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 January 2007
School of
1 In the Finest Faculty Tradition
2 Raising the Bar
Pumping the Country with Programs
Full of Heart
3 Research Excellence
Taking Care of Our Own
4 Graduate Profile
Going the Distance to Meet the Need
5 Undergraduate Profile
Driven by a Thirst for Knowledge
6 New Faces in Research
Dr. Maura MacPhee
Dr. Paul Galdas
"Expanding the Liver Network"
7 Clinical Practice Innovation
Caring for the Health Care System
8 Development
Ask, Listen and Learn
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In the Finest Faculty Tradition
Dr. Sally Thorne
The UBC School of Nursing is a hub of constant activity, creating the
foundation for education and knowledge development within a wide range
of issues of critical importance to the modern health care system. The
stories of our students, graduates and alumni attest to the many ways in
which UBC nursing faculty confront challenges, embrace new opportunities
and support initiatives that can make a real difference in the learning
process and in the development of a knowledge base for nursing practice.
Having completed an initial five-year term as
Director, I have had the distinct privilege of
witnessing the dedication that my UBC School
of Nursing faculty colleagues consistently
show as they rise to every occasion. These
have not been easy years within the health
care system. Similarly, in the education sector,
we have faced unprecedented complexity in
securing optimal clinical learning sites for our
undergraduate students, constant pressure
to accept more students and expand our
programs, and increasing difficulty sustaining
the professoriate as our senior colleagues
make the transition into retirement. The faculty
are all fully aware that impending nursing
shortages are bound to increase that pressure,
and so the faculty role within the current
context can be characterized as too much to
do with too little time.
We collectively love to celebrate and honour
our graduates and share our pride in their
achievements. However, it is also important to
take note of the professional drive and
commitment within the faculty that lies behind
the success of each graduate, and at the
heart of each service initiative or research
endeavour. The accomplishments of the UBC
School of Nursing faculty are a product of
long hours, creative synergies, and an incredible
sustained passion for the work. As current
Continued on page 5 Raising the Bar
Pumping the Country with Programs Full of Heart
From an early age, Dr. Carol Jillings, Associate Professor in the School
of Nursing, knew the value of not-for-profit organizations. "When
my father recovered from heart surgery, he volunteered with the American
Heart Association. It became clear to me what non-profit organizations
could do for patients and I became aware of their role in education and
research," says Carol. "Over time, health-focused non-profits have been
directing their attention to the psychosocial side of disease—families and
people involved need emotional support, education and care."
As a master's student, the focus of Carol's
thesis research was on the psychological
aspects of recovering from open heart surgery.
She presented her paper at the annual
conference of the Canadian Council of
Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN) and it was at
that conference that her commitment
to engaging with the professional association
began. Carol eventually became president
of the BC chapter of CCCN and through that
position became engaged at the national
level as well. It was at this time that the
research content of meetings and conferences
began to increase. "Nursing knowledge in
cardiovascular care really began to grow," says
Carol. "There was greater attention paid
to research and a growing commitment to
funding graduate students."
This year Carol took up the prestigious role
of Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation
of Canada (H&S). In its 50th year, Heart
and Stroke has adopted a federation-wide
mission statement directed at the common
goals of research, health promotion and
advocacy. They are currently the secretariat
for the Canadian Heart Health Strategy,
a pan-Canadian approach modeled on the
successful stroke strategy.
"We are in a very exciting period right now,"
says Carol. "Things are converging, there is a
common mission across the country and
we are in the process of developing a research
mandate that includes population-based
and health promotion research as well as
basic science." Over the last 50 years
H&S has provided over one billion dollars in
research funding, 52 million in the last year
alone. The key to optimizing the findings
of research is knowledge translation—the
transformation of information into user-
friendly programs such as "Heart Smart
Kids." All three main areas of focus of the
H&S (funding research, health promotion
and advocacy) work synergistically to provide
the best possible resources for the public.
