GITCS©-Virtual Game Simulation Evaluation

INVITATION: Do you want to learn more about healthcare communication?

STUDY TITLE: GITCS©-Virtual Game Simulation Evaluation

Hello Learners:

We are inviting you into a research study being conducted at the University of British Columbia and in several other universities and colleges across British Columbia Canada.

The study is being funded by the UBC Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology Open Education Resource Implementation Grant and will be conducted all online. We have created an open education resource aimed at improving your ability to communicate with clients in a health care setting. In the study, you will receive free access to an open education resource that includes a three-chapter PressBook and access to a virtual simulation game (GITCS-VGS) for foundational health communication.

Should you choose to participate, you can examine the PressBook here [Textbook link] or using the QR Code below. After using the PressBook and engaging in the virtual gaming simulation [approximately 20-50 minutes], you will be invited to a survey to get your feedback [5-10 minutes].[Survey link] Submission of the survey indicates your consent, once data is submitted it cannot be withdrawn. Faculty will not be aware of your participation and it will not affect your grade in the course or progress in the program. [Interacting with the post on social media may associate you publicly with the study.]

The consent form can be found at the start of the survey.

Thank you for considering participation in this project. Please feel free to use the Open Education Resource either way.

Thank you,

Dr.  Suzanne H. Campbell, PhD, RN, FCNEI, IBCLC, CCSNE (PI)
Professor, UBC School of Nursing
Link to Website:
Phone: 1-604-822-7748 [please leave a message with email &/or number for contact, voice messages left at this number will be forwarded by email]

GITCS-VGS Interactive Text QR Code

Applying a Substance Use Health Lens in Health Service Delivery: Innovations and Implications in Support of Health Equity

Substance Use Health is a lens that frames substance use in relation to a spectrum encompassing non-use, beneficial uses, occasional risks or harms, use that has ongoing or understood harms and consequences, and substance use disorders. It encompasses harm reduction to promote health in relation to using substances. Working with people to support their priorities with regard to Substance Use Health means a) prioritizing self-determined health goals as the primary service success outcome, b) removing barriers to care, including intersecting forms of stigma, and c) facilitating access to social determinants of health for those with inadequate access. Substance Use Health is increasingly being integrated as an essential component of health equity actions within organizations and at the point of care.



Please join us for a discussion about Substance Use Health as an innovative lens with implications for policy and health service delivery. To learn more about Substance Use Health, see CAPSA: Substance Use Health (EN)

Click Here for more details.

Camp White Pine – Job Posting

Dear graduating students,

Camp White Pine is an overnight summer camp in Haliburton, Ontario, and they hire nurses each summer to live at work with them at camp during the summer! This year, they are looking to hire 2-3 nurses.

It’s a great opportunity to work with kids, and a team of experienced family doctors. The nurses also get experience in a wide variety of areas, as they’ll deal with injuries, illnesses, administration, etc.

The position runs from June 24 – August 17 and we offer room and board to all candidates. You are welcome to email them directly at david@campwhitepine.come, or apply online.

Check out the details of their posting here.


Free CANO/ACIO Membership

We would like your help in growing our society by joining our free CANO/ACIO membership. The Undergraduate Student Membership was introduced in 2017 and has been well received. Nearly 250 of these memberships were given out in 2020. Any undergraduate nursing student enrolled in a full-time program to become a Registered Nurse or a Registered Practical Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse will be eligible.

Click here to learn more about how to register.

Furthermore, Tuesday April 4th, 2023 marks the 20th anniversary for Oncology Nursing Day, and the theme this year is “Oncology Nursing: Strength Within“. Across Canada, it’s a day to recognize the incredible role oncology nurses play in our national healthcare system. Cancer affects people of all genders, nationalities and age groups. Oncology nurses are on the front lines of cancer treatment, care and research.

On October 20 to 23, 2023 the 35th CANO/ACIO Annual Conference will take place in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The CANO/ACIO Conference is an opportunity for oncology nurses to connect with their peers and improve their professional knowledge in the areas of oncology nursing, patient engagement and interdisciplinary practice. This year’s conference will include a workshop day, keynote presentations, joint symposia, concurrent oral sessions, posters, networking opportunities and more! For more information, please click here.

Check out the newsletter for more information here.

Interprofessional Panel on Substance Use Care

Date: February 1, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Zoom


Join us for a discussion on substance use care! This event will feature an interprofessional panel of clinicians (nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, social worker and pharmacist) who will discuss their roles and highlight the diversity of care settings and collaborative work in this complex area. Students will work through a case study and there will be opportunity for questions, discussion, and to meet students and health professionals from different disciplines.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build knowledge of what substance use care looks like across a variety of settings
  • Describe the roles of different health professions in substance use care
  • Understand how different health professions work together to improve health outcomes for people who use substances

Register here:

Spring 2023 Graduation – Application open, Now!

Hello 4th year students!

The online graduation application for Spring 2023 has opened for eligible students.  An email has been sent as a notification to you, which can be found in Communication Tracking.

Students are encouraged to apply regardless of outstanding fees or current progress of their program (ie. waiting for final grades from April exams, or thesis due by April).  Students have until Friday, February 24, 2023 to submit their application through the SSC.  The link to the application can be found under Graduation, after the students have logged in.

Below are a few relevant dates to note and to add into your calendars:

Application period: December 15, 2022 – February 24, 2023

Adjudication deadline:  Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Senate meeting:  Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Ceremony dates:  May 24-26, 29-31, Jun 1

Students will be assigned to their ceremonies in March, based on their degree and primary specialization (if applicable).  The schedule for the ceremonies is not available, at this time.  Please visit the Graduation at UBC website for updates.

