The UBC School of Nursing includes a self-directed capstone course during the 4th-5th term of its accelerated program. Students work in project teams to synthesize their theoretical knowledge and apply what they’ve learned in collaboration with practice partners in a variety of healthcare settings, predominantly in lower mainland BC. As course leader for 2016-2017 I worked closely with community health nursing faculty, Ranjit Dhari and Joanne Ricci, to identify and recruit community-based partners for this year’s capstone/synthesis projects.

Several of this year’s student synthesis projects were forged with community non-profit organizations and healthcare providers in the Downtown Eastside. This year’s focus was on marginalized, vulnerable populations and the social determinants of health. UBC School of Nursing is very grateful to those individuals and their organizations in the community who shared their time and wisdom with our students.

A team of nursing faculty at UBC School of Nursing received internal teaching and learning enhancement funds to promote students’ project work. A special thanks to Dr. Khristine Carino, who assisted students with developing videos, podcasts , posters and presentations to showcase their project outcomes and deliverables. Currently, Elsie Tan and Chandra Waddington, UBC nursing faculty, are helping students submit their projects for public access through UBC Circle, UBC’s electronic repository of student and faculty scholarship. We hope that you’ll check out students’ final project work through this Blog and UBC Circle.

As the BC Ministry of Health shifts it’s policy initiatives from acute care to the community, we hope to encourage our students, through these types of projects, to recognize how they, as nurses, can make a significant positive difference in the lives of many—in communities all around us.

Maura MacPhee, RN, PhD
N344 Course Leader 2016-2017


April 2017-

Dr. Maura MacPhee & Ranjit Dhari

Maryam Koochek
Erica Benson

2016- 2017

Dr. Maura MacPhee & Ranjit Dhari

Dr. Khristine Carino, DMD, PhD
Flexible Learning Coordinator
UBC School of Nursing, 2015-2017

This blog was created by Khristine Carino, Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC School of Nursing, 2014-2017.