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Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA)

  • Provides voices to Canadian nursing students
  • Dedicated to promote nurses and nursing profession as a whole

Governing Bodies

Please Note: As of September 4th 2018, the following nursing colleges joined together to become the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwifes (BCCNM):

  • College of Registered Nursing of British Columbia (CRNBC)
  • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC)

The British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals is responsible for the regulation of nursing professionals, setting standards of practice, assessing nursing education programs in British Columbia, and addressing complaints about BCCNP registrants.


BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU)

  • Supports and represents Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Licensed Graduate Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Employed Student Nurses and healthcare support staff

Canadian Nurses Association

  • Provides voices to Canadian nurses and represents Canadian Nursing to other organizations and to governments, nationally and internationally. 
  • Learn about CNA Code of Ethics for RNs 

BCCNP Student Group

  • Offers opportunities for nursing students to:
  • Learn more about the BCCNP
  • develop as a peer resource and professional role model
  • Learn about issues affecting professional nursing practice
  • Network with other BCCNP volunteers
  • Grow professionally

Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC)

  • Professional organization representing RNs & Nurse Practitioners in BC 


Union Of Psychiatric Nurses (UPNBC)

  • Affiliated with BCNU, UPN represents Registered Psychiatric Nurses across British Columbia
  • Offers number of educational opportunities to the members

Canadian Federation Of Mental Health Nurses (CFMHN)

  • An associate group of the Canadian Nurses' Association (CNA) providing a national voice for psychiatric and mental health (PMH) nurses

Health Sciences Association (HSA)

  • Represents more than 1100 RPNs in acute-care, long-term care, mental health and home support facilities and agencies across BC

NCLEX Examination

  • As of 2015, The NCLEX is replacing the existing Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE). Information on Application & Registration, Exam preparation and more are provided on their website.