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Professional Associations

The following links are professional associations involved with the accreditation and/or certification of programs, graduates within the fields of nursing and alternative nursing program options.

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Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

The Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC) is the professional association representing Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in British Columbia. The ARNBC was launched in May 2010 and incorporated under the B.C. Society Act in July 2010. The Association has adopted three broad strategic directions to guide their work: 1) Engage effectively with RNs and NPs in B.C. 2) Advocate for evidence informed policies to promote the health and healthcare of British Columbians 3) Develop and sustain professional development services for all RNs and NPs in B.C.

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Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

CASN/ACESI  (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing/Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières) is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada.


Canadian Nurses Association

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nurses' associations and colleges representing {C}139,893 registered nurses and nurse practitioners. CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses, supporting them in their practice and advocating for healthy public policy and a quality, publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

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Canadian Nurses Student Association

The Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) is the voice of nursing students in Canada. For over thirty years, CNSA has represented the interests of nursing students to federal, provincial and international governments and other nursing and health care organizations.

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College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC)

Under provincial legislation (Health Professions Act), CRNBC's legal obligation is to protect the public through the regulation of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed graduate nurses, setting standards of practice, assessing nursing education programs in B.C., and addressing complaints about CRNBC registrants. Nursing in British Columbia has been a self-governing profession since 1918.


College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC)

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC) is the regulatory body for all registered psychiatric nurses in the province. Everyone wishing to practice as a "registered psychiatric nurse (RPN)" in British Columbia must be a member of the College.