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 January 2003
School of
1 Extending our Reach
2 Raising the Bar
A life well lived—
Judy Reimer
3 Clinical Practice Innovation
Restoring continence
4 Graduate Profiles
Making the right decision
Bringing mindfulness to mind
6 Development
Honouring a mother's spirit
With warm memories
7 Research Activities
Research in the NAHBR-hood
8 New Faces in Research
Donor form
Extending our Reach
In recent years, the UBC School of Nursing
has taken major steps to extend its
reach beyond the confines of the Point Grey
Campus and into the complexities of
international involvement. Among its many
international initiatives, the School of
Nursing has been particularly engaged in
nursing development in the rural Punjab.
Partnering with members of our local South
Asian community and their affiliates in
India, our faculty and students are actively
involved in an exciting effort to upgrade
nursing education in the region. We have
worked alongside our partners to develop a
Canadian International Development Agency
funded Primary Health Care Project,
in which baseline health assessments of rural
villages have become the basis for ten
community development and micro-economic
projects in the ten poorest communities.
With each step in this venture, we discover
new and exciting ways to extend our involvement and expand our global awareness.
On September 21, I had the privilege of presiding over the graduation of the first baccalaureate class of the Guru Nanak College
of Nursing. The ceremony was attended by
dignitaries from around India as well as
faculty and students from the College, and
family and friends of the graduates. Assistant
Professor Dr. Susan Dahinten and I were
delighted with the quality of these inaugural
graduates, and inspired by the courage
with which they are setting out to meet the
very real challenges of improving the health
of the people of India.
The value of our international initiatives is
multifaceted. We believe our involvement
adds external credibility to the daunting challenge in which our Indian colleagues are
engaged. Many UBC faculty members have
contributed by sharing knowledge
resources, supporting curricular develop-
Dr. Sally Thorne
Dr. Sally Thorne presides over the first
commencement ceremony of the Guru Nanak
College of Nursing in India.
ment, or collaborating on scholarly projects.
Some have given workshops or training
sessions on site; while others have gathered
and synthesized evidence to send to
their Indian counterparts. Examples from
our Indian experiences help to illuminate
community development concepts in our
classes and enrich our students' understanding of global health issues. Our undergraduate students exchange ideas and insights
with their Indian peers during their visits to
our campus. In this way, the Indian students
begin to envision a more expanded role
for nursing and strategize the career path
that might help them achieve it.
Our international activities provide us with a
rich opportunity for global consciousness
as we develop and apply nursing knowledge.
The complexity of global health care
comes to life as we think critically and solve
problems together. In this way, we hope
we are preparing UBC faculty and students
for nursing into the future—envisioning
action from a socially responsible
and responsive disciplinary agenda. Raising the Bar
The Life Quilt for Breast Cancer project was
a labour ofi love for Judy Reimer, who created
the nation-wide endeavour and enjoyed the
wonderful results of her work before she passed
away in October.
A life well lived
Judy Reimer, BSN '83—Founder of the
"Life Quilt for Breast Cancer Project"
Upon learning at the age of 36, in 1993, that
her breast cancer had metastasized, Judy
Reimer decided to find a constructive way to
make use of her catastrophic experience.
A single mother of two young children, she
felt committed to leaving them with the
lifelong knowledge that, while their mother
might lose her life to cancer, it could
never destroy her spirit. In 1995, with the
encouragement of a collective of women
who began meeting around her kitchen table,
Judy conceptualized the idea for the Life
Quilt for Breast Cancer Project.
As the project evolved, she reached out
to her UBC School of Nursing colleagues and
mentors to be a part of those planning
sessions, and to ensure that the project was
grounded in sound inquiry methods. In the
seven years since its inception, the Life Quilt
Project has captured the imagination of
Canadians coast to coast, created a community networking mechanism unlike any other
before it, and generated a foundation for raising awareness about practical support for
women with breast cancer.
For Judy, quilting evoked an image of old-
time rural community values, in which neighbours gathered together to share stories
and to solve problems. It also represented a
forum within which people of all lifestyles
and ages could participate in creating something of beauty without self-consciousness,
and an activity which encouraged talking and
storytelling. Judy's professional practice in
mental health nursing made her acutely
aware of how difficult it is for most people to
share their stories of pain and loss, and to
know how to listen to the stories of others.
