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Nursing Today Dec 1, 1981

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The Continuing Nursing Education Division of the U.B.C. School of Nursing
has received a $25,000 grant to prepare
programming for a 30-hour continuing education series to be carried on the Knowledge Network. The series, which will be
carried on the satellite educational network beginning trf January 1982, will offer 15 two-houif poorams on Assessment and
Management of Write Cardiovascular Disease.
The pilot project "telecourse" will
provide Registered Nurses in three B.C.
centres with an opportunity to develop
some of the basic knowledge and skills
necessary to assess cardiac status and
manage acute cardiac problems. The
course will   be  spread  over  a  five month
period to permit registrants to practice
new techniques and to complete assignments and course work at home.
"The Knowledge Network is an interactive media especially appropriate for
demonstration of assessment skills and
recognition of cardiac dysrhythmias and
other aspects of cardiac care management," said Shirley Brandt, director of
Continuing Nursing Education and director
of the project.
"It will make it possible for nurses
outside the Lower Mainland areas to participate in clincially oriented courses
while remaining in their home areas. A
telephone feed-back system will be available through the local community colleges
to allow the nurses to participate actively in the sessions and ask questions
about the management of specific problems."
Funding to cover costs of programming was supplied by the Universities
Council  of British Columbia.
Glennis Zilm, a part-time lecturer
in the School, has been hired as project
co-ordinator for the series and will be
available in the School an additional two
days a week to work on the programming.
At its meeting November 18, the UBC
Senate reviewed its relationship to the
President's Special Committee on Retrenchment and made it clear that final
recommendations that might affect quality
of education will have to be brought to
it before these can be approved, said
Sylvia Holmes, the elected representative
for the Faculty of Applied Science.
Prof. Holmes, one of three nurses
who sit on the 88-rnember senior governing
body, recently took over the seat held by
School  of Nursing
University of British Columbia
IRC 338, 2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C.    V6T 1W5
Glennis Zilm, editor
Vol. 3, No. 3
December 1981 Rose Murakami, who resigned when she was
appointed Director of Nursing in the Extended Care Unit, Health Sciences Centre.
"Nursing is fortunate that four nurses hold seats -- all of them elected
positions," Prof. Holmes said following
her first meeting. She holds one of two
seats elected by all members of the applied science faculty.
Dr. Marilyn Willman, director of the
School of Nursing, is one of 10 members
elected by the joint faculties.
Ruth E. Robinson, a graduate of the
UBC School, is one of 11 convocation members elected by the Alumni. Doris Wong,
a recent graduate from the Nursing program, was elected from the student body.
The Senate has 14 Standing Committees. Prof. Holmes sits on those for
continuing education and curriculum. Dr.
Willman sits on the admissions and agenda
Faculty should be aware of Senate
and, if possible," arrange to attend as
observers, Prof. Holmes said. Senate
meets regularly on the third Wednesday
each month.
oy Eileen Campbell
It has now been a year and a half
since the Learning Centre moved to its
new home on the third floor of the Acute
Care Unit. Since the move, the staff has
been providing services to more areas
than ever before.
As well as helping our own School of
Nursing students and faculty members to
find and use materials, the staff assists
other faculties and departments. These
include Rehabilitation Medicine, Continuing Nursing Education, the three Health
Science Centre hospitals, other schools
of nursing and other health care facilities within and outside the Vancouver
Learning Centre faculty also provide
services in other areas and have had opportunities to share ideas with other
colleges and universities in Canada. A
number of nursing programs now are devel
oping such centres and they have looked
to UBC for ideas and suggestions.
One of the nicest things that has
happened to us this year has been the increasing use of the facilities by the
students. Students from all levels of
the undergraduate as well as the graduate
program are coming to the Centre. The
planning for the revised undergraduate
program has promoted the levelling of
basic nursing skills through the four
years of the program. This year this has
meant that at times we have had first,
second and third year students all in the
nursing labs at the same time learning
different skills. It has been great to
see this happening.
One of the goals of the staff in the
Learning Centre has been to create a
pleasant and interesting environment
where people can work and study. Another
goal has been to make information more
easily accessible to everyone. We hope
these goals are being realized.
This month I will be leaving the
Learning Centre. I'd like to thank
Cheryl Entwistle, Barbara Iwasaki and
Valery Bihrer for their tremendous support throughout the difficult move and
the days that followed. Shelley Zaret-
sky, while only with us for a short time,
also contributed to the functioning of
the Learning Centre. Mariette West has
just recently joined the team and is in a
part-time role as Teaching Assistant. I
would also like to say how plea^we have
been to have Rosemary Knechtel^ciboard"
since August and "helping to run the
ship" since September.
Good luck to you all.
Rosemary Knechtel, the new coordinator of the Learning Centre at the UBC
School of Nursing, says her goal for the
year is increased use of and interest in
the Centre.
"The Learning Centre has been and is
doing a great job," she said in an interview. "I'd like to continue along these
lines, but also try working more with
the teams to develop materials to meet
their needs, and I would like to see more senior students using the Centre."
