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Array NURSING   TODAY
NEWS ITEMS
FACULTY FORUM DISCUISSES
REVISIONS IN MSN PROGRAM
Program revisions introduced in
September into the first year of the
two-year Master of Science in Nursing
program have made the curriculum both
stronger and more flexible, members of
the teaching team told a special
Faculty Forum in mid-February.
All members of the MSN first-year
teaching team described their courses
at the Forum and explained how changes
and improvements have strengthened the
program.
The changes, approved last year by
Senate after two years of planning,
have enhanced the core content related
to theory development in nursing and
conceptual model for practice, said Dr.
Joan Anderson, chairman of the Forum.
As well, the changes have increased the
content in the three functional areas
where students may choose to specialize - teaching, administration or
clinical practice.
Opportunities still exist for
students to choose support courses from
a variety of disciplines and thereby
expand their knowledge base outside
nursing, added Dr. Margaret Campbell,
co-ordinator of the MSN program.
Faculty members in the audience
questioned team members about many of
the changes. In some cases, their
questions reflected critical comments
heard outside the School. For example,
one queried why the program continues
to offer a variety of areas for
specialization in clinical practice
instead of concentrating on one or two.
Dr. Marilyn Willman, director of
the School, replied that, as the only
graduate program in the province, UBC
must attempt to meet a variety of needs
for nurses throughout the province as
well as the needs of the health care
system for larger numbers of master's-
prepared people.
"We have a large and increasingly
well-prepared faculty and many who
teach mainly in the undergraduate program have the clinical knowledge and
expertise to serve as perceptors for
graduate students," she said.
It was suggested that UBC continue
to explore possibilities of working
with the University of Victoria to
share faculty resources and help to
meet student needs.
The team stressed that the School
is trying hard to meet the needs of
students and of the system.
Two master's students were also
present to respond to questions. In
general the initial responses of
students to the program are positive,
they said.
The program revisions are based on
input from both former and prospective
students as well as faculty and other
advisors.
"The faculty believe that a program is evolving of which we can be
justly proud," Prof. Anderson said.
UBC NURSING ALUMNI
ANNUAL DINNER
M. E. "Peg" Leighton will be guest
speaker at the UBC School of Nursing
Alumni annual dinner to be held on May
12, during Alumni Week on Campus.
Leighton will be speaking on recent
School of Nursing
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5
Glennis Zilm,.editor
Vol. 4, No. 5
March 1983 research into Florence Nightingale's
life; May 12 is Florence Nightingale's
birthday, so the date is especially
fitting.
Those attending the dinner will
also hear the report of the "tracing
committee," which has been trying to
track down some 3,000 of the nearly
4,500 graduates of the School.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m.
with a no-host bar. Presentation of
the Beth McCann Scholarship award will
be made at 6:30, followed by dinner.
The event will be held in the
Graduate Student Centre.
All faculty in the School are
automatically honorary alumni members
and the Alumi Assosiation is particularly anxious to extend the invitation
to them.
Cost is $15 a person. Reservations may be made by phoning Earla
Kerr-Smith at 929-1155 before April
15.
NURSE-ANTHROPOLOGIST CHAIRS
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM SECTION
Dr. Joan Anderson, associate
professor in the School of Nursing,
will chair a section of the Xlth
International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnolological Sciences.
The meeting will be held in two sections - in Quebec City from August 14-20
and in Vancouver from August 20-25.
Dr. Anderson will chair a symposium at the Vancouver meeting on "The
Relevance of the Social Sciences for
Health Care Delivery."
As well, she has been invited to
edit the proceedings of her section for
presentation in the prestigious international journal Social Science and
Medicine.
Dr. Anderson has been arranging
speakers for the symposium throughout
the winter and several internationally-
recognized social scientists have definitely agreed to participate. Among
these are Dr. Thomas Mareski, an anthropologist from the Faculty of
Medicine at the University of Hawaii;
Dr. Noel Chrisman of the School of
Nursing, University of Washington; and
Dr. Stella Quah, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.
Information about the Congress',
and particularly about the Symposium on
social sciences and health care, may be
obtained from Dr. Anderson, at
228-7455.
RESEARCH
UNDER WAY
WORKING WOMEN'S HEALTH SURVEYED
A survey of working women's health
needs is being undertaken as a research
project by UBC Nursing Assistant Professor Clarissa Green. A Youth
Employment Program grant was obtained
last summer for development of the tool
and the project is currently underway
with women's groups in the Vancouver
area.
Prof. Green said the survey will
attempt to illuminate health behaviors
or problems particular to employed
women, and identify sources of stress
inherent in particular work environments .
In particular, the survey will:
- identify basic health behaviors, such
as nutrition, exercise, use of
medications and alcohol, and methods
of stress management;
- identify sources of stress within the
family, work environment or society;
- identify numbers and types of health
concerns experienced;
- identify to whom in the health care
system working women turn for health
care; and
- compare health behaviors, health
needs and use of the health care
system for women in different occupational groups.
