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Life   in  the  MEO
ubc son Praised
for Growth and
Leadership during
External Review
Director's Report
Care to the
Caregiver:
Nurse Researcher
Connie Canam
looks at homecare
Healthy New Beginning
Mentorship at the
School of Nursing:
Linking Novice to
Expert
Bridging Past and
Future a Word from
your Nursing Alumni
Division
Donors Make a
Difference: a Word
from School of
Nursing Development
congratulations
up-coming events
TEACHING
points
Life in the MEO
Martin Payne's situation represents a
growing trend. Then again, his situation
is rather unique.
A commercial lawyer with a Masters degree
from Harvard Law School, he worked for
a private firm in Jamaica and was responsible
for millions of dollars. But he wasn't happy.
After volunteering to care for people with
leprosy, and caring for his ailing grandmother,
Payne discovered his true calling.
His decision to be a nurse took him to
Houston Baptist University where he completed 2 years of preliminary courses and
volunteered at an AIDS Hospice. Planning
to immigrate to Canada, Payne wanted
to finish his studies with a Canadian perspective and within a 2 year time period.
The problem: it takes 3 years to complete
nursing study at the undergraduate
level in Canada for students with a previous degree. Just as he was scouring
Canadian universities for a nursing program that fit his criteria, the School of
Nursing at UBC was accepting its inaugural students for the Multiple Entry
Option (MEO) Baccalaureate Program.
The timing was perfect.
Launched in September 1997, the
MEO is similar to most nursing programs
offered at universities in the United
States, such as the one in Houston. Students
who enter from high school spend the
first 2 years taking electives before commencing the concentrated 5-term nursing
program. Prior to the MEO, nursing
MEO student Martine Payne and instructors Mary Jane Duke and Elaine Carty display posters
from Duke's theory class. In the new MEO Program, instruction in theory is timed to best facilitate
critical thinking during clinical situations.
RESEARCH
PRACTICE
RESEARCH
SCHOLARSHIP
SCHOLARSHIP
TEACHING
PRACTICE
TEACHING students took elective and nursing courses
concurrently across all 4 years.
In the new program, students who enter
with a previous degree or substantial
credits toward one are free to focus exclusively on nursing study and practice.
According to Sonia Acorn, Associate
Director of Academic Programs, the School
was seeing more and more students,
like Payne, with "advanced standing" who
wanted a streamlined, concentrated program of nursing study. This growing trend
was a deciding factor in redesigning the
BSN curriculum.
Another factor was scheduling. Under the
former program, faculty had difficulty
fitting clinical placements around a student's
University timetable. Now with electives
completed, students may spend up to
three consecutive days with a patient,
rather than 1 and a half.
Says Payne, "this consistency is very helpful.
Sometimes I'm with a patient throughout
the duration of their stay. If I were in only
once a week, my care wouldn't be as
comprehensive and my feedback as good."
Also helpful is the complementary balance
between theory and practice. He says,
"my perspective on patients used to be quite
limiting. I am learning to consider a
broader picture when I administer care and
to dig deeper to discern what impacts
a person's health. That challenges me."
The program's intensity also challenges
Payne who argues that his nursing
experience has been more demanding than
his experience in law.
Clinical shifts and nursing courses, which
were formally timed to spread out over
12-week terms for 4 years, are now condensed. MEO students can spend up
to 16 hours a week on a clinical course,
rather than 12 to 14.
The objective in Term 1 is to provide
students with the basics in nursing prior to
beginning clinical assignments by the
term's end. It's an intense building-block
approach that MEO instructor Elaine
Carty says "allows us to put information in
place where it makes sense for it to be."
Rather than overwhelm the students, this
approach effectively prepared Payne's
class for the next level of learning. Carty,
who guided them through the maternity
portion of clinical in Term 2, reports that
they readily applied the concepts and
vocabulary that they had learned in Term 1.
And to the instructors' surprise, the students' skill level by Term 3, taken
this past summer, was comparable to
4th year standing.
