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On the Threshold
of Change
Xi Eta is About
to Turn 10
Director's Report
BC's Campaign Against
Youth Smoking Takes
a New Turn
80th Anniversary
Perceptions of
Plans Ahead: a Word
from your Nursing
Alumni Division
School Celebrates
New International
up-coming events
On the Threshold of Change-
Vancouver's nursing leaders gaze into the crystal ball
at Nursing's future and UBC Nursing's role.
Nurses in the future will be independent
practitioners, working in hospitals as fully
recognized partners in care and tending
to clients in the community through
health and illness. They will treat and
educate people hundreds of miles away
via video monitors on their computer
screens. Health organizations will be
closely linked for improved health care
delivery. Nurses will be revered as
essential to the health care system.
This forecast is not so improbable given
the advances in technology and rapid
changes in health care delivery. What
may be difficult is for nurses, policy
makers and educators to think proactively
about the future when overwhelmed by
current and projected staff shortages
and financial crunches.
Some of Vancouver's nursing planners,
including Director of UBC Nursing
Katharyn May, are optimistic about the
future. Despite the formidable challenges
ahead, they anticipate that the nursing
profession will come into its own in
five to ten years. And while UBC Nursing
struggles with its own shortages and
budget cuts, the School is determined
to be a major player in facilitating
that projection.
"Nursing scholarship is a key factor in
professional growth and development,"
says Dr. May. "The School of Nursing has
been making strides over the last five years
to redefine that connection in education
and student placement, and faculty practice and support at the advanced level."
Two years ago, the School overhauled
its undergraduate program in response
to mounting interest from applicants
with advanced education. One option
of the new Multiple Entry Option (MEO)
continued on page 2
After overseeing five years of faculty initiatives at
UBC Nursing, Director Dr. Katharyn May is
prepared for the challenges ahead and determined
that the School will be a major player in facilitating
a promising future.
TEACHING Program concentrates nursing study
within two years to attract mature
students and reduce the time it takes to
begin their careers.
The School also responded to the professions growing demand for advanced
practice nurses by shifting its concentration to address this area in its Masters
Program. Its research funding has jumped
more than 400 percent over the last
decade, and a new Office of Nursing
Research was established in 1996 to
further develop and promote nursing
research and scholarship.
Since the mid-1990s, UBC Nursing
has expanded its ties with hospitals and
health units and established faculty
practice sites at UBC campus and the
Downtown Eastside.
"Through Katharyn (May)'s influence,
the thrust of the School toward Ph.D. and
graduate level activities has helped the
nursing community at St. Paul's Hospital
question and push the boundaries
of nursing theory," says Lynette Best,
looks forward to
Anniversary Year
The 8oth Anniversary celebrations
will include several tundraismg
projects that are targeted toward
leaving a permanent legacy for the
School. The planning for these
legacies is underway and we look
forward to unveiling them in the
next issue of Touchpoints.
UBC Nursing welcomes its new
Senior Development Officer, Robert
Appleton. Mr. Appleton was the
Regional Development Officer for
the BC Cancer Foundation. He
replaces Simone Carnegie who is
now with the Central Development
Office at the University of Calgary.
For further information on fundraising
projects and donation opportunities
please contact Rob Appleton at
822-0603 or rapplcton@apsc.ubc.ca.
Professional Practice Leader, Nursing,
Providence Health Care.
Best and her colleagues in Vancouver's
health community speak enthusiastically
about the School's initiatives, but feel
that UBC Nursing could go further.
Health units want the School to extend
its practice activities beyond the campus
and downtown communities to assist
more areas. St. Paul's and Vancouver
Hospital have expressed interest in on-site
classes that the School would administer
within the hospitals or downtown core.
Such a move would offer registered nurses
the convenience of work-site education
and increased contact with faculty who
are advanced practitioners.
There is also a need for UBC Nursing to
bring the advanced knowledge and skill
of faculty to the practice environment
with greater facility, and address the
deficit of faculty with advanced skills in
the adult specialties.