Mrs. Knechtel took over as coordinator in August from Eileen Campbell, who
has taken a leave of absence from the
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mrs.
Knechtel grew up in Canada and holds a
diploma from the Hamilton and District
School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of
Western Ontario. She practised as a general duty and community health nurse in
Ontario and in 1973 joined the faculty of
the school of nursing at Mohawk College
in Hamilton, Ontario. She helped set up
the Learning Centre at Mohawk College
when four diploma programs in the area
"One advantage of a Learning Centre
is the coordination of resources and the
shared physical facilities," she said.
"Perhaps the most important aspect, however, is the opportunity for self-directed learning that can be found in the centre."
She is particularly interested in
the use of new media and in self-learning
modules that will help the students to
learn outside the classroom.
She is also anxious to investigate
opportunities for "peer-tutoring," whereby senior students could be hired as paid
tutors. This could allow increased use
of the Learning Centre, for example in
the evenings and perhaps on weekends, she
Shirley Brandt, director of the Continuing Nursing Education Division, is
chairman of the Search Committee for a
project director for the new "Outreach
Program" being proposed by the School of
Nursing. Anyone with suggestions for a
person to fill this post is urged to get
in touch with Prof. Brandt.
The proposed Outreach Program will
allow registered nurses to pursue a significant portion of a baccalaureate program in their own communities rather than
attend classes on campus.
The new position will involve liaison with other educational institutions as
well as assessing potential candidates,
identifying resources and developing alternative instructional delivery methods.
The position is available immediately.
Each year the UBC School of Nursing
awards $14,950 in scholarships and awards
to deserving students. Six scholarships,
totalling $5,400, are awarded at the master's levels^ and the remaining 21, worth
$9,550, go to students in the undergraduate years.
The following are the 1981 awards:
MSN Awards
Frederick and Agnes Eatock Memorial
Fellowship: Rhonda Kirk and Carol
Golden Jubilee Scholarship: Shirley
Ethel Johns and Isabel Maitland Stewart
Memorial Scholarship: Linda Rose
Mabel Johnston Scholarship: Jill
Helen Badenoch Scholarships (2): Not
awarded 1981
BSN Awards
IV Year -- Graduation Awards
Helen L. Balfour Prize: Heather M.
Sarah A. Service Prize: Christine Janz
III Year
Mary Graham Holland Scholarship: Patricia
Hamber Scholarship: Catherine Jansen
Karen Elaine Florence Madsen Memorial
Scholarship: Teresa Ng
Helen Badenoch Scholarships (2): Peggy
Lee and Anabelle Lieuson
Jessie MacCarthy Scholarship: Karen
Helen Russell McKechnie Scholarship: Joan
Doris Danis Pearson Memorial Scholarship:
Lisa Nickerson
Provincial  Health Branch Scholarship:
Lori  Stewart
Women's Canadian Club of Vancouver
Scholarship: Marlene Hadikin N 302
UBC Nursing Division Alumni Association
Scholarships (2): Awarded in Jan.
Hamber Scholarship: Awarded in Jan.
II Year
Hamber Scholarship: Cheryl Campbell
UBC Nursing Division Alumni Association
Scholarships (2): Jacqueline Brown and
Gwendolyn Rempel
I Year
Hamber Scholarship: Linda Grasswick
Pearl MacKenzie Scheel Scholarship:
Geralyn Hogan
UBC Nursing Division Alumni Association
Scholarships (2): Caroline Anne Fuller
and Mary McCullum
In addition, Sally Thorne received
one of the UBC Graduate Fellowships (up
to $7,200), which are offered to graduates with first-class records proceeding
to the master's degree. Competition is
stiff for these awards.
-- Prof. Elizabeth Cawston
Chairman, Student
Affairs Committee
Dorothy Babcock, administrator of
the Banfield Pavilion and Long Term Care
Unit at the Vancouver General Hospital,
has assessed UBC nursing students' performance as vacation relief aides during
the summer as "most satisfactory."
In a letter to Dr. Marilyn Willman,
director of the School of Nursing, she
said students adapted to new situations
quickly, worked ably as members of inulti-
disciplinary teams and completed work assignments.
"They were also good role models,
and made meaningful and practical suggestions to improve resident care."
The letter was filled with praise
for the students and instructors, saying
that only one minor problem arose when
some students did not remain as long at
Banfield as they had originally agreed.
Mrs. Babcock said the unit can accommodate 24 students and three instructors and that she would look forward to
continuation of the program.
Dr. Marilyn Willman, director of the
School of Nursing, and Prof. Win Mills,
of the faculty, attended the National
Council Meeting of the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing
(CAUSN) in Ottawa Nov. 24-25. The following are items of interest from the
Membership in the association has
now reached 24, with the admission at the
meeting of the University of Lethbridge,
which has a post-RN program.
Prof. Mills, who is chairman of, the
committee on constitution and bylaws,
said a new bylaw defining regions for
CAUSN was approved. Regions had been
established for some years but had never
been officially defined in the bylaws.
Several other sections relating to regions were referred to regional memberships for further discussion before final
A report from Nursing Papers was
presented at the meeting. Editor Moyra
Allan said the journal is well stocked
with manuscripts accepted for the next
two issues and with others for review.