In quilting, she could envision people
joining together to create a lasting testament to the impact of breast cancer,
and weaving the stories of their own loved
ones into every stitch.
When she died on October 3, 2002, Judy left
behind three spectacular quilt panels, each
10 feet by 12 feet with a large centre panel.
Each depicts a forest theme, metaphorically
representing the breast cancer experience.
"Cut in Prime" represents a ravaged clear-cut
forest and symbolizes initial diagnosis and
treatment; "Call to Rebirth" portrays the fire-
weed that signals the initial stage of healing;
and "The Green Canopy" illustrates forest
rejuvenation suggesting hope and self-renewal. The large images are surrounded by 136
smaller quilted squares, each contributed
by women living with breast cancer, their
friends or families to express their own
thoughts and experiences with the disease.
The full installation is supported by a large
display of the expanding collection of individual squares acknowledging one woman
with breast cancer, accompanied by her
story. Each is an individual tribute to loss,
love, hope, and courage.
Over 20,000 ordinary persons across Canada
participated by stitching within the larger
quilt panels or contributed a square to this
magnificent project. Much of the actual
quilting process occurred in town halls and
community centres across the country,
where participation felt safe and familiar, and
where neighbours could come together in
new ways, opening up new forms of communication and sharing. Many more people
have been touched by the beauty and power
of the exhibit as it travels around the
country, creating a focus for reflection, connection, and action. As Judy well understood,
through collective action, ordinary persons
create the extraordinary.
Judy's dream as a mother was to show her
children that she could bring light to the dark
side of terminal illness. Her dream as a
nurse was to create community resources
for the practical support of women with
breast cancer, and to facilitate the kind of
open dialogue about breast cancer that
might help people begin to find relief for their
inner pain. She accomplished both in
full measure.
Throughout her student years at UBC, her
nursing career, and her final years as a
breast cancer activist, Judy's passion for life
and for living well was infectious. She
had a remarkable sense of humour, always
applied with sincere compassion, and a
delight for the absurdities inherent in bodily
functions and impairments. She engaged
with people who encountered her personally
or professionally in a manner that made
you feel interesting and valued. She was
insatiably curious, and unafraid of confronting
life head on.
Judy leaves a son, Brolin, and a daughter,
Louise. And she leaves a legacy of hope, connection, and healing for all Canadians. Clinical Practice Innovation
Restoring continence
Continence (noun):
con-ti-nence Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1: self-restraint; a virtue of the soul
(St. Augustine)
2: the ability to retain a bodily
discharge voluntarily
Imagine being a new mother afraid to walk
your baby for fear of having an "accident" in
the park, or being an elderly man confined
to your house because you don't want to be
embarrassed. For 1.5 million Canadians
these are very real fears.
Incontinence, or the inability to control
bowel or bladder function, is recognized by
health care professionals as a common
complaint, but until recently it has not
received attention as a major focus of clinical specialization. Phyllis Hunt, an Adjunct
Professor at the UBC School of Nursing,
is one of a new breed of nurses whose ultimate aim is to bring incontinence to attention as a critically important focus of
prevention, management and understanding.
These nurses understand that it's not
simply an embarrassing nuisance. Left
untreated, it has become one of the major
factors leading to unnecessary institutional
care for older adults in our society.
When incontinence becomes a problem, it
places considerable stresses on both the
individual and on family caregivers. According
to Phyllis, what is not yet well recognized
is that "eighty percent of the problems can
be cured, and the other 20 percent can be
better managed." With appropriate care from
a skilled continence advisor, the elderly can
often remain in their homes for much longer
periods which makes a tremendous difference in quality of life.
Specializing in incontinence exemplifies the
meaningful contribution that expert nurses
are making in improving the health of people
in the community.
They work in collaboration with family physicians and other specialists to provide options
for people living with incontinence. With
their expert understanding of the problem,
they conduct an in-depth assessment
and develop a treatment plan that is tailored
to the individual. In this context, they
consider all aspects of a person's life that
might influence their condition—physical
health, diet, medications, mobility,
and lifestyle.
"We use a range of conservative behavioural
interventions to help people deal with incontinence," says Phyllis. Methods for managing
it include pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation,
reducing caffeine and managing fluid intake.