While UBC Nursing would like to be
more responsive to the needs of the health
care community, it is limited by a lack
of resources, a result of university-wide
budget cuts. Since 1985, the faculty
complement has been reduced by more
than half. That has had a serious impact
on enrolment, culminating in a 50
percent reduction of students in the
BSN program.
Clinical practice leaders appreciate the
obstacles faced by UBC Nursing. They
will soon deal with the worst shortage
of nurses since the Second World War.
The majority of nurses near retirement
and many young nurses are leaving the
province for attractive job opportunities
elsewhere. Coupled with limited funds
and resources, the profession appears
crippled in a vicious circle.
It is a position that Mary Ferguson-Pare
challenges the health sector and UBC
Nursing to turn around. "We have to
end this victimization mindset that
is paralyzing service delivery and use the
resources that we have now," says
the Vice-President of Professional Affairs,
Human Resources & Organizational
Development at Vancouver Hospital.
According to her, the current crisis is
changing the face of the profession.
Nursing must evaluate where it is heading
and prepare now.
With the projected demand for nurses,
she and her colleagues fear that there will
be a push to introduce lesser-prepared
workers to replace the dwindling supply
of registered nurses. They foresee that
the remaining registered nurses will need
to be advanced practitioners able to
oversee and supervise a variety of care
providers, as well as provide direct care
and services to clients and families in a
wide range of settings.
This shift implies a mounting demand
for practitioners prepared at the undergraduate and graduate level. Says Dr.
May, "In the decade ahead, I wouldn't
be surprised if UBC Nursing initiates
the first professional doctorate in
Canada that moves nursing in parallel
structure with medicine, dentistry and
pharmaceutical sciences."
Dr. Ferguson-Pare' challenges the School
to "go there now" "I think there needs
to be a quantum leap to the future of
practice and you start by developing educational programs now that are futuristic
rather than present-focused. Develop the
future vision, test what the leaders in
BC and other jurisdictions are saying, and
educate for that now," she says.
She and her colleagues agree that future
planning must stem from a concentrated
collaborative effort at the practice and
academic levels. Several recent meetings
brought together representatives from
schools of nursing, governments, unions,
practice and clinical agencies to discuss
human resource planning in light of the
nursing shortage.
"Those discussions are at the beginning
stages now and will probably continue
and become more deliberate and
focused. We can't afford to be separate
anymore. We have to be partners,"
says Heather Mass, Chief of Nursing at
Children's & Women's Health Centre
for British Columbia.
Initial dialogue around future planning
is occurring between UBC Nursing and its
clinical partners, and plans are underway
to establish an advisory board to formalize
these links and facilitate feedback. Despite impending shortages and
decreasing funds, these leaders anticipate
that through the ensuing need for
nurses there will be greater awareness of
the profession's invaluable contribution
to health care.
"The role of nursing is going to continue
to evolve and become more appreciated
than it has in recent times. Historically,
the role of nursing has been valued.
Nurses have substantial skills and abilities
that will become more recognized as the
health care system becomes more complex," says Lynn Buhler of Operational
Planning, Community Health Services at
the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board.
Dr. May hopes that this recognition will
carry over into education. "The province
has tended to overlook the astonishing
resource that is present not just at UBC
Nursing, but all three university programs
in BC," she says. "That's going to have
to turn around. Given the opportunity,
we have some powerful contributions
to make."
Xi Eta is about
to turn lO
The Xi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau,
the international nursing honour society, is
approaching its ten-year milestone. Xi Eta,
formally chartered in 1994, was originally
conceived as the "Nursing Honour Society"
in 1990 for leadership in scholarship.
Sigma Theta Tau exists to promote
nursing scholarship, communicate the
often-elusive relationships between
research and practice, and influence
policy. Xi Eta fulfills this function at a
regional level by sponsoring the annual
Ethel Johns Research Day, hosting events
featuring nursing leaders, and offering
bursary assistance to students.