Their quick development is attributed to
their background. All with advanced
standing were admitted to Term 1 of the
concentrated program. Says instructor
Mary Jane Duke, "their motivation,
life experiences and high GPA have made
a huge difference."
The instructors agree that the real test
will come next year when the students
who were admitted from high school, and
currently taking electives, begin the
nursing courses in year 3. Will the concentrated program scare students away?
Argues graduating student Casi Brennan,
"the MEO will certainly attract students
who are serious about being nurses." Time
will certainly tell.
Brennan's graduating class numbers among
the last of the former program that
will phase out in 2 years. Supportive of the
curriculum change, she is quick to praise
her own education and, like Payne, is
impressed with the complementary balance
of theory and practice. She says, "my
program challenged me to critically think
through the type of care that I provide."
Faculty members have been sensitive
with regard to student feedback, ensuring
students of the former BSN model that
their education will not be compromised
during the transition. They also meet
with MEO students to address areas that
need improving.
The transition has been relatively smooth,
despite the Herculean task of juggling
two curriculums concurrendy as one phases
in and the other out. Challenge areas,
such as adjustments to accommodate
Registered Nurses pursuing a baccalaureate
degree and the consolidation of clinical
experiences, are manageable and will
be solved as the new curriculum is fully
implemented over the next 2 years.
Judging by the student performance, the
MEO is off to an impressive start with
a dynamite group of nurses scheduled to
graduate next May.
For more information, contact Sonia
Acorn, Associate Director of Academic
Programs at 822-7457
or email sacorn@unixg.ubc.ca
UBC SoN Praised/or GrOWth
and Leadership during External Review
The School of Nursing at UBC has progressed
remarkably in 4 years and is well positioned within
the University to be a model for future development,
according to an external review released July 24th.
External Review committee members interviewed faculty, staff and students and
toured facilities on April 30 and May 1. Their review assesses the strengths and
balances of the School's scholarly activities, academic programs, and teaching and
professional service activities.
Chaired by Dr. Penny Ericson, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of
New Brunswick, the Committee praises the faculty for the substantial growth in relationship development, internal reorganization, curricular change and scholarly productivity.
In particular they write, "there has been remarkable growth in practice linkages and opportunities within the community which is highly valued by the leaders in the community.
2     I    TOUCHPOINTS External organizations clearly see
the Director and faculty as leaders in the
practice area."
They also credit Dr. Katharyn May who
was appointed Director in July 1994
for outstanding leadership and for facilitating faculty recognition.
The review states that "Katharyn has
demonstrated leadership within the
School, the university, the community,
and nationally as a nurse and an
academic. There is a remarkable change in
the community's internal and external
perception of the faculty as leaders. She
has helped the faculty develop committee
and other working relationships that
facilitate quick response and responsibility
and accountability for decisions."
The review recommends that faculty "consolidate and prioritize their goals" through
integrating clinical and teaching assignments and international and consultative
outreach activity with continued development of research and clinical scholarship.
The review also recommends that the
School encourage joint planning with clinical agencies, broaden the leadership
base to increase faculty involvement,
increase faculty appointments to relieve
workload and balance scholarly foci,
and encourage staff input.
The review describes the students as "bright,
enthusiastic and committed to their
programs," and suggests campaigning for
higher ethnic diversity in the student,
faculty and staff complement. It also encourages structural modifications to enhance
study space.
A committee is struck every 4 years and is
comprised of colleagues from nursing
schools and health care facilities. The 1998
committee members include Ms. Lynette
Best, Director of Nursing at St. Paul's
Hospital, Dr. Kathleen Potempa, Professor
and Dean of the School of Nursing at
Oregon Health Sciences University and
Dr. Judith Ritchie, Professor of Nursing
at Dalhousie University.
To receive a copy of the External
Review, please contact the School
of Nursing at 822-7747.
Director's Note
Touchpoints is the latest of many ways that UBC School of
Nursing seeks to reach out, not only to alumni and colleagues
in the health care agencies with which we work, but also
to the communities that we serve through nursing education,
research, scholarship and practice.