Continence advisors may also recommend
Phyllis Hunt is the President of the B. C
Chapter of the Canadian Nurse Continence
Advisor Association. The local chapter will be
hosting the association's second national
conference in 2004.
certain types of clothing, and provide advice
on incontinence products that are available.
"Each individual experiences incontinence in
their own way so, while there are some common ways to manage and prevent it, it's
important to make sure that the recommendations work for the individual. The service
we provide through our clinics, home visits
and in institutions is very important primary
care that is about quality of life and basic
human dignity."
Among the techniques that Phyllis uses
in her work is a liberal dose of humour. She
finds that it helps people overcome the
"social taboo" of talking about incontinence
and creates a mechanism by which she can
begin to raise awareness about its social
significance. She and her colleagues often
refer to their work futuristically as "Nursing
beyond the anal verge." They also admit to
relying on considerable "bathroom humour"
in their efforts to help health planners and
policy makers appreciate the evidence-basis
for continence care and to recognize
that devoting resources to solving this kind
of "non-thrilling health problem" can make
a major difference in the lives of Canadians.
Phyllis recalls working with a nursing student
who was clearly catching on to the subtleties
of using this kind of humour with her clients.
The student observed, "When we are middle
aged we want a BMW; when we are old we
just want a BM."
Phyllis brings her excitement about the
impact of this kind of clinical practice to
her work with nursing students. She is
especially optimistic to observe that many
young nurses are seeing gerontological
nursing as a meaningful clinical practice
focus, and are seeking out roles in which
their independent scope of practice can
make a measurable difference in the health
of populations. The School of Nursing is
delighted to have clinical practice innovators
like Phyllis on its team, applying scholarship
to practice and inspiring another generation
of excellent nurses. Graduate Profiles
The School of Nursing is extremely proud of all of our graduates. Each
year, the staff and faculty enjoy the privilege of seeing new degree
recipients leave their programs armed with new knowledge, confidence and
skills to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead. On the next two
pages, we'd like to share the stories of two of our new grads with you.
Making the right decision
Raina Fumerton is still somewhat surprised
to find herself in her current career. "I
never really had a career goal like becoming
a nurse," explains Raina. "But I decided
to go to university and thought that it would
be a good experience to move to Vancouver
to do that."
After leaving Manitoba, which she
called home for 18 years, Raina completed
a Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC in
Psychology and English. "I quickly realized,
though, that an undergraduate degree
like mine wasn't necessarily easy entry into
a good job. I needed some practical skills
too." Raina had always enjoyed working with
people and after an enlightening conversation
Recent graduate Raina Fumerton enjoys
putting her nursing skills to work with
patients at St. Paul's Hospital.
with a university admissions advisor, realized
that she was really interested in nursing. "I
feel like I just ended up talking to the right
person at the right time," says Raina.
After completing some preliminary courses in
anatomy and physiology, Raina entered the
School of Nursing's upper division undergraduate program. Faculty member Marion
Clauson remembers her as a wonderful student, "I'd describe Raina as a social
activist—very concerned for the welfare of
the vulnerable." Marion explains that
Raina took a leadership role in CHIUS (The
Community Health Initiative by University
Students), where she organized other university students from a variety of disciplines
and helped them learn how to work with people on the Downtown East Side. In May
2002, she graduated with a BSN degree and,
after a little time off to be with family and
friends, began her first job in nursing.
During her time at the School of Nursing,
Raina discovered that the nursing program
doesn't just help you learn how to become a
nurse, but also how to be aware of yourself
A number Of Students receive much-
needed financial support for their education
through scholarships and bursaries. For
many students, these make the difference
between attending school or not.
Both Raina Fumerton and Anne Bruce were
grateful recipients of generous financial
support during their UBC nursing degree programs. Raina's scholarships included the
Helen Badenoch Award for academic excellence, and Anne's included the Reid-Wyness
Graduate Scholarship in Nursing.
as an individual and professional. "I think
that I was most surprised about how much I
learned about myself during the program,"
says Raina thoughtfully. "I was there for an
education so I expected to gain some
very practical knowledge, but I don't think I
realized that I would gain some real insight
into my own beliefs and values; things I
hadn't really given much thought before."
Raina now has the opportunity to implement
both the practical skills and the life
lessons she learned during her shifts on
the general medical nursing unit at St.
