​​

New BCNU's Initative: These Are Our Nurses

These Are Our Nurses

BCNU is inviting members to take part in a new initiative aimed at highlighting the passion, professionalism and commitment of nurses working in a variety of health care settings. LEARN MORE

Universal Pharmacare

​Universal Pharmacare

As caregivers, nurses often see first-hand the consequences of not having a national pharmacare program: sicker Canadians and wasted health-care dollars. BCNU members can reach out and ask the federal government to implement universal pharmacare. ​ TAKE ACTION NOW​​​​


Year of the Nurse 2020

​Year of the Nurse 2020

For the first time in history, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the nursing profession by marking 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. READ MORE​​​​



2019 Federal Election

Canada's health-care system is a key priority in the upcoming federal election. As nurses you have an opportunity to use your voice to influence change.

Nurses' votes count. LEARN MORE


It’s #thatbad

Violence on the job. Working short-staffed. Overcapacity. Every day, nurses in BC are forced to provide safe patient care in impossible situations.

Is it bad? It’s #thatbad.


Violence. Not Part of the Job.

Violence in BC health care facilities has reached shocking levels, with nurses on the front line. Nurses are now more likely than law enforcement and security workers to have a violent injury claim. On average 26 nurses a month in BC suffer a violent injury at work. READ MORE


Care Model Changes

Across BC, health authorities are looking to save money and provide care in new ways. A favourite line they use is "right place, right time, right provider". The problem is their definition of "right" is often wrong, as it ignores evidence warning against replacing nurses with... READ MORE


Hire a Nurse

The fight for safe patient care has been a long one. But thanks to the determination and dedication of nurses around the province, the BC Nurses’ Union succeeded in reaching an agreement that finally compelled employers to follow through on staffing commitments. READ MORE


Protecting and Improving Medicare

BCNU strongly supports Canada's publicly-funded, publicly-administered and publicly-delivered medicare. Medicare, our public health insurance plan, is the fairest, most efficient way of organizing health care services, with access based on patients' medical need not on income. READ MORE


BC Nurses Say: Safe Care for All

On May 9, BC nurses encourage everyone to vote for a candidate who shares their commitment to safe care. Nurses are calling on the next provincial government to address issues including inadequate staffing, violence, and harm reduction.  READ MORE

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A settlement agreement restoring a number of nursing positions lost under a new care model at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) is being greeted enthusiastically by local nurses, who are pleased at the prospect of once again trying to deliver safe patient care. READ MORE​

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Fairness for Chiron​

Petition the government on behalf of the 350 staff who provide quality health care services at correctional facilities across BC, who are suddenly facing unfair loss of their jobs, seniority, benefits and the opportunity to continue providing health services. READ MORE

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Our Nurses Matter

Our Nurses Matter celebrated how nurses use their professional skills and knowledge to help save lives, enrich communities and provide cost effective care, while facing major obstacles on the front lines. READ M​ORE​

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Pharmacare Tie-In

BCNU negotiated changes to the extended health care plan drug coverage, to include a PharmaCare tie-in. Soon after, members were having to pay out of pocket for drugs that were supposed to be included in the formulary. BCNU filed an industry-wide grievance on behalf of members, resulting in an award to those affected. READ MO​RE

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Safe Staffing

If you are told you have to work short because there is no nurse to call, no overtime, no money in the budget or not enough casuals or casual pools – the employer is violating our contract. These are not acceptable reasons and the situation may compromise safe patient care. Take action to protect your rights and patient safety by contacting your BCNU steward today.​ 

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Seasonal Postcard​s

All British Columbians deserve high quality health care services when they need it. Each year, BCNU develops postcards for the public to send to the Premier of BC, advocating for changes to help nurses deliver safe patient care. RE​AD MO​​​RE​​

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Supporting Insite

BCNU spent years working to help mobilize support for Insite, Vancouver’s supervised drug injection site and clinic. The facility, operated by Vancouver Coastal Health and the Portland Hotel Society, takes a harm reduction approach and refers clients to detox programs and helps support people through recovery from addiction. Insite opened in September of 2003, and has served the community as a safe, clean, supervised environment where users can connect to addiction, health care, and community services. Watch Standing up for Health Care: The Story of BCNU's Support for Insite and Harm Reduction, a video we produced in 2012, in advance of the 10-year anniversary of Insite's opening.  ​

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Updated: 6/13/2022 9:07 AM

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