The study which began in November
1982, involves a multiple-item
questionnaire that identified 179 variables. Participants are selected
through women's groups in the metropolitan area to volunteer to fill out
the forms. Participants may also indicate if they wish an interview to
discuss the implications relative to
their jobs and health needs.
So far, about 80% of the women who
have completed the questionnaire have
-2- also requested an interview,  Prof.
Green said.   They have many concerns
about their health and health care that
they want to make known to researchers.
Results from the first phase will
be presented at a Women's Network meeting on March 23 and an interdisciplinary
panel will respond to the report.
For further information, please get
in touch with Prof. Green at 228-7507.
NEW IN THE LEARNING CENTRE
"NURSING TOPIC" VERTICAL FILES
"Spring Cleaning" is currently
underway in the vertical files that
house the up-to-date journal articles
and information on current audiovisual
resources related to specific nursing
topics.
These files are widely used by
students as a quick reference source for
recommended journal reading. All
students and faculty are encouraged to
add information throughout the year, so
the files provide a quick, useful
resource in many areas.
However, by the end of the year,
some of the files are bulging; some
others now tend to contain outdated
information.
Faculty members are urged to assist
in the clean-up by checking files related to their teaching areas. Target
date for completion of this task is
April 30, 1983.
"SKILL FEATURES" IN LAB PRACTICE
The Learning Centre has introduced
a "weekly skill feature" to help students who may be having difficulty
learning some common skill. For example, during the first of March, the
featured skill was catheterization.
Learning Centre staff have equipment and
supplies ready for the practice of the
"featured" skill and are available as
resource
persons,
if
necessary.
Students who have difficulties find this
"practice feature" most helpful. Please
feel free to refer students for help or
to recommend skills where practice is
necessary.
A schedule of "skill features" is
posted on the Learning Centre bulletin
board.
LITERATURE SEARCH UNDERWAY
Learning Centre faculty and staff
are currently carrying out a literature
search on innovative teaching-learning
strategies useful in laboratory learning. Items of interest should be
brought to the attention of Learning
Centre staff. As well, the study will
look into better ways of using new
audiovisual resources.
When the study is complete, the
findings will be circulated to those
faculty expressing interest.
—Cheryl Entwistle
Learning Centre
FACULTY NEWS
Seven UBC Nursing faculty were included on the program for the first
annual conference on "Research in
Nursing Education" in San Francisco
January 19-21. SHEILA STANTON and MARK
STARR presented a paper on "Program
Effectiveness and Student Educational
Background." ELIZABETH JOHNSON and DR.
GARY JOHNSON presented a paper on
"Evaluating the Relavancy of Course
Content in the First Year of a Baccalaureate Nursing Program". JANET KNOX
and JUDY MOGAN had a poster presentation on their research on student evaluations of faculty and DR. HELEN
NISKALA had a poster presentation on
"Learning Needs of Persons with Home
Homodialysis."
CONNIE CANAM presented a paper on
"Adolescent Peer Helpers in a Health
Care Setting" to the March meeting of
the RNABC's new Pediatric Interest
Group.
CAROL JILLINGS has been named a
director and member of the executive
committee of the B.C. Branch of the
Canadian Council of Cardiovascular
Nurses. She is also chair of the national Committee on Education of the
CCCN. MARILYN PORTER of the Division
of Continuing Nursing Education is also
a member of the executive committee.
-3- BARBARA MILNE was a volunteer
speaker for the Heart Foundation to a
group of faculty at Langara College in
February (Heart Month). Her topic,
related to one of her areas of research
interest, was exercise as it relates to
hypertension.
JUDY MOGAN has been elected as the
member-at large from the University of
B.C. for the Canadian Association of
University Schools of Nursing.
MARILYN D. WILLMAN. "Change and Power."
In Kathleen R. Stevens (Ed.), Power
and Influence: A Source Book for
Nurses. New York, John Wiley &
Sons, 1983, pp. 25-54.
JO-ANN WOOD and GLENNIS ZILM (Eds.). En-
ergizing the Work Place (Proceedings of the Second National Administrators' Educational Conference,
Toronto, November 1982). Vancouver,
Canadian College of Health Service
Executives, 1983, 106 pp.
OLIVE SIMPSON visited Laurentian
University in Sudbury, Ontario, in mid-
February to discuss with faculty there
the non-traditional BSN program for
registered nurses. Laurentian, one of
the few universitities in Canada to
implement an external degree program,
will graduate its first students in
June. Also during February, Prof.
Simpson was in Toronto to attend an executive meeting of the Professional
Health Workers' Section of the Canadian
Diabetes Association.