However, she expressed the hope that researchers ana writers will continue to
submit papers for consideration for future issues. There now are 583 subscribers.
Budget problems were reported by
most schools during the meeting, Prof.
Mills said. As a result, a motion passed
that reduced the annual fee to schools to
$1,500 from $2,000.
During the meeting, participants
were told that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation had turned down an application for
funding for the National Accreditation
Program proposed by CAUSN. However, a
pilot project involving assessment of two
schools, one in the east and one in the
west, will go ahead using funds raised
within the association, Prof. Mills
said. A series of proposals regarding the
future of the accreditation program was
approved by Council.
CAUSN Council also gave approval to
a position paper setting forth "Guidelines for Graduate Education in Nursing
Leading to a Master's Degree."
Further information about the meeting is available from Dr. Willman or
Prof. Mills, UBC School  of Nursing.
Dr. Fay Bower, professor and chairperson, San Jose State University, California, met November 5-6 with faculty of
the UBC School of Nursing for a two-day
workshop on "Innovative Teaching Strategies."
A Clinical Specialist in maternal-
child nursing and community health nursing, Dr. Bower spoke on the ways that educators can improve the quality of their
teaching. She discussed the criteria for
selection of appropriate teaching methods
when content, learner and environment are
considered as well.
The program, part of the regular
faculty inservice program, was recommended last spring by members of the UBC
Registered Nurses in hospitals may
be carrying out diabetic urine tests
capillary blood glucose monitoring
a recent research
of Nursing profes-
measures   accurately,
study by a UBC School
sor shows.
Prof. Ann Hilton
with RNs
the past
form and interpret such tests. Her find
ings indicate that such tests were not
being performed accurately, according to
"Knowledge of specimen collection
procedures and drugs that affect urine
carried out a study
in an acute care hospital during
summer to identify ways RNs per-
testing results was not consistently
high," she said in her research report.
As well, "RNs perceived the definitions
of hypoglycemia, normogylcemia and hyperglycemia more widely than standard
Factors such as these have implications for patient care, she said.
The study, which was supported by a
1981 Youth Employment Grant and with donations of materials from drug companies
supplying test equipment, covered a wide
range of data collection, including specific information on the relative accuracy
between urine testing methods.
Information based on the study has
been forwarded to those who participated,
along with conclusions and recommendations.
Further information about the study
may be obtained from Prof. Hilton, School
of Nursing, ACU.
PAMELA THOMPSON has joined the faculty of the School of Nursing and will be
an instructor in the first-year program.
Ms. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Nursing
from McGill and a Master of Science in
Nursing from the University of Edinburgh.
Before leaving to work on her MSN, she
was a Community Health Nurse with the
Burnaby Health Department.
School of Nursing were interviewed recently on the CBC-TV program Pacific Reports during a current affairs program on
Midwifery. Both professors are active in
promoting the role of the nurse midwife
and appeared as resource persons for the
program. Prof. Rice said that the "call-
in" portion of the program showed that 90
per cent of those who telephoned about
the show were in favor of having midwives
in British Columbia.
The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Course offered to help faculty keep clin- ical skills current was offered Nov. 27
and was attended by 12 participants.
Course instructors JUDITH DEATRICH, DONNA
WILSON and DAN JONES have also agreed to
repeat the course in the Spring.
Support staff members EVITA DAM IAN
and EFTIHEA WEST are leaving the School
office in December. Evita Damian will
take an extended visit to the Phillipines
and Eftihea West is moving to take up a
staff position in the Rehabilitation Medicine Office.
School of Nursing faculty are active
in the RNABC's Vancouver Chapter this
year, with DAN JONES appointed chairman
of the Restructuring Committee. JILL
KNECHTEL are all members of the public
relations committee for the chapter.
The Nurses' Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will hold a four-day meeting in
Vancouver in September 1982. Roberta
Hewat, instructor in the third year program, UBC School of Nursing, has been
named Program Chairman for the meeting,
which will bring together nurses from all
parts of North America.
Faculty are reminded that news items
and information for the newsletter -- especially items for In Print, Faculty News
and Coming Events -- should be submitted
in writing to Glennis Zilm, IRC Room 338
(telephone 228-2922). The next issue of
the newsletter will be February 1982 and
the deadline for submissions is January
20, 1982. Happy Holidays!
CAROL JILLINGS. "Nursing Intervention
with the Family of the Critically 111 Patient." Critical Care Nurse. Vol. 2,
No. 5, September-October 1981, pp. 27-
GLORIA JOACHIM and SALLY THORNE. "Clinical Day Anxiety Syndrome: Help!" Imprint, Vol. 28, No. 3, September 1981,
pp. 20, 64-66.
The annual meeting of the Learned
Societies will be held in Ottawa in 1982.
The CAUSN National Meeting, which is held
in conjunction with the Learned Societies
is scheduled for June 3-4, 1982, in Ottawa as wel 1. The theme of the meeti ng
and a call for papers will be announced
shortly. Further information in the next


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