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Nursing Today Dec 1, 1984

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And a happy, and prosperous New Year!
The UBC School of Nursing is once again well represented in the
list of the scholarship awards of the Canadian Nurses Foundation.
This year Ann Hilton and Ruth Elliott, both currently on leave from
the School's faculty, were two of only six named to receive
scholarships at the doctoral level.
As well, Maureen Little, a BSN graduate from UBC and a former
Lecturer in the School now studying at the University of Toronto,
was one of the nine recipients of master's level awards.
One baccalaureate award is made in each province and this year's
award recipient in B.C., Eileen R. Cook, is enrolled in the Post-RN
BSN program at UBC.
Prof. Hilton received the Katherine E. McLaggan Fellowship, the
most prestigious award of the Foundation and made in honor of one of
the founders of the CNF. She is in the second year of studies
toward a PhD in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin. A
graduate of the UBC BSN program, she holds a MScN from the
University of Toronto. She was a CNF scholar in 1972 and 1973 and
was also awarded a National Health Research and Development Program
Training Fellowship from National Health and Welfare in 1984.
Prof. Elliott (BScN, UofA; MS, U Calif.) received a CNF study
award. She is enrolled in the PhD program at Simon Fraser University and is specializing in maternal-child health through a joint
program with the University of Washington School of Nursing in
Seattle. A CNF scholar in 1964 and 1983, in 1983 she was also
Canadian nominee for the internationally-awarded 3M/ICN Fellowship.
School of Nursing
University of British Columbia
IRC 338, 2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C.   V6T 1W5
Glennis Zilm, editor
Volume 6, Number 2
December, 1984
For the School of Nursing's Curriculum Day presentations this
September, the theme was distance education and distance education it
wasl  The keynote speaker was in Toronto airport — as planned.
Curriculum Day is held annually to help make local health
agencies aware of current School of Nursing programs and plans. The
program this year was designed to initiate discussion about
accessibility of the BSN program to nurses throughout the province
and the UBC Nuring Outreach approach. Dr. Marilyn Willman, director
of the School, opened the program with greetings.
Keynote speaker was Dr. John Daniels, President of the
International Council for Distance Education and President of
Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Ontario. Dr. Daniels had sent a
video presentation of his speech on "The Process and Product of
Distance Education." Following this, he entertained questions and
supplied answers in a 20-minute telephone conference from a pay phone
in the Toronto Airport.
"This exemplified some of the techniques, and especialy the
flexibility of distance education programs — a most important
component," said Olive Simpson, director of UBC's Nursing Outreach
and the chairman of the Curriculum Day planning committee. "It was a
new experience for most, and a most interesting and informative
Kathleen Forsyth, Executive Director, Lerning Systems for the
Knowledge Network, gave a thought-provoking talk on "The Human
Interface in Distance Education," which was followed by a lively and
interesting discussion. Dr. Robert Smith, Vice-President, Academic
for UBC, answered questions from the audience about funding for
distance education courses in this province.
In the afternoon, the focus was on the School of Nursing's
Outreach program. Prof. Simpson gave a brief overview of current
courses offered and of future plans to assist registered nurses to
achieve more of their BSN courses through distance education.
Excerpts were shown from nursing programs prepared jointly by the UBC
and UVic schools of nursing and carried throughout the province on
the Knowledge Network. Discussions were held about other approaches
to meeting the needs of nurses outside the Vancouver area.
About 60 people attended, with representation from government,
community colleges, hospitals, health units and the University of
Victoria as well as faculty from UBC.
The December holiday seasons are gift-giving times. So this
might be a time to consider at least a small gift to the School of
Nursing Award Funds. This makes even more sense when you consider
that such gifts are tax deductible and you have just time to slip
them in before the end of the tax year.
The School of Nursing has a number of scholarships, bursaries,
prizes and other awards that assist our students — but nowhere near
enough to meet the needs.  We thought we might give an overview of
page 2 some of the 4 MSN scholarships, 19 BSN scholarships, 2 BSN bursaries
and 3 BSN prizes that particularly need help and support at this
time. All are administered through the Awards Office. Donations can
be made through the UBC Alumni Office in Cecil Green Park and can be
designated to any one of these scholarships.
This issue we review two MSN Scholarship funds that deserve
The Frederick and Agnes  Eatock  Memorial  Fellowship  was
established in 1966 though a bequest in the will of Agnes Eatock.
The annual income from her bequest sometimes is split, depending on
the recommendations of the School. (The School has little
information about the donors of this scholarship and would appreciate
any information that faculty members or others could share with us.)
