Nursing History Symposium 2020

Nursing History Symposium delayed until further notice

Due to COVID-19 and the UBC and School of Nursing’s public health safety measures in response, the Nursing History Symposium has been delayed until further notice. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. Detailed information on COVID-19 and UBC’s response can be found at: https://www.ubc.ca/



Nursing Artifacts and Nurses’ Uniforms: Preserving Nurses’ Cultural History

A Symposium in Honor of the BC History of Nursing Society’s 30th Anniversary

Date: 30 Apr 2020

Presented by: Keynote Speaker: Christina Bates, former curator of the Canadian Museum of History and author of A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform

Room: Cecil Green Park House, 6251 Green Park Road, UBC Vancouver

Time: 9:30am – 2pm

Please register by Monday, April 27, 2020: Regular $10 Student and Retirees $5 (If you require assistance in registering, please contact 604.822.7747)

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Schedule of Events

09:30: Registration & Refreshments

10:00: Welcome and Opening Remarks by

  • Kathy Murphy, President, BC History of Nursing Society
  • Geertje Boschma, Professor, UBC School of Nursing

10:00: Keynote Address by Christina (Tina) Bates, former curator of the Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa

          “Nursing History Embodied: Collecting and Researching a Uniform Collection”

  • Tina Bates will present the Canadian History Collection of 1,800 artifacts, with a focus on its 52 uniforms from nursing schools across Canada. She will demonstrate material culture methods that can tease out meaning from artifacts. Based on her book, A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform, she will examine the role of the uniform in creating nursing identity over one hundred years. The uniform was an active participant in the changing culture of nursing work and thought.
  • Following the presentation, there will be time for discussion with the audience.

11:00: Refreshments

11:30: Fashion Show of Nurses’ Uniforms

  • Facilitated by the members of the BC History of Nursing Society, and introduced by Lynne Esson

01:00: Lunch

Closing Remarks by Kathy Murphy and Geertje Boschma

Throughout the program: Displays of published works and artifacts on nursing history