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A Culture of Service
Sally Thorne, Director
In its new strategic direction Place and Promise, the
University of British Columbia is challenging itself
to expand its engagement with relevant communities
and its environments for student learning. Toward
this end, the university is buzzing with conversation
about how to engage in what are referred to as
"community service learning" and "community-
based research." For the School of Nursing, this feels
a bit like welcoming home an old friend. Instead of
adding on new activities to our existing repertoire,
this new strategic plan seems to have given a name
and stature to what we've always done.
As befits the nature of the profession, School
faculty, staff and students are decidedly committed
to service. Our academic programs are taught using
a model that integrates theoretical learning with
practice engagement throughout. Students learn
about the fundamental relevance of service learning
from the day they arrive, and build their programs
around both required and discretionary community-
based learning opportunities.
School faculty play a significant role in the service
of health care delivery. They provide guidance
and advice to clinical units, train practicing nurses
to support both students and new graduates, sit
on committees and link our students to priority
initiatives articulated by our clinical partners.
Our students and their clinical instructors work
hard not to be "guests in the house," but fully
functional and actively contributing members of the
clinical facilities in which they teach and learn. Our
program planning teams search for ways in which
our students' academic work aligns with the current
issues our practice partners are concerned with.
Students aren't simply doing literature reviews to
summarize what has been published, but are out
there doing "synthesis projects" to produce an up-
to-the-moment analysis of how best practices might
be applied in these particular contexts and settings.
Thus, as a sustained commitment in their clinical
practice and their theoretical work, our students are
being put to use in ways that matter to nurses in
practice and to the health care system.
Similarly, our faculty researchers are not simply
sitting in offices thinking great thoughts, but are
out there in the trenches working alongside practice
colleagues and delving into the most complex and
messy of clinical practice challenges. Many of the
faculty work directly with communities (whether
they be geographic, social or communities of
practice) to develop programs of study grounded in
community-relevant issues, and also engage them
as full partners in the research process. When our
faculty investigate such theoretical notions as "social
determinants of health," they are out on the streets,
engaging with poverty action groups, working with
public health nurses and meeting with community
advocates in order to demonstrate nursing's unique
angle on health issues. Often our faculty researchers
serve as policy advocates for these community
groups, ensuring that their experience is interpreted
in meaningful ways and expressed in a language
that policy makers can understand.
And then, as if they weren't already deeply
engaged in service, our faculty, staff and students
enthusiastically dive into fundraisers, charity
events and volunteerism. I think it is safe to
say that, for the School of Nursing, community
engagement is not a new idea, but rather a way
of life.   4tw^
Director's Message	
New Faces in Research	
Raisingthe Bar	
Undergraduate Profile	
Graduate Profile	
Cllinical Practice Innovation	
Final Touches	
 8 New Faces in Research
Nursing Informatics and Sociotechnical Research
"I try to make sure that all my research has an interdisciplinary
aspect," she says. "It's crucial to build something beyond yourself."
When asked about coming to UBC, Leanne
replies, "It's funny because, as a diploma
nurse, I used to think of UBC as quite a lofty
and scary environment." Originally from North
Vancouver, Leanne received her diploma from VGH
where she then worked as a burn nurse before
heading to California. Although her plan was for a
five-year world tour of nursing jobs, she remained
in California for 13 years working with burn
patients, in ICU and then ER.
When a back injury created the opportunity to
return to school, she completed her BSN, MSN
and Doctoral degrees in just six years. "After my
bachelor's I realized that I really needed a master's
to do what I wanted, which was use computers
in patient education." She had heard about
nformatics and phoned the program director at
the University of California San Francisco. She'd
been in the program for about a month when
she knew that she had found the perfect field of
practice. "It was so interesting and complex and
had amazing potential for nursing," she says.
Leanne comes to UBC from Columbia University
in New York, where she was part of several US
National Institutes of Health informatics-related
research projects including decision support using
PDAs for NP (nurse practitioner) students, using
technology to impart a patient safety curriculum,
clinician information-seeking, interdisciplinary
communication and decision support for fall
prevention and antibiotic prescribing
"It's great to come back to Vancouver" says Leanne.