"I am excited to be engaged right now because
there are over 140,000 excellent volunteers
and staff across the country, the Board is
composed of people who are leaders in their
own provinces, all provinces are linked by a
common mission, and they work to fulfill their
mandates in unique ways."
Many of the skills Carol uses daily as a
member of the teaching faculty in the School
are also applied to her service activities. "As
part of a university environment and a
health science discipline, I have developed a
sensitivity to the importance of research
and the intricacies of funding," she says. From
a nursing point of view, Carol sees how nurses
are skilled at being "big picture thinkers."
They can see components and relationships,
plan strategically and organize knowledge
in unique ways—a key skill for working
through health policy. "Nurses in academic
settings also understand the complexity
of the organizational structure," says Carol, "the
importance of communicating, working on
a team, facilitating relationships and tackling
common goals." She also sees her role on
the national board as representing the unique
perspective of nursing. "I will always bring
my commitment to patients to the forefront."
Some nurses would feel that they were
missing a part of themselves if they didn't
engage in some kind of service, and Carol
is no exception. Working with other
professionals to improve matters of heart
health for Canadians brings colleagueship
and connection to Carol. It provides her with
the big picture of how organizations and
citizens work with government to set different
initiatives in motion across the country. "My
contribution is in the knowledge transfer
arena," says Carol, "to take knowledge to the
next step of strategy, program development
and advocacy, and to make the end user part
of research in that way."
The School is immensely proud of its members
like Carol who work towards translating
investigative and targeted research into usable
programs and strategies for all Canadians
and who enact their scholarship in the form of
exemplary community service. Research Excellence
Taking Care of Our Own
Angela Henderson, Associate
Professor in the School of Nursing,
and six other researchers are
taking on the task of discovering
and documenting the extent of
workplace violence and designing
interventions for nurses in
a WorkSafe BC study, "Nurses
and Workplace Violence:
Towards Effective Intervention."
Angela started her nursing research career
investigating violence toward women and child
abuse, but says that abuse and violence
of any kind are related in some way. "When I
started to investigate how nurses address
violence with women who were abused—or
didn't address it—it became clear to me
that those required to intervene often had
personal experiences of it themselves.
So, it is vital that we understand these issues
as well as what's happening in the workplace
in order to help these nurses feel comfortable
to intervene."
The literature has grown on workplace violence
for nurses, not only helping to illustrate
just how dangerous the profession can be, but
also illuminating the seemingly endless
circumstances and individual experiences that
contribute to how nurses effectively deal
with violence in the workplace. "When people
are feeling isolated, unheard and threatened
themselves," says Angela, "how can we expect
them to react effectively for someone else?"
Violence, in the context of this study, is
defined as including verbal and sexual
harassment, sexual and physical assault, as
well as more subtle forms of abuse like
threats, bullying and demeaning behaviour.
The research team, comprised of a social
worker, an epidemiologist, clinical nurses from
acute care, mental health and the community,
and Trish Rampersaud, one of the School's
recent MSN graduates, is meeting a number of
objectives with this study.
■ To review policies currently in use in order to
understand workplace environmental culture.
■ To understand the impact of workplace
violence on nurses' ability to function by
interviewing both groups of nurses and
other individuals in a number of hospital
and community-based settings.
■ To uncover the impact of relevant personal
experiences of abuse on the individual nurse's
own experience of violence at work.
■ To pilot test an intervention addressing
workplace violence.
"We will compare and merge the information
we gather from the focus groups and from
individual nurses to develop procedures
and supports that build on excellent policies
already in use," says Angela.
"Institutions need to make it clear that they
don't tolerate abuse, violence and threats,"
says Angela. "You can't be called names every
day and not have it affect you." Nor, as a busy
nurse, does one always remember or have
the time to report seemingly small, isolated
incidents; however, the accumulated impact of
these incidents can have a negative influence
on the person and on the workplace overall.
