CAHN-ACHN 2018 Hannah Lecture

The Canadian Association for the History of Nursing/Association canadienne pour l’historie  du nursing had made the 2018 Hannah Lecture available online

Please visit the link below to listen to: “To develop the ‘habit’: Nurses and prenatal care for poor women in the United States and Great Britain, c. 1880-1939” by Dr. Janet Greenlees, Senior Lecturer Social Sciences, Media & Journalism (history); Senior Director Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare, Glasgow, Caledonian

This audio file also includes the opening address on the history of CAHN by CAHN founder Barbara Keddy, Professor Emerita of the Dalhousie School of Nursing

Available Here


CAHN/ACHN Conference Update

Welcome to the CAHN/ACHN 2016 Annual Conference!

View The Programme

Here are a few notes as the conference draws closer

Registration begins on Thursday June 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the St. Paul’s Hospital Conference Centre. The registration desk is also open on Saturday June 17 from 8:00 am.

Directions to the Conference Centre: You will find the Conference Centre on the first floor of St. Paul’s Hospital Providence Building. From the main hospital entrance — off Burrard Street — turn left and follow the blue line to a set of elevators and small flight of stairs. You will pass the gift shop on your left and then an ATM on your right. The elevator and stairs will be straight ahead. Once you reach the elevators go down one floor then turn right – you will walk down a long corridor then bear right and turn left. You will then easily find us at the end of the hallway!

The Opening Panel begins at 5:00 pm in the Lecture Hall in the Conference Centre.

Optional Historical Tour of St. Paul’s Hospital (3:00 pm): Prior to the panel, during registration on Thursday June 16, you are invited to take a tour of some historical features at St. Paul’s Hospital. The tour will run twice during registration. The first tour will leave from the conference registration desk at 3:00 pm, and the second will leave at 3:30 pm. The whole tour will last 30-40 minutes, allowing plenty of time for you to return to the conference centre for the opening panel at 5:00 pm.

Optional Self-Guided Tour: Independently visit historic nursing sites throughout the City of Vancouver. For information about these sites please see “Explore Nursing History through Vancouver Architecture and Monuments” prepared by Lydia Wytenbroek on behalf of the British Columbia History of Nursing Society.

Parking: Flat rate parking is available on Thursday June 16 at the Century Plaza Hotel Parkade. Enter the Parkade on Comox Street from Burrard Street.

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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

click here for more information on travel and accomodation 


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


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).