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Array January 2008
UCJIPO I NTS
UBC
School of
Nursing
PUTTING    SCHOLARSHIP    INTO    PRACTICE
UBC
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Contents
1 Interprofessional Interconnectivity
2 Raising the Bar
Inspiring the Future with
Excellence Today
3 Interprofessional Collaboration
and Innovation
Accessing the Community to
Raise the Child
4 Graduate Profile
Uncovering Insights in the
Student Experience
Undergraduate Profile
Creating a Kit Bag of Experiences
for a Future in Nursing
5 Research Profile
National Research Leadership
6 New Faces in Research
The Voice of the Child
The Maternal-Child Mandate
7 Development
Leaving a Living Legacy
Alumni Action
8 Career Reflections
Global Neuroscience
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Interprofessional Interconnectivity
Dr. Sally Thorne
As the School of Nursing matures, its members are increasingly
demonstrating their capacity to take leadership in an array of large,
complex initiatives intended to solve some of the more pressing
and difficult problems influencing the health of our society.
Although nursing has always upheld a strong
core value related to working within interprofessional teams and translating information
between various disciplines or stakeholders in
the health world, its early history was also
characterized by an expectation of operating
within a supportive rather than a true leadership capacity. Armed with clarity of thought as
to what a unique nursing "angle of vision"
represents, nurse leaders today have become
highly capable of engaging their disciplinary
perspective in a more proactive and targeted
manner to catalyze strategic approaches
to complex problem-solving at growing levels
of magnitude.
Within the School, we see numerous examples
of faculty building lasting and sustained
partnerships across health and social service
disciplines, within the applied and basic
sciences, and with governments, health authorities and public planners. The era of individual
research projects is rapidly being replaced by
a mandate to engage and involve the full
spectrum of stakeholders with an investment
not only in new knowledge but also in steward-
ing its translation into the practice or policy
context. Our clinical projects are expanding into
models for re-envisioning how complex
systems such as primary health care or professional practice education could be engineered
differently within a new and reformed system of
accountabilities and expectations. It is a time
for "big thinkers" and a time in which nursing's
fundamental way of approaching complexity is
of considerable interest to others seeking real
solutions to real problems.
At the UBC School of Nursing, we take great
pride in our nursing identity, and in the unique
and distinctive shared vision for a better
world that our discipline's core principles and
practices afford us. And we are progressively
more confident that the rest of the world has
started to recognize what nursing contributes
to making this world a better place. Raising the Bar
Inspiring the Future with Excellence Today
Faculty members in the UBC School of Nursing are all exceptionally
committed to the nursing profession and to excellence within their own
particular sphere of influence. Their talents and skills are as diverse as
nursing itself, and they routinely advance new knowledge and stretch
professional practice to expand the ways in which nursing makes a
difference in the health care system and beyond.
While the incredible endowments of the
entire faculty are recognized on a daily basis,
sometimes the external world takes special
interest in particular accomplishments and
affords them special recognition. Three faculty
members, exemplifying quite different branches of leading edge nursing excellence, have
recently won prestigious awards.
Dr. Bernie Garrett, Assistant Professor, was
awarded the UBC 2007 Richard A. Spencer
Award for Information Technology Innovation.
This award recognizes outstanding innovation
and creativity in information technology at
UBC. Bernie teaches a variety of courses at
the undergraduate and graduate level
including nursing informatics. "I wanted to
create something for students to use that
would easily and quickly link them in their clinical practice to the university," says Bernie.
He along with a strong team of colleagues,
developed the Mobile Clinical e-Portfolio,
a set of personal digital assistant (PDA) tools
incorporating clinical reference applications
and a clinical e-portfolio system, by which students can wirelessly log on to record their
clinical activity remotely. With the development
of these tools, faculty, students and their
clinical mentors can access an online student
portfolio to record achievements, comment
on journal entries and record practicum placement activity.
"This project would not have reached this
stage without the help of the faculty and information technology staff here at the School,"
says Bernie. "Nor would I have even been able
to seriously contemplate the idea without Sally
Thorne encouraging the pursuit of technological advancements for students in the School."
Students and colleagues have played an
equally foundational role in stimulating expertise in a different direction for Cathy Ebbehoj,
BSN '75, MSN '99, Lecturer in the School
of Nursing, and another recent award winner.