In 1984, the awards went to Delia Roberts and Janice Thiessen.
The Ethel Johns and Isabel Maitland Stewart Memorial  Scholarship
was established from funds begun in 1971 to honor two great Canadian
pioneers in nursing. Ethels Johns, an incredibly active nursing
leader in Canada and the US, became the first director of the UBC
School of Nursing. Isabel Maitland Steward was a nursing classmate
of Ethel Johns and a lifelong friend; she too was a well-known in
North American nursing and was director of the department of nursing
education at Teachers' College, Columbia University.
Funds for this scholarship originally came from the royalties
from a book about Ethel Johns, called Watchfires on the Mountain,
written by the School of Nursing's own Margaret Street (now associate
professor emerita). These funds were augmented by a bequest from the
will of Dr. Helen Gordon Stewart, sister of Isabel Maitland Stewart
and a distinguished librarian and scholar in B.C. The fund has since
received major donations from some of the UBC Nursing Alums,
including Beatrice Wood, one of the early graduates from the School
and a student of Miss Johns. The fund now provides an annual award
of about $1,500 (depending on interest rates). However, this is, as
Miss Street said recently, a long way from the $3,000 that is the
usual basic graduate-level scholarship in other departments. The
1984 recipient of the award was Margaret Olstead.
Dr. Anne J. Davis, who spoke on ethical issues in the health
sciences, was greeted by a . "packed house" at this year's Marion
Woodward Lecture. A large public audience from local hospital and
health agencies joined students and faculty from a wide variety of
disciplines to fill IRC's Lecture Hall #2 to hear her presentatation.
This annual public lecture is sponsored by the School of Nursing
and made possible by a grant from the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's
Foundation. The lecture is intended to help make both campus and
off-campus audiences aware of current nursing issues.
During her visit to UBC, Dr. Davis met informally with faculty,
MSN students and alumnae of the School of Nursing. As well, she was
interviewed by Jack Webster on his BCTV television show and by Gail
Hulnik on the CBC Radio Morning Show during her visit.
Remember to take time out every once in a while to check
deadlines for research grants. The deadlines for grants occur
regularly throughout the year and those interested in research should
take a few minutes each month to review the lists of grants available
and the deadlines for applications for these.
A notice from UBC's Office of Research Services, showing agency
deadlines for the following two months, is posted each month on the
faculty bulletin board. A list of deadlines is also published
monthly in UBC Reports. Computer users can check the Research
Office's current listings on the MTS files. Access is OPRA followed
by the official abbreviation for the two-month period (i.e.,
Once you have identified grants you may be interested in, you can
obtain background information and current application forms by
calling the Office of Research Services at 228-3652.
Continuing Nursing Education recently joined with Continuing
Pharmacy Education for a program on "Mental Health Problems in the
Elderly." The one-day program, held Nov. 16, attracted 208 registrants, of which about 65 per cent were nurses from a variety of
extended and intermediate care facilities, private institutions and
community agencies. Registrants came from 30 different localities
throughout B.C. The program was chaired by Louise Tenn of Nursing
and David Fielding of Pharmacy and included a variety of
professionals as guest speakers. Jo Ann Perry and Maureen Murphy of
the School's faculty took part with a presentation entitled "The
Confused Elderly - A Nursing Perspective."
Starting January 8, 1985, Continuing Nursing Education will again
offer its series on "The Application of Research to Nursing
Practice." This series offers assistance to nurses who are
interested in carrying out a research project but who need help with
research techniques. Under guidance of instructors Kathleen Simpson
and Dan Jones, both of the School of Nursing faculty, registrants
each organize a research project and, under the guidance of the
instructors and with discussion in the group meetings, go through the
project from preparation of a proposal to finished product. The
program was offered last spring and was most successful, with several
of the registrants completing research for the first time.
The 1984-85 Critical Care Programs Level I and II have been
granted approval from the Registered Nurses' Association of B.C.
under its Continuing Education Aproval Committee. This approval
recognizes the high level of curriculum development for this program,
which is run by Marilyn Porter and her colleagues.
The workshop on written communication skills for first-level and
intermediate-level nursing managers offered in October to a limited
25 registrants was repeated in November  because  of  the number  of
page 4 requests from registrants who had to be turned away from the first
program. The one-day workshop, given by Glennis Zilm, received
favorable reviews. There seems to be a continuing demand for such
courses, particularly from those in head nurse positions.
