1947 A small group of graduate psychiatric nurses meet to discuss and plan the formation of a professional organization which was registered under the Societies Act in September 1947 as the B.C. Psychiatric Nurses Association. Their objects were:

  1. to promote, improve and maintain an enlightened and progressive standard of psychiatric nursing and to develop an active public interest in the treatment and care of the mentally ill.
  2. to work in cooperation with any approved group in the promotion of good mental health and prevention of mental illness and improvement in the standard of patient care.
  3. to further the training and opportunity for specialization for psychiatric nursing personnel.
  4. to encourage uniform training programs of the highest possible standard, for the purposes of providing the psychiatric hospitals, schools for the mentally retarded, geriatric hospitals and public demand, with well qualified psychiatric nurses.
  5. to gain professional recognition by the public, medical and government authorities. The Association was registered under the Societies Act.