"The UBC School of Nursing has an amazing
reputation internationally, and I have been really
mpressed with the calibre of the commitment to
students, the level and scope of research and the
nstitutional transparency."
"Informatics is the intersection of a base science,
such as nursing, dental or medical science, with
communication and information technologies.
For me that means collaborations with fields like
biomedical engineering or computer science." She
has already made connections with other UBC
researchers about how her clinical and technical
expertise can ensure that technological applications
are designed to enhance the realities of patient
care and to support nursing practice.
While informatics is important to health care in
many ways, much of Leanne's focus is on clinical
decision support, which for her means designing at
the back end, determining what the decision points
are, and how they should be displayed to the
clinician. The kinds of questions that guide Leanne's
research involve problems like how to create
prompts to remind clinicians to consider drug
interactions, remember to update immunizations or
check up on vulnerable patients.
With her new collaborators in biomedical
engineering and medicine, Leanne has submitted a
proposal for a program of health research involving
use of a database of wound images. Biomedical
engineers have invented a method of measuring
the pH balance of wound fluids using a tiny sensor.
Leanne's role will be to work out how to display
the data to the clinicians so that both images and
pH can be tracked to monitor progression over
time. These systems have potential to greatly
enhance wound care effectiveness in homes, acute
care, long term care and in remote regions.
Leanne's research also involves what she refers to
as "workflow analysis in sociotechnical systems."
This involves understanding the culture of a health
care unit or hospital and, based on that culture,
determining how technologies can work to support
important activities. A recent study on fall and
injury prevention used data retrieval systems to
document the effects of key factors.
"Fall prevention interests me" says Leanne,
"because falls and related injuries have been
identified as nursing-sensitive quality indicators,
meaning patient outcomes that are directly
affected by nursing practice. For example, with
highly qualified care providers, patient falls
decrease, which might be because well-trained
baccalaureate nurses can identify predictors of
falling and use their clinical judgment to plan fall
and injury prevention care."
In terms of her clinical focus, Leanne sees herself
as "domain agnostic" in the sense that she is
not dedicated to any one population, but works
on problems that can have wide applications.
Her vision directs her toward collaboration
across academic disciplines. "It's crucial to build
something beyond yourself," she says. "If you ask
someone from another field their perspective, it's
quite surprising how different it can be."
Leanne's long-range plans include building a
nursing informatics research community in the
School. "Training the next generation is crucial"
says Leanne, and she is eager to nurture that
enthusiasm among students at all levels
Leanne's expertise has already attracted the
attention of service sector leaders who readily
identify priority concerns that would benefit from
nformatics research.  It seems that her enthusiasm
for this field is rather contagious Raising the Bar
Men's Health: Not Just About the Men
"Humour allows people to break with the rules of what it means to be a man. Even if you're having a bit of a joke around the
periphery, the core issues can still be there and you can still be engaged."
John Oliffe's clinical background includes nearly
20 years of emergency room experience. In that
environment, he became aware of the differences
between men and women, both in how they
presented their symptoms and in how the clinicians
"I used to see a lot of blokes come in. They'd be
diaphoretic, sweating, clutching their chest, yet
denying pain. As time progressed, I found that
there were a few linkages that weren't quite right."
He was intrigued, not just with men's health
status, but in how they engage - or not - with
health issues. As a nurse, John was interested in
the characteristic gaps between knowledge and
practice around men's health behaviours and
clinical engagement in addressing those gaps
John completed his PhD in prostate cancer
research, a choice related to seeing some of these
gender dynamics firsthand as his grandfather
died from that disease. "It was poorly handled in
so many ways," he says. "You remember those
kinds of experiences, and they drive you toward
His experience has driven him to investigate
the theoretical notion of "masculinities," which
he believes will be critical to coming up with
appropriate solutions.