Former student Nancy Yurkovich graduated  from
the BSN Post-RN program last May — the same week as
the 25th reunion of her graduation from her hospital
program.  She wrote recently to Marilyn Willman,
Director of the School, to share her  reflections on
her two years at UBC and to express appreciation to
the faculty members who had helped and encouraged her
along the way.  The following are exerpts from her
"I have chosen not to work in the hospital setting but in the
community ....Particularly because of my 4th year  Independent  Study
(N 408), I was challenged to try group health teaching ....
"I have addressed groups of business executives on matters of
health. I do this not only because I find it satisfying but also
because I believe it is important to present nurses as health
"Since the summer I have spent many hours preparing these
programs. The lectures, workshops, seminars and discussion groups I
attended have really come alive and taken on new meaning. I am able
to synthesize the many topics we pursued and use them as I teach the
public. Skills in planning workshops, research, contracting and
evaluating have helped me, too. I am enjoying my new focus very
"The two years at UBC provided me with new skills and knowledge.
They have given me the confidence to pursue my role of nurse in a new
and challenging way."
Joan Anderson and Pam Thompson were on the Conference Planning
Committee for "Immigrant Families: The Response of Health and Social
Services." This was the sixth provincial conference of the B.C. Task
Force on Immigrant Women and was held in Vancouver November 16-17.
Joan Anderson chaired one of the sessions at the Health Sciences
Research Day held at UBC October 13. Two MSN students presented
papers. Dr. Anderson is a member of the Health Sciences Reserch
Committee, which is involved in the planning of these conferences.
Christine Bradley, a research associate working with Nursing
faculty, has received a grant of $1,800 from the Canadian Research
Institute for the Advancement of Women. The grant will assist in
further manuscript analysis and manuscript preparations related to
Project Prepare. Project Prepare was a longtitudinal study of the
psychological aspects of pregnancy, birth and the first year
following childbirth, which she completed in the spring of 1984.  Dr.
page 5 Bradley was in Halifax in October to present a paper from the study,
titled "Psychological Functioning During the Childbearing Year," at
the First International Conference on Women's Health Issues.
Cheryl Entwistle and Shirley Stephens attended  the 8th Annual
Symposium on Computer Applications  in Medical Care  in Washington,
D.C., November 4-7. Along with the program presentations there were
demonstrations of existing software developed  for computer assisted
instruction. During the symposium, a meeting was held to establish a
network for computer applications in nursing and UBC has now joined
that network system.
Virginia Hayes has started a two-part teaching series related to
her recent research project in pediatric oncology for staff at the
Children's Hospital. The series developed out of a project involving
parents' experiences during the hospitalization of their sick
children. It allows the staff access to the findings of the research
and an opportunity to discuss its application. A major portion of
the series is six hours on communications skills.
Roberta Hewat and Donelda Ellis participated in a videotaped
panel discussion on "Breastfeeding: Current Research and Issues"
prepared for the Vancouver Health Department this summer. The tapes
will be used for nursing education and orientation throughout the
various health departments in the city. As well. Prof. Ellis
recently spoke to physicians at Family Practice Rounds at Grace
Hospital. He topic there was on practical advice that doctors can
give to support women who want to breastfeed.
Carol Jillings has been appointed to the editorial board of
Critical Care Nurse and has been asked to prepare a column for each
issue of this bi-monthly professional journal. As well, she has been
appointed to chair the nursing program for the Interamerican Congress
of Cardiology, which will be held in Vancouver in June 1985. This
fall, Prof. Jillings attended three meetings related to
cardiovascular nursing: the B.C. Division of the Canadian Council of
Cardiovascular Nurses in Vancouver in late September, the Canadian
Council of Cardiovascular Nurses'annual meeting in Quebec City in
mid-October and the American Heart Association annual meeting in
Miami, Florida, in mid-November. She gave presentations on
standards of cardivascular nursing practice at the B.C. and Canadian
Judith Lynam and Louise Tenn presented a paper entitled
"Communicating with Parents, Teachers and Peers - Perspectives of
Youth" at the Focus on Youth Conference held in Vancouver September
26, 1984. The year 1985 has been designated International Youth Year
by the United Nations and the conference was held to help prepare
health professionals, teachers, community workers and young people.
Barbara Milne gave two lectures to nurses attending the annual
meeting of the American Cardiovascular Nurses in Clearwater, Florida,
in November. Her presentations were on "Hypertension: An Overview"
and "Hypertension: To Treat or Not to Treat."
page 6 Judith Mogan was guest speaker for the November meeting of the
B.C. Nursing Research Interest Group. Her paper was on
"Mother-Infant Interaction During Feeding: Does it Affect Obesity?"