Reaching out to meet the needs of the community has long
been a UBC Nursing tradition. In 1920, UBC Nursing established
a public health nursing diploma program, augmenting the
degree program that opened just the year before. In 1973, the
School closed the diploma program and fully integrated classroom and clinical preparation for community health nursing
into the new baccalaureate curriculum. There, it remained a
central component for more than 20 years and is at the heart of
our Multiple Entry Option BSN program, launched last year.
The efforts that put education into practice have also forged a
strong partnership between UBC nursing students and faculty
and the Vancouver Health Department over the last decade.
Students and faculty have participated in a number of initiatives,
including the Bridge Clinic, which serves immigrant families;
the Street Nurse program that focuses on the reduction of HIV
and other serious health risks for people in the downtown
core; and the mobilization of nursing programs to prevent a
measles epidemic in the Lower Mainland by helping to staff
rapid-response immunization clinics. In some cases, faculty led
in initiatives such as Healthy Beginnings, a project serving
childbearing women and their families in the Lower Mainland.
Soon the School w
ave an opportunity to demonstrate
to the rest 01 the University how community-university partnerships are done. The University's new mission-statement-in-
progress, known as "Trek 2000", lists community outreach as
a major priority.
I hope Touchpoints becomes a "window on the School" and an
enjoyable and effective way for you to stay connected. I also
invite you to become part of UBC Nursing's bright future-by
reaching out to our students, graduates and faculty as they
continue the important work of UBC Nursing.
Katharyn May, d.N.Sc, R.N, F.A.A.N. Care to the Caregiver: Nurse Researcher
Connie Canam looks at HoiTiecare
"We had been home five weeks and I was totally exhausted. I had [my son's] total care and my
daughter on top of it. I was up with [my son] all the time He needed suctioning at least
every two hours or more... and we had a lot of emergencies and ambulance calls quite often. It
was very, very stressful. "A parent of a child with a severe respiratory condition.
Parents of children with medically fragile
conditions will never forget the first
harrowing weeks at home from the hospital with their child. With the move to
community-based care and advances in
medical technology, these parents
are expected to adopt highly specialized
knowledge and skills to care for their
child at home.
Connie Canam, a specialist in families of children with
chronic health issues, says that nurses play a vital role
in helping parents develop confidence as they become the
primary caregiver for their child.
In an effort to assist parents, the government developed the Nursing Respite
Program in 1989, which places nurses in
the home to provide relief support. But
nurses do more than give parents a break,
according to Connie Canam, an Assistant
Professor at the UBC School of Nursing
and Ph.D. student at the University of
Victoria. Nurses are guiding hands during
this critical process when parents struggle
to develop their skills and confidence.
Canam (MSN '80) is a specialist in chronic
health issues related to children and
youth-from a health promotion standpoint. She explains, "I learned early in my
career that if you want to help children,
you need to help their parents. Too much
pressure for moms and dads compromises
adequate care for children. So my research
focus has been parents of children with
chronic health conditions and disabilities."
Canam was the principal investigator
of a qualitative study that sought to better
understand the perspectives of nurses
and parents caring for a child with a medically fragile condition in the home environment. With a grant from BC Medical
Services, she and her co-investigators
Carol Bassingthwaighte and Lysbeth
Cunada, nursing consultants for the
Nursing Respite Program, interviewed
14 nurses and 12 mothers three to
nine months after their children were
discharged from the hospital.
The findings revealed that nurses play a
vital role in facilitating mothers'
progression towards competency and confidence as caregivers. Says Canam;
"the goal of the Nursing Respite Program
is to give parents a break. But nurses
recognize very early on that parents need
emotional and informational support
as well."
One way nurses provide support is by role
modeling. One nurse recounted that the
mother of a developmentally delayed child
assumed that the child could do nothing
but sit in his swing. After the nurse showed
her the various tasks that he could do,
the mother began to actively engage her
child, increasing his development
markedly. Another mother explained that
she was afraid to take her child out
for a walk until she saw the nurse do it
and then she was willing to try it.
