Who we are

Our Story

The New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) is a labour organization of approximately 8500 Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and hospital and community health sector Licensed Practical Nurses, who are employed in various healthcare facilities throughout the province of New Brunswick. Together, we form a strong and unified voice.

Our Mission

The mission of NBNU is to enhance the work-life balance as well as the social, economic and personal well-being of nurses.

Our Vision

NBNU is the professional, credible and respected voice for nurses and the public healthcare system.

Our Values

  • Equality and Diversity: We value diversity and are guided by the principles of equality and inclusivity in all we do.
  • Language of Choice: We value our members’ right to communicate and interact with the NBNU in either official language.
  • Trust and Respect: We believe trust and mutual respect are fundamental to our work and our relationships.
  • Communication and Education: We share information, encourage participation, and support learning opportunities for our members.
  • Accountability and Transparency: We are transparent in our decision-making and are accountable to our members.
  • Professional Responsibility: We balance the needs of our members with our commitment to a sustainable public healthcare system for the people of New Brunswick.
  • Unionism and Solidarity: We promote unity and solidarity within our membership and the broader labour movement.

Our History

Founded in 1978, the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) is a bilingual labour union dedicated to upholding and promoting the economic, social and professional interests of its members. We are an open and democratic organization that promotes, through our internal structure, the participation of the maximum number of members in decision-making.

Providing effective leadership, valued membership services and member representation, we are an organization that recognizes that progress is achieved by promoting and supporting social issues in solidarity with other labour organizations and community groups.

History of the New Brunswick Nurses Union

The history of the New Brunswick Nurses Union is captured in The Strength of One, written in 1994 by Arlee Hoyt McGee. It recounts the Union’s beginnings as the New Brunswick Nurses Provincial Collective Bargaining Council (NBNPCBC) and follows its progression through the years as NBNU worked to advance the interests of nurses throughout New Brunswick. To receive a copy of this book, please contact us.