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Nursing PhD Grad
Awarded Governor General's
Gold Medal
School Joins in
Partnership with Japanese
Nursing School
Katharyn May Steps Down as
School's Director
Director's Note
Celebrating the Many Faces
of Nursing Education
Marion Woodward's Legacy
Nursing Alumni
RNABC Undertakes Nursing
Shortage Study
Marion Woodward Lecture
People Update
Up-Coming Events
Nursing PhD Grad Awarded
Governor General s Gold Medal
We all know the world is getting
smaller-metaphorically speaking of
course. Global population is booming
and technological advances like the
Internet are creating an international
society. We can no longer look at
countries and ethnic groups in isolation.
We must consider external forces that
influence and affect cultures and
individuals. This is especially true in
health care and Sheryl Reimer Kirkham's
PhD dissertation, Making Sense of
Difference: The Social Organization of
Intergroup Health Care Provision,
discusses this fact. The findings in her
paper are so important that she was
awarded the Governor General s Gold
Medal for her work.
Reimer Kirkham, a School of Nursing
MSN and PhD graduate, began work
toward her PhD in 1995. Germinating
from a seed that was planted during her
MSN studies, Reimer Kirkham set out to
explore how ethnicity, race, gender and
class affect nurses and the care they
provide. She didn't have to look far to
begin her research. In the Vancouver area
(where all of her research was
undertaken) one in four individuals has
immigrated to Canada from another
country. Multicultural health care
environments are prolific yet, according
to Reimer Kirkham, our "Eurocentric
assumptions [white, English-speaking and
Christian] keep health care institutions
from truly reflecting and serving the
diverse population of Canada."
Reimer Kirkham launched into an
investigation to uncover how
multicultural health care settings affect
and influence provision of care. She
interviewed and observed nurses and
patients from a range of ethnocultural
backgrounds and with differing
professional roles. What is interesting
about Reimer Kirkham's research
approach is that in addition to traditional
interviews-a method which she says "is
not unique"-she also "buddied" with
nurses during their shifts and observed
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Sheryl Reimer Kirkham
TEACH ING their working environment and
relationships with patients and other
health care providers. By doing this, she
was able to remove the formality of the
interview environment and get first-hand
observations of nurses' experiences. She
was able to analyze their immediate, and
sometimes emotional, reactions to
situations before they had a chance to
rationalize and reflect on the experience.
The research approach also allowed her to
analyze how contextual influences, such as
the nature of nurses' work, agency policies
and philosophies, health care trends such
as recent downsizing and reorganization,
and community demographics and social
attitudes entered into and shaped day-today relationships between providers and
recipients of health care.
Combining these observations with her
findings from interviews and other
research, Reimer Kirkham came to some
disquieting conclusions. She found that
culture, race, gender and class often act as
barriers to meaningful and respectful
relations between patients and providers
and that where a multicultural
relationship existed, nurses were less apt
to have an understanding of the illness
from the patient's perspective. More
disturbingly, Reimer Kirkham found that
non-English speaking patients were more
likely to be overlooked during busy times
because of the time required to seek out
resources such as language services. She
also found that "predominately white
management sectors" further set the tone
for racialization in health care settings.
This was particularly so when it came to
non-white nursing staff who did not
always receive adequate organizational
support when they themselves experienced
cultural harassment. Reimer Kirkham
determined this is partly a reflection of
health care restructuring, particularly the
move toward consumer orientation. The
idea that "patients are always right"
silences nurses who experience
harassment. Reimer Kirkham argues that
this is detrimental, not only to nurses well
being, but also to health care in general.
So, what works? After interviewing and
observing nurses Reimer Kirkham found a
common, but not surprising, thread.
Those nurses who worked with supportive
co-workers and who had supportive
managers experienced less personal stress
as a result of cultural differences in their
work environment. They were therefore in
a better position to provide care and to
try to understand the particular needs and
concerns of individual patients. In her
dissertation, Reimer Kirkham calls for
clearer policies on diversity, particularly
on anti-harassment issues and language
services as well as reconsideration of the
work environments that leave nurses with
so litde time to provide connected
intercultural care. She also says
encouraging diversity and an
understanding of intercultural relations at
all levels is imperative. Reimer Kirkham
hopes that her research findings will be
put to good use. She feels that "if the
research can be used to influence policy
decisions, practice and education, then it
should. What good is research unless we
use it to make better decisions?"
Although her PhD is complete, she
realizes that there are still many issues that
need to be examined with respect to
multicultural health care environments.
She says winning the Governor General's
Gold Medal is a "nice climax" to four-
and-a-half years of hard work and long
hours and she cherishes the fact that the
importance of her research has been
recognized. "That speaks volumes" she
says, "knowing that people are aware of
the issues and they're taking them
seriously. "
As for Reimer Kirkham's current project,
raising two young daughters is at the
forefront of her mind but she's not leaving
education behind. Trinity Western
University has hired her as a half-time
Associate Professor where she'll be
teaching.. .you guessed it, nursing.
The Executive Summary of Making Sense
of Difference: The Social Organization of
Intergroup Health Care Provision is posted
online at www.nursing.ubc.ca. If you
would like detailed information about this
study please contact Sheryl Reimer
Kirkham at sreimer@interchange.ubc.ca.
This research project was made possible
through funding from NHRDP, UBC, the
Xi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and St.
Paul's Hospital. For information about
funding research projects please contact the
School of Nursing, Office for Nursing
Research at 604.822.7453 or
onr@nursing. ubc. ca.
School Joins in Partnership with
Japanese Nursing School
The School of Nursing has joined forces with yet another overseas university nursing program. This time, with the Kochi
Medical School in Kochi, Japan. This partnership will see the exchange of students and faculty between countries, cultures and
nursing education practices. School of Nursing Assistant Professor Joanne Perry and Adjunct Professor Nora Whyte have
already visited the Kochi Medical School and both are working closely with the school in research and program development.
In turn, this fall four students will arrive from Japan to observe and participate in School of Nursing courses and programs as
well as interact with our students and tour clinical areas.
_ast August. Dr.
Although the official agreement was signed in March 2000, the ceremonial rice paper signing took place this past August. Dr
Shohei Ogoshi, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Kochi Medical
the School of Nursing's Acting Director, Dr. Sonia Acorn, Clinical Associate Elsie Tan, Adjunct Professor, Nora Whyte and
Coordinator of Health Sciences, Dr. John Gilbert. This partnership follows on the heals of a similar agreement between Kochi
and the UBC School of Medicine. Katharyn May
Steps Down as
School's Director
As many of you know, this past June, Dr.
Katharyn May, Director of the School of
Nursing, announced that she will be leaving
UBC at the end of the year. Dr. May joined
the UBC School of Nursing in 1993 as the
seventh Director in a line of distinguished
nursing professionals. After her arrival, she
quickly assumed a leadership role within the
School. Dr. May led a strategic planning
process that set the stage for significant
changes to the School's directions and
brought about a number of important
During her tenure as Director, Katharyn
introduced the nursing PhD program to
UBC; she oversaw the establishment of the
revised BSN program, allowing for direct
entry to the third-year program; and she
was instrumental in creating the Office for
Nursing Research, which now manages
some 50 research projects annually. Under
her tenure, the School's Learning Resource
Centre was greatly enhanced as a resource
for online research and interactive learning.
Dr. May also played a significant role in
increasing the profile of the School of
Nursing and of nursing education and
research in Canada. In 1999, she assumed
the Presidency of the Canadian University
Association Schools of Nursing (CAUSN),
an organization that guides Canadian
schools of nursing. Katharyn used both her
position as Director of the School of
Nursing and her position as President of
CAUSN to ensure a prominent profile of
the nursing profession with the community
and the media.
In the new year, Katharyn May will be
heading off to the University of Wisconsin-
Madison to assume the role of Professor and
Dean of its School of Nursing. We wish
Katharyn the best in her future endeavors
and extend to her our sincere appreciation
for her dedication to the School and for her
many contributions during her term as
A search committee to recommend a new
Director is now being established. Dr. Sonia
Acorn has kindly agreed to continue as
Acting Director until a new Director is
Dr. Michael Isaacson
Dean of Applied Science
Director's Note
The topic of nursing shortages has been in the news a great
number of times over the past year. Although dealing with the
shortage is a multifaceted issue, one response is to increase the
numbers of available seats in nursing education to enable
preparation of more nurses for the workplace. Historically, the
province of British Columbia has not prepared adequate numbers
of nurses to meet the needs of the population of the province. One
of the provincial government's recent strategies to deal wilh the
nursing shortage is to allocate 400 additional nursing seals in the
province's university and college programs. As a result, the UBC
School of Nursing received funding to increase our baccalaureate
enrollment by 20 seats in the 2000/2001 academic year. We will be
accommodating these additional students this fall. As well as
increasing the numbers of baccalaureate students, the Post RN,
Masters and PhD programs are all continuing to grow and flourish.
The School also held its first Adjunct Appreciation Day this past
)ring as a way to express our thanks for adjunct members' hard
work and dedication to the School. Adjunct professors work with
School faculty members to contribute to the enrichment of the
learning experiences of our students. They help facilitate suitable
learning experiences for both our undergraduate and graduate
students, guide students in the clinical agencies and facilitate
nursing research activities. We've profiled a number of these
members in this issue of Touchpoints (page 4-5).
The School's 80th Anniversary celebrations were also a huge
ast spring. A special thank you to Pat Wadsworth and
the 80th Anniversary Committee for all of the hard work that went
into the year's events. The spring activities topped off a very
successful year. There was the 80th Anniversary Dinner; Spring
Convocation with Sheryl Reimer Kirkham receiving the Governor
jold Medal and Dr. Alice Baumgart receiving an
honorary doctorate; and the final event was a reception at the
Canadian Nurses Association Convention in Vancouver. To highlight
the year, the 80th Anniversary Scholarship Fund was established to
support a number of scholarships for nursing students.
Sonia Acorn, RN, PhD
Acting Director and Professor I  Celebrating the Many Faces of Nursing
This past June the School of Nursing celebrated our adjunct faculty members during a luncheon in their honour. The School has over
60 adjunct faculty members, all of whom play an integral role at the School. Adjuncts provide important support for the School's
academic staff by helping to enhance the education the School provides to our future nurses. Adjuncts are leaders in their field who
help teach and organize courses, provide mentorship for students and participate in School events. Here are profiles of just a few of
the many outstanding adjunct faculty members who contribute to our success.
Nora Whyte, RN, BSN, MSN
Nora Whyte is an independent consultant specializing in primary health care. She began her own
company, PHC Consulting Ltd., in 1994 to build on and apply her background in community
health nursing and health policy work. In her consulting practice, she assists health organizations to
develop community-based health services, based on primary health care principles. She has a strong
interest in international health and has worked on a short-term basis with nursing organizations in
South Africa, Nepal, and Japan. Currently, Nora coordinates an initiative of the Health Association
of BC to implement British Columbia's provincial health goals.
Nora has a long association with the School of Nursing, both as a student and as a sessional lecturer. She
says she appreciates her on-going connection with students and faculty through guest lecturing, serving
on thesis committees and participating in special events in the life of the School of Nursing. The contacts
help her to explore new ideas and stay current. Nora says it's also rewarding to be part of the School's
international liaison activities, particularly with nursing colleagues in Japan (see Kochi article on page 2).
In 1994, Nora won an Award of Distinction from the UBC Alumni Association's Nursing Division.
Linda Turner, RN, BN, BSc, MN
Linda Turner currendy works at Vancouver Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for pain management.
Here, she developed and currendy manages the Healing Centre, a nurse run outpatient clinic that is part
of Vancouver Hospital. The Healing Centre offers complementary treatments for patients seeking high-
level wellness. Turner teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (modelled on the Stress Reduction
Clinic at the University of Massachusettes) and a relaxation and visualization program to prepare patients
for surgery. The Healing Centre also offers courses and treatments in healing touch and therapeutic touch.
Turner currendy co-teaches a course in pain management at the School of Nursing with fellow adjunct
faculty member Janice Muir. She says she values her position as an adjunct faculty member at the School
because it gives her the opportunity to teach nurses before they graduate. Turner firmly believes that
"nursing as a profession has an enormous amount to contribute to health care." She says, "nursing will
help lead health care into the next millennium and I am glad to have an opportunity to contribute to
nursing education."
Heather Mass, RN, BN, MSc
Heather Mass is the Chief of Nursing at the Children's & Women's Health Centre of Bridsh Columbia.
As the professional discipline head, the focus of her role is to offer leadership and support to nurses at the
hospital and to ensure that the quality of nursing care is maintained. Prior to her current position Heather
has held a variety of positions that vary from general duty nurse, to home care manager, to educator. Most
recendy, she has been a policy/practice consultant with the Registered Nurses Association of British
Columbia. While with the Association, she managed the Nursing Centre Demonstration Project and the
initiation of the RN First-Call Project.
Heather has been a frequent guest lecturer and a committee member and advisor to students in the
Master's program at the School of Nursing. She believes it is essential for nurses in practice and in
academia to collaborate and support one another in their roles. Heather says that individuals who are
involved in direct care delivery or administration bring a sense of day-to-day practice to colleagues in
academia, which helps to inform curriculum development and research initiatives. In turn, nurses
engaged in academic pursuits help to ensure nursing will continue to evolve as a profession.
Lily Lee says she's been fortunate in her nursing career to be able to pursue two of her passions: the
improvement of care for the expectant woman and family and the education of present and future
nurses. Lee began her career in maternity nursing in northern Manitoba and later in Winnipeg. A
move to Vancouver in 1990 took her career into nursing management. She is presently the Clinical
Nurse Specialist in Perinatal at the Royal Columbian Hospital, working with pregnant women with
high risk factors as well as in research and program development for this population. In addition to
that, she is also enjoying school again, completing a master's degree in public health at the University
of Washington, Seattle.
Lee joined the UBC School of Nursing as adjunct faculty in 1993 and she has been involved in the
education of both undergraduate and graduate nursing students ever since. As an adjunct faculty
member, she says she's reaped the benefits of collaborating with experienced researchers on projects
such as the AWHONN's Research Utilization Project on Second Stage Labor Management. Lee
continues to be actively involved in research projects on labor and birth with nursing colleagues from
the School. She says, "affiliation with the university has provided an important opportunity to
facilitate research and quality health care in my clinical agency."
Juhree Zimmerman, RN, BScN, Med, CPCC
When Juhree Zimmerman walked onto a psychiatry ward as a student nurse she knew that mental
health nursing was where she needed to be. She worked as a community mental-health nurse, a
supervisor and team coordinator in Edmonton. Wanting to have a bigger impact, she became the
Nursing Consultant, then Planner, and then Director for hospital mental health services in Alberta.
This involved policy and planning for the two provincial mental health hospitals and the general
hospital psychiatric programs as well as administration of the Mental Health Act. Zimmerman also
taught nursing administration as part of the associate faculty at University of Alberta and Athabasca
University. In British Columbia, Zimmerman was involved in mental health planning at both the
local and provincial levels, developing new programs and involving consumers and family members
in directing their care. She was also Director of Policy, Planning and Communication at the Public
Guardian and Trustee of BC. Zimmerman is now self-employed as a professional co-active coach,
leader and policy consultant.
An adjunct faculty member at the School of Nursing since 1991, Zimmerman has taught a seminar
on mental health policy in the Master of Nursing program. "What's exciting about teaching mental
health at the Master's level" says Zimmerman, "is sharing the essence of mental health with
Joyce Davison, RN, BN, MN, PhD
Dr. Joyce Davison is a Nurse Scientist at the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. She
joined the research team approximately one year ago to establish the Prostate Research and Education
Centre. The goal of Davison's research program is to improve the quality of patient-physician
communication in clinical oncology practice with a view to enhance the psychological well being of
men living with prostate cancer. She recently received a research grant from the National Cancer
Institute of Canada to conduct a study focusing on identifying information and decision making
preferences of both men with prostate cancer and their partners at the time of diagnosis. Assisting
these men and their partners to obtain the type and amount of information they require to participate
in treatment decision making is seen as an important step in the empowerment process. Results from
this study will be utilized to facilitate the delivery of patient education at the Prostate Centre.
Davison currently holds joint appointments in both the School of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine,
Department of Surgery at UBC. As an adjunct faculty member, she recently assisted School of
Nursing Associate Professor, Dr. Angela Henderson in teaching an undergraduate course in research
methods. Davison enjoys the contact with students in the classroom and is supportive of nurses
pursuing research as a career.
TOUCHPOINTS    |     S Marion
. Woodwards
By Ethel Warbinek and Glennis Zilm
The School of Nursing has held the Marion
Woodward Lecturfes, sponsored by the Mr.
and Mrs. Woodward Foundation of
Vancouver, every year since 1969. The series
started as an event during the School's 50th
Anniversary celebrations Mrs. Woodward
hosted a tea to launch the event and
attended the first lecture.
Marion Woodward was married to Percival
Archibald Woodward, son of Charles
Woodward, founder of the chain of
Vancouver-based Woodward department
stores. Their only'child died in his teen years
in 1932. Mr. and Mrs. Woodward devoted a
large part of their estate to charities and they
were'among British Columbia's most
generous philanthropists. Their foundation
provided many gifts to UBC, including the
Woodward Instructional Resource Centre
(IRC Building) and the Woodward
Biomedical Library with its Charles
Woodward Memorial Room for the History
of the Health Sciences. Marion died in 1970
at age 77.
Helen K. Mussallem, former executive
director of the Canadian Nurses Association,
presented the first Marion Woodward
Lecture in October 1969. By doing so, she
firmly established herself as a staunch friend
and supporter of the UBC nursing programs.
Among other well-known nurse leaders who
have presented Woodward Lectures are
Helen Glass (1974), Esther Lucille Brown
(1975), Margaret Duncan Jensen (1978),
Alice Baumgart (1979), Ginette Rodger
(1983), Barbara Burke (1990), and Verna
Huffman Splane (1996). Audiences generally
range from 100 to 300 persons and include a
wide cross section of health professionals.
This years Marion Woodward Lecturer is Dr.
Lesley Degner of the University of Manitoba.
She is an expert in cancer nursing and cancer
nursing research and she will be discussing
breast cancer research. The lecture will be
held in the Woodward Instructional Resource
Centre on the evening of Thursday, October
19th. (See page 7 for more information.)
Ethel Warbinek and Glennis Zilm co-
authoured, Legacy: History of Nursing
Education at the University of British
Columbia, 1919—1994. The book is available
for purchase from the School of Nursing.
Update from
Your Nursing Alumni
This past year the UBC School of Nursing celebrated it 80th Anniversary. The
Anniversary Committee representing nursing alumni, faculty, staff and students invited
the university and the community to 'take a new look'...and they did. All 12 events were
well attended. The School of Nursing Open House kicked off our 80th Anniversary year
and was followed by the 1999 Marion Woodward Lecture. The 80th Anniversary
Celebration Dinner in May was the culminating event in a busy year. The grand-prize
winners for the 80 Prizes for 80 Years draw were announced and over $17,000 was
raised for the 80th Anniversary Scholarship Fund. One of the most exciting and
inspiring events was the 80 Years of Knowledge and Innovation evening held in April.
Through presentations and displays, the evening showcased a number of our Nursing
Alumni's unique and interesting careers. Plans are already underway to have a similar
event in 2001.
Our goals for the Nursing Division of the Alumni Association remain the same. We
want to continue to build better connections with students, alumni and friends of the
School and we want to foster growth by getting more alumni involved in our events. We
will also continue to promote and support the UBC School of Nursing in as many ways
as possible.
Thank you for 'taking a new look' and now I ask you to give back by getting involved.
Look for opportunities on the nursing alumni web page at www.nursing.ubc.ca.
Turn Est (It's Yours)
Cathy Ebbehoj BSN 75, MSN '99
Alumni President, Nursing Division
RNABC Undertakes
Nursing Shortage Study
This past summer, the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia (RNABC)
undertook a "Nursing Shortage Study" in the province of British Columbia. Their
objective was to determine public awareness and concern about the RN shortage in the
province and to understand contributing factors to the shortage and the effectiveness of
potential solutions. Five hundred phone interviews were conducted.
What They Discovered:
• 50% of citizens were aware of the nursing health care situation. Most respondents
teceived their information from TV news.
• 86% of those believe there are not enough RNs in the province to provide health care
and they voiced concern about the quality of health care as a result.
• 90% blame a lack of government funding as the key contributor to the RN shortage.
Overwork and stress were also cited as major factors causing nurses to leave the
• 60% of respondents felt a lack seats in nursing education contributed to the shortage.
• 95% felt that increasing funding to hire more RNs is an answer to the nursing
• 91% felt creating full-time jobs for nurses would help with retention.
• 89% supported increasing the number of seats for nursing education.
• 68% were against reducing the length of time it takes to become an RN.
For a full report on the study please visit the RNABC web site, www.rnabc.bc.ca.
6     |    TOUCHPOINTS An invitation to the Marion Woodward Lecture
Personal Meanings of Breast Cancer and Health Outcomes:
A Three-Year Follow-Up
Dr. Lesley Degner is committed to enhancing psychosocial outcomes for cancer patients. Her
research focuses on communication between cancer patients' and health care professionals,
patients' preferred roles in treatment decision making and patient's priority information
needs. She is currently conducting large-scale studies with women diagnosed with breast
All are welcome to join us for this lecture.
Thursday, October 19
Woodward Instructional Resource Centre, Lecture Hall 2, UBC Campus
7:00 PM
Followed by poster display and reception. ]
Admission is free.
Hosted by the UBC School of Nursing.
People Update
Katharyn A. May, SoN Director, has
accepted the position of Professor
and Dean at the School of Nursing,
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr.
Sonia Acorn will continue as Acting
Director is
Susan Prosser, Secretary to the
Director, left the School in July to
pursue academic goals in Ontario.
Susan had been with the School fo
Anna Marie Hughes, Assistant
Professor (1990-2000), retired in
June. Anna Marie taught gerontology
and advance practice nursing and she
was active on many student papers.
Tere Rostworowski retired this past
August after 27 years at the School of
Nursing. Tere started as a receptionist
progressed through the
administrative ranks. She was
Administrator for 12 years.
joan Bottorff, Associate Director for
Nursing Research, has been
promoted from Assistant Professor to
Full Professor.
Jennifer Janicki was hired as
Undergraduate Records Officer in
August. Jennifer joins us from the
Registrar's Office where she looked
after records, registration and
Pam Ratner, SoN faculty member, has
been promoted from Assistant
Professor to Associate Professor with
Eric Rowe joined the School as
Computer Systems Coordinator in
June. Eric formerly worked with
Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC.
Antionette Sabatini Warren has been
hired as Administrator. Antionette, a
UBC employee for 11 years, was
formerly the Undergraduate Records
Officer at the School.
In Memoriam
Heather Kilpatrick, UBC Nursing
Grad, 1931. July 2000. CONGRATULATIONS
Awards   &
•J. Bottorff
Awarded CIHR Health Career/
Investigator Award to carry out research
in cancer prevention and cancer care and
supportive interventions to enhance
health and well being. This award is for a
five-year term and amounts to $350,000.
•M. Clauson & C. Ebbehoj
Received Canadian Nurses Association
(CNA) certification in Perinatal Nursing.
•J. Johnson, P. Ratner, J. Bottorff,
j. Shoveller, C. Lovato
Awarded British Columbia Medical
Services Foundation grant for research in
understanding nicotine dependence in
youth. The award totals $34,986.
•B. Paterson
Awarded Social Science and Health
Research Council grant for researching
the construction of cultural diversity in
clinical nursing education and how it
shapes the experience of minority culture
students. The award is for $73,000.
• L Irwin, MSN Candidate
The experience of motherhood for
women who have been battered.
-Catherine McMillan Director's
Discretionary Fund, $1,571.
Supervisor: Dr. Sally Thorne
• K. Stajduhar, PhD Candidate
Evaluation of a pain management
program for the frail, older adult
following repair of a hip fracture.
-Catherine McMillan Director's
Discretionary Fund, $700.
Supervisor: Dr. Sally Thorne
• J. Wooldridce, MSN Candidate
Post-discharge breastfeeding patterns of
mothers and their preterm infants born at
30 to 34 weeks gestation.
Sheena Davidson Nursing Research Fund,
Supervisor: Dr. Wendy Hall
• C Maheu, PhD Candidate
Received a health professional fellowship
from Fonds de la Recherche en Sante due
Quebec to research interpretations and
meanings of individual and family
members to receiving inconclusive genetic
testing results for breast cancer
susceptibility. The award is for $74,000
over two years.
Supervisor: Dr. Sally Thorne
• S. Reimer Kirkham, PhD Graduate
Awarded the Governor General's Gold
Medal at Convocation, Spring 2000.
Reimer Kirkham's dissertation examined
racialization in health care settings and the
effects on nurses and care provision. The
executive summary is available on line,
Supervisor: Dr. Joan Anderson
• A. Shultz, PhD candidate
Awarded a Nursing Research Fellowship
from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of
Canada to work on a critical ethnographic
study of the implications and outcomes of
workplace tobacco reduction strategies,
Supervisor. Dr. Joy Johnson
For further information on supporting
student research opportunities please contact
The Office for Nursing Research at
604.822.7453 or onr@nursing.ubc.ca.
2000/2001 Nursing Rounds
For an updated schedule of this year's Nursing Rounds
please visit the School's web site, www.nursing.ubc.ca,
or contact the Office for Nursing Research at 822.7453.
Everyone welcome. Lectures are free.
October 1, 2000
Reunion Weekend & Family Event
UBC Alumni Day. Ceremonies start at 10:00. Visit the
nursing display at the Marketplace. Free event.
October 19, 2000, 19:00
Marion Woodward Lecture
Personal Meanings oj Breast Cancel and Health
Outcomr;  A Three-Year Follow-Up
Dr. Lesley Degner, RN, BN, MA, PhD, from the
University of Manitoba will be speaking at the
Woodward Instructional Resource Centre, Lecture Hall
2. Contact the Office for Nursing Research at 822.7453
or onr@nursing.ubc.ca for more details. Admission is
November 24, 2000, 8:30
Fall Convocation
February 21—23, 2001
Program Evaluation Institute
practitioners, educators, administrators, and researchers
who plan, implement or evaluate programs. Call
822.7453 for details or email onr@nursing.ubc.ca. Fee.
March 2000
Showcase of Achievement
Featuring innovative and creative careers and projects
by nursing alumni. Watch for details on the Schools wc
site in the new year. Free event.
May 7-13, 2000
National Nursing Week
Look for details in the Spring/Summer issue of
Touchpoints is published by the School
of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science,
The University of British Columbia
Editor and Writer: Karen Aplin-Payton,
Communications Coordinator, School
of Nursing, UBC
Design: Tandem Design Associates Ltd.
Production: Type &. Design, ImPress, UBC
Printer: A.K.A. Rhino Prepress & Print
Vancouver, BC, V6T 7.B5
Tel: 604.822.7417
Fax: 604.822.7466


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