Nurses also discussed the contrast between
providing nursing care in the home and
in the hospital environment. It was clear to
them from the outset that, unlike the hospital setting, they were on the parent's
"turf" in the home and the parents were in
control, regardless of the amount of
support they needed. Parents expected to
be consulted about their child's care and
were upset if nurses assumed control without consulting them. Nurses learned to
work collaboratively with parents while
providing them with support.
The findings from the study have been
categorized under three major headings:
organizational issues, nurse-parent
relationship issues and professional issues.
Within these categories, problems such
as staffing, trust and boundary issues
among parents and nurses and ongoing
education for nurses are addressed.
The findings, presented to nurses and parents, have helped improve the working
dynamic between the two and ultimately
the quality of care. The next step is to
address the implications of these findings
with policy makers.
For more information, contact
Connie Canam at 822-7494
or e-mail canam@nursing.ubc.ca
4     I    TOUCHPOINTS Healthy New Beginning
Growing up, Sharon Williams (BSN yj) did not want to be a nurse. Injections made her
squeamish. Hospitals made her faint. Occasionally she would accompany her mother, a community health nurse, on her rounds and firmly decided to never follow a similar career path.
Now a mother of three, Williams continues
to follow her mother's footsteps, only
this time as a community health nurse herself, offering maternity care in one of the
most challenging areas in Vancouver-the
Downtown Eastside and Mt. Pleasant.
She's come a long way, crediting her degree
in Post RN studies from UBC for not
only getting the job that she wanted but
for broadening her vision as a nurse.
For Williams it was the breath of life in
a career that has spanned 15 years-a
reminder of why she fell in love with
nursing in the first place.
Williams became a nurse because she wanted to help people. She studied social work,
but dissatisfaction and illness prompted
her to leave.
Her career search led her to the RN
program at Camosun College in Victoria,
despite an earlier plan to study practical
nursing in order to avoid giving injections.
To her surprise, she loved it. And her
squeamishness? Williams discovered that
she could manage situations and tasks
that would have disarmed her years before.
In fact, she began her career in the
medical surgical wing at Victoria General,
moving to a surgical unit at Vancouver
Hospital and Health Sciences Centre,
UBC Site where she spent 5 years.
She went on to study obstetrical nursing at
the British Columbia Institute of Technology
and worked in ante and post-partum
at Grace Hospital, now BC Women's.
Despite enjoying her work, Williams
knew that something was missing.
"I had worked 13 years in hospitals and
was getting restless," she reflects. "I think
what happened to me was that nursing
became less of a profession and more of a
job. I didn't think about nursing issues
and that started to bother me. I was also
intrigued by community health. That's
when I investigated pursuing a degree."
After moving her family to a residence
on campus, Williams embarked
on the 2-year Post-RN degree program
at UBC Scool of Nursing.
At first, she wondered if she could manage
school again; but the instructors Lynda
Anderson, Joanne Ricci and Louise Tenn
mindfully eased her and her colleagues
back into the school environment. She also
benefited from a writing workshop and
computer lab. Developing lasting friendships also made a difference.
Now a year after graduation Williams
reflects, "even if I returned to doing what
I did before, I would be a better nurse
for having gone through the program. I
see things differently-globally rather than
as my little piece of the pie."
The courses on issues, advanced thinking
and research and the stimulating
discussions renewed and introduced areas
of interest.
She cultivated one such area, post-partum
depression, during a clinical posting
at BC Women's Hospital and a course on
mental health issues. Now as a community
health nurse she works with colleagues
and clients to address this problem.
Another area, preventative health, bolstered her interest in community
health care, which she nurtured during
her clinical practicum.
She says, "the program gave us the freedom to choose our clinical experiences. It
expected us to identify our needs, and
to ask for and go after what we wanted."
What she wanted was to work at a health
unit for the Vancouver-Richmond
Health Board, particularly the 'Healthy
Beginnings' Program. Staff turnover at
the units is minimal; so in order to get her
foot in the door she requested a 3-week
practicum at the West Main Health Unit
just prior to graduating. The supervisor
took notice and it wasn't long before she
began working at the Burrard Health
Unit (BHU).