One of John's current projects is concerned with
men's depression. For this study, he is not only
studying the men, but is also interviewing their
partners on the premise that depression inevitably
has implications for home life and relationships
He has also conducted fascinating studies of
prostate cancer support groups. These are of
particular interest because men who participate
in such groups are "doing everything that we say
men don't typically do," he says. "These guys
talk about impotence, about incontinence, they
engage with one another on intimate topics, and
are highly invested in managing their own health
The uncharacteristic manner in which men behave
within these groups makes me think we should pay
close attention to how that works."
John's research demonstrates that part of what
makes these groups really successful has been the
use of humour to talk about the complex, and
often sensitive, issues. "It's interesting how guys
can use humour. A guy in the group who has
prostate cancer can joke about it, but I couldn't
talk about those issues in the same way. So I think
it can work in those group situations and dynamics
because contextually it helps to break with some of
the seriousness and challenges of having
a cancer and almost gives permission to
talk about it. Humour allows people to
break with the rules of what it means to
be a man. Even if you're having a bit of a
joke around the periphery, the core issues
can still be there and you can still get
John sees knowledge transfer as a key
responsibility of researchers. He firmly
believes that you need to write about
your research to strengthen your analysis. "If I try
to write in a manner that represents an entire study
of 50 guys who came to speak to me, it would be
broad and superficial, because it has to be. So the
more I dig down into the complexities of an issue,
the better the analysis becomes. And I think that's
a really worthwhile part of the enterprise because it
leads to insights we can use in practice."
In April, John received the Excellence in Nursing
Research Award from the College of Registered
Nurses of BC. He recalls being quite surprised at
how elaborate and emotive that event turned out
to be. "I was startled that it would have that kind
of impact on me. It was really impressive the way
that the ceremony didn't favour any one group,
but told the story of 30 nurses from across the full
scope of nursing whose achievements were being
highlighted in one night. It was very uplifting!"
Although John may be somewhat modest about
his achievements, we at the School of Nursing are
well aware of the significant potential of gender-
based research for practical application in health
care planning and delivery. We happily support the
continued development of his research portfolio
and are eager to find out what new insights he'll
come up with in unravelling the age-old mysteries
of gender difference.
Titfllch POINTS Undergraduate Profile
The Journey
"That's one of the great things about nursing: there are so many opportunities right in the
communities we live in. you can choose to work with any population and make a real difference!"
As Michelle Pan reflects on the steps that led to
graduation from the BSN program, she thinks
back to her childhood. "To a child," she says,
"the world represents a living puzzle of mysteries,
waiting to be solved." Michelle's journey toward
nursing began with self-discovery and social
awareness - two important pieces which have
helped her start to solve her own life's puzzle.
In grades eight and nine, she volunteered at a
summer daycamp working with inner-city children
with mental disabilities. It was here she first started
making decisions regarding conflicts and potential
hazards, and then implemented strategies involving
prevention, recognition and resolution.
In the summer of 2007, when the Vancouver city
workers went on strike, Michelle found herself
unemployed. "I perceived the situation as an
opportunity, along with fellow peers, to form
a club powered by our volunteer experience
that would promote inner-city outreach and
"We experienced firsthand the significance of
compassion, connection and communication every
Friday night as we completed a food distribution
route in the downtown core."
Michelle recalls how many of the people they
encountered shared their life histories and talked
of their hardships. A particular case stands out in
her memory of a woman who seemed troubled.
"I offered her warm tea, and in return she offered
a brief, but emotional, confession. She was an
alcoholic who 'did not want to be this way.' She
made a special request: a hug. I could not deny her
this simple act."
This case stays with Michelle, because it reminds
her of the impact that direct and personal
involvement, as simple as a hug or a smile, can
"I realized that I wanted to be in a profession
that involved interacting with people, caring and
providing for those in need and lifelong learning."
Volunteering at Mount St. Joseph Hospital and
"job-shadowing" a nurse practitioner solidified
her commitment to a career in nursing. "The all-
encompassing aspects of nursing appealed to my
wide-ranging interests in psychology, counseling,
human biology, pathology, literature and education.
