Visiting scholar to the Consortium, Dr. Tommy Dickinson, shared his award-winning research on the history of psychiatry and homosexuality in Britain.
In this lecture Ranjit Dhari, Lecturer for the UBC School of Nursing, reflects on a recent oral history project on Public Health Nursing in the Lower Mainland.
On February 23, 2016, Dr. Geertje Boschma reflects on her research on the history of electroconvulsive therapy, nursing, and Dutch psychiatry for the UBC School of Nursing’s “Nursing Rounds.”
Abstract: This presentation examines the history of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) from the viewpoint of nurses in the particular context of Dutch psychiatry. After a period of dwindling use and much controversy over ECT in the 1970s and 1980s, its application increased again during the 1990s. Competent nursing was a key component in ECT treatment from the outset. While nursing’s close ties to medical knowledge and therapies have been a source of ambivalence and professional tension, the connection also gave nurses new opportunities to renegotiate their expertise in the domain of biological psychiatry. As ECT became more accepted during the 1990s nursing’s grounding in the medical domain opened new professional avenues in ECT-nursing expertise and advanced practice.
Bio: Dr. Boschma is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She leads a research program on the history of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing. Dr. Boschma’s research aims to add to the understanding of change in health care and nursing’s professional identity.
UBC School of Nursing, 3rd Floor of UBC Hospital
8:00 am – 8:50 am
Learning Across Borders: Nursing Education, Practice, and Transnational Migration in the Long-20th Century
Dr. Kathryn McPherson, Associate Professor in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s History at York University and author of the seminal text, Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing, 1900-1990 gave the keynote lecture. In her lecture, “Learning Across Borders: Nursing Education, Practice, and Transnational Migration in the Long 20th Century,” McPherson spoke to the way recent international scholarship in nursing history has helped us think more critically about the divisions within nursing education – how questions of nursing education have been caught up in larger political and cultural debates about skill, gender, nationalism, and religion.
Following the keynote, expert scholars in nursing education, Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag, Dr. Sally Thorne, and Assistant Professor Emerita Ethel Warbinek gave a response as a lead-in to discussion with the audience about the future, promise, and persistent challenges of nursing education and academic nursing programs.
This webcast was sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The event “Almost a 100: University Nursing Education for the Future” was hosted by the UBC School of Nursing Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry as part of the UBC Centennial celebration.