Paul's Hospital. There she deals with a variety of patients with any number of medical
conditions. "It's a great job!" enthuses
Raina. "It's very challenging, but very
rewarding work," she says. "There are a
large number of newer nurses on the
unit, but the ones who are more experienced
really make an effort to help us get used
to things there."
As for school, Raina is glad she made the
decision to go into nursing. "It was the right
choice for me," she says. As a student
who earned mainly "A's", Raina worked hard
to reach her goal. She has 'wise words'
for others entering the program—"Your hard
work will pay off immensely. Everything
you learn will help you prepare to have a
rewarding relationship with your patients
and provide them with very good care."
And, at the end of the day, that's what is
really important.
The Reid-Wyness scholarship has particular
significance because the daughter of its
namesakes has been a highly-respected
member of the faculty of the School of Nursing
for almost 30 years. Prof. Anne Wyness, who
initiated the scholarship fund with her
father after the death of her mother (also a
well-known nursing leader), took retirement
as of December 2002. The legacy of the Reid-
Wyness family upon nursing in this province
will continue in the professional scholarship of
graduates such as Anne Bruce. Bringing mindfulness
to mind
Nurses are always searching for
ways to enhance their delivery of
patient care. As alternative care
options, such as mindfulness meditation, are increasingly requested
by health care consumers, it is
important to understand their origins and to consider how they
might fit within traditional care
delivery systems. The mind-body
connection is an important one
that health care professionals
trained in the 'western' world are
just beginning to understand,
and one UBC doctoral graduate
has gone a long way towards
increasing that understanding.
Anne Bruce's quest for understanding ways
of thinking beyond traditional Western
thought began soon after she completed a
nursing diploma in 1977. During work
with international aid agencies in
Bangladesh, her curiosity about the experience of groundlessness she was having
led to a lifelong inquiry into how human experience is conceptualized and what that
might mean for nursing. That journey contributed greatly to her recent doctoral
thesis entitled, "Abiding in Liminal Spaces:
Inscribing Mindful Living/Dying With(In)
End-of-Life Care".
"The idea of mindfulness meditation is gradually being incorporated into various facets
of health care," explains Anne. "But what is
missing is an awareness of its philosophical
underpinnings in Buddhist thought and how
that applies in a nursing setting." To conduct
Dr. Anne Bruce is now enjoying a well-deserved break (some "liminal space" she says), after six years
of Masters and Doctoral work. She is interviewing for a faculty position this year, and also teaching
some courses at the University ofiVictoria.
her study, which explores the experience of
dying in the context of Buddhist philosophy,
Anne spent five months volunteering at
Zen Hospice in San Francisco while living
for part of that time in a Zen monastery.
She conducted in-depth interviews with caregivers who practice mindfulness meditation
in a Zen hospice where mindfulness is the
foundation of their care.
Using an unconventional writing style that
reflects the non-linear and non-representational use of language in Zen Buddhist
thought, Anne created a rigorous, evidence
based and theoretically sound doctoral
dissertation in a manner that also illustrates
the contradictions inherent in the topic
she was studying. "I tried to create a dissertation about mindfulness in a mindful way.
It was important to me that the approach I
took illustrated the concepts I wanted to
convey," explains Anne.
In North America and the western world,
Anne explains, death is known predominately
as a finite experience in opposition to life.
However a Buddhist interpretation is not that
one is "better" than another or that they
are separate, but that each is entangled in
the other in an ongoing relationship.
Death, then, is also interpreted as a momentary experience in liminal space between
this moment and the next. Living-and-dying
often evoke experiences for which words
are insufficient. "The challenge for us is to
not fall into the western bias of privileging
language to inadequately describe experiences that are beyond words, but to allow
the experience to be valued on its own.
Some experiences are deeply felt yet beyond
words; and we can learn to support people
in these experiences without trying to
explain (away) through language alone.
As Anne's unusual study progressed, Dr. Joy
Johnston spent much time discussing the
evolving work with her to ensure its integrity
and professional credibility. "It was a
fascinating experience for those of us on
Anne's committee," she says. "We
were all incredibly impressed with her
dissertation, and I think that she challenged
all of us to think about our own lives
and experiences as well."
