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 (now the College of Registered Nurses 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).
BCHNS Executive 2016


We have a membership of about 75-100 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The  Archives  contains  a  wealth  of  information such as historical documents, publications, photographs, Biographical  Files & Oral Histories.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 scholarships and for the archives.  Student Resources provides information on Scholarships, as well as Suggested Student Readings