I knew that my genuine concern for the welfare
of humanity would be complimentary to this
With all the options available to her, Michelle
had little trouble deciding on UBC. "I chose
UBC because of its stimulating and challenging
academic learning environment," she says. "I was
impressed with its dedication to research and the
strong partnerships with communities."
The BSN program at UBC
is intensive, leaving little
time for extracurricular
responsibilities. Despite
this, Michelle has shown
leadership on a number
of levels including her
involvement as co-
president of the Nursing
Undergraduate Society
(NUS) and the School's
representative in the
Health Sciences Students'
Association (HSSA).
HSSA is the student organization of the UBC
College of Health Disciplines, consisting of
students from such disciplines as clinical
psychology, nursing, dentistry, food, nutrition
and health sciences, human kinetics, medicine,
midwifery and social work. Its mandate reflects
the understanding that in order to improve the
ultimate quality of the health care they aspire
to deliver, students must learn to respect one
another's knowledge and understand one
another's unique role.
As the nursing representative, Michelle helped to
promote nursing and create understanding of the
role of nurses. "We would volunteer at schools
to introduce aspects of nursing. For instance, we
employed the 'Do Bugs Need Drugs?' campaign
as a part of the health teaching at Health Together
"The interdisciplinary activities we engaged in
with HSSA really gave us the chance to challenge
the stereotypes and misconceptions that have
built up in our professions and the opportunity to
think about how we can address these issues and
begin to mediate change."
Upon completion of the program, Michelle has
lined up a position in acute medical nursing
where she will work at both St. Paul's and Mount
Saint Joseph Hospitals. She will be located on the
hospitals' medical wards and is excited about the
diverse populations she will be exposed to.
Over the course of her nursing studies at UBC,
Michelle has developed a special interest in
addressing the complex needs of our aging
population which is well represented in those
medical units. "There is a real need there for
improved health care" she says. "I never thought
I would develop a passion for working with that
population, but that's one of the great things
about nursing: there are so many opportunities
right in the communities we live in. You can
choose to work with any population and make a
real difference!" Graduate Profile
A Force for Change - Ensuring Opportunities for
First Nations Communities
"It's not just for my community -- I've been to so many reserves across the
country and everyone is having the same struggles. There may be different
languages, issues and barriers, but we're all in the same place."
Tania Dick, an MN-NP (nurse practitioner)
graduate from the class of 2010, began with
a vision not only for her own future, but for that
of First Nations people. Her mother, Mary Macko
(BSN'84), was the first known nurse of First Nations
heritage to graduate from the UBC School of
Nursing and was a huge inspiration to Tania. Mary
taught her daughter that education is key to the
progress of her people, and Tania has made it her
mission to continue to share what she has learned
Tania practiced as a registered nurse for six years in
First Nations communities before coming to UBC
to enter the NP program. Much of her practice
has been in the community of her father's people
- Alert Bay - and that of her mother - Kingcome
"This was one of the biggest reasons I went to get
an education," says Tania, "to help with the health
care status and the issues at home. We depended
on people flying in once a month, and it just wasn't
meeting our needs. Sometimes in emergencies we
couldn't get people out of the community for two
or three days. I actually had someone die in my
arms because we couldn't get them to a hospital."
The NP program has not only provided Tania with
a wide range of competencies consistent with the
increased scope of nurse practitioner practice, but
it has also helped her articulate her responsibility.
"The program gave me an appreciation of the
bigger picture, and the understanding that
can't walk this journey alone. Nothing is going to
change, no matter how hard I work or how many
degrees I get, until we start coming together. Not
just the community, but all the stakeholders need to
be at the table, and until that happens I don't think
we'll see changes."
Tania's vision is in capacity building. "We need
more First Nations nurses," she says. "Education is
the key to escaping the
poverty and issues we
face." She identifies one
barrier for First Nations
students in pursuing
higher education;
the content does not
reflect who they are. For
example, it may address
their interest in information
but at the expense of the
spiritual parts of their existence.
Sadly, after a week or a month, far
too many First Nations students drop out.
