Our mission is to discover, disseminate, and preserve BC's nursing history.
In 1989 interested registered nurses banded together and formed the B.C. History of Nursing Professional Practice Group under the umbrella of the Registered Nurses Association of BC.
In 2008 the organization became registered under the Society Act of BC and is now known as the B.C. History of Nursing Society (BCHNS). The majority of members are B.C. registered nurses and nursing students, but membership also includes groups, nurses, researchers, historians and nursing students from across Canada. An active membership is essential in order to meet our goals.
Directors Photo: Kathy Murphy, Sue Forshaw & Lynne Esson.
We have a membership of about 60 individuals & groups. Membership fees support the Society’s many activities and accomplish our goals. The majority of members are B.C. registered nurses & nursing students, and also includes groups, nurses, researchers, historians and nursing students from across Canada. View Honourary Members here.
Archives & Online Exhibits
The Archives contains a wealth of information such as historical documents, publications, photographs, Biographical Files & Oral Histories. The collection includes nursing equipment, pins, uniforms, books & memorabilia.
View our Online Exhibits for studies, displays, collections & more. View Pages of History here.
The Events Page is regularly updated for our meeting schedule, upcoming events and displays. Newsletters are posted regularly and Links are provided to help further your research. Note Cards are for sale to raise funds for bursaries and for the archives. Student Resources provides information on Bursaries, as well as Suggested Student Readings