Xi Eta will feature guest speaker Laurel
Brunke, Executive Director, RNABC
at its Spring Dinner and Annual General
Meeting, held at Picasso Cafe on April
22nd. Her topic is "As We Move to
the New Millennium: A Personal Vision
of Nursing."
For more information, contact Dr. Sonia
Acorn at 822-7457 or sacorn@unixg.ubc.ca.
Director s Note
Nursing education is a focus of public attention, perhaps as it has
never been before. I am pleased to say that the School is well
posilioned to meet the challenges ahead. Its recent activities are
Trek 2000 document released several months ago. It is exciting to
see how well the strategic directions of the School, set almost three
years ago, aniculate with the University's new guiding principles.
UBC Nursing is preparing nurses for the health care system of
today and tomorrow. Employers are actively recruiting our baccalau-
uates, and we have almost three times as many qualified
BSN applicants as we can accommodate. Our MSN and Ph.D.
graduates choose from a growing number of opportunities in
advanced practice, system leadership and academic nursing.
A generous gift from Dr. Helen Mussallem has strengthened the
School's capacity to prepare nursing leaders of the future. The
creation of the Helen K. Mussallem Endowment Fund, launched
at the Alumni Reception in April of this year, will provide much-
needed financial support for students engaged in professional
association activities.
Faculty ar
nave set new directions in research anc
practice in health promotion and risk reduction with vulnerable
populations. Profiled elsewhere in this issue is the work of
Drs. joy Johnson and Pamela Ratner—a program of research
directed at smoking cessation. UBC Nursing is also working with
the Downtown East Side community—providing services for
the mentally ill who are homeless, and evaluating the Street Nurses
program for the Vancouver/Richmond Regional Health Board.
UBC Nursing is reaching out to its alumni and friends to ensure a
vibrant future. The School relies on its alumni and friends who
donate their time as adjunct-faculty - -teaching in courses and
serving on graduate committees, as mentors     working with undergraduate students as they forge new identities as professional
nurses, or as actLv.e_alumrii_a.sso.ciatLQajTaeriib.eis. While our alumni
association members are dedicated allies, they number just over
100. The School's active alumni base must grow if we are to continue our leadership in nursing education in the future.
On the threshold of the next century, as the School celebrates its
80th anniversary year, I invite you to 'take a new look'...and join
the faculty, staff, students anc
in UBC Nursing's brilliant futi
Katharyn May, D.N.So, R.N, F.A.A.N. BCs Campaign
Against Youth Smoking
Takes a New Turn
It seems that British Columbians are increasingly taking measures to stop smoking, thanks
in part to an aggressive campaign by the BC Ministry of Health to limit the use of tobacco
and advertise its dangers. But as adults struggle to end their addiction to a product cited as
the leading cause of lung disease and cancer, kids as young as 12 years old are increasingly
taking up the habit.
Why does one teenager in five smoke
despite warnings and intervention
strategies? Researchers at UBC School of
Nursing and the Centre for Community
Child Health Research (CCCHR) have
uncovered some answers that may point
policy makers in the right direction.
Up until now, smoking intervention
strategies directed at youth have centred
on primary prevention—stopping
kids from smoking their first cigarette.
Drs. Pam Ratner, Jean Shoveller, Chris Lovato and
Joy Johnson are co-investigating one of the first studies on
secondary prevention and tobacco use among teenagers.
Their work has caught the attention of the BC Ministry
of Health, which is aggressively campaigning to undermine smoking behaviour in the province.
Little attention has been paid to the
two-year period when a teenager experiments with cigarettes and becomes a
regular smoker. Even less has been paid
to differences between adult and youth
behaviour around tobacco.
Through a grant from the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Drs.
Joy Johnson (BSN '81) and Pam Ratner,
faculty members at the School, and
Drs. Jean Shoveller and Chris Lovato,
faculty in the Department of Health
Care & Epidemiology and the CCCHR,
have completed a study that examines
the transition from experimentation to
regular smoking.
