Photo credit: BCHNS Back Row L-R Ethel Warbinek, Nan Martin, Lynne Esson Front Row: L-R Kathy Murphy, Sue ForshawWelcome

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 (now the College of Registered Nurses of BC.) The mission of the founders was to discover, disseminate, and preserve BC's nursing history. 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).

Current BCHNS Society members are mainly BC registered nurses and nursing students but also include historians, researchers and citizens or groups supporting the Society and its mission.

The Society is a member of the Virtual Museum of Canada. These pages contain valuable resources for readers and are a virtual showcase for our growing collection of archival materials and nursing artifacts.

We hope you will enjoy your visit here!



The Events Page is regularly updated for our meeting schedule, upcoming events and displays at various sites. Newsletters are posted regularly and Links are provided to help further your research.  Note Cards are for sale to raise funds for scholarships and for the archives.  Student Resources provides information on scholarships, as well as Suggested Student Readings


The BCHNS has a collective membership of about 150 individuals and groups.  Membership fees are needed to support the Society’s many activities and accomplish our goals.  If you are interested in joining our society, please visit our Membership page.


The  Archives  contains  a  wealth  of  information  pertaining  to  BC  nurses  such as  historical documents, publications, photographs, Biographical  Files and  Oral Histories.  The collection includes nursing equipment, pins, uniforms, books and memorabilia.

Online Exhibits

Check our Online Exhibits for studies, displays, collections and more.  View Honourary Members and Pages of History here.


All donations are welcomed and we offer tax deductible receipts for monetary gifts. If you are interested in donating please visit our Donation page.

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