Professional Associations

Professional, regulatory, and service associations for nurses 

Professional associations

Nurses in British Columbia can belong to a variety of professional associations depending on their area of specialty and nature of their work. In general, professional associations advocate for professional interests and advancement of the nursing profession and its members. Below is a list of the major nursing professional associations in this province.

Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Association of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC 
BC Nurse Practitioners Association 
Licensed Practical Nurses Association of BC

Are you a foreign-trained nurse? 

If you are a nurse who has been registered outside of Canada and want to practice in British Columbia, contact the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia to learn about the process for applying for registration. 


Colleges are regulatory organizations whose responsibility is to keep the public safe by making sure nursing practice in British Columbia is safe, competent, and ethical. They do so by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing standards. There are three regulatory colleges for the nursing profession in British Columbia.  Regulatory colleges are independent from UBC School of Nursing. If you have a question about how to become registered to practice nursing in British Columbia, contact the College of Registered Nurses of BC.

No matter how long you have practiced nursing or where, you must be registered with the College of Registered Nurses of BC in order to practice as a registered nurse, or nurse practitioner in British Columbia.  

Other colleges of nursing in British Columbia include:

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC
College of Registered Pyschiatric Nurses of BC 

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) – Xi Eta Chapter
Honor Society of Nursing 

UBC School of Nursing Associate Professor Emerita Carol Jillings became the first president of the British Columbia chapter of STTI – called Xi Eta – in 1994.

Today, the chapter supports student research awards, nursing practice awards, student bursaries, an annual induction ceremony for new members, and special events such as panel discussions, and an Ethel Johns Research Day.

Sigma Theta Tau International is a global organization which aims to advance nursing leadership, scholarship, and service. Founded in 1922, it now has over 135,000 members in over 85 countries. Membership is by invitation to those with a bachelors or masters education in nursing, or to nursing leaders who have shown outstanding leadership and service. 

Nursing Education Council of BC 

The Nursing Education Council of BC is a partnership of nursing program leaders representing nursing schools in British Columbia. Its mission is to speak for and promote nursing education in British Columbia.  

The current Chair of the NECBC is Dr. Suzanne Campbell, Director of the UBC School of Nursing. For more information about NECBC including a list of member programs, visit their website or contact