Covering the city's most economically
disadvantaged areas for over a year now,
Williams divides her week answering a
newborn hotline and providing follow-up
support and encouragement during
home-visits.
While tending to the most pressing client
need, usually breastfeeding support,
Williams also addresses depression and drug
use, including the ethical dilemma of
encouraging needle exchanges to prevent
HIV infection when parents are involved.
But the most challenging and rewarding
aspect of her job, she says, is the responsibility of self-regulation. Despite feeling
"out there sometimes," she has finally found
the sense of autonomy that was missing
for her in the hospital environment.
The next step? After learning the ropes as
a community health nurse, she plans to
pursue independent practice. That requires
a Masters degree; and returning to school
is something she looks forward to.
T 0 U C H P 0 1 N T S    I     5 Mentorship at the School of Nursing:
Linking Novice to Expert
In presenting Judith MacDonald (MSN '76) with the Alumni Recognition Award at the
May 7th Nursing Alumni Dinner, Dr. Betty Davies compared her efforts in fostering student
development to those of a gardener who nurtures seedlings to bloom and grow.
f
A gardener in her own right, MacDonald
is the former President of the Nursing
Division of the UBC Alumni and is retired
from nursing practice and teaching.
'She is also a matchmaker.
Noted for encouraging student involvement in the Alumni, MacDonald was
specifically recognized for the Mentorship
Program that she developed with
student representatives from the Alumni
Executive in 1995. Working as Program
Coordinator, MacDonald matches students with experienced nurses for advice
and direction in their areas of interest.
The process is straightforward. MacDonald
receives profiles from students that
detail their professional interests, as well as
expectations of the mentor. She finds a
match either through the Registry that she
created, which lists nurses and their
specialties, or through independent search
if the right match cannot immediately
be found.
Students who apply tend to be in the final
2 years of the Baccalaureate Program,
despite MacDonald's efforts to include
students from all programs and years.
She's not surprised. Students at this time
begin to think seriously about their
career directions, while graduate students
tend to make their own contacts.
Some students misunderstand the
Program, expecting clinical experiences.
MacDonald says that while students
observe their mentors in action occasionally,
the Program is designed for networking,
encouragement and sharing ideas, and not
hands-on learning.
Rosella Jefferson (MSN '98) has been
a mentor since the Program's inception. A
clinical nursing specialist in the Intensive
Care Unit at Children's Hospital, Jefferson
meets with a student 5 to 6 times each
academic year. She explains that "students
offer fresh approaches that positively
affect the way I think."
The Program also enables her to connect
with potential employees. In fact, one
of the students she mentored, now graduated, was hired by Children's Hospital as
a result of Jefferson's networking assistance.
MacDonald has received positive response
from professional nurses like Jefferson. To
date, 75 nurses are listed in the Registry while
requests from students average 25 a year.
MacDonald enjoys bringing people
together and the detective work that sometimes ensues. Her work begins in
September when she distributes and collects application forms. In November,
the Alumni hosts the annual "kick-off"
at Cecil Green Park for students and
mentors to celebrate their partnerships.
Now retired, MacDonald appreciates
maintaining close ties to the School of
Nursing where she taught for 8 years.
In fact, she has been actively involved in
nursing education throughout her
career. She served as Director of Nursing
Education Services at Children's
Hospital and taught at McGill University
for 15 years. Her Master's thesis is on
student perceptions of clinical experiences.
MacDonald realized as Alumni President
that to build a solid foundation for
the Division she would need to address the
future alumni. Social events that were
sparsely attended were discontinued while
career oriented events that involved
alumni and students were put in place.
MacDonald gives credit to her late husband's class at Queen's University,
whose mentorship assistance to students
inspired her to develop the one at
UBC. She also thanks Gary Bowman at
the School of Nursing for developing
and designing the Program brochure.
Having devoted her career to education,
MacDonald cannot see herself letting go in
the near future. The Mentorship Program
that she set in motion will maintain a
full bloom for years to come. And she will
be there to ensure its longevity.
For information on the Mentorship
Program please contact Judith MacDonald
at 261-7197.