Cathy is the recipient of the 2007 Canada
Award of Excellence from the Association of
Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal
Nurses. This honour recognizes Cathy's outstanding contribution to the care of women,
mothers, newborns and families, and the
passion with which she has influenced others
towards the highest standards of care. "The
families and my students both past and present energize me," says Cathy. "The students
question my ideas related to maternity care
and teaching and challenge me to think about
these in new and different ways."
Cathy Ebbehoj with her Award of Excellence
from AWHONN
For Cathy it is all about working with and
learning from others. "When I came to teach
at the School of Nursing, I partnered with
wonderful faculty mentors who helped me to
expand my views of working with childbearing
families." It was, and is, the support of
these mentors and of the School that has
allowed Cathy to serve the community to
the extent she has.
Building and sharing an evidentiary basis for
the nursing profession and the health
problems of society are what drives Dr. Pam
Ratner's nursing practice. As a Professor in
the School, and a Michael Smith Foundation
for Health Research Senior Scholar, Pam
was recently inducted into the Canadian
Academy of Health Sciences. This prestigious
honour is restricted to a select few who
have established themselves as world class
research scholars as well as professional
leaders in advancing the academic health
sciences. Involvement by faculty such as Pam
in national initiatives to solve the pressing
health problems of the day ensures that the
UBC School of Nursing remains on the forefront of relevance and vision.
As each of these award winners would attest,
such accomplishments are not attributable
to brilliance alone, but also to the kind of
exceptional scholarly community that nurtures
and supports creativity, innovation and action.
The School has a sustained commitment to
remaining the kind of community from which
such excellence routinely emerges among
our faculty, staff and students. We celebrate
these successes and acknowledge the dozens
of everyday miracles that grow out of our
commitment to serve. Interprofessional
Collaboration and Innovation
Social Pediatrics
The initial model for social
pediatrics, developed by Dr. Gilles
Julien in Montreal, was designed
to complement existing tertiary
and primary services and provide
care to those children who are
most vulnerable. Dr. Julien stresses
the importance of working with
the natural borders of a child's
community, such as the school.
Accessing the Community to Raise the Child
As health care providers, what happens when we recognize that the predisposition to health problems is
attributable to an increasingly wide array of factors? Research now tells us that social conditions (e.g., poverty and
family disruption) can create and magnify disparities in both physical and mental health. "Poor health in children
is cumulative over the life course," says Dr. Judy Lynam, Associate Professor, "and many of the conditions that
contribute to poor health in children are preventable. In our traditional system of care, treatments are frequently
focused on symptoms rather than root causes." Through their work in social pediatrics, Judy and her colleagues
are developing industry partnerships and programs that will engage with the child, the family and the community
to identify and address conditions that contribute to inequities in health.
"I think one of the central ideas inherent in
social pediatrics is that it recognizes and
seeks to respond to the child and family's
social context in the way care is organized and
provided." The key to this approach is creating
enduring supportive relationships for children
while working in partnership with other community-based organizations to ensure continuities in care and access to services from early
childhood, through school age and into youth
and young adulthood. "My own research with
immigrant children has demonstrated the ways
that being on the social margins of society can
erode or undermine relationships," says Judy.
"A general premise is that many of the stresses faced by immigrant families arise out of,
or are compounded by, poverty, so an additional focus is to seek to ensure that families
have the resources they need."
The original team included Judy, Ranjit Dhari,
a community health nurse, and Andrea
Scott Richardson, a community educator. After
an initial meeting with nurse leaders, they
undertook a needs assessment and created a
working document to share with key community stakeholders. This led to a partnership
with Dr. Christine Loock, a developmental pediatrician who works with children in the
Downtown Eastside. Others, who hold key
roles in the community, such as nurses
associated with the Sheway program (a partnership initiative to provide health and
social services to women who are either pregnant or parenting a child less than IS
months of age, or who have or have had
issues with substance use) and Dr. Fitzgerald
have also been engaged. Viewed as filling
an important gap in child health services, Judy
and her team's initiative have garnered
support from medical and nursing leaders
across the region. From the outset, the
team has also engaged in active dialogue
with a number of community-based
organizations, including the Network of East
Vancouver Community Organizations, the
Ray Cam Community Co-operative, and
Vancouver Native Health. "The community
partners have been key as they have
longstanding relationships with the community
and they know the people," says Judy.