Kathleen Simpson presented a paper at the 13th annual Scientific
and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology,
which met in Vancouver Nov. 1-4. Title of the paper was "Post-Care
Questionnaire: An Opportunity for Older Clients to Express their
Views." Response to the paper was excellent and she is now receiving
requests from across North America for copies.
Sally Thome presented a paper on "The Flip Side of the Fitness
Coin" at the First International Congress on Women's Health in
Halifax October 1-3, 1984. Her paper dealt with "psychosocial
implications of fitness addiction and ethical issues of the fitness
industry — including health care." While there, she was ' also
interviewed on a CBC Halifax television show, called "Feeling Good,"
about "overdoing it." Connie Canam, Clarissa Green and Alison Rice
were also speakers at the Conference.
Anne Wyness took part in the poster presentations at the
Scientific Sessions of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses
annual meeting in Quebec City October 15-16. Title of her
presentation was "The Development of Patient Education Materials: A
Challenge," which reported on a part of her research project being
carried out at the Vancouver General Hospital. The project is
particularly concerned with evaluation of an education program for
patients taking warfarin sodium at home.
Nursing faculty members have been appearing rather regularly on
and in local media this year....Janet Ericksen was a guest on CKVU's
"Vancouver Show" - in mid-November during a discussion on ethical
dilemmas facing health workers....Pam Thompson appeared on "Vancouver
Women," a regular portion of the "Vancouver Show" at the end of
November. She and two immigrant women were interviewed about the
health and social service needs of immigrant women....Virginia Hayes
was interviewed on the Patrick Munro show on CBC radio about her new
CHildhood Asthma Project. An item on this project also appeared iin
Marilyn Stusiak's "Parent Advisory" column in The Vancouver Sun in
February 15-16, 1985 — "Cardiovascular Crises: 1985 Cardiac
Symposium" sponsored by the B.C. Heart Foundation. Hyatt Regency
Hotel, Vancouver. For further information and registration forms,
call 681-5226.
February 17—19, 1985 — Annual meeting of the Western Region of
the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing (CAUSN)
Annual Meeting. Theme of the conference is "Nurses in Academia:
Expectations, Options and Reality. University of Alberta, Edmonton.
For further information: Judith Mogan at 228-7426.
page 7 February 22-23, 1985 — "Promoting Health — Can We Afford Not
To?" This two-day (Friday and Saturday) interdisciplinary
professional program is sponsored by UBC Continuing Education in the
Health Sciences. IRC Lecture Hall #5. Prof. Clarissa Green of the
School of Nursing is one of the panelists in the opening
presentation. All other health disciplines on the campus are taking
part and nursing representation would be welcomed. Information on
the Bulletin Board. For further information and brochures, call
Continuing Nursing Education 228-3055.
April 9-11, 1985 — 10th National Nursing Research Conference,
sponsored by the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing. Sheraton
Hotel, Toronto. For further information: Faculty Bulletin Board.
CHRISTINE F. BRADLEY. "Psychological Consequences of Intervention
in the Birth Process." Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, Vol.
51, No. 4, 1983, pp. 422-438.
CHRISTINE F.  BRADLEY.  "Abortion and Subsequent  Pregnancy."
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 29, October 1984, pp. 494-498.
CAROL JILLINGS. "Psychosocial Aspects of Critical Care Nursing:
Introduction to a New Department." Critical Care Nurse, Vol. 4, No.
5, September/October 1984, p. 13.
LINDA G. LEONARD. "Pregnancy and the Underweight Woman." Maternal
Child Nursing, Vol. 9, No. 6, September/October 1984, pp. 331-335.
LINDA G. LEONARD. "Eating for Three." Double Talk, Vol. 4, No.
2, Summer 1984, pp. 37-39.
WINNIFRED C. MILLS. "Alienation: A Basic Concept Underlying
Social Isolation." In M.J. Kim, G.K. McFarland & A.M. McLane (eds.),
Classification of Nursing Diagnosies: Proceedings of the Fifth
National Conference. St. Louis, C.V. Mosby, 1984, pp. 343-351.
MARILYN MARDIROS. "A View Toward Hospitalization: The Mexican
American Experience." Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol. 9, 1984, pp.
JUDITH MOGAN. "Using Relaxatio to Manage Postoperative Pain."
(Research Page) The Canadian Nurse, Vol. 80, No. 10, November 1984,
p. 15.
SHELAGH J. SMITH and Stephen M. Drance. "Difficulties Patients
have at Home after Cataract Surgery." Canadian Journal of
Ophthalmology, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1984, pp. 6-9.


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