The investigators reviewed available
research on this topic and analyzed data
from a recent provincial survey. In addition, they conducted seven focus groups
of participants 18 to 26 years of age in
Prince George, Kamloops, Victoria and
North Vancouver.
Some of the emerging findings, though
they require further study, are starting
to stir considerable interest from
the Heart and Stroke Foundation and
Ministry of Health.
One finding that surprised the investigators is the assumption of young people
that they will not become addicted
to cigarettes. In fact, the majority of
participants had a date or an age by
which they intended not to smoke.
"The only way that youth can find consistency between smoking and seeing
the warning messages on cigarettes and
advertisements is to say 'That's not going
to happen to me. I'm in control of this.
I will quit before any of that occurs,'"
explains Dr. Ratner.
This is important information for
the Ministry of Health. Its recent "Poster
Child of the Tobacco Industry", which
depicts a teenager marred by superimposed images of health problems
associated with smoking, may prove
ineffective if youth believe that they
will quit before reaching that stage.
How kids define their smoking behaviour
is especially revealing. The participants
rejected the terms "experimenter" and
"smoker" that the investigators used to
define them. Even youth who smoke-
regularly do not describe themselves as
"smokers" but "social smokers".
While these teenagers fail to acknowledge
that they have a problem, they recognize
the signs of becoming addicted, such
as not wanting to share their cigarettes,
purchasing them for the first time,
smoking alone and craving cigarettes.
Evidence also suggests that kids smoke
not so much to rebel, as popularly
believed, but to appear and feel "grown
up". How parents respond to their
children's smoking behaviour is therefore
of critical importance.
Parents who send strong messages to
their children to stop smoking are more
successful in interrupting the transition
from experimentation to addiction than
parents who ignore or partially restrict the
behaviour, according to the investigators.
Young people afraid of being caught tend
to quit before making the transition to
regular smoking. Young people whose
parents smoke don't fare so well.
Researchers cite accessibility of cigarettes
and tendency towards acceptability of
their use as primary reasons.
"Parents who smoke can still be powerful
allies in helping their kids resist taking
up tobacco as a regular habit," says Dr.
Shoveller. "We heard stories from youth
who had experimented but quit smoking
that explained how their parents helped
them quit before they became addicted.
These parents gave strong and consistent
negative messages about smoking."
4    |    TOUCHPOINTS Not all findings are encouraging or
surprising. "Some of these young people
seem to have really rough futures ahead
of them. Smoking is the least of their
worries. In this instance we really need
to address the larger social context," says
Dr. Johnson.
There is strong evidence that smoking is
divided along socio-economic lines.
Youth who make the transition to regular
smoking tend to be from low-income
families, while those who quit usually
have middle or upper-class backgrounds.
There is also a definable link between
class and geography. Youth from northern
BC are more likely to continue to
smoke than their southern counterparts.
Cessation is less likely if youth use
smoking as a coping mechanism.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation and
the Ministry of Health have lauded
this study as an important step toward
improved understanding of tobacco
use among youth. They have also dubbed
it "user-friendly" thanks to regular
contact between the investigators and the
Foundation's Advisory Committee and
the blending of qualitative and quantitative methodology.
The investigators are developing several
proposals for more in-depth qualitative
and quantitative inquiry with attention
to individual narratives on becoming
a smoker, and developing measures of
dependency that are relevant for youth.
The study has been a positive first time
collaborative experience for UBC
Nursing and the CCCHR, part of the BC
Research Institute for Children's and
Women's Health. With several spin-off
studies in the works, the investigators
look forward to further co-investigation.
"It is important to think about how centres, departments and schools at UBC can
work collaboratively," says Dr. Lovato,
Associate Director of the CCCHR.
"Developing this kind of relationship has
been productive because we are working
with quality researchers such as Pam
Ratner and Joy Johnson. This has been
a very good experience for us."
