History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

Learning Across Borders : Nursing Education, Practice, and Transnational Migration in the Long Twentieth Century McPherson, Kathryn


The Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry celebrates the UBC Centennial and explores the history and future of nursing education. Dr. Kathryn McPherson, Associate Professor in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s History at York University and author of the seminal text, Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing, 1900-1990 presents the keynote lecture. In her lecture, “Learning Across Boarders: Nursing Education, Practice, and Transnational Migration in the Long 20th Century,” McPherson speaks to the way recent international scholarship in nursing history has helped us think more critically about the divisions within nursing education – how questions of nursing education have been caught up in larger political and cultural debates about skill, gender, nationalism, and religion. Following the Dr. McPherson’s lecture, Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag, Dr. Sally Thorne, and Assistant Professor Emerita Ethel Warbinek give a response as a lead-in to discussion with the audience about the future, promise, and persistent challenges of nursing education and academic nursing programs.

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