This past October, the Coordinated Community
Child Health Services Initiative, based in
the Ray Cam Community Co-operative, started
in Vancouver. Lorinne Scott, a family nurse
practitioner is starting work on an outreach
model to build relationships and establish
a presence in the community. A community
and professional advisory committee meets
with Lorinne regularly to explore ways to
provide support and to capture how best to
enact the model.
Long term goals for this work include
capturing what's important in this type of
approach that can form the basis of
health professional education, and be drawn
upon to inform approaches in other communities. "This has been a wonderful experience
from the outset," says Judy. "We start small
and build relationships. It's about being accessible and responsive and mobilizing resources
that are appropriate for a particular child."
Did You Know?
Current nationally funded research
projects headed by UBC School
of Nursing faculty members consist
of co-investigators from a wide
range of disciplines including: family practice, epidemiology, oncology,
psychology, psychiatry, gerontology,
psychometrics, rehabilitation
sciences, bioethics, pedagogy, journalism, midwifery, criminology,
sociology, political science and
community development. Graduate Profile
Uncovering Insights in
the Student Experience
Jeff Dyck, BSN '03, MSN '07, currently a
full-time teacher in the BSN program at BCIT
and a textbook writer and editor for Lippincott
Williams and Wilkins, became intrigued
with the possibilities of nursing during after-
work conversations with his wife. "My wife
is a nurse in labour and delivery and I was
an English as a Second Language (ESL)
teacher. At the end of each day, her work
stories would always be more interesting
than mine because she was directly involved
in people's lives, experiencing major life
transitions with them."
During his undergraduate studies, Jeff noticed
female students significantly outnumbered
the males. "Literature tells us that only five per
cent of practicing nurses and nine per cent
of nursing students are male," he says. "It was
the first time in my life I was in a minority
position and it tweaked my interest." Jeff began
to wonder what the underlying reasons were
for this, and what others who had studied gender in nursing had found. He wondered how
nurse educators plan and execute educational
strategies that reach a diversity of students
when only one in 10 nursing students is male.
Armed with a competitive research operating
grant from the Katherine McMillan Director's
Discretionary Fund and a supervisory committee, Jeff embarked on his thesis research—
a qualitative study exploring the teaching and
learning experiences of male students and
nursing instructors. "Students were very interested in sharing their experiences with me,"
says Jeff. "I had to reconfigure the study to
incorporate the experiences they shared from
their clinical placements as well as classroom
learning." For example, in clinical situations,
male students found they had to adapt some
of their behaviours, especially around issues
of touch. In some instances, such as maternity
units, agency staff expected them to accept
different learning opportunities than those of
their female counterparts.
According to Jeff, the male nursing student
experience remains complicated with a number
of paradoxes. "Some of my findings can bring
attention to the issue of gender balance in
nursing education. So, let's look at it critically
and see why gender imbalance is still happening in nursing. Let's stimulate discussion
collectively as a profession and determine
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what we can do to bring this issue more to the
forefront." What Jeff hopes his study will contribute is the conviction that there is a valuable
and appropriate place for men in nursing.
Although further graduate studies may lie in
his future, for the moment Jeff's enthusiasm
lies in teaching. "I am interested in education,"
he says, "and a more direct interaction with
students." That interaction includes his work in
writing and editing. "Undergraduate students
still spend much of their time with textbooks,
and I hope to further the inclusion of thoughtful
prose into textbooks through my work as a
textbook writer and editor."
Jeff aspires to produce graduates who are
ready to meet the challenges inherent in the
current trends of society and to advocate
for high quality patient care. "As educators,
there is a lot we can contribute to help our
students understand the reality of the nursing
and health care systems." We might imagine
that Jeff's after-work conversations are now
doubly inspired!
Undergraduate Profile
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Creating a Kit Bag of Experiences for a
Future in Nursing
As long as f'm working with infants, children and youth, f know
f'm in the right place.  Keisa Laughiin, bsn '07
Kelsa had every intention of becoming a
physician. After the third year of her undergraduate program in biology, she decided to
travel to the Philippines to do volunteer work
on the islands of Bohol and Cebu. There,
her experiences with Visayas Primary Health
Care Services, a non-governmental organization focusing on rural and primary health
care, changed the course of her life.
