October 2018

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In this issue

Read our interview with BCNU President Christine Sorensen on her vision for the province’s largest health-sector union. Learn how the Enhanced Disability Management Program helped one member embark on a new nursing career. And find out how members are using the union’s humanitarian mission fund to help make a difference and apply their skills in countries around the world.

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Featured Articles
Portrait of Christine Sorensen smiling at members
Change Maker

Update Magazine sat down recently with BCNU President Christine Sorensen to talk about activism, advocacy and leading the province's largest health-sector union into the future.

Photo of $100 bill with pills
Canadians Need Drugs and Pharmacare is the Dispensary

Canada is the only country in the world with a national public health-care system that does not include pharmacare. Our country’s patchwork system of prescription drug funding means there is uneven access to prescription

From left: Photo of Kelowna General Hospital's Jordona Hubber,  Human Resource Business Partner Cory Burnett, Disability Management Program Leader Brendan Hamilton and Ambulatory Care Manager Denise Dunton.
Cochlear Implant Leads to New Nursing Career

The mysterious noise in Jordona Hubber’s right ear started as a quiet buzz. It began in 2009 and became progressively louder as it also moved into her other ear. 

Burnaby Hospital post anesthesia care unit nurse Renata Lalonde (right) and BCNU full-time steward Tracey Hulme (left).
'Rock Bottom'

“I have never had to advocate so much!” exclaims Renata Lalonde. The seasoned nurse has spent the last 15 years working at Burnaby Hospital, where she began in the surgical ward and emergency department. But for the last

Photo illustration outline of nurse in pediatric unit
On a Mission

BCNU values nurses who volunteer their time to provide care to people and communities in need outside of Canada, and the union’s Humanitarian Mission Fund supports members participating in this important work.

UPDATED: Jul 24,2023