History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

Critical Contributions to Nursing Knowledge and Practice : Looking Back and into the Future of Nursing Education O’Flynn-Magee, Kathy; Anderson, Joan; Clauson, Marion Isobelle; Boschma, Geertje; Zerr, Sheila Rankin; Haney, Catherine; Affleck, Frances; Dhari, Ranjit


Joan Anderson - Critical Inquiry in a Practice Discipline: History Matters!: In this presentation I discuss how patients’ construction of life stories, obtained through ethnographic research, guided my engagement with different genres of critical inquiry, e.g. feminist and postcolonial feminist theories; and later, critical humanism. I draw attention to the analytic breadth of these theories, which illuminate how history and context shape the experiencing of suffering. I examine the opportunities for praxis-oriented knowledge exchange to promote equitable health care practices, and foster healing, health and wellbeing.; Marion Clauson - Personal Reflections Over 5 Decades of Nursing Education in Canada: This panel presentation will offer one nurse educator’s perspectives on the evolution of nursing education from the 1970s to the present. Experiences in hospital-based and college-based RN diploma programs, and a university-based BSN program will be highlighted. Observations on the nature of curricula, core concepts and clinical learning over time will be included.; Geertje Boschma - Theorizing Nursing: The UBC Model of Nursing in Context: In the 1970s UBC Nursing faculty enthusiastically embraced the nursing theory movement and developed the UBC Model of Nursing. They did so in response to changes in nursing and health care. The idea of nursing as an academic discipline developed in earnest, even though its early beginnings had started much earlier. A university degree became a necessity, not only to provide a solid educational foundation to the practice discipline, but also to legitimize nursing as an essential player in the rapidly changing health care field. To assert its voice, nursing laid claim to the (cultural) rules governing science, research and theory development and set to work to articulate the theoretical foundation of practice phenomena of interest to nursing (and patients). In this presentation we briefly examine how the UBC Model of Nursing incorporated essential nursing ideas, which although situated in time, are inspiring for the way they probe us to question.; Sheila J. Rankin Zerr & Catherine Haney - The Development of Distance and Online Learning in Canadian Nursing Education: In this presentation Sheila Rankin Zerr shares her experiences of developing and implementing a range of distance learning approaches to nursing education over three decades across Canada. She reviews foundational pedagogical strategies from the 1970s including live-video instruction for offsite learning and harnessing the power of the computer as a novel and effective teaching tool. From the 1980s, she shares the development of a comprehensive national television teaching and learning initiative. And from the 1990s, Sheila shares her work in developing computer-based courses at UBC. Nursing PhD Student Catherine Haney will reflect on the impact of these developments for current nursing education.; Frances Affleck & Ranjit Dhari - Wellness Wednesdays - New Directions in Clinical Teaching and Learning: The concept of ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ was developed within the context of the Primary Health Care course, which is delivered in the fourth term of the UBC undergraduate nursing program. The organizers of the ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ initiative began by exploring community programs that were offered within the City of Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Culture programming. The goal was to identify programming that might broadly complement Primary Health Care learning outcomes. Programs at four Community Centres, one Neighbourhood House, and two non-profit organizations were identified. Students were assigned in pairs to the various programs and were tasked with identifying the specific population attending the assigned program. They used the social determinates of health as the primary framework and the broad concept of health care relationship building to provide general health information and engage people in a health-focused conversation.

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