About Us

The Association of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC) is the professional association that represents the voice of all four nursing designations in BC – RNs, LPNs, RPNs and NPs. By bringing all nursing designations under one roof, our association is a first of its kind in Canada, and presents a stronger, united nursing voice to influence health and social policy and advance the nursing profession.

Role of the Professional Association

A professional association is an entity that seeks to further advance the profession it represents and the interests of the individuals within that profession.
 

NNPBC, the nursing professional association in BC, fulfills a role distinct from other nursing organizations that exist in BC.
 

  • Regulator: The British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is the regulatory college for nurses and midwives in BC, and acts on behalf of the public to ensure safe care and public safety.
  • Professional Association: NNPBC acts on behalf of nursing to advance the profession and influence health and social policy..
  • Unions: Nursing unions act on behalf of workers primarily to secure salary, benefits and working conditions.

 

Mission, Vision and Values


 
 Art by Rose S., Tsartlip Nation.
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NNPBC's head office is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in what is colonially known as British Columbia. NNPBC acknowledges with gratitude all of the lands on which we live, work, and play.
 



 
 
 

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Diversity and Inclusion
X NNPBC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and especially welcomes the contributions of members who identify as Indigenous, racialized/persons of colour, LGBTQIA2S+, persons with disabilities, and others who are marginalized. We recognize the impacts of colonialism, disrupt racism and discrimination, and practice cultural safety and humility.



Our Vision
X Transforming health through a range of nursing expertise.



Our Mission
X NNPBC supports and promotes excellence in nursing practice, education, research, and leadership by empowering nurses to actively influence and advocate for changes to health and social policy, the nursing profession, as well as individuals and communities.



Our History
X BC's four nursing associations, which represented the four nursing designations BC - RNs, LPNs, NPs and RPNs - have been collaborating closely since 2013 on the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations (BCCNA or the Coalition). This collaboration was groundbreaking in demonstrating the importance of collaboration and nursing unity to strengthen the profession.

Over the past several years since the Coalition was formed, we have learned that equal representation, regardless of the numbers of nurses working in each designation, is a very important part of an effective and fair Board. This equal representation is vital to the smooth running of the organization so that each designation has an equal and valued voice at the table and in our decision-making processes.

While the Coalition was a powerful force in bringing together the nursing profession in the province and demonstrating that it is possible to break down the siloes and hierarchies that exist in the profession, the nursing groups were not unified under a single umbrella, until now.

Celebrating 5 Years of Advocacy

Now, NNPBC celebrates five years as the single united professional association representing all nursing designations in this province. We are privileged to have been the first united association of this kind in Canada, and to represent a strong voice of BC nurses on the national and international stage.

By our mandate, NNPBC supports and promotes excellence in nursing practice, education, research and leadership, and empowers nurses to actively engage in advocacy to influence health and social policy. Over these few years, NNPBC has significantly grown its programs and offerings, which include professional development, professional practice, research, career advancement, and networking opportunities and resources. We look forward to continuing to grow our programs for our members.

Thank you to our members, the RNs, RPNs, NPs and LPNs of BC, for your dedication to advancing a united nursing voice.
NNPBC Land Acknowledgement
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 Art by Rose S., Tsartlip Nation.


NNPBC's head office is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in what is colonially known as British Columbia. NNPBC acknowledges with gratitude all of the lands on which we live, work, and play.

History of nursing associations in BC
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Learn more about the history of nursing professional associations in BC.

"How we got from there to here", by Sally Thorne.
 
 

  Parts 1-4. BC History of Nursing Society Newsletter, 32(2), 1,4-5

 
With thanks to the BC History of Nursing Society for allowing us to post these newsletters.