The following links are professional associations involved with the accreditation and/or certification of programs, graduates within the fields of nursing and alternative nursing program options.
The BC Academic Health Council is a not-for-profit organization linking the healthcare and advanced education sectors. Goals determined by members include facilitating collaboration, communication and knowledge brokering between the health and education sectors and supporting initiatives that address provincial system goals and objectives. The Academic Health Council supports initiatives that enhance the educational preparation of healthcare providers for practice in rural and aboriginal communities, in collaborative interprofessional practice settings and for other key healthcare strategies. The Council has achieved national and international recognition for their programs and initiatives. http://www.bcahc.ca/index.php
Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
CASN/ACESI (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing/Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières) is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada. http://www.casn.ca/en/20
Canadian Nurses Association
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nurses' associations and colleges representing 139,893 registered nurses and nurse practitioners. CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses, supporting them in their practice and advocating for healthy public policy and a quality, publicly funded, not-for-profit health system. http://www.cna-nurses.ca/CNA/default_e.aspx
Canadian Nurses Student Association
The Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) is the voice of nursing students in Canada. For over thirty years, CNSA has represented the interests of nursing students to federal, provincial and international governments and other nursing and health care organizations. http://www.cnsa.ca/
College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC)
Nursing in British Columbia has been a self-governing profession since 1918. Under provincial legislation (Health Professions Act), it is the duty of CRNBC to protect the public through regulation of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed graduate nurses.
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC)
The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC) is the regulatory body for all registered psychiatric nurses in the province. Everyone wishing to practice as a "registered psychiatric nurse (RPN)" in British Columbia must be a member of the College. http://www.crpnbc.ca