Celebrating  S
UBC Nursing
'years
CELEBRATING 80:
PLAN NINC FOR 1999
The new millennium is fast approaching Please stay
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'.nursing.ubc.ca. Your input
will finalize plans this fall for celebrations in        information please contact 1
the 1999-2000 academic year. at ebbchoj@nursing.ubc.ca or 822-7468. Presenting pins to graduating students
at Convocation on May 29th has been one
of many highlights for me as Nursing
Alumni President. It was a wonderful
opportunity to warmly welcome the grads
into the alumni as they embarked on
their nursing careers and new beginnings.
With the support of the School of Nursing
Division has forged stronger ties with the
students. The graduation ceremonies
and other events, such as the Mentorship
Program and career planning sessions,
are examples of the commitment and spirit of willingness of nurses who give
their time and expertise to support the
next generation.
The Nursing Division of the UBC Alumni
also serves as a vehicle for communication
and socialization, and recognizes colleagues with the Young Alumni, Distinction
and Recognition Awards. We are excited
as we gear up for the 80th anniversary of
the School, and are preparing for the
many events and activities of celebration.
munication with our alumni membership.
In response, we have teamed up with the
School to establish our voice, utilizing
this publication as a vehicle to bring news
to you, our valued members.
We would love to hear your suggestions
and create closer ties. Cathy Ebbehoj has
tirelessly worked to increase our member
ship. It's a deal at just S10.00! Please contact Cathy at 822-7468 with regard
of the school during reunions. The
Alumni Association can provide support
in the planning of reunions and events.
The contact person is Catherine Newlands
at 822-8917.
in many ways. The motto of UBC is
Tuum Est-lt is yours, it's up to you.
I hope as alumni of the UBC School of
Nursing we realize that each of us played
a part in the past, and play an integral
part in the future of our Alma Mater.
Kris Custavson
/'res/dent, Nursiuv Aliiimii Division
Donors Make a Difference
One of the adages of fundraising is that
people give to vision rather than need.
People give time and money because they
want to make a difference and support
programs that they believe in.
The vision and commitment of the School
of Nursing will carry it well into the
next millennium. As funding for the School
increased to $26,109 ln me 1996/97
fiscal year, we would like to thank you,
our donors, for making a difference.
We receive many questions regarding will
and estate planning. Many nurses,
both retired and working, would like to do
more for the School, but do not have
the current financial means to do so. Here
are some answers to frequently asked
questions regarding donations to the School
of Nursing through planned giving.
How does the School of Nursing benefit?
Once you have provided for the financial
needs of your family and loved ones
through your will, you can still make a
significant and permanent difference
to UBC through a bequest.
Support from alumni and friends is essential for UBC to provide financial assistance
to students, attract and retain the best
faculty, fund important new research and
purchase equipment and upgrade facilities
How do I benefit?
The personal satisfaction of an investment
in higher education is one of the primary
benefits of a bequest to UBC. In addition,
there are substantial tax benefits that
will reduce the actual costs of a bequest to
UBC and increase the net amount of your
estate available for your other beneficiaries
Tax credits?
As a registered charity, all gifts to UBC
generate full tax credits. UBC issues
receipts, which can be used against 100
per cent of net income in the year of
death. Unused or excess credits may be
carried back one year. This is an
important feature in estate planning and
can result in a refund of taxes paid and
more money available to your beneficiaries.
Interested donors are encouraged to seek
advice regarding their specific circumstances from legal and financial professionals. Representatives of the Development
Office will gladly work with you and your
advisors should you wish additional
information or clarification of any ideas
and suggestions in this article.
Please call Simone Carnegie at 822-0603
or e-mail at simone.carnegie@ubc.ca
WANTED!   NEEDED!
UBC   NURSING  ALUMNI
We are rebuilding and we need the
support of each and every graduate
of the UBC School of Nursing. How?!
By joining the Nursing Alumni.
Non-UBC nursing alumni are welcome
as Associate Members.
Your input and involvement is necessary
to build a strong alumni association.
For input, membership and to find out
more, contact Cathy Ebbehoj (BSN '75)
at 822-7468.