"I worked with many doctors, nurses and
midwives, and even lay people trained as community health workers," she says. "Over the
span of four months it not only strengthened
my desire to be in the health care field,
but it showed me first-hand how many different
roles you can play in primary care." Although
the doctors developed close relationships with
their clients, it was the holistic interpersonal
relationships the nurses fostered that most
attracted Kelsa. "They had a different kind of
continuity of care," she says, "and the
nurses were highly respected. It really opened
my eyes to the integral role nurses play in
health care."
(cont'd on bottom of page 5) Research Profile
National Research
Leadership
Dr. Joy Johnson, a Professor in the School
of Nursing, has made a major new addition to
her professorial activities. As of January 1,
2008, she assumed a major national leadership role as Scientific Director for the
Institute of Gender and Health of the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The
position of Scientific Director within CIHR is
offered to individuals who have an outstanding record of scientific achievement
within a particular area of focus, and
have a stellar background in both leadership
and research development.
Building upon her experience helping to
develop NEXUS (a multidisciplinary research
unit focused on the social context of health
behaviour) and NAHBR (the School's Nursing
and Health Behaviour Research Unit), Joy
has contributed considerable voluntary time to
academic development through roles such
as chairing the Research Advisory Committee
for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research and chairing the UBC Senate's
Teaching and Learning Committee. "In the
School of Nursing my experiences as PhD
Coordinator, and later as Associate Director
for Graduate Programs and Research, helped
me gain an appreciation for the complex task
of developing research programs and effective
graduate training experiences," says Joy.
Although a significant portion of Joy's time
will be devoted to national research leadership
for the next five-year period, and her travel
commitments will take her off campus for considerable periods, her appointment will also
bring many positive dimensions to UBC and to
the School. "As Scientific Director I will have
the opportunity to meet key researchers from
across the country and will be in a position
to foster links between faculty members at
UBC and researchers country-wide. I think it is
key that nurses assume leadership positions
in the CIHR," says Joy. "We have a lot to
contribute."
Working with the Institute Advisory Board and
in consultation with researchers and trainees
across the country, Joy intends to develop new
Joy Johnson
strategic directions for the Institute including
working toward reducing gender-based
inequities in health care. "Closing the gap
involves understanding the ways in which
biological sex-related factors affect the development and progress of disease and how
social or gender-related factors influence
appropriate and timely access to health care
and self-care practices," says Joy.
"My appointment reflects positively on the
School of Nursing at UBC in that it demonstrates it is a context that fosters research
leadership. I think the appointment is also
good for the nursing profession in that it
signals that nurses are contenders for key
leadership positions."
We agree, and look forward to the spotlight
that this role will place on the university
as a whole, and on the School of Nursing's
capacity to nurture and support exceptional
national leaders.
Entering the advanced standing degree
program at the UBC School of Nursing, Kelsa
especially enjoyed her clinical courses in
public health, working with infants, children
and youth. On graduation this past summer,
she immediately entered a float position
at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
in Ottawa, where she is able to work with
clients from birth to 18 years of age across
all units of the hospital.
"There's something about kids and their energy,"
says Kelsa. "They are amazing creatures.
They don't choose to be sick and yet they're
so resilient. When I know they are in a facility
or getting treatment, I have a need to make
their experience as good as it can be." Kelsa
chose Ottawa for her placement for a few
reasons: the travel bug did bite in the
Philippines and she knew Ottawa would open
new horizons; she can further develop her
bilingual skills with French refresher courses
offered by the hospital, thus expanding future
career opportunities; and she is also close at
hand to be aunt to her brother's young twins.
During her biology studies at the University
of Victoria, Kelsa had minored in Indigenous
Studies. It was natural, therefore, for her to
take her final clinical nursing course at the
Public Health Unit in Terrace, BC. There, she
worked with children, conducted neonatal
home visits and facilitated teaching sessions
for First Nations prenatal groups. "I was
welcomed into all aspects of people's lives
while up north," she says, "and I was moved
by how much they nurture new babies.
There is cohesiveness in the community and
everyone works as a team to take care of
the little ones."