Changes are needed to ensure that First Nations
students don't have to hide their spirituality in
order to access learning
When it came to choosing a topic for the final
essay in her NP program, Tania knew she wanted
an aboriginal focus. Her mother had taught her
that education was the key starting point, so
she decided that she needed to explore how to
create culturally safe environments not only for
First Nations people, but for all cultures, to be
successful in higher education
The paper became a self-reflection for Tania. "Just
being able to articulate it has been crucial, and
know I'm going to use that same message and
build on it wherever I can and try to be a good
role model for other First Nations people. I will
show them it is possible. There may be barriers,
but you can get over them."
Tania's ambition for change has led her into the
sphere of advocacy. "We talk about the Indian
Act," she says, "and it's still in effect today. That
really pushed my buttons, and that's when
really started getting involved on a federal level,
needed to find a way for First Nations health care
professionals to create change in policy."
Working with the BC Nurses Union. Tania helped
create the Aboriginal Leadership Circle. She's also
getting involved at the national level with the
Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and is
the regional representative for the Native and Inuit
Nurses Association of BC
"I think my next focus is going to be in creating
curriculum changes," says Tania. "The BC Nurse
Practitioner Association reported this year that about
20% of NP services are provided to First Nations
people directly. I hope to work with the NP program
faculty to help build new curricular strategies for
supporting First Nations nurses within the program
and all nurses engaging with First Nations clients."
For the next couple of years, Tania intends to practice
as an NP and consolidate her knowledge. She has
a position lined up in Bella Bella. "I know they have
a lot of work to do, but hopefully I can have some
mpact on creating changes in the system, so the
services we provide can change the statistics." Clinical Practice Innovation
Caring for Chronic Disease from an Upstream Perspective
"Healthy living benefits the whole nation. I really feel lucky to be doingthis kind of work."
Maylene Fong (BSN '84, MSN '06) is an adjunct
professor in the UBC School of Nursing who
works for Vancouver Coastal Health in Home
and Community Care in the dual role of clinical
practice leader and manager of a healthy living
program - a new program looking at population
health and health promotion in adult populations.
Maylene's focus is on chronic disease prevention
and management and how health care providers
can care for these patients and help them manage
their conditions.
"I'm lucky to be managing a healthy living
program," says Maylene. "It's a brand new
program, funded by the Ministry of Health, to
look at health promotion for adult populations.
We have opportunities to really focus on
what's needed to institute health promotion in
populations at risk for chronic disease and develop
strategies and programming."
As she was putting this program together,
Maylene became aware of an opportunity to
apply for a research grant from the Public Health
Agency of Canada. The research was to test the
CANRISK tool, which assesses or pre-screens for
diabetes and provides awareness and interventions
to delay or prevent onset of the disease. It was
an opportunity to have BC representation in this
Canada-wide research.
Maylene and her team were successful in
obtaining this grant. "After approval, we
developed our research and put out a call
for study participants. We were looking for
populations known to have a higher prevalence
of diabetes, such as those from Southeast Asia
or Latin America, as well as people who met the
general risk criteria of being over 40, overweight
or with family history."
Maylene's research team gathered information
using the CANRISK and participants received
blood tests for diabetic or prediabetic indicators.
While working on this research it became clear
that high-risk individuals and groups had limited
knowledge of their risks of developing prediabetes
or diabetes and
thus, her team was
able to refine their
understanding of
the potential for
prediabetes work. "It
takes seven to ten
years for diabetes
to fully develop,"
explains Maylene, "so
catching people early
can delay the onset or
prevent it altogether if
they make changes in
their lifestyle."
From these findings,
her team has
now developed
programming. "If
there's enough need,
we can begin to develop programming for targeted
populations. And what's unique," she says, "is
that we have the opportunity to develop programs
specific for those at particular risk in their own
Maylene sees working on health promotion as a
really exciting opportunity for nursing to make
a major difference in population health. She is a
strong advocate for the "upstream approach,"
catching illness before it happens, helping
individuals with healthy living and supporting
populations to relate differently to their health.
