History of RPNs in BC: 2000 - Present

2018: September

NNPBC is officially launched. Jacqollyne Keath, former President of ARPNBC is elected Chair of the NNPBC Board of Directors.

2018: May

ARPNBC members vote to amalgamate into the new professional association, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of B.C. (NNPBC).

2015 - 2018

ARPNBC serves as member of the B.C. Coalition of Nursing Associations.


A working group of ARPNBC Directors actively seek membership prior to the first AGM, which was held on October 2, 2015. The first Executive is installed and strategic planning for the Association commences.


The Union of Psychiatric Nurses submit an application to merge with the B.C. Nurses' Union, which succeeds January 1, 2015. An enthusiastic group of RPNs meet to discuss and plan the formation of a professional association of Registered Psychiatric Nurses, which is now the Association of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (ARPNBC) whose mandate is: "To advocate for and promote the profession of psychiatric nursing as providers of holistic care… Read More »2014


New facilities are built within the five health authority regions to address community psychiatric needs. Further units of the Riverview Hospital are transferred over to the Health Authorities. Riverview Hospital officially closes on July 13, 2012.


As part of the Riverview Redevelopment Project, patients and support services housed at the 52-year-old North Lawn Building are re-located to other facilities and the building is closed.


The new Child & Adolescent Mental Health building at B.C. Children's Hospital is completed.


With patient transfers to new regional facilities continuing to reduce Riverview’s population, the 75-year-old East Lawn building is closed.


The Riverview Redevelopment Project is announced. The aging institutional buildings at Riverview are to be gradually phased out, replaced by new smaller tertiary care facilities located in each of the five geographic regions of B.C. Riverview patients will be transferred to facilities within the health authorities.