Director’s Message 2019FW

Director’s Message

During the second half of our Centenary year, additional events have commemorated our past and looked to our future. These included the inaugural Verna Huffman-Splane Public Health Nursing Lecture and the 51st annual Marion Woodward Lecture. I am also pleased to note at this year’s Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing council meeting in November, whose theme was 100 years of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, our UBC School of Nursing was honoured with CASN’s first Institutional Outstanding Achievement Award, for “outstanding contribution of a CASN Member School that has had an important impact on the advancement of nursing education in Canada and on the profession.”

We have more good news: we are capping a year of historic events with an historic announcement: The UBC Board of Governors has just voted to approve a new building designed to house the School of Nursing and other interprofessional partners, in an especially prominent site on campus! I hope you will take a moment to read the history of our spaces on page 18, and join us as we look toward a future of nursing education, research and practice we will be fully-equipped to meet.

But we are not ready to stop celebrating, either! In fact, we are looking forward to expanding our celebration to all of BC, across Canada, and around the world, with the Nursing Now campaign, which continues throughout 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. We helped launch both Nursing Now BC and Nursing Now Canada this year, and we will be involved in a number of activities in the coming year to raise the profile of nurses and midwives.

Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FCAHS, FAAN Director and Professor

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At this halfway point in our centenary celebrations, the School of Nursing is thrilled with the support and good wishes received from colleagues, partners, politicians, and others among our nursing community. Our last issue encapsulated some of the excitement we felt as we began planning for our year-long celebration. Now, the events are unfolding, and this issue is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date and informed about our memorable events, including: the Ethel Johns Plaque, honouring a woman of national historic importance as the founder of our School; our History Symposium, which considered the past as it set current goals; our dialogue on the role of nursing in promoting Indigenous health, at the First Nations Longhouse; and our third annual Edge Festival, which showcased innovative ways of sharing nursing research.

The Gala—which you can relive in these pages—was fantastic! Weeks after the event, I continued to receive email and comments from people who attended, and even from people who heard about the celebration from others! So many mentioned they were impressed and inspired by our Centenary Medalists, whose leadership and achievements reveal the School’s influence in nursing here in BC, and throughout the world. I offer my heartfelt thanks to our faculty, students, staff, nursing partners, and community members who brought such energy and enthusiasm to the evening. You made the room hum with your excitement at sharing great memories and strong partnerships. Working together, we are a group that can achieve anything! We hope to keep this energy blazing as we look to the future of nursing in British Columbia and beyond.

While much of our centenary we are looking back in celebration, we are also looking forward, to consider how the School will remain an innovator and leader, a facilitator of “Nursing Now” and into the future. May the events shared in these pages keep you enthusiastic for the continuing celebration of UBC’s School of Nursing. We have more to come!


Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FCAHS, FAAN
Director and Professor