While in the UBC nursing program, Kelsa
felt taken care of herself when she received
the Flora S. Musgrave Award in 2006. "I
felt honoured. Receiving the scholarship gave
me the extra push to keep going because
I knew someone had acknowledged the hard
work I'd done, and I wanted to make
them proud."
The future for Kelsa is limitless, and she
is grateful for the opportunities her UBC BSN
degree has afforded her. "I love the
values behind illness prevention and community-based health, and will definitely want to
focus in the area of primary care and health
promotion," she says. "One day I would
like to implement primary health care centres
and involve community members of all ages."
Once she gains valuable clinical assessment
and practice skills in the hospital context
over the next few years, Kelsa envisions volunteering abroad again. Graduate study may
also be in her future. For now, Kelsa is thrilled
to be informing her nursing practice with the
life experiences she has already had.
"There is so much open to new nursing graduates today," she says, "I get so excited
dreaming of all the paths I am qualified to
pursue." The School is energized by new
graduates like Kelsa who exemplify the exciting career future that emerges from a
visionary educational base. New Faces in Research
The Voice of the Child
Dr. Gladys McPherson, Assistant Professor, is committed to child health. Her particular passion
is ensuring children's voices are heard, especially in matters pertaining to health care. "The starting
point for me is how we see children in our society and in our health care system," says Gladys.
Throughout her professional career Gladys has been involved in pediatric nursing, sustained by a
concern for ensuring that we never lose sight of the well-being of children and their families.
Gladys earned her PhD from the UBC nursing doctoral program, and is excited at the opportunity
to expand her involvement with the School in the faculty role. "It's a good match for me," she
says. "Quite a few faculty members have expertise in various aspects of child health. I look forward
to building on the intersections where child health, ethics, communication and critical inquiry
meet." Maintaining her focus on how we see children as members of society, Gladys will direct her
program of research toward associations between health and social determinants of health such
as poverty, posing questions such as "How does poverty manifest itself in a child's opportunity to
receive appropriate health care?"
"I have a penchant for the study of children and
a concern that issues related to their
well-being are addressed. " Gladys McPherson
The Maternal-Child Mandate
Dr. Helen Brown, Assistant Professor, has an abiding passion for the health and ethical care of
childbearing women, infants and families. "After working for several years as a neonatal
transport nurse for critically ill newborns and labouring mothers," says Helen, "I developed a
deep appreciation for the complex experience of living with particular threats to health and
well-being in pregnancy and the newborn period." It also introduced Helen to the importance of
examining the connection between ethical maternal-infant care and the broader social forces
shaping nursing practice and women's health experiences and outcomes of maternal-infant care.
In her doctoral work at the University of Victoria, Helen advanced the understanding of the impact
of health care relationships on maternal and infant care. Understanding the complex social context
of such relationships for childbearing women and their infants also helps Helen appreciate how
relations between health care providers and women influence maternal-infant health outcomes.
Helen's future research will examine the social context of maternal-infant care, the complex construction of health care relationships and the particular health impact they have on women and
their babies. She is thrilled to have joined the UBC School of Nursing. Helen says "I am keen to
become an active part of the strong teaching, scholarship and research in ethics and maternal-
infant care and the School's mandate for putting scholarship into practice."
Inquiry into everyday care of women and infants
is a critical site from which to evolve
maternal-infant nursing practice.
Helen Brown Development
Leaving a Living Legacy
Janet Gormick, RN, BSc, MSN, Assistant
Professor Emerita, who passed away on April
27, 2006, was a dedicated member of
the School of Nursing faculty for 26 years.
She played an active role in the development of
the UBC Model for Nursing, worked on
curriculum building and theory development,
and supported clinical practice in psychiatry
as well as community and family health.
"Janet was one of my teachers in the post-RN
program," says Kathy O'Flynn-Magee, BSN '98,
MSN '02, currently a Lecturer in the School.
Kathy thinks the feedback Janet gave her on
her final conceptual paper was foundational
to her belief in herself, and her subsequent
professional career. "She implied through
her comments that I had the potential to move
forward to graduate work." Kathy remembers
that message each year at convocation when
she wears the academic gown Janet passed
down to her.