The diversity inherent in Maylene's program
of practice and research greatly enriches the
educational mandate of the School. For example,
this year she has provided scholarly support for
Dr. Liudmila Miyar Otero, a postdoctoral nursing
fellow from Brazil, who is spending the year at
UBC studying with faculty. Liudmila has been
instrumental to the research team in facilitating
connections with the Spanish-speaking population
locally and is gaining valuable knowledge that will
have direct application to enhancing the Brazilian
diabetes care system on her return home.
Maylene believes that working "upstream" must
be a priority focus for our health care dollars. "In
the news we hear about obesity, chronic disease
and diabetes, which are all preventable. Our team's
focus is on policy and engaging our partners,
not only in just the health care system, but also
in community centres and non-profits. Together,
we can find strategies to reach those high-risk
In her ongoing search for solutions to chronic
disease, Maylene struggles with important
questions relating to nursing's role with those
who are already affected. How can we best
support people living with chronic illness to ensure
that they maintain independence and quality
of life? What are the best ways to support self
management? And how can we capitalize on even
brief encounters to ensure we make a meaningful
The more she is involved in the field of health
promotion, the more promise Maylene finds in it.
"Healthy living benefits the whole nation," she
says. "I really feel really lucky to be doing this kind
of work. Development
Partnering - to Relieve the Pain
"Perhaps when there are enough practitioners doing things to support those
with chronic pain, the policy makers will take notice."
Rick Lowe, a computer science alum from the
class of 1982, travelled from his home in
California this May for his daughter Angelia's UBC
Rick still feels a strong connection with his
alma mater, so when he and his spouse Nina
(affectionately referred to as Nini) had talked about
leaving a legacy they thought UBC would be a
perfect place. They had been talking long-term,
he says, "because we had thought we would live
forever." Sadly, a car accident in August of 2005
took Nina's life, and put plans in motion much
sooner than expected
Prior to that tragic event, Nina Harris-Lowe's health
had been declining since about 2000, when she
first developed signs of fibromyalgia, a disease
characterized by chronic widespread pain. "After
she passed," says Rick, "I wanted to do something
that would help others who might be afflicted or
suffering from chronic pain. They are kind of like the
forgotten people."
There was little help for Nina within the health care
system. Most times, he explains, the doctors didn't
understand what was happening to her and it was
quite some time before one finally proposed that it
might be fibromyalgia. But even with a diagnosis,
little could be done to help with the symptoms
and nothing for the disease itself. That was a wake
up call for Rick-that leadership and pressure from
patients and families was needed to encourage
the right kind of attention from those who design
health service systems
Through a series of conversations, Rick became
aware of patient-focused research by Dr. Sally
Thorne and others at the UBC School of Nursing
that had documented a misalignment between
what health care systems offer and what chronically
ill patients really need. Rick was impressed with the
enthusiasm of the nursing faculty for generating
knowledge to make a difference in the lives of those
with debilitating pain and chronic conditions. He
wanted to play a role in supporting the spirit of
solution-finding in the next generation of nursing
In collaboration with the School of Nursing and
the UBC Development Office, Rick has now
established the Nini M. Harris-Lowe Memorial Prize
in Nursing. The prize will be awarded annually to
undergraduate or graduate students in the School
of Nursing who have demonstrated excellence
in clinical innovation or in the development of
mproved methods of care and treatment for
patients in the community who suffer from
debilitating chronic illness or pain
Through this legacy, Rick hopes to inspire others to
help these people who are not able to participate
fully in the life they'd like to. "Our society and
our medical system aren't set up to deliver that,"
says Rick, "but perhaps when there are enough
practitioners doing things to support those with
chronic pain, the policy makers will take notice."
He also hopes that his contribution will shine a
light on diseases like fibromyalgia, so that other
ike-minded individuals might step forward
and contribute if they can. If people affected
by fibromyalgia work together and talk more
forcefully and from a political standpoint, then
maybe governments will respond with real system
changes. Until then, he says, individuals have to
take action. "If you add a drop of water to a big
ocean, you're not going to get a big difference,"
says Rick. "But if you can add a drop of water to
a little thimble, you can help. So that's what I'm
trying to do, and hopefully in my lifetime we'll see
that together, some big changes can be made."