Violence is a complex phenomenon and each
person reacts to it differently, and perceives
violent situations differently. It is not clear that
current policies are being used to their full
capacity and it is recognized that nurses tend
to under-report the level of violence in the
workplace. The ultimate goal of this study is to
develop a universal system that speaks to
the needs of each individual experience. "How
can you nurse if you feel isolated, alone,
unsupported or unsafe?" asks Angela. "With
this study we hope to help nurses do the
job they love in a safe environment where they
feel honoured."
This research is important for a number of
reasons. It is morally unacceptable for nurses
to experience the level of workplace violence,
abuse and harassment currently described in
the literature. Nurses, administrative staff
and the public need to understand the issue
of workplace violence from the perspective
of the nurses who experience it. And, most of
all, there is an increased recognition of the
significant impact of violence on the growing
nursing shortage and the industry's ability to
deliver effective health care.
For researchers like Angela, offering just a
little help is the best first step in improving
the workplace environment for nurses. Graduate Profile
Going the Distance to Meet the Need
As a midwife working independently in Britain, Deborah Lewis,
MSN-FNP '06, developed a penchant for working semi-autonomously
As a recent graduate of the nurse practitioner program at the School
of Nursing, Deborah will continue that aspect of her professional life by
taking a post in a rural primary health care setting in Chase, BC.
"My last two preceptorships during the
program were in primary health clinics," says
Deborah, "and these ignited my passion for
rural nursing in such a clinic. When you are in
a community of 1700 people (like Logan Lake)
you really get to know the whole person—
not only their health needs, but their role within
the community and their relationship with
family and friends, and understand the support
systems that help with their health care
issues. This is an important aspect of health
care—understanding the meanings of
health issues to individuals within the context
of their lives."
Thanks to funding support for rural clinical
placements provided to the UBC School of
Nursing by the BC Ministry of Health's Nursing
Directorate, Deborah was able to travel
outside the Lower Mainland to gain valuable
experience in this distinct form of practice.
The objective of the rural placements program
is to provide students with the opportunity
to work closely with family physicians and
other health team members in communities
where expanded primary care services are
needed. Exposure to such practice increases
the likelihood that some, like Deborah,
will relocate upon graduation and serve
communities around the province.
What draws Deborah to the rural primary care
clinic is that she can use the skills gained
through the UBC NP program to facilitate her
clients' access to quality health care and
to individualize patient care. "I will have the
opportunity to use my full scope as a family
nurse practitioner," says Deborah. "In urban
settings, employers are more often seeking
nurse practitioners for a specific client group,
so it can be difficult to stay current with
the competencies associated with a practice
that involves patients of all ages."
While at her final practicum in Logan Lake,
halfway between Merritt and Kamloops,
Deborah was surprised to discover how important the teaching and health promotion
aspects of the nurse practitioner's role could
be. "Clients were receptive to the comprehensive care that I provided," she says. "It
was different from that of their physicians
because I was able to take additional time
to teach as well as to provide the more
medical aspects of care. It's the freedom to
do these things that appeals to me." She
was delighted by the supportive environment
that was provided by the interprofessional
team members in that setting. "The physicians
were also receptive to those skills that
I offered that came directly from my nursing
background—the health counseling and
the health teaching around clients' particular
health issues."
During the program, Deborah was continually
impressed by the level of commitment the
UBC nursing faculty had toward the students,
not only individually but as a group. "There
was always someone there to listen to the
struggles we were having and to confirm that,
because this is a new program, the path
can be tough at times," she says. "Faculty
members were able to remind us continually
of our end goal."
A nurse for many years, Deborah was
also pleased to witness how her nursing
background applied directly to her new
career path. "I have been a practicing nurse
for a long time," she says. "I love nursing
and wanted to continue on that path.
Becoming a nurse practitioner is one way I
can expand my knowledge, my skills
and my career goals, and challenge myself!"
Deborah is excited by the challenges and
opportunities that her new position at the
Health Centre in Chase will provide. Although
an initial aspect of the role will be learning
about the excellent programs and services the
Interior Health Authority already offers in
this area, Deborah feels confident that there
will be room to expand, ensuring that there
is a strong women's health component at the
health centre. "I have a long history in
women's health," says Deborah, "and it brings
me great joy to see well-functioning services
in place for women in all stages of their life."