"Janet was involved in the history of nursing in
order to appreciate the context in which nursing
developed and grew toward uncovering and
increasing its theoretical base," says Emerita
faculty member, Dr. Mary Regester. "She understood that nursing is essentially the backbone
of the health care system and was desirous
of inculcating this knowledge and value in the
students she taught." Mary remembers how
Janet's sense of humour enlivened her
interactions with her students and colleagues.
Emerita faculty member, Helen Shore,
remembers that students looked up to
Janet's wisdom and fund of knowledge,
and that Janet thoroughly enjoyed her
work with students. "When it came time to
talk about her will, Janet thought about her
own days as a student," says Helen. "She
received a number of awards and scholarships and reflected on how much they
meant to her, saying, 'If it hadn't been for
awards, I never could have gone to school.'
I think she wanted to leave a similar
legacy to students." According to Helen, the
ideal recipients will not only love learning,
but will want to contribute in some way to
developing nursing knowledge and practice.
The inaugural recipients of The Janet
Gormick Memorial Scholarships, one each
year for an undergraduate and a graduate
student, are Sonia Orenchuk and Lyle
Grant, respectively.
Sonia says the award will motivate her
academically and will inspire her to cultivate
her nursing skills and philosophy (along
with relieving the anxiety associated
with increasing costs of education). "I felt
extremely honoured and privileged to
be the recipient of this award. I was told
a little about Janet Gormick and realize
she was an exceptional person. Not only
was her friendship dear to faculty members,
but she was also very dedicated to and
involved in the School."
"Receiving this kind of scholarship helps
to boost a sense of recommitment to my
academic work," says Lyle Grant, BSN '04,
MSN '07, a doctoral student whose particular
passion is finding ways in which nursing can
contribute to improving the health trajectories
of persons with severe mental illness. "I look
forward to my research making valuable
contributions to health promotion and health
services provision to a variety of disenfranchised or vulnerable populations."
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
Alumni Action
Do you have a story to tell? Do you know of alumni who ought to be featured in this section?
School of Nursing Director, Sally Thorne currently serves as faculty representative to the Alumni
Association Board of Directors.
Please visit our alumni page (http://www.nursing.ubc.ca/About_Us/Alumni.htm) and offer
feedback on what you would like to see listed.
Mark your 2008 calendars for the next alumni lunch event which occurs over UBC's alumni
weekend, May 23-25, 2008. Career Reflections
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Global Neuroscience
As they leave the School and head out into
the world of professional practice, UBC Nursing
alumni embark on a remarkable diversity
of careers. While every one of our graduates
makes a profound contribution to the health
of society, some find themselves in roles
that are particularly inspirational.
Marjorie Ratel, BSN '95, is a case in point.
As a neuroscience staff nurse at Vancouver
General Hospital (VGH) since 1978, a nurse
clinician in gerontology in the Fraser Health
region and a policy development consultant
at the Pentecostal Broadway Lodge, Marjorie
is in constant contact with the varied issues
affecting the nervous system. Marjorie's interest in the challenges of access to quality
health care began when she met Dr. Thomas
Dakurah, a young neurosurgeon from Ghana
taking advanced training at VGH in 1999.
Marjorie and three other VGH nurses founded
the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project in 2000,
with the intent of supporting neurosurgical
nurses in Ghana. Witnessing the severe shortages in medical and allied health neuroscience care, education and relevant equipment during a 2002 trip to Ghana, Marjorie
and others expanded the scope of the initial
project. The BC-based team and its volunteers
have shipped five million dollars worth of
donated supplies and equipment to the Korle-
Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.
Under the auspices of the UBC School of
Nursing, four Ghanaian nurses from the
Korle-Bu hospital acquired specialized neurolo-
gy/neurosurgery training at VGH in 2004. "My
goal is to establish a Centre of Excellence
in Neurosurgery and Clinical Neurosciences
that will provide high quality health care,
not only by building a well equipped specialized centre, but also by providing highly
trained professionals in all the required fields,"
says Marjorie. "The ultimate aim of the
centre is to form the nucleus for the dissemination of neuroscience care, its teaching,
training and research for sub-Saharan West
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by the UBC Alumni Association with its
Global Citizenship Award. "I choose to work
on this project because I am helping to
fill a dire need," says Marjorie. "I am thrilled
to know that the value of this project for
the population of West Africa is being acknowledged by this award."
Marjorie maintains her ties with UBC through
her involvement with the International
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