We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Helen Shore Nursing History Endowment in the UBC-V School of Nursing. The fund will support nursing history scholarship, research and initiatives in alignment with the goals of the UBC Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry. Professor Emerita Helen Shore, who passed away in 2020, was an alumna (BSN ’61, MA in education ’71), a faculty member from 1965 to 1990, and a longstanding friend of the UBC-V School of Nursing. She is the late Patron of the Consortium, which she generously supported since its early beginnings. We are greatly indebted to Helen Shore.
The video recording of “Teaching Nursing History with Photographs” presented at the 2021 ICN Congress, is now available in UBC’s library Open Collection at the following link: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/81060
Presented by nursing history scholars Helen Vandenberg, Sandra Harrisson, Maria Eugenia Galiana-Sanchez, Cecilia Sironi, Lydia Wytenbroek, Anna La Torre, and Geertje Boschma, representing the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing and the European Association for the History of Nursing at the International Council of Nursing Congress, November 2, 2021
Teaching nursing history through photographs: between realities, cultural constructions and social idealisations. Countless images of nurses have been captured on camera, but what do they tell us about nursing’s past? This symposium examines historic photographs of nurses at various periods in history and from a range of social and national contexts in Europe and Canada. The purpose is to show how the analysis and interpretation of an image may form a way to gain a deeper understanding of nurses’ critical role in maintaining people’s health. Secondly, we demonstrate how photographs can be used as an intriguing educational strategy to teach nursing history. In a panel presentation with a brief discussion period, we will present and explain a series of historical photographs, either as slides or within a short video, and applying multiple analytic lenses, including gender, race, religion, nation and place. What determines an adequate and critical representation of nursing’s past?
Subject: SAVE THIS DATE!!! COVID in Long Term Care Event
A message from Megan Davies:
Dear Project Supporters, Friends, Colleagues, and Family,
A project that I have been putting my heart into for the last six months is nearly ready to go. This will be one of the first public commemorations of the pandemic in Canada. It looks at the mass deaths and the extended isolation of our seniors in long-term care facilities, but also at longstanding problems in the eldercare system. It calls for radical, care-centred change.
On January 14, 2022 the COVID in the House of Old project will become public with an online launch and a new website featuring a powerful storytelling exhibit, a haunting audio-visual representation of aggregate death stats, and a podcast that is also cooler than me. Beginning in the spring, a series of in-person exhibits will take place at BC’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University, local libraries, community centres and educational spaces. Funding is being sought to take CIHO across the country
The EventBrite Invitation below allows you to register for the zoom event. Please sent it on to all your friends and networks and share on social media. I particularly want to engage seniors and caregivers, though of course this relates to all of our future selves. It is a major concern of our time.
The virtual launch on 14 January at 1-2 pm PST. This event will be hosted by Simon Fraser University, where a Shadbolt Fellowship that has made this project possible.
COVID in the House of Old – Virtual Launch and Artist Talk – 14 January 2022
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The project website https://covidinthehouseofold.ca/ will include the entire exhibit, the podcast, and educational materials. It will go live January 14. Project email for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanking you for your support and hoping you will make it on the 14th,
Professor Megan J. Davies
Health & Society Program
Department of Social Science
I live and work on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. York University is on the area known as Tkaronto has been taken care of by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Métis. Hornby Island lies in the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. In both places I do my best to live by the terms of the Great Lakes region’s Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, a wise agreement that honours equitable, healthful, and sustaining life for all beings.
Access recording here:
Black (in)Visibility : Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way – UBC Library Open Collections
In recognition of Black History month, the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry at the UBC-V School of Nursing hosted an online nursing history panel on February 25, 2021, called: “Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way.” It recognizes the significant historical contributions of Black nurses to health care in British Columbia and Canada. The recording captures introductory comments, followed by the opening keynote address of renowned historian Dr. Karen Flynn, Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She highlights key arguments from her book “Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora.” In her analysis, she puts into context the complex, racialized experiences these nurses’ lived through in their careers, as well as the systematic racism shaping the health care system of which they were part. In a second presentation, Ismalia De Sousa, a doctoral student at UBC-V School of Nursing, presents initial findings of her project on the history of Black nurses and midwives in BC in the late 19th and early 20th century; she offers new perspectives on Black nurses’ visibility in BC communities, the context of their work and the way they negotiated their identities and caring work as women, midwives and nurses. A concluding commentary was offered by Dr. Dzifa Dordunoo, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Victoria, emphasizing the importance of history as a way to understand and make visible ongoing systemic racism in nursing and health care. In closing, Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek and Ismalia De Sousa thanked the panel for their contributions.
On Tuesday, November 3rd in the evening, Associate Professor Emerita Helen Shore passed away at the age of 95. She was an alumna (BSN ’61, MA in education, ’71), a faculty member (1965-1990), and a longstanding friend of the School of Nursing.
Helen was proud of sharing common ancestry with Florence Nightingale, and of being the daughter of pioneering health professionals in Alberta. She began her own nursing career in 1946 with an RN diploma from Vancouver General Hospital, and over the years she emerged as an influential nurse leader in Vancouver, especially in public health nursing. Helen was a strong advocate for nursing’s voice in policy, raising awareness of nursing’s important roles in addressing public health problems.
As a member of our faculty for 25 years, she was actively involved in curriculum development for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Even after her retirement in 1990, Helen remained dedicated to the School: she helped establish an internal research award in public health nursing, and contributed funding for nursing history scholarship. In 2013, she generously supported the launch of the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry in the UBC School of Nursing, and remained actively engaged as the Consortium’s patron.
Her achievements have been recognized by many awards throughout her career, including: a Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching (1975); the Nursing Division’s Distinguished Alumnae Award (1990); the UBC School of Nursing Partnership Award (2013); the UBC Faculty of Applied Science centennial Dean’s Medal (2015); and the UBC School of Nursing Centenary Medal (2019).
We deeply appreciated her enthusiastic interest in our School and her commitment to our profession. She was an ardent advocate of public health nursing and strongly committed to nursing history. Her role as Patron of the Consortium of Nursing History Inquiry was highly valued. We will miss her.
Quality Advancement in Nursing Education/Avancées en formation infirmière [QANE-AFI]
Congratulations to the journal of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing for a special issue on the history of nursing education:
Dr. Sioban Nelson, University of Toronto and Dr. Pauline Paul, University of Alberta
Nelson, Sioban and Paul, Pauline (2020) “The History of Nursing Education | L’histoire de la formation en sciences infirmières,” Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière: Vol. 6: Iss. 2, Article 1.
Visit the journal’s website for a full view of the special issue! [https://qane-afi.casn.ca/journal/vol6/iss2/1/]
Celebrating Nurses and Health Care Professionals at RBSC
Happy Nurses Week! Among the variety of fascinating, thought-provoking, and celebratory commentaries about nurses this week, here’s the link to one from UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian, Krisztina Laszlo
Members of the BC History of Nursing Society and the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry have created the second instalment of a new display in the School of Nursing in celebration of the School’s Centenary.
This display features artifacts and archival documents that highlight the School’s history from the 1970s to the 1990s. Please visit it at the School of Nursing on the third floor of UBC Hospital from May until September 2019.
Watch This Space for information about the upcoming joint conference of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN) and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM), June 1-3, 2019 in Vancouver, BC.
Don’t Miss Early-Bird Registration: The Deadline is March 31, 2019
Members of the BC History of Nursing Society and the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry have created a new display in the School of Nursing in celebration of the Centenary.
This display features artifacts and archival documents that highlight the School’s history from the 1950s and 1960s. Please visit it at the School of Nursing on the third floor of UBC Hospital.