The School stands behind Deborah as she
works toward satisfying the needs of families
and individuals in her new community. We are
proud of the role nurse practitioner graduates
like Deborah are playing in bringing primary
health care to the people of British Columbia,
wherever they reside. Undergraduate Profile
Driven by a thirst for knowledge
Olympians are often in the
company of medical professionals
and Jaime Fortier, BSN '06, is
no exception. By the time she
became a member of the 1998 and
2002 Olympic Cross Country
Ski Teams, Jaime had had her fair
share of sitting with physicians,
physiotherapists and other health
care professionals. "The ones
I remember distinctly and who
comforted me the most were
those who listened to me and met
my needs," says Jaime, who
decided after much discussion with
female physicians and nurses
to choose nursing as her career.
One of Jaime's clinical experiences while an
undergraduate student was in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. During the experience
she was able to participate in an after school
education program for children of addicts and
sex trade workers. "I loved it," she says. "I
loved how much I connected with the community down there." The experience ignited a
desire in Jaime to work more with marginalized
people. During her course work at the School,
Jaime was struck by the level of psycho-social
education she received. "The courses we took
in communication and cultural sensitivity and
ethics were important to build the base for
more effective nursing practice," Jaime says.
"Nursing is more than medical, it's holistic."
Jaime was a grateful recipient of several
scholarships while completing her undergraduate degree. "They helped us so much," says
Jaime. "My husband was the only one working
and receiving the scholarships meant I didn't
have to work but could focus my attention on
my studies."
Scholarship support also afforded Jaime
the opportunity to travel to Ghana as part of
a final clinical learning experience within
her nursing program. "I have done lots of
international travel," she says, "but never
worked while in another country. So, to see
inside people's homes, to see and hear
the most intimate parts of their lives was an
incredible opportunity. It's one thing to see
it on a television show, but to be immersed in
populations that are struggling for survival
really encouraged and motivated me to
keep going in the direction of working with
marginalized population groups."
Not only did the experience allow Jaime
to see first hand how other cultures struggle
to obtain basic health care for themselves
and their families, it also allowed her to witness
a different kind of health care system, from
which she could cull processes that would
work in her own practice, and from which she
could appreciate some of the excellent
strategies in place in the Canadian health care
system. "I am always keen to keep learning
and improving my practice," Jaime says. "I
love the opportunity nursing provides to
interact with patients and colleagues and to
learn from them."
Currently Jaime works full-time in the
Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at
Vancouver General Hospital, where she
enjoys the collaborative team effort and the
opportunities for communication with the
patients. "My philosophy is to listen to the
patients, in order to better meet their
needs and goals. I'm happy to put what I think
is best aside and listen to the patients to
discover what they think is best for them." In
the long term, Jaime's desires lean toward
becoming a nurse practitioner. "Maybe it's my
intrinsic drive to always go a bit further and
reach higher," says Jaime, "or it could be that
I love challenges and learning." Ideally,
Jaime's goal revolves around increasing her
scope of practice, working directly with
communities, and meeting the needs of those
most at risk. "Treating the whole person
doesn't have to be curative. It's more about
maintaining optimal health for the individual."
The School joins in Jaime's excitement at
bringing her passion for optimal health to
medically compromised people and to
marginalized communities at home and abroad.
In the Finest Faculty Tradition
Continued from page 1
occupant of the Director's chair, I have
the special privilege, each and every day, to
witness faculty members going above and
beyond the call of duty, extending themselves
to reach out to lead just one more project,
support just one more student, or resolve just
one more problem. This unique community
of scholar-educators is blessed with the full
spectrum of internationally acclaimed
celestial bodies and quiet shining stars, and
it is deeply moving for me to witness the light
of faculty passion shining in so many different
ways on a daily basis throughout the School.
For all of its history, the UBC School of Nursing
has relied on the finest of faculty to achieve
its goals, and today's faculty most certainly
sustain that excellent tradition. I take my hat
off to my colleagues, and publicly acknowledge
their individual and collective brilliance. New Faces in Research
Dr. Maura MacPhee
"I get fan mail all the time," says Dr. Maura
MacPhee, newly-appointed Assistant Professor,
thinking about nurses who have participated
in the Nursing Leadership Institute (NU).
The NU is a collaborative initiative between
the BC Ministry of Health, BC Chief Nursing
Officers and the UBC School of Nursing to
support "first line nursing leaders" across the
province. Maura, along with Dr. France
Bouthillette, Adjunct Professor, have for the
last two years run a four-day intensive
training workshop with one year follow-up to
help build the leadership and management
competencies of nurses beginning to take up
leadership positions.
"Some of these novice leaders are doing great
things with minimal resources and support,"
says Maura, who hopes to continue her
program of scholarship working in leadership
development. Along with pursuing funding
to evaluate the outcomes from the NU, and to
look at how leadership behaviour influences
nurse, patient and organizational outcomes,
Maura hopes to systematically study trust
formation, since she views trust as a
necessary condition for nursing job satisfaction.
"What is it based on? How can it be
cultivated by nurse leaders?" The UBC School
of Nursing is proud that Maura's special
expertise is placing it in a position to reach
out to the next generation of nurse leaders.
Paul Galdas, already enjoying the Vancouver
scenery (note computer monitor).
France Bouthillette, Adjunct Professor in
the UBC School of Nursing (I) and Maura
McPhee at a recent Nursing Leadership
Institute conference.
Dr. Paul Galdas
"Throughout my clinical career, I regularly
encountered male patients who had suffered
an acute cardiac event but had failed
to act on their symptoms promptly," says
Dr. Paul Galdas, the School's newest
Assistant Professor. Paul comes to UBC from
the University of Sheffield, England where he
was a Lecturer. "I was aware of the excellent
international reputation of the UBC School
of Nursing as a research-intensive institution,
particularly in the field of the social contexts
of health behaviour—such as John Oliffe's
work on men's health—and this initially
stimulated my interest."
Paul's current research focuses on men's
health, specifically men's health help-seeking
behaviours. "I hope to grow and develop
my research at UBC by investigating how men's
health behaviours differ from community to
community, in particular, the South Asian male
population in BC who suffer from coronary
heart disease. In developing the evidence
base for men's health, my hope and aim is
for gender to be considered alongside race
and class in the planning and provision of all
health policies and services."
'Expanding the Liver
In November, the Canadian Liver Foundation
held a tribute event at which they honoured
Natalie Rock, BSN '92—a true leader
in the field of hepatology. This was the first
time in Canadian history that a nurse was
so honoured.
As Clinic Director of the Liver and Intestinal
Research Centre (LAIR), Natalie trains
both nurses and physicians in the field of
hepatology. Since
graduating from the UBC
iti School of Nursing, she
has developed her nursing
practice to include delivering presentations
internationally, publishing over 23 papers and
becoming one of the founding members of
the Canadian Association of Hepatology
Nurses (CAHN). Natalie was also instrumental
in developing an effective nursing model
for the LAIR Centre which has been duplicated
by other clinics in British Columbia, the
Prairie provinces and Australia.
Natalie also works as a consultant for
international pharmaceutical companies.
"When a research study is developed, the
objectives are typically two-fold: safety
and efficacy of the drug being studied. The
purpose of my involvement has been to
focus on the needs and rights of the patient,"
she says. This includes adherence to
treatment and quality of life. Due to the
model created, the LAIR Centre has a
high rate of clinical studies and the highest
adherence rates to conventional treatments.
Since the CAHN was founded, the number
of nurses focusing on liver disease has
grown to over 100. "Sharing information has
improved my practice by helping me to
explore and expand on what I have developed
with feedback from other nurses in this field,"
she says. "I never dreamed that I would
be fielding phone calls from other health care
professionals all over Canada asking for my
advice. This is simply amazing."
Natalie's passion for her practice in this
distinctive area is also amazing, and the
School congratulates Natalie on her work
and her recent recognition. Clinical Practice Innovation
Caring for the Health Care System
"My interest in improving health care stems from my desire to really make
a difference for patients and for the people who live in our community,"
says Sue Carpenter. Sue is a 2005 graduate of the UBC MSN program
delivered in collaboration with Thompson Rivers University (TRU). Her
capstone degree project was an examination of the impact of emergency
room overcrowding on staff and patients and proposing solutions. "I
studied what other countries were doing to address emergency department
congestion," says Sue. "Historically, emergency departments tend to be
the ones left to deal with congestion. The more the system can be
involved—acute care, home care, community, etc. — the more help there
is to solve the problem. We need to be sure the system recognizes that
emergency patients are everyone's responsibility."
In her capacity as Corporate Director of
Emergency Services for the Interior Health
Authority, Sue works with 35 emergency
departments across the region. "Because
we have several small rural communities,
access to service and sustainability of coordinated service are very important." An idea that
Sue uncovered as a result of her MSN project
was the creation of multidisciplinary "access
and flow" teams including senior leadership.
Toward this end, Sue and colleagues sponsored
a series of "Decongestion Forum" sessions.
At each, invited physicians, nurses and other
health care professionals were challenged
with the question "What would you do in your
own sector of health care in order to decrease
the emergency congestion?" These initiatives
stimulated working together to share the
responsibility of congestion and to create proactive solutions. Although there is no "quick
fix," says Sue, "we are seeing incremental
differences." Her colleagues, however,
see these initiatives as having province-wide
impact. Recently, they acknowledged Sue's
work in this area with the Thompson
Rivers University Distinguished Alumni Award
for professional achievement.
Sue has also been active in further key
initiatives to resolve health care system
challenges. Faced with an unexpectedly high
potential rate of attrition among nurses
in the ICU, Sue organized in-house critical care
training programs in partnership with the
British Columbia Institute of Technology
(BCIT) and the provincial government. Drawing
on evidence from the literature, she also
helped shape a new strategy for helping with
staffing shortages. By "over hiring," or
assigning an extra nurse on each shift to
provide vacation and sick relief, she
demonstrated that it was possible to reduce
last minute relief nurse requirements. "At
the beginning it was difficult to convince
everyone of the program's value because of
the risk in paying for an extra shift," says
Sue. "However, I knew it was right. Our casual
nurses wanted full-time and this gave us the
opportunity to build relief into the schedule."
"Sue has led Interior Health Emergency Services
in directions that many individuals within
the system thought were not possible," says Tom
Fulton, Professional Practice Leader and Chief
Nursing Officer, Interior Health Authority. "Our
multiple and culturally varied emergency
departments have been drawn together to work
collaboratively on system-wide approaches
to unending challenges. Sue has been able to
"I am very fortunate to love my work. It is not
hard to give of your time when you believe you
can make a difference for providers andpatients.
Winning an award for that is quite overwhelming, and it fuels my passion even more. "
Norma Watts(l), co-chair of the TRU Alumni
Association Board of Directors, Sue Carpenter
and Sharon Simpson (r).
facilitate these diverse groups and
support them in identifying common issues
and solutions."
Sue recognizes the influence graduate
education has had on her ability to advance
patient and staff care within Interior
Health. "The UBC/TRU cooperative was a great
opportunity for me. I had just started
my new full-time role as Corporate Director of
Emergency Services, so this provided me
with the opportunity to live at home and enroll
in the program," she says. "It was great
to have a program coordinator who lived in
Kamloops as well."
Sharon Simpson, Assistant Professor at
the TRU School of Nursing and on-site program
coordinator for the Kamloops-based students,
agrees that the joint initiative has been
an excellent opportunity. "Many nurses in our
community have told us they could not
have obtained a graduate degree if this opportunity had not been made available," Sharon
says. "I know that other faculty members
in our School have also been involved in the
UBC program in ways that have expanded
their learning."
For Sue, returning to complete her master's
degree at UBC has given her the confidence
she required to take on a more senior
position within her local Health Authority and
to develop care delivery programs with
the potential to really make a difference. "It is
great to have an impact on clinical care from
this position and to continue to improve
the experience for both staff and patients." Development
Ask, Listen and Learn
Kirstine Griffith, BASc'45, UBC School of
Nursing, who also holds an MA, exemplifies
the image of creative ongoing nursing alumni
involvement. Inspired by nursing texts that
encouraged a spiritual dimension of care but
were devoid of specific information about
world religions, Kirstine wrote a resource book
entitled "The Religious Aspects of Nursing
Care." Drawing on information from Canadian
census reports on the diversity of religions
practiced in Canada, and soliciting the help of
colleagues and experts for editing and advice,
Kirstine has created a guide that attunes nurses to practices they may never have encountered so that they can provide culturally safe
care. "It's not enough to identify a patient's
religion," says Kirstine. "Nurses need to ask
questions about practices and listen."
Kirstine is well aware that matters pertaining
to religion raise sensitive issues within health
care, and there are important controversies
as to how to teach nurses about religious
practices. "My intention was to ease the role
of nurses in caring for patients when they
may not know of the religious practices their
patients follow," she says. There are times
when it is extremely helpful to understand how
fasting periods could influence medication
administration, how modesty preferences
affect preparation for surgery, or how family
rituals surrounding impending death affect
patient care timing. Undaunted by entering a
potentially contentious debate on such
matters, Kirstine continues to update the
information contained in the book, which
is now in its fourth printing.
Beyond making this specialized form of
knowledge available to students and faculty,
Kirstine donates all of the profits from
the proceeds of each volume sold to various
nursing scholarships, including a nursing
scholarship fund at the UBC School of Nursing.
"We really value the support of alumni like
Kirstine," says Dr. Sally Thorne, Director, "who
are finding areas of need and filling them
with thoughtful solutions. Not only has Kirstine
created an excellent resource for practicing
nurses, she has also found a creative way in
which to help the future generation of nurses
through her financial generosity."
Tax Advantages for Gifts of Publicly
Traded Securities
Do you own securities, such as corporate shares,
that have performed well over many years?
If so, you might wish to consider the potential tax
advantages of donating them to the UBC School
of Nursing.
The May 2, 2006 Federal Budget has created
even greater incentives for making direct
donations of securities to Canadian charitable
organizations, including UBC. In the budget,
the government announced the complete
elimination of capital gains tax for direct gifts
of publicly traded securities.
By contrast, if an individual sells securities and
donates the sale proceeds to a Canadian charity,
50% of the realized capital gain on the sale of
the securities would be taxable.
As an example, by directly transferring $50,000
worth of securities to UBC, you save $8,740
in taxes (based on a $40,000 capital gain) when
compared to selling the securities first and then
donating the proceeds. Additionally, your after
tax cost for the gift is just $28,150 because
of the significant tax credit you receive for your
charitable gift.
When you donate the securities by direct transfer,
you receive an immediate donation receipt for
the fair market value of your securities as of the
date they are received by the University. Shares
received by UBC are immediately sold and the
cash proceeds are used according to your wishes.
Major Gifts Officer
(604) 822-9959 (call for a
confidential conversation).
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"By gifting securities to UBC, donors endow
bursaries for low-income students, purchase
greatly needed equipment, fund important
research, or commemorate a lifetime of work in a
particular field of study," says Celeste Taylor,
Major Gifts Officer. "It is my privilege to match
their wishes with the School's many needs."
This is not intended to be legal or tax advice and
UBC strongly encourages donors to speak to
their professional tax advisor before making a
significant gift of publicly traded securities.
TouchpoI NTS
Touchpoints is published by the School
of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science,
The University of British Columbia.
Editor: Sally Thorne
Associate Editor/Writer: Julie Lees
Editorial Advice: Dr. Marilyn Willman
Design/Production: Tandem Design Associates Ltd
Printing: Rhino Print Solutions
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