06/3/21

Recording of Black History Month Panel Online

Access recording here:
Black (in)Visibility : Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way – UBC Library Open Collections
In recognition of Black History month, the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry at the UBC-V School of Nursing hosted an online nursing history panel on February 25, 2021, called: “Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way.” It recognizes the significant historical contributions of Black nurses to health care in British Columbia and Canada. The recording captures introductory comments, followed by the opening keynote address of renowned historian Dr. Karen Flynn, Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She highlights key arguments from her book “Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora.” In her analysis, she puts into context the complex, racialized experiences these nurses’ lived through in their careers, as well as the systematic racism shaping the health care system of which they were part. In a second presentation, Ismalia De Sousa, a doctoral student at UBC-V School of Nursing, presents initial findings of her project on the history of Black nurses and midwives in BC in the late 19th and early 20th century; she offers new perspectives on Black nurses’ visibility in BC communities, the context of their work and the way they negotiated their identities and caring work as women, midwives and nurses. A concluding commentary was offered by Dr. Dzifa Dordunoo, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Victoria, emphasizing the importance of history as a way to understand and make visible ongoing systemic racism in nursing and health care. In closing, Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek and Ismalia De Sousa thanked the panel for their contributions.
12/6/20

Helen Shore, Associate Professor Emerita and Patron of the Consortium dies at age 95

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.

 

10/3/20

A special issue on the history of nursing education

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:

The History of Nursing Education | L’histoire de la formation en sciences infirmières

With guest-editors:

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.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1267

Visit the journal’s website for a full view of the special issue! [https://qane-afi.casn.ca/journal/vol6/iss2/1/]

05/16/20

Nursing History Collection at UBC Rare Books and Special Collections

Celebrating Nurses and Health Care Professionals at RBSC

 

Saskatchewan million dollar campaign, June 17, 1922. SPAM461C.

 

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

Celebrating Nurses and Health Care Professionals at RBSC

 

05/1/19

UBC School of Nursing Centenary Display: II

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.

03/15/19

UBC School of Nursing Centenary Display

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.

UBC School of Nursing in the 1950s and 1960s

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.

11/29/18

UBC School of Nursing Display: Nursing Education in the Public Health Era 1925-1941

Please visit the new nursing history display at the UBC School of Nursing to learn more about public health nursing education from 1925-1941.

Display created by Nan Martin and Geertje Boschma

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

10/16/18

UBC School of Nursing Display: “Almost a 100!” The Origin of Nursing Education at UBC

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.

Display prepared by Nan Martin and Geertje Boschma, Summer 2018

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.

 

04/9/18

Display Honours Ethel Warbinek & Nursing Students

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.

Display by Nan Martin, BC History of Nursing Society. Photo credit: Nan Martin

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!