The Union of Psychiatric Nurses (UPN) is a health care union representing approximately 1000 Registered Psychiatric Nurses across the province of British Columbia, Canada. UPN’s members work in tertiary-care psychiatric hospitals, Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals and clinics, community mental heath centers, corrections facilities, adolescent assessment and treatment facilities, alcohol and drug treatment programs and long term care facilities.

In the Health Sector UPN psychiatric nurses are part of the Nurses’ Bargaining Association, along with the BC Nurses’ Union (representing registered nurses) and the Health Sciences Association. Nurses are covered by a master collective agreement negotiated with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC).

In the Public Sector (government facilities) UPN nurses are part of a Nurses Bargaining Association in partnership with the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU). Nurses are covered by a master collective agreement negotiated with the Public Service Employee Relations Commission (PSERC).UPN believes membership education will play a major role in the future of Psychiatric Nursing and, to facilitate this goal, UPN’s Education Committee offers a number of educational opportunities to our members.

UPN is affiliated to the BC Nurses Union (BCNU).


The Union of Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia upholds and advances members’ rights. We advocate for and promote the profession of Psychiatric Nursing as integral to healthy communities.

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