For more information contact the
Office of Nursing Research at 822-7453
or onr@nursing.ubc.ca.
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resounding start
at the Faculty
of Applied Science Dinner held February
25 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Dean
Isaacson's announcement of the School's
upcoming commemorative year was
met with applause and enthusiasm by
faculty from Nursing, Engineering and
Architecture, along with alumni and
external associates who were honoured
that night.
The dinner, intended to bring together
members of faculty and the outreach
community, was an appropriate venue
for the anniversary launch. For UBC
Nursing, this anniversary is an opportunity to build stronger ties with its graduates
and clinical partners.
Among the speakers of the evening
were President Martha Piper, Dean
Isaacson and Kelli Stajduhar, a candidate
in her second year of a Doctoral degree
in Nursing.
"On behalf of our director Katharyn
May and faculty and students at UBC,
I invite you to join us in our celebrations
and discover all that the School
of Nursing has to offer," said Stajduhar,
indicating the School's Anniversary
slogan, Take a New Look.
The slogan is designed to encourage
alumni and the health community to not
only celebrate a milestone, but appreciate
the School's role as a leader in nursing
education as it embarks on a new century
and millennium.
Part of the mandate of the 80th Anniversary Committee, chaired by alumna and
nursing leader Pat Wadsworth (BSN '55,
MA 70), is to increase alumni participation and donations through awareness
of the School's accomplishments, activities and potential.
The Anniversary Committee has prepared
a schedule of events for Alumni month,
October 1999. Anniversary celebrations
will take place during Alumni Day on
October 2nd and the Marion Woodward
Lecture, October 21st. A major fundraising dinner is planned during Nursing
Week in May 2000.
Committee members look forward to the
celebrations ahead and hope the anniversary will leave a lasting legacy. While
raising funds to support students and the
School, the Committee also encourages
alumni and friends to actively promote
UBC Nursing.
"I hope that we are able to establish a
network of people as friends to raise the
visibility of the School," says Wadsworth.
"When the School looks good, it reflects
well on alumni, and vice versa. There are
many alumni who have done extremely
well and the School should capitalize
on that."
"If the 80th Anniversary is successful, it
should bring together an eclectic group
of people and get them thinking and
hoping and speaking about the future of
nursing," adds Kris Gustavson (BSN '86),
President of the Nursing Alumni Division
and a committee member.
Working with Gustavson and Wadsworth
on the Committee are Robert Appelton,
Jenise Brouse (BSN '83, MSN '85),
Cathy Ebbehoj (BSN 75), Hillary
Gosselin, Dasha Kvyatkovski, Judith
MacDonald (MSN 76), Jane Merling,
Joanne Ricci (BSN 75, MSN 77),
Tere Rostworowski, Helen Shore (BSN
'61, MA 71), Vickie Smye, Leslie Stuart,
Ethel Warbinek (BSN '57, MSN 77)
and Glennis Zilm (BSN '58).
The success of the Anniversary depends
on attendance and volunteer assistance.
The Committee ^ncourages the support
and enthusiasm of alumni, associations
and agencies.
For more information on anniversary
celebrations and to volunteer, contact
822-7468 or the UBC Nursing Web Site
at www.nursing.ubc.ca.
touchpoints  I   i Perceptions of
Lately the buzz around UBC is Trek 2000. It's a vision statement drawn up by President
Martha Piper and the campus community to respond to changes in society and catapult
UBC to be a pre-eminent university in Canada. Part of its message is that learners should be
provided with community contact and "hands-on" and mentorship experiences.
If the University is looking for a model, it
need go no further than the preceptorship
course at UBC Nursing. A mandatory
part of a nursing student's education, the
course offers fourth year undergraduate
students invaluable clinical experience
under the guidance of a registered nurse.
Preceptorships,are unique opportunities
for students to work along side mentors
to consolidate skills and gain much
needed confidence prior to beginning
their careers. They are therefore of
critical importance to students like
Laurie Barclay.
