Role of a Regulatory College, an Association, and a Union

CLPNBC, the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of BC, and nursing unions have different mandates: each organization plays an important role in the LPN profession. What are the differences between these organizations?

CLPNBC LPNABC Nursing Unions
CLPNBC is responsible for regulating LPNs in the public interest under the authority of the Health Professions Act. The association promotes and advocates for the professional and personal interest of its members. A union protects and advances the health, social, and economic well-being of its members.
To meet its mandate of public protection, the College: To meet the needs of its members, an association: To meet the needs of its members, a union:
  • Establishes, monitors, and enforces standards of practice and professional ethics

  • Enhances the quality of practice and reduces incompetent, impaired, or unethical practice

  • Establishes and maintains a continuing competency/quality assurance program to promote high practice standards
  • Represents the nursing profession to government, employers, and other agencies

  • Works with other healthcare organizations

  • Supports the development of social programs for its members

  • Promotes research and studies in nursing

  • Negotiates collective agreements which govern employees' conditions of employment; such as hours, benefits, role expectations, and compensation

  • Grieves incidents of employer non-compliance with the collective agreement or legislative provisions

  • Advocates for, and represents, member interests as they relate to employment human resources issues