TOUCHPOINTS CONGRATULATIONS
OOAv &.-
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AWARDS
Dr. Barbara Paterson,
Associate Professor
3M Teaching Fellowship, The Society
for Teaching and Learning in Higher
Education (STLHE)
Dr. Katharyn May, ■
Director and Professor,
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Administration, RNABC
Dr. Joy Johnson, Associate Professor
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Research, RNABC. Health Research
Scholar Award, Health Canada, National
Health and Research Development
Program
Dr. Sonia Acorn, Professor
Award of Excellence in Nursing Research,
RNABC
Dr. Anna Marie Hughes,
Assistant Professor
Award of Excellence in Nursing Education,
RNABC
Cheryl Entwistle, Director of
the BSN Outreach Program
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Education, RNABC
M. Anne Wyness, Associate Professor
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Education, RNABC
Dr. Pam Ratner, Assistant Professor,
Outstanding New Investigator
Award, the Canadian Association
for Nursing Research
FROM  THE EDITOR	
Just a quick note to welcome you to the
first issue of Touchpoints, the outreach newsletter of the UBC School of Nursing. Published
biannually, its purpose is to keep you informed
about the various activities and events
within and related to the School. You may have
seen the annual report that appeared last
year entitled UBC Nursing at Work. The
response to that publication was so favourable
that we decided to produce a newsletter
Dr. Joan Bottorff, Associate Professor
Nurse Researcher Award, Canadian
Association for Nursing Research
Radhika Bag hat (BSN '#jj
Young Alumni Award, Nursing Alumni
Division
Judith MacDonald (MSN '76)
Alumni Recognition Award, Nursing
Alumni Division
Alison Rice (BSN '67)
Award of Distinction, Nursing
Alumni Division
Gary Bowman, School of Nursing
Best of the Web Award, HealthyWay
APPOINTMENTS
Dr. Pam Ratner, appointed Assistant
Director of the Institute of
Health Promotion Research (IHPR)
Dr. Joan Anderson, Professor,
appointed to the NHRDP "Health
Determinants" Peer Review
Committee of Health Canada, Health
Promotion and Programs Branch
BOOK    LAUNCH
Shadows in the Sun: The experience
of sibling bereavement in childhood
by Dr. Betty Davies 1998. Philadelphia:
Taylor and Frances/Bruner Mazell.
Living with brain injury:
A guide for families and caregivers
by Dr. Sonia Acorn and Penny Offer, eds.
1998. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
that would keep you informed through articles
and event listings.
Your input is important to us. Addresses
and phone numbers follow most stories and we
encourage you to contact touchpoints@nurs-
ing.ubc.ca or 822-7747 for comments and
suggestions. We hope that Touchpoints will be
an enjoyable resource that will keep you in
touch with the School of Nursing.
U P - COMI NG     EVENTS
WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Initiative,
National Conference and Launch
November 19-21
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, UC
Sponsored by the Breastfeeding Committee
for Canada. Hosted by the BC Reproductive
Care Program, 875-3737
The 1998/99 Nursing Rounds
A speaker series held every 4th Wednesday
at the Ground Floor Lecture Theatre G-279,
Acute Care Unit, UBC Hospital Site.
For a complete listing consult
www.nursing.ubc.ca/docs/Net Events or
contact the Office of Nursing Research,
:.ca or 822-7453.
WORKSHOP:
Reading, Rating, Writing &. Relating
facilitator:  Dr. Donna Ciliska,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health
Sciences, McMaster University
February 5; 8:30 AM~5:30 PM
Dctwillcr Theatre, Detwiller Pavilion,
UBC Campus
contact: Office of Nursing Research,
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of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science,
University of British Columbia
Editor and Writer: Cheryl McNamara.
Communications Coordinator, School
of Nursing, UBC
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Tandem Design Associates Ltd.
Photography: Janis Franklin,
Biomedical Communications, UBC
Printer: Sudden Fine Printing Ltd.
The School of Nursing
T201-2211 Wesbrook Mall ■
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www.nursing.ubc.ca
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