Barclay took her preceptorship at the
Leukemia Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)
Unit, East 6 at Vancouver Hospital
under the supervision of Laura Kennedy
(BSN '94), an alumnus and registered
nurse on the Unit. Nurses like Kennedy
Laurie Barclay (L) with Laura Kennedy (R) at
the Leukemia Bone Marrow Transplant Unit,
East 6, Vancouver Hospital. Preceptorships
are unique opportunities for students to work
along side mentors to consolidate skills and
gain much needed confidence.
volunteer to be preceptors and are essential
players in nursing education.
"Learning how Laura reacted to certain
situations was a key factor in building my
confidence," says Barclay. "It was about
watching her and getting feedback when I
performed a skill or made a judgement.
By the end, I felt that I was on the way."
"I think without that final preceptorship
there is no chance to pull your knowledge
and practice together," adds Kennedy.
"Your day starts off with head to toe
assessments, but before that you gather
data to prioritize. You learn how to
organize your day, and a new nurse
cannot do that by looking it up in a
book the night before."
The mentorship relationship provided
Barclay with a safe environment to
admit uncertainty and to ask questions.
Barclay also gained confidence in her
communication with physicians and
other health professionals.
"The working relations and teamwork
among disciplines on the Bone Marrow
Transplant Unit are excellent. I developed
the confidence to ask questions and
share information and I felt that my
input was valuable," says Barclay.
Barclay spent 120 hours at Leukemia
BMT on day and night shifts. Up until
her preceptorship, she was on a unit a day
and a half per week during her regular
fourth year clinical course. The intensive
work period afforded her the time to
work closely with patients and make in-
depth decisions about their care. With
the new Multiple Entry Option Program
that is currently phasing in, students will
spend even more time with patients in
both their clinical course and preceptorship experiences.
Barclay and Kennedy met three times
with faculty member Anne Wyness to
discuss Barclay's learning objectives. "If
we needed support and advice, Anne
Wyness was certainly there. Our meetings
allowed us to set aside the time to sit
down and talk about the work and objectives," says Kennedy.
Because preceptorships are mentorship
experiences, the relationship between
the student and preceptor is vital. Barclay
feels fortunate to have been placed with
Kennedy, who went to UBC. In fact, it
was a little like following in her footsteps.
Kennedy also did her preceptorship
at Leukemia BMT and therefore could
empathize with Barclay as she struggled
to understand her work environment.
While Barclay was learning from her
mentor, Kennedy was learning from her.
"The best way to learn something is to
teach it. It helps me review my own practice and question the things we do," says
Kennedy. "Laurie was particularly good
in that respect because she asked lots of
questions that I couldn't easily answer."
The preceptorship experience is a win-
win situation. The major teaching
hospitals in Vancouver work in partnership with UBC Nursing as well as other
educational institutions. They tend to
hire the students who take their
preceptorships in their wards. In fact,
the Leukemia BMT recently hired
Barclay as a casual nurse.
"Everyone that works there is receptive to
answering questions and providing feedback," adds Barclay. "It is a great learning
environment. It challenged me and made
me feel excited about nursing and where 1
could go in the profession."
Barclay strives to be an expert nurse.
But first things first.  In the following few
years, she will continue to develop her
skills and knowledge base at Leukemia
BMT. And when she feels ready, she will
probably follow Kennedy's footsteps
once more by offering her guidance to
young nurses just starting out.
TOUCHPOINTS Plans Ahead: A WW from your
Nursing Alumni Division
The UBC Nursing Alumni has made
great strides in creating linkages between
the alumni, the School of Nursing
and students. In celebration of the 80th
Anniversary of UBC Nursing, we
encourage you, as alumni, to "take a new
look" at the School—at its changes in
the recent past and its plans for the
Members of the alumni executive are
working in partnership with the School to
arrange anniversary events and activities.
We are also, as always, arranging and promoting events for members, and students
embarking on their careers.