SUZANNE TAYLOR was a guest speaker
at a workshop-seminar for nurses, doctors and psychiotherapists at Regent
College in mid-January. Her topic was
"The Concept of Loss."
IN PRINT
B. ANN HILTON. "Nurses' Performance and
Interpretation of Urine Testing and
Capillary Blood Glucose Monitoring
Measures." Journal of Advanced
Nursing, Vol.7, No.6, November 1982
pp. 509-521.
MARILYN MARDIROS. "Mothers of Disabled
Children: A Study of Parental Distress." Nursing Papers, Vol. 14,
No.3, Fall 1982, pp.47-56.
SUE ROTHWELL. "Cancer: Advances in
Prevention, Screening and Diagnosis
The Canadian Nurse, Vol.79, No. 2,
February 1983, pp. 10-14.
GLENNIS ZILM (Ed.). People, Power,
Potential (Proceedings of the National Nurse Administrators Forum,
Ottawa, November 25-27, 1981).
Ottawa, Canadian Nurses Assciation,
December 1982, 115 pp.
COMING EVENTS
Thursday March 31, 1983
The Nursing Undergraduate Society
will hold its annual "Spring Banquet" on
Thursday, March 31, 1983, at 6.p.m. in
the SUB Ballroom. Theme this year is a
"Tacky Tourist Beach Party" - to be reflected in costume, menu and decorations. Faculty and staff of the School
are invited. Tickets are available in
the NUS office.
Saturday, April 16, 1983
A one-day research workshop on
"Perspectives in Research for Nursing
Practice, " sponsored by the RNABC's
Nursing Research Interest Group, will be
held from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 1983 at the RNABC
offices. The program will open with an
overview of the steps of the research
process and speakers will focus on
various steps, such as formulation of
the problem, design of the research, and
sampling techniques. Participants also
will have an opportunity to critique a
research paper. Cost of the workshop
is $25. to members, $35 to non-members
and $15 for student members. Prereg-
istration is desirable. For further
information, please get in touch with
Margaret Klinger at 228-7439 or Judith
Deatrich at 228-7468.
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NURSING
Tentative Program for the Learned Societies/CAUSN
Annual Meeting - June 1, 2, 3, 1983
"FASHIONING THE FUTURE"*
June 1  1400-1700
2000-2200
CAUSN Council Meeting, ACU T180
Registration, Evening reception and no-host bar, Faculty Club
June 2 0830-0900
IRC 6  0900-1000
1000-1030
1030-1200
1200-1400
1400-1500
1500-1530
1530-1630
1700-1830
Registration - Student Union Building (SUB)
OFFICIAL OPENING
Coffee Break
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Fashioning the Future by Verna Splane,
M.P.H., L.L.D.
Lunch, Tours**
Evidence of a Paradigm Shift in the Development of Nursing
Theory... A Challenge for Baccalaureate Nursing Education by
Myrtle Crawford, M.A.
Coffee Break
The Pyramid of Nursing Education by Nora Parker, Ph.D.
HAPPY HOUR WITH OTHER LEARNED SOCIETIES, SUB
June 3 0800-0900
IRC 6   0900-1000
1000-1030
1030-1130
1130-1230
1230-1400
1400-1600
1700-1830
Breakfast sessions at Faculty Club for Special Interest
Groups
Developing First Line Nurse Leaders by Jenniece Larsen, M.Ed.,
Georgina Fysh, B.Sc.N., Sonia Acorn, M.S.N.
Coffee Break
Implementation Strategies and the Nursing Process by
Isobel Dawson Roncari, Ph.D.
Use of Self Directed Learning in Post-R.N. Education by
Joanne K. Olson, M.S., and Alfreda A.E. Kartha, M.P.H.
Lunch, Tours**
Cracker Barrel Session - Discussion of issues in response to
Verna Splane's address focusing on Research, Education,
Clinical Practice and Politics.  Distinguished panelists are:
Dr. Dorothy Kergin, Director, School of Nursing, U. of Victoria
Dr. Jacqueline Chapman, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, U. of
Toronto; Dean Una Ridley, College of Nursing, U. of Saskatchewan;
Doyen Marie-France Thibaudeau, Faculte des sciences infirmie*res,
U. of Montreal
HAPPY HOUR WITH OTHER LEARNED SOCIETIES, SUB
♦Registration forms from the Learned Societies Conference Office have been mailed to each
University.
**Plans are underway for tours of the campus, School of Nursing and new UBC Acute
Care Hospital.
-5- The program for the meeting of
the Canadian Association of
University Schools of Nursing,
meeting with the Learned Societies
at UBC in June, is given on page 5
of Nursing Today. For further information, please contact Prof.
Patricia Valentine 228-7496.
Faculty are reminded that
items for inclusion in this newsletter are most welcome.
Items should be submitted, in
writing, to Glennis Zilm, School of
Nursing.
Deadline for the next issue of
Nursing Today is April 5, 1983.
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