About Us

A National Voice For Nurses: A Voice With Power

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, representing close to 200,000 nurses and student nurses, advances solutions to improve patient care, working conditions and our public health care system.

Protecting the health of patients and our public health system, promoting nurses and the nursing profession at the national level - and doing it effectively - is the job of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

We pressure the federal government to recognize the professional skills and knowledge that nurses bring to our jobs. We also push them to recognize the caring, human touch nurses bring which is so important to patients' healing. We work to make sure nurses' and patients' priorities are reflected in health and budgetary policy and when national politicians talk "health."

Patients and nurses need effective advocates. We make sure that the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, other MPs and top-levels bureaucrats know what nurses think. We provide evidence to inform policy-making.

We represent nurses to the national media telling nurses' stories in ways that make the media want to listen.

We serve as an information resource - keeping nurses abreast of the issues, creative strategies, tactics, and the lessons learned is an important part of our job.

Just as importantly, we are the national voice of nurses within the Canadian Labour Congress, and within the wider community of nurses in Canada and around the world.