We present, in co-sponsorship with the
School of Nursing, the Annual Alumni
Celebration Event, held this year at the
new University Centre on April 16th.
This general meeting and reception will
launch the Helen Mussallem Endowment
Fund and honour three distinguished
alumni. They include Doreen Hatton,
CNS, Diabetes Program, Children's &
Women's Health Centre of BC—Award
of Distinction; Pat Wadsworth, Chair,
80 Anniversary Committee—Alumni
Recognition Award; and Mary Paone,
CNS, Youth Services, Children's and
Women's—Young Alumni Award.
In the up-coming months the Nursing
Alumni Division will also:
• Sponsor a career planning, resume
writing and interviewing skills event at
Cecil Green Park on March 29th.
Graduating students will hear from hiring
authorities and recent graduates who
will share their experiences.
• Be present at the university graduation
ceremonies to provide our newest
members with a university pin and
welcome them into the Alumni.
• Sponsor "featured" special events for the
80th Anniversary on October 2nd,
Alumni Day. Get involved—a little or
a lot!
' Co-sponsor with the School of Nursing
the Marion Woodward Lecture, October
21st. Speaker TBA.
Each of us plays an integral part in the
future of our alma mater. With a goal to
strengthen our membership, Cathy
Ebbehoj has channeled her energy and
enthusiasm ro increase the membership
of the Nursing Alumni- Division. As
incoming president, Cathy is asking for
enthusiastic volunteers to form a
Membership/Corrimunicatipn Committee. No experience is necessary. So "take
a new look," get involved.
Tours of the School can be arranged
for reunions. Cathy can be reached at
822-7468 for more information. The
Alumni Association will provide support
in the planning of reunions and events.
Just call Jane Merling at 822-8918.
Kris Gustavson
President, Nursing Alumni Division
School Celebrates
New International Partnership
UBC Nursing is pleased to announce its
partnership with the Guru Nanak College
of Nursing, located in Dhahan Kaleran,
Punjab, India. Preparations are underway
to formalize this collaboration during a
fundraising initiative held May 22 in the
Great Hall of the Long House at UBC.
Those planning to attend include leaders
from the India branch of the Society,
the Guru Nanak College of Nursing, and
faculty of UBC Nursing.
Members of the Canada-India Guru
Nanak Medical and Educational Society
had approached UBC Nursing in 1997
to explore the possibility of a collaboration in which the School would assist the
Guru Nanak College of Nursing develop
a degree program of international quality.
The project began with the vision and
udh Singh Dhahan.
After raisins his family in Vancouver
before returning to India, Mr. Dhahan
appreciated the educational opportunities his children experienced in Canada.
His dream was to provide health care
facilities for the people in the rural
Punjab and specifically to raise the edu-
To finance this project, he established
the Canada-India Society in Vancouver in
1991. Its branch in India raised further
funds and elicited donations of land from
the adjoining villages of Dhahan and
Kaleran. The Society was therefore able to
build a small hospital, drug addiction
rehabilitation facility, residences,
school for girls from kindergarten to
grade twelve, and school for nurses.
An intensive site visit took place in
April 1998 by three faculty members,
Gurpal Sandhu, Donelda Parker and
Janet Ericksen and two Society members,
Barj Dhahan and Sarup Mann. On the
basis of their report to faculty, the School
approved formalization of this partnership. UBC Nursing is now engaged
in a collaborative effort to extend the curriculum and teaching strategies at the
College and involve UBC faculty in a
model outreach initiative.
Adjunct Professor Dr. Beverly DuGas and
senior undergraduate student Sukdev
Grewal, as well as various members of
the Society, have recently made visits to
the site.
The Guru Nanak Partnership Advisory
Committee, chaired by UBC faculty member Dr. Sally Thome, was established
to facilitate the orchestration of academic
assistance and fund-raising for this long-
.J. Anderson
UBC Killiam Memorial Faculty Research
Fellowship, $18,000.
