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.
Please visit the new nursing history display at the UBC School of Nursing to learn more about public health nursing education from 1925-1941.
The display includes many unique and interesting artifacts and photographs from and about this era, especially related to UBC’s public health nursing diploma and degree programs, public health nursing uniforms, and influential nurses such as Mabel Grey and Monica Green.
*Display created in partnership with the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry at UBC School of Nursing and the BC History of Nursing Society
Established in 1919, the UBC School of Nursing has almost 100 years of experience educating nursing leaders and innovating research. We have an international reputation for research and scholarship, guided by a vision of excellence in nursing education, research and practice.
The UBC School of Nursing is home to the first degree program in nursing in the Commonwealth and was one of the first academic programs established at UBC after the university’s inception in 1915.
The current nursing history display at the UBC School of Nursing: “Nursing History and Students” honours Ethel Warbinek, Assistant Professor Emerita, and the long history of nursing students.
Ethel Warbinek is an accomplished educator and avid keeper of nursing history, earning several awards of distinction over the course of her prolific career and volunteer work. Click here to visit her entry in the BC History of Nursing Society’s “Pages of History” project to learn more about her contributions and recognitions.
The display will be up until May at the UBC School of Nursing (across from the main office). Come by to celebrate nursing students and a prominent educator and historian!