One of the challenges associated with this
work was how to use language to express
experiences and incidents that can't be
described. Dr. Johnston says, "Through creative writing and her unique approach to
the dissertation itself, Anne managed to successfully convey those things. I'm not sure
that anyone but Anne could have done this." Honouring a
mother's spirit
Towards the end of every year, Trish McGeer
and her sisters Margaret Cumming and Lailey
Johnstone sit down together to determine
the organizations that will benefit from a fund
their mother set up many years ago through
the Vancouver Foundation. The Ernest
Theodore Rogers 1939 Memorial Fund was
established by Irene (Cowan) Rogers
after her husband's untimely death, and her
daughters feel strongly about ensuring that
the organizations which benefit from the fund
reflect their mother's passions. This year
the UBC School of Nursing is one of them.
"My mother was an incredibly vital person,"
explains Trish. "She had an unbelievable
amount of energy and enthusiasm, and was
one of those people who made you feel as
though you were the most important person
in the world when you were talking to her.
She gave you her full attention." She also
gave her full attention to the activities and
causes that she was dedicated to—including
health care and nursing.
In 1940, Mrs. Rogers packed up her five
children and moved to Montreal, where she
completed her nursing diploma at the
Royal Victoria Hospital (20 years after leaving part way through the program at
VGH to get married.) Four of her five children
were proud audience members at her
graduation ceremony.
After moving back to Vancouver in 1945,
she pursued many interests with endless
energy and dedication. As a long-
serving member of the Board of Directors
of Vancouver General Hospital, Mrs. Rogers
was instrumental in the furnishing and
decorating of the Nurses' Residence on 12th
Avenue and Heather Street. "I remember
going to have dinner with her on Sunday
evenings and hearing endless stories about
the wall colours and types of beds that she
was considering for the residence,"
chuckles her daughter Trish.
It is that enthusiasm and commitment to
health care and the nursing profession that
moved Mrs. Rogers' daughters to approach
Dr. Sally Thorne about providing support
for undergraduate nursing students. "My
mother worked hard, against some difficult
challenges to complete her nursing
diploma. We think she would be happy with
our decision to support nursing students
in financial need," explains Trish.
This year, the fund established by Mrs.
Rogers will provide a $1000 bursary to five
Irene Rogers was a tireless health care and
nursing advocate, and generous philanthropist.
undergraduate nursing students who
demonstrate financial need, coupled with
academic excellence. As students
continue to experience rising costs of
living and education, this contribution
is incredibly valuable.
With the same type of thoughtfulness that
Mrs. Rogers showed in establishing the
endowment fund, her daughters have found a
way to maintain their mother's contribution
to the nursing profession and to honour her
spirit. What a wonderful legacy to have left,
and what a wonderful way to see it continue.
With Warm Memories
Sylvia Holmes (1930-2003)
Our friend and colleague, Sylvia Holmes, passed away January 1, 2003 after a very brief illness.
Sylvia obtained a baccalaureate degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters degree from
McGill before joining the faculty at the UBC School of Nursing in 1966. During her long and
productive tenure at UBC, she was active in teaching, with a specialty focus in maternal-child nursing. She also took on leadership of a wide range of committee activities, including strengthening
accountable academic progression policies as various guidelines and practices changed over time,
and coordinating clinical learning experiences.
Recognizing that the School was going to
undergo the inevitable changes associated
with a new Director, Sylvia retired from
the faculty in 1994. During her retirement
she took pleasure in her fondness for animals, especially dogs and squirrels. She will
be greatly missed by many dear friends.
Betty Cawston (1917-2003)
One of our more senior Professors Emerita, Betty Cawston, passed away January 9, 2003.
Betty (BSN 1960) was a friend and close colleague of Beth McCann, who she met during her
VGH student days when UBC and VGH students took classes together. Betty had an impressive
clinical practice career in acute care and subsequently in provincial public health, including a
stint with the Venereal Disease Clinic. Later in her career, she completed her baccalaureate
degree at UBC and joined the faculty, teaching primarily in community health nursing. For many
years, she served as clinical coordinator and sat on the executive of the Nursing Division of
the UBC Alumni Association. Betty and Beth both retired in 1982, and enjoyed a number of
trips together until Beth's untimely death in 1986. Betty was instrumental in the development of
the Elizabeth Kenny McCann fund, which today supports a wide range of student and faculty
scholarship activities. Research Activities
Research in the
Research is a cornerstone of healthcare,
shaping the way we understand health and
approach the delivery of heath care
service. At the School of Nursing, where
our mandate involves both education and
knowledge generation, the work of the
Nursing and Health Behaviour Research
Unit (NAHBR) is a major step toward
putting scholarship into practice.
