Kudos 2019SS

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Suzanne Campbell has been designated as one of the first Certified Canadian Simulation Nurse Educators (CCSNE) by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Dr Campbell and her fellow editors were recognized by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards, earning second place for Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care.
Elizabeth Saewyc has been named a Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Honouree for 2019. Dr Saewyc is the only researcher from Canada among 22 others who will be inducted to the Hall of Fame at the 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary in July.
Vicky Bungay was awarded an Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge and Research Award at the 2018 Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) ceremony on December 17, 2018.

Helen Brown received an Excellence in Nursing Education Award from the NNPBC at the same event.

Also at the NNPBC event to accept their awards were School of Nursing alumni Silvia Nobrega, RN, BScN, BA, MSN (2016) Excellence in Nursing Education; Jacqueline Lum, MN-NP(F) (2011) Excellence in Nursing Practice Award; Jenifer Tabamo, RN, BSN, MSN (2015) Innovation in Nursing Award; and Jessica Kwanxwalaogwa Key, RN (2017) Rising Star Award.

Lillian Hung was awarded 2018 Gobal Qualitative Nursing Research Best Paper Award in the methods category for Using Video-Reflexive Ethnography to Engage Hospital Staff to Improve Dementia Care.
Emily Jenkins, her University of Calgary colleague Rebecca Haines-Saah, and their research partners, including youth representatives, received federal funding for cannabis research to build tools to reduce the potential harms of cannabis use among youth.

Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) research team members and Dr Elizabeth Saewyc were awarded the Robert H Durant Award for Statistical Rigor and Innovation from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). On March 8, 2019 at the SAHM Annual Meeting this award was given for the innovative new SLEPHI method for evaluating population health interventions.

On May 17, 2019 the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that SARAVYC will receive a grant worth almost one million dollars over five years for a project that will help LGBT youth to establish positive and healthy relationships.

Peggy Chinn is a nurse scholar and activist who has pushed boundaries in social justice advocacy and scholarship, including rights of women and children, ethnic and racialized minorities and the LGBTQ community. On May 30, during UBC’s 2019 convocation, she received the degree Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa.

Students in Community

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Measles and Social Pediatrics


In 1919, as plans for the School of Nursing were coming to fruition, Canada was at the height of the devastating influenza outbreak that followed the First World War. Then, in 1927, Assistant Professor Mabel Gray—who eventually took the role of director of the school—published her research in The Canadian Nurse using a recent measles outbreak at UBC “as an example of the nurse’s work in this special field.” She called her paper “The Place of the Public Health Nurse is Epidemiology.” Now, even after seeing an abatement in measles through a decades-long program of prevention and immunization, the disease has made a comeback. These epidemics form the battlefields on which public health nurses wage their war against disease through educating, comforting, and protecting with immunization.

The most recent measles outbreak reached Vancouver this past winter and the public school that was in the thick of it all was in the Ravensong Community Health area. One Friday in February, UBC nursing students in community (Social Pediatrics) stepped into action, assisting the public health nurses (PHN) in the school clinics.
Some students have also been conducting health promotion education on vaccination in a variety of settings in this area.

The public health nursing mandate has always been prevention of communicable diseases through educating families and providing protection through immunizations. Nursing educators are also using the recent outbreak to underline theory, lecturing on communicable disease to nursing students during the winter session. It is also used as an example to illustrate nursing’s role in management of outbreaks and to underline the importance of immunization.

For further information about the importance of vaccinating for measles, watch the World Health Organization’s fabulous video from 2004 available free online called “Fragile Lives” revolving around one family’s experience with measles in Ireland. (Part 4: Rejection bit.ly/WHOPart4).

ITCH Awards


Two of our recent MSN graduates, Raji Nibber and Patrina Lo, won first and third prizes for best student poster at Information Technology and Communications in Health (ITCH) in Victoria on February 14, 2019. Thirty student posters were presented from Canada, US, and the UK. The best poster event was sponsored by Canada Health Infoway. It was a great night!

Patrina Lo and Raji Nibber pose with their winning posters at ITCH in Victoria on February 14.

Raji Nibber completed her Scholarly Practice Advancement Research (SPAR) in Aug 2018, and at ITCH, took first prize for her poster entitled: A Rapid Review of Psychometric Properties of Instruments that Measure Informatics Competencies for Practicing Nurses.

Patrina Lo completed her thesis in Oct 2018, and won third prize for her poster entitled: Patterns of Action Items in an Electronic Handover Tool.

Two other students presented posters: Jillisa Byard, MSN Oct 2018 and Abdul-fatuwa Abdulai, PhD student. Jillisa then presented her findings during a Canada Health Infoway Webinar on March 27, 2019.

Submitted by Leanne M. Currie
Associate Professor

New Electives


The principles for long-lasting satisfaction like social connectedness, expression of gratitude, living in the present, daily workout, and sufficient sleep, are essential for building an emotionally rich and balanced life. Around the world, educational institutions from elementary schools through post-secondary are introducing methods for building that balance right into the curricula. The School of Nursing’s new electives offer additional tools for creating balance in the life of all students at UBC.

Check out NURS 180 Stress and Strategies to Promote WellbeingNURS 280 Human Sexual Health, and NURS 290 Health Impacts of Climate Change to see how the school is offering the UBC student community fresh initiatives for a balanced life: nursing.ubc.ca/electives.

Pulse and Puppies

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Undergrad Project to Master’s Research

Pulse and Puppies

Photo provided by Kelsi Jessamine


Kelsi Jessamine’s undergraduate “synthesis project” (in which students bring what they are learning into real-world scenarios) offered free pet care to vulnerable folk and their companions (featured on p.15 of Touchpoints Spring/Summer 2017). Her master’s research carries on with her passion to bridge the gap between marginalized communities and the health care system.

For more, read our web-story researched and written by work-learn student Nicolas El Haïk-Wagner: nursing.ubc.ca/pulse-and-puppies.

Update: On July 15, 2019, Kelsi received the City of Vancouver’s Civic Volunteer Award on behalf of the CVO organization. Read about the award here: https://nursing.ubc.ca/cvo-award