The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) was established in 2011 as a registered trade union in Kenya under the provisions of the Labour Relations Act No 14 of 2007 Laws of Kenya. It represents all cadres of nurses in Kenya drawn from practice settings, education and research institutions. We have branches in all the 47 counties across the country.  We exist to establish a democratic platform upon which nurses shall address their concerns by engaging their employers in dialogue and employment agreements in order to improve nurses working conditions which will in turn improve the quality of nursing care to the public.

KNUN has 49 branches and 4 sub-branches in all the 47 counties spread across the country with a membership of 29,000 nurses. We work with the government, mission, parastatals, corporate and private institutions. By virtue of numbers of the KNUN members and the adaptive capacity, the nursing profession has a high potential to effect wider and better performance in the country.


Our vision

To be the union of choice for all nurses that embraces world-class standards through the deliberate regulation of terms and conditions for employment.

Our mission

To provide a democratic and legal platform to unite nurses for the mutual protection and economic, political and social empowerment through progressive collective bargaining, negotiations, welfare work, education, effective representation, arbitrations, conciliations, diplomacy and industrial action, in order to free nurses from victimization, economic exploitation and restore nurses deserved self-esteem.


A healthy and happy nurse for a healthy nation


The KNUN foundation limited is an arm of the Kenya National Union of Nurses mandated to actualize the core purpose of the Union “Empower. KNUN foundation limited promotes equity and opportunity for nurses of all ages, using labour research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change. We address issues affecting the economic well-being of the nurse with the goal of eliminating barriers nurses face in achieving long-term economic self-sufficiency. An economically self-sufficient nurse will lead the nation’s next chapter of economic growth. Therefore, by investing in the success of nurses, we are investing in a stronger health economy.

We believe that health care is more than fighting disease. In order to achieve the millennial goals, Vision 2030 and ease the over-burdened health care system an empowered nursing profession is needed more than ever. It’s time for the nation to recognize the dedication of our invaluable registered nurses and the lives they touch.