Please direct students with general inquiries about applying to graduate to the Student Services graduation webpage for information. They can also contact

Climate and Health Education Student Fellowship

The Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) envisions that all health professionals throughout the world – doctors, nurses, and public health leaders and practitioners – will be trained to prevent, reduce, and respond to the health impacts of climate change. To achieve this vision, we created the 1 year intensive Climate and Health Education Student Fellowship – to educate and empower the next generation of health professions students to become global climate and health leaders and communicators in their respective fields and within interdisciplinary collaborations.

To learn more about the fellowship and to apply click here.

Recruiting an Undergraduate or Graduate Volunteer Student

Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences Program of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC is looking to recruit an undergraduate or graduate volunteer student to collaborate as a second reviewer in the data analysis for a scoping review on the experiences of people accessing abortion and post-abortion care in Latin America. This student will be listed as a co-author on the final publication. The student must be fluent in Spanish as some of the papers will be in Spanish. We anticipate that the analysis will take at most 20 hours, and the timeline will be defined with the first reviewer. The responsibilities of a second reviewer include the first screening of search results – abstracts and titles (based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria), a second screening of the entire documents and filling the analysis tool that the first reviewer will provide. Finally, the student will receive small training on JBI methodology for scoping reviews and a stipend for participation ($25/hr for undergraduate students or MD and $30/hr for graduate students).

Contact if you are interested or have questions.

Join the Student Alumni Council!

We are seeking passionate student leaders to join the Student Alumni Council (SAC), an incredible team of students dedicated to connecting students with alumni and building lifelong connections with the UBC community. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and expand your professional networks, both within the UBC community and beyond. The SAC is supported by alumni UBC. Apply by 11:59 PM PST on January 31, 2023.

Apply here:  

Time Out, Check In Winter 2 Announcement

Hello everyone & happy winter break,

Thanks to all of you who dropped by for the first few session of Time Out, Check In this Fall – it was a real pleasure getting to connect, hear about your experiences, and even make some art together!

As part of the BSN Self & Collective Care Series, we will be offering monthly Time Out, Check In sessions again in Winter Term 2. These sessions are totally optional, you are welcome to attend as many as you’d like. Our planned activities have been influenced by feedback from participating students and we are always open to suggestions for future offerings.

Please stay tuned for dates & details in the new year.

  • January (dates/times TBD): Every Term Needs a Plan – get yourself organized for a successful (and hopefully less stressful) term by attending this drop-in session where we’ll share tips and strategies for managing time and attention.
  • February (dates/times TBD): Creativity Break – take some time away from schoolwork to get creative. We’ll make art, listen to music, and enjoy some time for connection.
  • March/April (dates/times TBD): Reflections on Loss and Healing – panel discussion and conversation about managing the realities of grief and loss for healthcare providers.

Wishing you all a restful and happy holiday break!

Support for Students over the holidays:

Take good care,
Elisabeth, Nassim and the Self & Collective Care team

NNPBC Instagram Contest for National Nursing Students’ Week

This week, November 21-27, 2022, is National Nursing Students’ Week in Canada. To celebrate, NNPBC is running a National Nursing Students’ Week Instagram Contest open to nursing students in any designation program located anywhere in BC! We would love your help in sharing information about this contest with your networks.

To participate, nursing students need to:

  1. Follow NNPBC on Instagram @nnp_bc
  2. Like our National Nursing Students’ Week Instagram post (see attached for what it looks like)
  3. Comment on the post with the nursing designation they are working towards and the location of their educational institution in BC

The contest runs from November 20-December 10, 2022. Two winners will be randomly selected after the closing date to win both a $250 gift card and free NNPBC membership for 2023!

Note that students do not have to be current NNPBC members to participate. They just have to be current nursing students at any institution located in BC. For more details, visit our webpage at

Food Hub Market Reopening

Dear BSN Students,

Support the re-opening of the Food Hub Market– a student-led grocery aiming to provide at-cost foods in a welcoming community space at the UBC Vancouver campus. All are welcome to shop the market Mondays-Thursdays from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm in the CIRS Building (in the former Loop Cafe space at 2260 West Mall).

If you communicate with UBC Vancouver-facing audiences, we would appreciate your help spreading the word about the market and our launch celebration event happening on November 23rd from 1-3 pm. More information and pre-programmed social media content can be found in the Food Hub Market Comms Toolkit.

More details Here

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre – FIR Unit Information Session

Information session for BC Women’s Hospital  + Health Centre – FIR Unit on November 24, 2022 at 2.00pm PST.

BC Women’s Hospital’s Families in Recovery (FIR) Program is a provincial specialized perinatal service that provides primary care to antenatal and postpartum women who use substances and to infants exposed to substances in an interdisciplinary approach. Located at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver, FIR opened in 2003 and is a first of its kind program in Canada. Through the provision of treatment and supports focused on principle based practice and integrated programming, the interdisciplinary team at FIR focuses on stabilization and harm reduction in a recovery oriented approach to care.

More details Here

Email to RSVP.

UBC Research Nursing Matters

The UBC Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry is pleased to announce the 2022 Nursing History Symposium on November 8, 2022.

The keynote lecture from Dr. Esyllt Jones is titled, Pandemic Caring: public health nursing and community in the history of infectious disease.

  • Cecil Green Park House ($10 admission – lunch will be served)
  • Online via Zoom (free).

Registration is now open

Check out all the different research, event, and award articles here.