"It seems to me that nurses would be the best
audience for my message," says Rick. The School is
honoured to take up that challenge in Nina's name
Dr. Mary Regester, Senior Instructor
Emerita of the School, died on June 16,
2010. Mary was a genuine "character" in
nursing education and contributed a distinctive
and forward thinking perspective to the
School during her 21 years on faculty and in
A champion of epidemiological approaches
to understanding trends in the health of
populations and informing public health
strategies, Mary was opinionated, intelligent,
and had a talent for the creative arts. She was
tenacious and irrepressible, and will be missed by
her network of colleagues and friends.
Tributes in Mary's honour sent to the UBC School
of Nursing will be designated to the Lyle Creelman
Endowment Fund in Public Health (#E4728).
The School has also learned of the death
of Ada Ponsford Butler (BASc(N)'BO and
MSN 71), Assistant Professor Emerita of the
School, on May 16, 2010. Ada joined the
faculty in 1972 and played a major role in the
public health and family health components
of the undergraduate curriculum until her
retirement in 1988.
We remember both Mary and Ada with
affection and gratitude for the role they played
in inspiring a generation of nursing students. Final Touches
The School of Nursing welcomes Kieran
Murphy as our new Development Officer
{s the new
1ajor Gifts
Officer for the
of Nursing,
hope to make
some great
with the School's many wonderful alumni and
friends. I've attended several School events, and can
already see that this is an active community with a
strong sense of responsibility for nursing and health
look forward to connecting with you, and
facilitating the process through which your
giving will ensure that the legacy of UBC Nursing
excellence continues with the next generation of
nurses, investing in the future to provide quality
health care for generations to come. There are as
many needs for your generosity at the UBC School
of Nursing as there are ways to manifest your
philanthropy. You can support a myriad of pressing
needs to advance nursing scholarship by supporting
students, faculty, facility, or programs.
In that vein, I am delighted to report that the BSN
Class of 1958 has successfully created an Emergency
Nursing Fund that is presently valued at $34,000
This fund will be used to assist current nursing
students who are experiencing unforeseen hardship,
allowing them to continue their program without
nterruption. What an inspiring example of fellow
graduates pooling their resources to make a marked
mpact for future nurses
Another exciting and laudable initiative is a new
fundraising goal to honour the retirement of
Adjunct Professor, Irene Goldstone, from her current
position as the Director of Professional Education
and Care Evaluation at the BC Centre for Excellence
in HIV/AIDS at Providence Health Care. Irene is an
historian, an educator and a leader. She is a strong
advocate for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and a
committed mentor to nurses and other health care
providers and her accomplishments have been
influential and highly regarded in the HIV and
nursing communities. Irene is an inspiration, which is
why her colleagues and friends wish to honour her
by creating "The HIV/AIDS Social Justice Endowment
Fund." The goal is to create an endowment in
perpetuity to provide an annual award that wil
support a graduate nursing student to advance
issues related to social justice and HIV/AIDS. To show
your support please visit www.supporting.ubc.ca/
look forward to assisting any of our alumni or
friends of the School who wish to make an impact
on the future of nursing in British Columbia. Please
feel free to contact me to answer any of your
questions regarding gifts to UBC Nursing
Kieran Murphy, Major Gifts Officer
604-822-1234, kieran.murphy@ubc.ca 4ml9
UBC Alumni Achievement
Awards Celebrates
Glennis Zilm
Join us this fall to celebrate distinguished
nursing alumna and dear friend, Glennis
Zilm, winner of the Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Leadership Award. Each year UBC proudly
recognizes accomplished and celebrated
individuals at its annual UBC Alumni
Achievement Awards. Award winners come
from diverse backgrounds and disciplines
of study and never fail to inspire us all
and make UBC proud -we hope to see
you there, http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/
TouchPoints is published by the
School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science,
The University of British Columbia.
Editor: Dr. Sally Thorne
Associate EditorAA/riter: Clare Kiernan
Editorial Advice: Dr. Marilyn Willman
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