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 July 2008
School of
1 A Community of Support
2 Raising the Bar
A Relational Context in which
Everyone Learns
Working With People for People
3 Clinical Practice Collaboration
A Living Laboratory in Cancer and
Complementary Care
4 Graduate Profile
An Advocate for the Aging
5 Undergraduate Profile
Following a Path With Passion
6 Research Excellence
Involving Youth in
Youth Health Research
7 Development
A Commitment to Global Citizenship
8 Alumnae in Action
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A Community of Support
Dr. Sally Thorne
The UBC School of Nursing sees itself in intricate interaction with the
community it serves and within which it is supported.
Our faculty, staff and students are engaged
in vital service and innovation across the full
spectrum of health promotion, service delivery
and knowledge generation. Increasingly, we
find that it is this integration between our "core
business" and the mandates of our partners
that produces the synergies leading to meaningful and sustainable change. We are driven, as
has always been the case in the entire history
of the School, by a fundamental conviction
that nursing is foundational to the health of any
society, and that a knowledgeable nursing workforce becomes a constructive force for change.
As everyone living in the world of today recognizes, modern health care systems are
challenged by rising costs, rapid innovation and
the increasing proportion of society that is living
longer with more complex health problems. An
important obligation of every professional nurse
today is to maintain optimism and confidence
despite the stresses and strains upon the care
delivery system. We prepare our graduates
with a critically reflective capacity to understand
the complex world in which they are operating,
and a strong set of relational and behavioural
skills to enact the professional values that they
have accepted as future leaders within nursing.
With their questions and their expectations
of a better world, our students keep us on our
toes and inspired by the promise they
represent for the future.
As several of the pieces in this edition of
TouchPoints illustrate, what we do in the School
would not be possible without the active involvement of a wide-ranging and generous community
of support. Student scholarships for our excep
tional students permit full engagement in
their studies. Granting agencies and private
foundations create the basis upon which our
incredibly exciting new research and scholarship initiatives are built. And we are energized
on a daily basis by our partners in this
mission—whether they be adjunct faculty who
support our students from their leadership
positions within the health care sector, former
faculty and friends who maintain historical
displays within the School and inspire our
understanding of legacy, and a wide range of
various "friends" of the School who regularly
offer advice, encouragement and advocacy.
We need you all, and we are all the richer for
your time and talent. Raising the Bar
A Relational Context in Which Everyone Learns
The School of Nursing's most recent recipient of the Killam Teaching
Prize is Kathy O'Flynn-Magee, MSN '02, who holds a tenure track position
at the rank of Instructor.
Established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam
by his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, Killam
Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty
members nominated by students, colleagues
and alumni in recognition of excellence in
teaching—not only the ability to motivate students but also the development of innovative
approaches to teaching.
"I value a teaching/learning environment that is
evidence-based, learner-focused, mutually
respectful, interactive, inclusive, process-
focused, flexible, meaningful and fun," Kathy
says. "I love teaching and really care about
students' learning, but I was literally blown
away by the nomination. It is such an honour
that students initiated it, and having external
educators come to evaluate my teaching practice was very validating."
She believes that teaching, like nursing, is
a relational practice, and the nature of the
relationship between learners and teachers is
key to effective teaching and learning processes. She collaborates with students to lay the
groundwork for mutual respect, connection
and a positive teaching/learning environment.
One of the ways she does this is to invite
students to co-create meaningful expectations
for themselves, their peers and their
teacher(s). Since no two groups of students
are alike, Kathy is constantly learning new
ways to approach the material and draw on
students' diverse prior knowledge, experience
and learning styles.
"I'm people-oriented and I really like working
with students, especially students just coming
into the profession. It's a joy to teach
about the core beliefs and values that form
the basis of nursing practice, and I try to
make a difference in helping to shape how
students think about our profession and
their role within it."
Working With People for People
Dr. Annette Browne, PhD '03, Associate Professor, was recently presented
with an Award of Excellence in Nursing Research from the College of
Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
"It is a real honour to be recognized by my
peers," says Annette. "People get to know you
through your published work so it is both surprising and pleasing to be acknowledged for
my leadership and contributions in helping to
shape the landscape of research."
Annette's research program can be characterized as addressing health and health care
inequities. She often works in partnership with
First Nations communities and organizations.
"In 1986 I was a family nurse practitioner and
had no idea I would embark on this path. My
clinical training and experience helped shape
my later research," says Annette. Working as
an NP in remote areas of the Arctic and Inuit
and First Nations communities fostered
Annette's profound concern with how health
care services affected the most vulnerable
members of those communities.
Currently, Annette is conducting a four-year
study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research in which she works with two
urban Aboriginal clinics in BC—one in Prince
George and one in Vancouver—to examine the
ways in which health care services are provided in these clinics. "It is excellent to have the
ability to work in partnership and collaboration
with people in health services so that the
research will have an impact on how health
services are provided and improve how people
are treated. It means a lot to me when
members of First Nations communities and
organizations come to me and say that some
of my research has been useful in helping
them advocate for improvements in their
health care delivery" says Annette. "It shows
me that something I have done will be of use."
The UBC School of Nursing is exceedingly
proud of the accomplishments of all of its faculty. Each in her own way, Kathy and Annette
exemplify the commitment and creativity with
which our faculty advances the societal impact
of nursing, and builds new knowledge while
changing people's lives. L to R: Brenda Ross, Tracy Truant,
Lynda Balneaves, Alison Brazier.
Missing from the picture is Marja
Verhoefr Professor and Canada
Research Chair in Complementary
Medicine, Department of
Community Health Sciences,
University of Calgary. Dr. Verhoef
is also a Co-Lnvestigator on the
CAMEO Program.
& Outcomes Prograr
Clinical Practice Innovation
A Living Laboratory in Cancer and Complementary Care
This summer marks the opening of CAMEO—The Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes program
at the BC Cancer Agency. Thanks to generous funding from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, Dr.
Lynda Balneaves, PhD '02, Assistant Professor and Tracy Truant, MSN '98, an Adjunct Professor as well as
Regional Professional Practice and Academic Leader at the BC Cancer Agency, are collaborating to develop the
relationship between conventional and complementary cancer care through a program offering new research,
health professional education and support for patient education and decision-making.
"The living laboratory is a new way of thinking
about and bringing together, in real time,
cancer research and cancer care in Canada,"
says Tracy. "Essentially, the focus of the
CAMEO program is to meet the information
and decision support needs of patients
and families so that they can make safe and
evidence-informed complementary medicine
decisions during conventional cancer treatment and care."
The CAMEO program at the Vancouver Centre
BC Cancer Agency, has three main aims:
to determine how best to support people and
their families living with cancer to make complementary medicine decisions; to strengthen
the complementary medicine knowledge
and clinical decision support skills of health
professionals; and to facilitate analysis and
application of developments in complementary
medicine research.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is devastating
for patients and families. While most
patients choose to be treated with conventional cancer treatments, some turn to alternative
approaches and others complement their
conventional treatment with additional thera
peutic approaches. "Some believe that if
we can't prove results with clinical trials, then
therapeutic approaches aren't credible,"
says Tracy. "However, there are others who
believe strongly in something that may make
them feel better. We want to bridge both
viewpoints with evidence-based information so
that all patients are aware of what they're
going to take or do and how that might affect,
positively or negatively, their conventional
treatments." The goal is to help patients sift
through all the information and to properly
weigh the benefits and risks, with the ultimate
goal of having the patient's needs met.
Health professionals also need education
and tools to use in the practice
setting. "Nurses are perfectly placed to
help patients look at complementary
and conventional treatment options," says
Tracy. "We need to ensure they have the
support to increase their knowledge base."
Currently, the pharmacy department at the
Cancer Agency supports this activity through
phone consultation about the risks and
benefits of natural products. CAMEO hopes to
expand the knowledge of nurses and interprofessional teams beyond natural health prod
ucts to include all aspects of complementary
medicine, including mind-body, body-based,
energy-based and ancient healing systems.
"We will be holding a series of health
professional education seminars," says
Tracy. "Clinical professionals have busy and
changing schedules but our aim is to host
(continued on page 4)
For more information about CAMEO,
visit their website:
The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial
Foundation is the fifth largest funding
organization in Canada. It funds socially conscious research with a focus on
complementary medicine and cancer.
The Hecht foundation has generously
provided $1 million over a four-year
period in support of this innovative collaboration between the BC Cancer
Agency and the UBC School of Nursing.
Dr. Lynda Balneaves and Tracy Truant
will lead the investigative team made
possible by this generosity and vision. Graduate Profile
An Advocate for the Aging
Developing a career in
gerontological nursing research
seemed obvious to Dr. Jennifer
Baumbusch, PhD '08.
"My grandmother lived with us when I was
young and I started volunteering at St.
Vincent's Hospital when I was 14," she says. "I
was always used to being with an older population and knew I'd end up working with them."
During her undergraduate degree program,
key professors helped Jennifer find clinical
placements in the area of gerontology. "In
2000, only about two per cent of nursing students identified gerontology as a field in
which they wanted to do their elective placements," says Jennifer. "But the reality is
that most nurses will work with the aging population." Jennifer's greatest hope is to see
more innovation in elder care. "We get into
boxes of how care looks for the elderly,
but nurses can play strong leadership roles
by experimenting with creativity and
innovation to meet their needs."
After completing her master's thesis in which
she investigated the care of ever-single older
women in the health care community, Jennifer
moved into various nursing management
positions. There, as well, she remained frustrated with how care was delivered to older
adults. "I really wanted to document what went
on in long term care and paint a picture of a
distinct part of health care that doesn't often
get looked at on its own."
Jennifer's doctoral studies extended her
inquiries into such directions as the privatization of long term care and critical analysis
of the policy context for elder care. "Changes
have occurred since 2000 for care providers
and care recipients," says Jennifer. "Sometimes policies create efficiencies in the
system but they have an impact on the day-today life of the client that may not be well
"So much came out of my dissertation that I
can work on it for the rest of my life," Jennifer
says. For example, when submitting her
dissertation to the UBC Faculty of Graduate
Studies, she was concerned to find the
clerk behind the counter poring over the text.
Somewhat anxiously, Jennifer asked if there
was more she needed to do. In response, the
woman said, 'Oh, no, you're done. It's just
that my mother's going into a nursing home
and I thought I could learn something from
this.' Her response underscored just how great
the need is for readily available information
about adults going into care, and the involvement of their children and caregivers. "All
groups need to be kept informed of the latest
information about choices available, changes
to policy and the evolution of the system."
Early in her doctoral program, Jennifer was
awarded the Elizabeth Kenny McCann
Graduate Research Assistantship Award. This
funding provided Jennifer with the opportunity
to work with Professor Emerita Dr. Joan
Anderson, MSN '73. "Joan's research focused
on immigrants receiving care and working in
our health care system," says Jennifer.
"Although it was a different area of study, it
complemented my work in gerontology as both
areas consider the vulnerability of people in
certain situations." Jennifer noted that these
opportunities were pivotal to her learning. "I
am extremely grateful for the opportunities in
learning that the award opened up for me."
Currently, Jennifer is the Director of Research,
Clinical, Practice and Systems for Professional
Practice with Vancouver Coastal Health, where
she works to find ways to translate knowledge
into practice. "It's important to start at the
grass roots level," says Jennifer, "and to focus
on how we can change our practice to better
meet client needs. It is a balance between
gaining an understanding of a situation and
translating that into practice." The School
takes great pride in graduates like Jennifer,
who have chosen to dedicate their time
and expertise to improving health systems
on behalf of the most senior members of
our society.
Clinical Practice ... continued from
six to eight workshops six weeks apart to
raise the level of expertise and understanding
of health care professionals and to prepare
them to apply their new complementary medicine knowledge."
Patients participating in CAMEO will all be
subjects in the ongoing research, such that
outcomes can be measured around a patient's
evolving complementary medicine knowledge
and confidence. "We want to capture the
patients' experiences and perceived self-efficacy related to the complementary medicine
decisions and complementary medicine therapies they're using or considering using,"
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says Tracy. "These are important data to collect. Trends we detect can inform the ongoing
analysis of how best to support people with
cancer to make decisions about and safely
use complementary medicine during conventional treatment and care. This then becomes
an exercise in bringing research and clinical
worlds together to get patients what they need
and to support them in maintaining an optimal
quality of life."
From Tracy's perspective, CAMEO will be a
success if all patients at the Vancouver Centre
of the BC Cancer Agency are being asked
about complementary medicine at the point
of care and invited to discuss what they
are using with their health care providers. "We
want to provide an environment in which they
can talk about complementary medicine in
an open, unbiased and supportive way;
that provides patients with complementary
medicine and conventional information; and
that refers them to health care providers
to access evidence-based information they
are interested in. We want to be a platform
for patient-centred complementary medicine
research and care at the Cancer Agency," says
Tracy. "Patients are telling us that a gap exists
between complementary medicine and conventional care. Let's bridge that gap." Undergraduate Profile
Following a Path With Passion
One of the last students to graduate from the four-year nursing
program, Kelvin Bei, BSN '08 feels he is on a path from which he
cannot turn back. "I am passionate about patient care," says Kelvin. "I
was at the bedside of a client in one of our medical/surgical rotations
who was about to go in for another surgery and had decided to sign
the do-not-resuscitate form" says Kelvin. "This became an opportunity
to engage the client in conversation about past experiences and things
that had brought enjoyment to this person's life. It seemed to calm the
client and bring some peace." This kind of clinical moment exemplifies
the kinds of experiences within his degree program that have constantly
reaffirmed Kelvin's decision to enter the profession.
For Kelvin, that passion for nursing has translated into active involvement throughout his
studies. From the outset, Kelvin was part of
the UBC Nursing Undergraduate Society and
worked to strengthen the lines of communication among nursing students in all years. In
his second year, he started volunteering with
the Community Health Initiative by University
Students (CHIUS), a student volunteer organization offering a variety of care to inner city
residents of the Downtown Eastside. "CHIUS
was a great educational experience for me,"
says Kelvin, "not only in gaining clinical experience and understanding the politics of health
care, but also learning about my own personality. How far will I go for my clients and how
much can I do to connect them to the services
they need?"
Kelvin continues to serve the inner city community as an RN in the Downtown Community
Health Centre. Now, he mentors the students
volunteering with CHIUS and supports workshops on various nursing issues, including
wound care, which is one of the workshops he
helped develop as a nursing student. "I enjoy
working with an interprofessional team," he
says. "As the RN on staff I focus a lot of my
time on harm reduction and treatment. Even
though this is a family practice setting there is
an element of acute care in the environment
because clients usually leave their health care
until the last minute. They have more
pressing issues like housing and food to take
care of first."
Kelvin also works in the Emergency
Department at Burnaby Hospital. "Even though
it's hectic, I still try to think holistically about
the client, and what social services I can connect them with. Most of my job satisfaction
comes from sitting with clients and their families and talking about their continued care.
Nurses really do make a difference here."
Never shy of taking action, Kelvin is grateful
for the funding he received in support of his
studies. "Receiving honours like the Dorothy
Logan and Beth McCann awards not only
helped with the financial costs of my education," says Kelvin, "it also encouraged me a
great deal because past nursing leaders
were recognizing leadership skills and dedication in nursing students." Kelvin hopes to
follow in the footsteps of his predecessors
one day by being in a position to do the
same thing. "I'd love to start a foundation for
interdisciplinary learning."
With ambitions ranging from nursing in the
Yukon to gaining certification in Chinese
medicine, Kelvin is never short of ideas for
future learning opportunities. He now also has
time to rediscover his prior passions. Before
beginning his nursing studies, Kelvin completed his master gardener certification through
VanDusen Botanical Garden. "I love plants and
What is CHIUS?
CHIUS is an interprofessional health
clinic located in the Downtown
Community Health Clinic and is initiated, coordinated and staffed by over
400 volunteer university students
representing 10 different disciplines
(medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social
work, physiotherapy, occupational
therapy, dietetics, dentistry, health
administration and audiology).
Students from these different disciplines work and learn with, about and
from each other through integrated
clinical activities.
walking through the garden, practicing Tai Chi
and giving personal tours."
Kelvin's personal motto is "where there is a
need, there is a plan." The School of Nursing
takes great pride in Kelvin and all of its
exceptional graduates, creating careers to
meet needs and embodying the values
inherent in "Putting Scholarship into Practice." Research Excellence
Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc
Involving Youth in Youth
Health Research
On March 1st, Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc,
Associate Professor, made history as the
UBC School of Nursing's first holder of
a prestigious Research Chair. Awarded by the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research in
partnership with the Public Health Agency of
Canada, this highly competitive Applied
Public Health chair is being held for the first
time in a School of Nursing. This chair
brings recognition to the work Elizabeth has
been doing, and creates significant new
opportunities for the School, for nursing and
for youth across Canada.
Elizabeth's work is integrally aligned with
that of many collaborators. Primary among
these is the McCreary Centre Society of
Vancouver, a non-government, non-profit organization committed to improving the health
of BC youth through research, education
and youth leadership projects. As Research
Director for the McCreary Centre Society,
Elizabeth oversees the province-wide BC
Adolescent Youth Survey. This involves a
questionnaire designed to poll youth about
physical and emotional health that is
administered to thousands of high school
students every five years throughout
the province.
"The best way to find out how adolescents are
doing in terms of both risks and protective
factors influencing their health is to regularly
assess this at the population level," says
Elizabeth. "Compiling this information helps
the public health community assess
trends in youth health and improves what is
understood in BC and nationally." It is
also a great opportunity for nursing students
to learn part of the public health nursing
role. "This year the entire class of undergraduate nursing students participated with public
health nurses in administering surveys in
Vancouver and Richmond."
"Funding this Chair will allow us to explore ways
to use these data to inform public health
nurse practice, and assess whether it's making a difference," says Elizabeth. "We need
to understand where we should put money to
best use — Do we focus on sexual violence
prevention or on reducing smoking? What do
the current trends tell us? And it's important
to ask questions about healthy development,
not just what's going wrong. What does
health look like for this population?"
This Chair in Applied Public Health generates
the capacity for creating and developing
partnerships across the province, the health
authorities and the country. "We are developing partnerships with the Public Health
Agency of Canada and other provincial
researchers who also do adolescent health
surveys," says Elizabeth. "With this kind
of partnership we will be able to connect with
provinces already conducting surveys and
align our questions in order to conduct national comparisons, but still keep our local depth."
Collaboration will also occur with researchers
across Canada and beyond to focus on monitoring and fostering protective factors among
vulnerable populations world-wide.
Elizabeth's Chair offers excellent expanding
capacity for the School in the area of youth
and public health. "Having one of Canada's
Chairs in Applied Public Health in the School
of Nursing, focuses attention on the School
as a place where public health research and
public health nursing research are on the
leading edge." Not only does it bring attention
to Elizabeth's work, but it also provides
tangible support for graduate students and
junior scholars in the academic and service
sectors. "There is a lot of research on
youth health issues at the population level
occurring at UBC. Now, we have a stronger
voice in the province, as well as national
planning, policy and priority setting."
"It is an absolute, amazing honour to be
given this opportunity," says Elizabeth. "I am
very excited to turn our ideas into projects
and make opportunities happen over the next
five years. I will be busier, but that is quite
all right!"
Elizabeth's Research Chair in Applied Public Health is funded jointly by the
Institutes of Human Development within the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research, Child and Youth Health and Population and Public Health, and
the Public Health Agency of Canada. Development
A Commitment to
Global Citizenship
Dr. Verna Huffman Splane and her husband
Dr. Richard Splane are long time friends and
supporters of the UBC School of Nursing. Verna
has been widely acclaimed for her pioneering
career in public health, international health and
the development of nursing education. On
the basis of her public health expertise, Verna
became Canada's first Principal Nursing Officer,
holding the highest office of any nurse in the
country and becoming intimately involved with
articulating nursing's perspective to the leaders
in federal government. A former Vice-President
of the International Council of Nurses, Verna's
passion for global health nursing development
led to assignments across the globe on behalf
of the World Health Organization. In "retirement" she and Dick travelled the world documenting the roles of chief nursing officers.
Their book on this project became the authoritative text on this subject, ensuring that nurses
had input into government policy in as many
parts of the world as possible.
Both of the Splanes have received numerous
awards and acknowledgements in recognition of
their outstanding contributions, including being
named Officers of the Order of Canada. They
were also the first joint recipients of a UBC honourary doctorate, signifying the uniquely
collaborative nature of their important work on
behalf of nursing, health care and Canada.
In the summer of 2006, Drs. Verna and Dick
Splane established a significant endowment
that will support the UBC School of Nursing in
perpetuity to ensure that its faculty and students sustain their involvement in global
health education, international projects and
interdisciplinary global health initiatives.
The "Verna Huffman Splane Global Health
Endowment Fund" makes it possible for the
School to continue developing international
health initiatives that bring a global perspective to what nurses can accomplish and to
inspire our graduates to consider careers in
international service. The Splanes clearly
intend that this support will sustain educational and policy processes toward a more
just and equitable social and health care context world-wide, a vision to which the School
of Nursing is passionately committed.
Among the many initiatives that will be facilitated by this Fund is an interprofessional
learning experience some of our undergraduate students will have this summer in Mulago
Hospital and surrounding regional health district in Uganda. Rochelle Einboden, Lecturer,
and a paediatric clinical specialist, will be
overseeing the student experience. "Midwifery
has built a strong foundation on which to have
conversations with nursing in that region. This
is an opportunity to share ideas, reflect on
practice, and learn about working in environments with lower levels of resources," says
Rochelle. Dr. Susan Dahinten, PhD '01
Associate Professor, and a leading scholar in
early childhood assessment initiatives, will be
working with academic leaders at Makarere
University to explore appropriate partnership
opportunities in advancing graduate level
education and research training.
It is the fervent hope of the Splanes that the
UBC School of Nursing will continue to follow
in its proud tradition of preparing nurses
capable of making a difference in solving the
problem of global health inequities, and
will continue to be committed to building the
visions of health for all that are advanced
by such organizations as the World Health
Organization and the United Nations.
We are certainly up to the challenge!
Career Reflections       Trek Connect
Make a Donation
If you are interested in creating a bursary,
establishing a scholarship, funding critical
research, purchasing clinical equipment
or creating a special project, I would be
pleased to discuss the many ways you can
help the School ensure high quality education
for the next generation of nurses. Please
call me for a confidential appointment.
CELESTE TAYLOR, Major Gifts Officer
(604) 822-9959
Not all the great news from UBC alumni can
fit into TouchPoints! You might want to visit
www.nursing.ubc.ca for more stories about our
wonderful alumni. What's new? Look for a story
about the first long distance PhD cohort of
five students who remained in Manitoba while
gaining their doctoral degrees from the
School of Nursing. Still in contact after 10
years, they reflect on that remarkable
educational innovation, and what it meant
in their lives.
Are you online? UBC Alumni Affairs offers a
communication network called Trek Connect
designed to help alumni stay in touch. Join
now and find nursing alumni, post events and
more. Sign up for a Trek Connect account
at http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/. Nursing alumni
from the classes of '02 and '04 have already
created groups on Trek Connect to share news. Alumnae in Action
Bevel Up
How do we go about delivering safe, effective and compassionate health
care to the drug-using street population? This question is explored
in an innovative new documentary, entitled "Bevel Up," produced by
the National Film Board and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and
directed by Nettie Wild.
A number of outreach nurses and UBC
nursing alumnae are involved in this project.
In interactive DVD format, this documentary
focuses on health care delivery to the poor
and addicted who typically fall through every
crack in Canada's health care system.
"The project came about because of a combination of issues," says Janine Stevenson,
BSN '95, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, and street
nurse with the BC Centre for Disease
Control. "Nurses who had been involved with
street nursing for a number of years were
frustrated with the reality that their clients
were not accessing health care. In various educational seminars we held it came up again
and again that health care professionals had
little knowledge of addiction and poverty."
A group of nurses (Janine, Fiona Gold, Caroline
Brunt, Liz James, Elaine Jones, BSN '77
and others) proposed the development of an
educational package for people who work
with drug users. "Health Canada was enthusiastic," says Janine. "The proposal was
accepted in the spring of 2006 and filming
began that fall."
The documentary focuses on two street
nurses and their daily challenges throughout
the alleys and streets of Vancouver's inner
city. With the informed consent of these
clients, the cameras capture close up and
intimate details of the living conditions
as well as the relationships built between
nurses and clients. The educational kit
offers a number of additional segments
(bonus features) that provide further
detail and compelling interviews with experts
about various issues facing this particular
population, such as hepatitis C, respiratory
issues and mental health. Several UBC
School of Nursing faculty and affiliates appear
in this capacity.
"People were very generous with their stories
for the film," says Janine, "and during the
screenings, audiences came away hopeful that
they were able to help. The main hope of the
project is to have some influence on attitudes
and beliefs around the stigmatization of people who use drugs. The health care system is
not set up for our most complicated clients,
so if we can make a dent in how they receive
care, then we have achieved success."
The DVD is geared toward a nursing audience and comes with a manual and teaching
guide; however, anyone working with people who use drugs is encouraged to watch it. For
information on how to obtain a copy or attend a screening, visit
http://www.nfb.ca/webextension/bevel-up/ or contact the health care organization with
which you are affiliated.
UBC Nursing Alumni involved with this project include Janine Stevenson, BSN '95;
Elaine Jones, BSN '77, Mary Adlersberg MSN '77, and Dr. Paddy Rodney, PhD '97,
Associate Professor.
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 Lt
Printing: Rhino Print Solutions
The UBC School of Nursing
T201-2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C.  V6T 2B5
Tel: 604-822-7417
Fax: 604-822-7466


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