L. Leonard, M. J. Radford
Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice,
• G. Joachim
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Education, RNABC.
• P. Ratner, R. Van Der Wal
Award of Excellence in Nursing Research,
• S. Thorne
Award of Distinction in Nursing,
• J. Anderson (PI), R. Coles, I. Dyck,
A. Henderson, J. Lynam, J. Perry,
j. Brouse, J. Foley, P. Semeniuk,
L. Shapera
The hospitalization and help-seeking
experiences of people from diverse ethno-
cultural backgrounds. Medical Research
Council of Canada (MRC), $180,944.
• B. Davies (PI), S. Whitsett
An exploration of fatigue in pediatric
cancer patients. Canadian Association of
Nurses in Oncology, $17,619.
• J. Gilbert, H. Goelman, R. Sullivan,
j. Ericksen
Interdisciplinary perspectives on child
and family health and well being.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council (SSHRC), $90,000.
• R. Hewat (PI), C. Levitt, M. Field,
). Peddlesden
Implementation and evaluation of
the Baby-Friendly Initiative in Canada.
Population Health Fund of Health
Canada, $266,388.
• G. Joachim (PI), S. Acorn
Visibility/invisibility of chronic illness.
Scleroderma Association, $1,500.
• A. Kazanjian, H. Clarke, S. Acorn,
R. Reid
Hospital and Patients Outcomes:
A cross national study. BC Health
Research Foundation, $41,000.
• B. Long (PI), W. Hall
A grounded theory study of clerical
workers' experiences of workplace stress.
SSHRC, $110,000.
• J. McCormick, J. Waines
Perceptions of family interactions following living related kidney transplantation.
Kidney Foundation of Canada, $24,000.
• B. Paterson, S. Thorne, G. Joachim,
C. Canam
To study the concept of fatigue in Fibromyalgia in comparison to that in
other chronic diseases. BC Fibromyalgia,
• B. Paterson, S. Thorne, C. Russell
Investigation of quality decision making
in the everyday self-management
of chronic illness. BC Medical.Services
Foundation, $32,193.
• Lyren Chiu, RN, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor. Appointed February
1999. Dr. Chiu specializes in psychiatric-
mental health nursing. Before joining
UBC, she was Assistant Professor at the
Taiwan National University in Taipei.
April 17; 0830-1630
Living and Nursing Overseas.
Presented by Global Health Nurses' Croup.Room 206,
UBC School of Nursing. Admission is S40, lunch and
refreshments included. CONTACT: Donelda Parker,
822-7467 or dparker@interchange.ubc.ca.
April 28; 1600-1700
Nursing Rounds: The Work and Impact of the AIDS
Prevention Street Nurse.
Speakers: Ann Hilton, Ph.D., Professor and Ray
Thompson, Assistant Professor, UBC Nursing, and
Laura Moore-Dempsey, Outreach Nursing
Administrator, STD/AIDS Control, BC Centre for
Disease Control Society. Ground Floor Lecture
Theatre, G-279, Acute Care Unit, UBC Hospital Site.
Admission is free. CON "I AC I: The Office of Nursing
Research (ONR), S?_?_-7^53 or onr@nursing.ubc.ca.
May 31; 1230-1330
Research Colloquy
Transforming qualitative data to quantitative items: An
illustration of the process. Wendy Hall, Ph.D., Assistant
Professor. Room T167. CON IAC 1: The ONR.
May 31—June 4
1999 Spring Institute: Structural Equation
Modeling Using LISREL
Featuring Leslie Hayduk, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology,
University of Alberta. Sponsored by UBC School
of Nursing and the Institute of Health Promotion
October 2
Alumni Day
Topical discussions, showcases, campus tours and
alumni lunch to honour UBC Alumni. UBC Nursing
Anniversary celebrations. CONTACT: Alumni
ssociation, 822-3313 or
Marion Woodward Lecture
(cOalurnni. ubc.ca
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University of British Columbia
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