January 2023

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.


TO REGISTER TO JOIN VIA ZOOM: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5UsdemqqDMjHtfs8jaKl9-1xhj0JehKYRVq

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)

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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: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5cqfu2sqjkuHtdnWRh7hyLLePbE9nttj1LL

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 graduation@ubc.ca.

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 paulaph@student.UBC.ca 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: