Canadian Association for the History of Nursing 2016 Conference – Registration Open

The Canadian Association for the History of Nursing/association canadienne pour l’histoire du nursing welcomes you to the 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver (June 16-18).

Registration is now open! Please review the registration options before you register online at the link below.

(View the CAHN 2016 Preliminary Program)


Registration Fees

Early Bird

Until April 30


May 1 – June 5


June 6 – June 18


Full Registration

Includes: Breakfast, coffee/tea breaks, lunch, reception, and banquet dinner (reception and banquet at Century Plaza Hotel)

*Early Birds may register for Friday and Saturday parking for $10












(Conference Only)

Student Registration

Please upload proof of enrollment (e.g., copy of student ID, letter of enrollment)

*Early Birds may register for Friday and Saturday parking for $10


$150 $180 $180

(Conference Only)

Opening Panel & Reception Only

Thursday June 16, 2016

Panel: History, Health, and Indigenous Communities
at St. Paul’s Hospital


Conference Reception at Century Plaza Hotel
7:00 – 9:30


$25 $30 $35
Sponsor A Student Dinner


$60 $60 N/A
Guest Banquet Dinner Friday June 17, 2016 at Century Plaza Hotel


$60 $60 N/A

Conference Parking (Century Plaza Hotel)

Thursday June 16

Flat rate $12.00 (3:00 – 11:00 pm) for everyone at hotel garage entry (no need to register)

Friday June 17

$10.00 (Full-Day) With early registration only (please indicate on registration form)

Saturday June 18

$10.00 (Full-Day) With early registration only (please indicate on registration form)


Register Here

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Canadian Association for the History of Nursing Conference: Helpful Information


The Canadian Association for the History of Nursing/ association canadienne pour l’histoire du nursing welcomes you to the 2016 Edition of the Annual Conference and to Vancouver! The conference is from June 16, 2016 to June 18, 2016.

Please find some helpful information on accommodation and transportation for planning your visit to Vancouver below.

View the CAHN 2016 Preliminary ProgramVN0610-Sequence # (1)-11








Conference Location: St. Paul’s Hospital and The Century Plaza Hotel

Conference Activities take place in Downtown Vancouver (not at the University of British Columbia Campus) at:

St. Paul’s Hospital (Regular Program)

  • 1081 Burrard Street

  • Between Davie and Comox Streets

Century Plaza Hotel (Reception and Banquet)
  • 1015 Burrard Street
  • Next door to St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Between Comox and Nelson Streets


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Where to Stay

There are a number of hotels and hostels within walking distance of St. Paul’s Hospital at varied price points to suit your budget. Popular choices include:

The Century Plaza Hotel – 3 star hotel

The Sheraton Wall Centre – 4 star hotel

The Burrard – 3 Star hotel

The Sandman Suites on Davie – 3 star hotel

  • 5 minute walk to St. Paul’s
  • 1160 Davie Street (604) 681-7263
  • Website

Hostelling International Downtown – hostel

UBC Campus:

Visit Tourism Vancouver for more suggestions and information at: tourismvancouver.com



From the airport:

  • Taxi to downtown Vancouver flat rate of $31.00
  • Public transit: Take the Canada Line skytrain to Burrard Street Station, then walk south on Burrard Street to St. Paul’s Hospital or get Bus #22, 44, to St. Paul’s Hospital (stops are announced). $5.00 for the trip. More info here.

From UBC campus:

  • Taxi: 30 minute ride to St. Paul’s Hospital; Rates variable
  • Public transit: Express bus (limited service) #44 to Burrard and Davie Street (40 minute bus ride then 2 minute walk to St. Paul’s Hospital OR Express bus (frequent service) #99 to Broadway and Granville Street, transfer on North-East side of Granville Street to bus #10 or #16 to Granville at Davie and walk 10 minutes up Davie Street to St. Paul’s Hospital (~50 to 60 minutes travelling time). Cost – $2.75

You must purchase a pass (Compass Card) to use public transit

Visit the Translink website for more information or to plan your route at: translink.ca



  • Parking is available at the Coast Century Plaza Hotel next to St. Paul’s Hospital
  • There is a special conference flat rate to park from 3:00 to 11:00 pm on Thursday (no need to register)
  • You can register for all-day parking Friday and Saturday with your main conference registration

See You in Beautiful Vancouver!

  Photo Credits: Thomas Egli


Nursing Rounds: Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest: Nurses and ECT in Dutch Psychiatry, 1940-2010

On February 23, 2016, Dr. Geertje Boschma reflects on her research on the history of electroconvulsive therapy, nursing, and Dutch psychiatry for the UBC School of Nursing’s “Nursing Rounds.”

Abstract: This presentation examines the history of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) from the viewpoint of nurses in the particular context of Dutch psychiatry. After a period of dwindling use and much controversy over ECT in the 1970s and 1980s, its application increased again during the 1990s. Competent nursing was a key component in ECT treatment from the outset. While nursing’s close ties to medical knowledge and therapies have been a source of ambivalence and professional tension, the connection also gave nurses new opportunities to renegotiate their expertise in the domain of biological psychiatry. As ECT became more accepted during the 1990s nursing’s grounding in the medical domain opened new professional avenues in ECT-nursing expertise and advanced practice.

Bio: Dr. Boschma is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She leads a research program on the history of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing. Dr. Boschma’s research aims to add to the understanding of change in health care and nursing’s professional identity.


UBC School of Nursing, 3rd Floor of UBC Hospital

Room T206

8:00 am – 8:50 am

Watch the Video


UBC Centennial Nursing History Symposium

Learning Across Borders: Nursing Education, Practice, and Transnational Migration in the Long-20th Century

Dr. Kathryn McPherson, Associate Professor in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s History at York University and author of the seminal text, Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing, 1900-1990 gave the keynote lecture. In her lecture, “Learning Across Borders: Nursing Education, Practice, and Transnational Migration in the Long 20th Century,” McPherson spoke to the way recent international scholarship in nursing history has helped us think more critically about the divisions within nursing education – how questions of nursing education have been caught up in larger political and cultural debates about skill, gender, nationalism, and religion.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Kathryn McPherson

Following the keynote, expert scholars in nursing education, Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag, Dr. Sally Thorne, and Assistant Professor Emerita Ethel Warbinek gave a response as a lead-in to discussion with the audience about the future, promise, and persistent challenges of nursing education and academic nursing programs.

Watch the Webcast

This webcast was sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The event “Almost a 100: University Nursing Education for the Future” was hosted by the UBC School of Nursing Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry as part of the UBC Centennial celebration.


Call For Abstracts: Canadian Association for the History of Nursing/Association Canadienne pour l’Histoire du Nursing (CAHN/ACHN) – Annual Conference June 2016

Brains, Guts and Gumption: Historical Perspectives on Nursing Education, Practice and Entrepreneurship

The 2016 CAHN/ACHN International Nursing History Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, 16-18 June 2016

Exploring connections between health, nursing and leadership, the conference welcomes papers that analyze the various ways in which nurses have negotiated their roles as educators, practitioners or entrepreneurs, testing new paths of work and practice as the context of health care changed and demanded new responses. Questions of education, practice, health policy and power will be examined, looking at critical areas of nursing’s past. How did local, regional and global health contexts shape nursing practice and education? How did nurses negotiate new domains of work, authority and knowledge? What tensions arose over claims of knowledge, quality training, skill and professional identity? Abstracts on other topics are also welcome.

The conference will bring together scholars, professionals, and students internationally and from many different areas of nursing and health care. We especially welcome abstracts from students.

Please submit a one page abstract (350 words max.) and a one page CV for consideration. State the title of the submission at the top, then list name, credentials, institutional affiliation or city, contact and e-mail information. Submit two copies of your abstract; one must include the author and contact information. Indicate if submission is a paper, panel or e-poster (to be presented in electronic poster format) presentation. If more than one author is listed, indicate the name of the contact person. The second copy should include title and presentation type with no other identifying information. Abstracts must be no longer than one page, with one inch margins all around. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Due date for submission Jan. 31, 2016

Submit abstracts to Dr. Margaret Scaia, University of Victoria, mrscaia@uvic.ca Abstracts must be received by January 31, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent in March. All presenters must be members of CAHN/ACHN.

For further information contact Dr. Margaret Scaia (mrscaia@uvic.ca) (Chair program) or Dr. Geertje Boschma (geertje.boschma@nursing.ubc.ca) (Chair local arrangements).

The CAHN/ACHN conference is hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC) Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry, and co-sponsored by the UBC School of Nursing, Providence Health Care – St. Paul’s Hospital location, the BC History of Nursing Society, the Margaret M. Allemang Society for the History of Nursing, the Manitoba Association for the History of Nursing, the Halifax Nursing History Group, the Nursing History Research Unit at the University of Ottawa, and the Associated Medical Services (AMS).


Welcome Visiting Scholar: Dr. Kate Prebble

The Consortium welcomes Dr. Kate Prebble as our newest visiting scholar, arriving in June, 2015.

Dr. Prebble joins us from the University of Auckland, where she is a Nurse Historian and Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing. She writes: “I have had a long career in mental health nursing as a clinician, academic, and professional leader. My primary research interest is in the social history of mental health nursing. My recent historical projects include topics such as the role of District Inspector in New Zealand, mental health nursing in the Waikato, and post-WWII immigration of psychiatric nurses. I have completed oral history collections in nursing and forensic history.”

While visiting, Dr. Prebble will provide a guest lecture on her work in the history of forensic psychiatric nursing in New Zealand in the context of deinstitutionalization. The lecture is co-sponsored by The Critical Research in Health and Healthcare Inequities Unit at the UBC School of Nursing. You can view the Event Poster Here.

For more of Dr. Prebble’s recent research, see her article in the Journal of Law and Medicine (December 2014), entitled: New Zealand’s mental health district inspector in historical context: ‘The impartial scrutiny of a citizen of standing.’

For more information, please email us at nursinghistory@nursing.ubc.ca


Health History Lecture: “We can do this but we need to do it our way”: Oral History Accounts of Deinstitutionalization in New Zealand

Please join the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry for the next lecture in our Health History Lecture Series. With co-sponser The UBC School of Nursing Critical Research in Health and Healthcare Inequities Unit, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Kate Prebble as our next speaker and visiting scholar. On June 3, 2015, she will present her work entitled: “‘We can do this but we need to do it our way’: Oral history accounts of setting up a forensic psychiatric service in Auckland, New Zealand in the 1980s and 1990s – Creating an institution in the context of deinstitutionalisation?”

Abstract: This presentation explores the development of forensic psychiatric services in Auckland, New Zealand in the late 1980s and 1990s. The story is based on oral histories undertaken with twenty-one participants who helped create the service. They told of an innovative service, shaped by driven, motivated people, following some inspiring leadership. The background for this innovation and change was the chaos and struggles of the mental health hospital Oakley/Carrington, wider political wrangles over whether responsibility for forensic patients lay with the Departments of Justice or Health, and the driving philosophy and policy of deinstitutionalisation. The forensic service that these contributors created was predicated on a distancing from the past chaos, and looking forward to creating a service that was new, different and with home-grown solutions.

Participants were aware of contradictions inherent in providing contained care in the context of deinstitutionalisation. This paper explores how they rationalised their decisions – ‘we have to face the reality that there will always be an institution for people who have criminal offending attached to their mental illness’ – and how they attempted to incorporate principles of liberal psychiatry within the risk-conscious parameters of forensic psychiatric services.

Dr. Kate Prebble and Dr. Claire Gooder

Watch the Webcast

For more information email us at: nursinghistory@nursing.ubc.ca