The three principal investigators, Drs.
Joan Bottorff, Joy Johnson and Pam Ratner,
began their professional collaboration in
Edmonton during their doctoral studies at the
University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing.
In an early study of health promotion behaviours of adults in Alberta, the three realized
that their complementary skill sets would
serve them well in expanding what any one
of them could accomplish in isolation.
As the three faculty members made their
way to the University of British Columbia,
they continued to develop programs of
linked research that have evolved into a formalized partnership in NAHBR.
NAHBR represents an opportunity for the
investigators to put nursing scholarship into
practice in an ambitious manner. Their
goals include: conducting research that will
broaden understanding of health behaviour;
providing research training opportunities for
undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral
fellows in nursing and other health disciplines, and partnering with other research
institutions and community groups to
ensure relevant, multi-disciplinary approaches to health and behaviour research.
Since it's inauguration in April 2002, NAHBR
has become the centre of a number of
research projects all contributing to new
knowledge in health behaviour. Among
the 18 research projects in which these
investigators and their busy team are
engaged are studies related to tobacco
control, cancer risk communication,
cancer detection, treatment seeking behaviour for acute myocardial infarction, and
research on the health status of nurses and
the effects of their working environment.
NAHBR is uniquely positioned to investigate
these issues within the context of a
coordinated nursing research unit.
"We work closely with researchers, both at
UBC, and in the community," explains Joan
Bottorff. "Without that collaboration, we
couldn't pursue the research we do." Among
their research collaborators are academic
researchers within the School of Nursing and
in other disciplines across the university
and country including: the Institute of Health
Promotion Research, the Ontario
Tobacco Research Unit, and the Centre
for Behavioural Research and Program
Evaluation. They collaborate closely with
clinicians in working in hospitals and
community health agencies. These partnerships make it possible to investigate the
ways in which health behaviour influences
health risk factors and the management,
and treatment, of disease and illness.
For example, one of their primary research
targets is tobacco use and its impact on the
health of populations. Among the studies
they have conducted are investigations of
tobacco use patterns and cessation interventions in vulnerable populations such as
pregnant women, youth, persons with severe
and persistent mental illness, and persons
undergoing elective surgery. Some of these
studies have depended on longstanding
collaborations with nurses at St. Paul's
Hospital. Another area of research activity
relates to breast cancer, including issues
associated with screening and early detection. Their research in breast cancer risk
perception has been conducted in partnership with the B.C. Cancer Agency. Such
community collaboration is critical to the
success of health behaviour research.
As Bottorff explains, "One of the projects we
are working on involves the South Asian
community in Vancouver. Through collaborating with community clinicians who are
South Asian we are able to benefit from their
knowledge and background. It is tremendously helpful because they can help us communicate with the community in a way that
The Nursing and Health Behaviour Research
(NAHBR) team is currently working on almost
20 research studies.
works well for them and they can help us
take our findings back to them."
Although each of the research projects
makes an important contribution on its own,
the formation of a research unit allows
the team to make full use of a highly skilled
interdisciplinary research staff, and create
a rich environment for student learning. This
new development in their capacity was made
possible through support from the Office of
the Dean of Applied Science, which allowed
them to create a dedicated office and
laboratory space.
Joan, Joy and Pam have successfully competed for Career Awards from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research. These five-year
awards allow the School of Nursing to adjust
their faculty responsibilities so that a full
75% of their time can be devoted to research
activities. Although they continue to engage
in classroom teaching and graduate supervision, their assignments are tailored to
optimize the high-level research training
potential that they provide within the
School and for the community.
NAHBR well positions the UBC School of
Nursing to take an increasingly prominent
place in Canadian and international
research initiatives in the health behaviour
field. "So far, we've been very fortunate,"
says Joan. "We hope our research will continue to grow and expand. There is more to
learn; as the Romanow report highlighted,
many illnesses can be prevented if
people take better care of their health.'
We must continue to develop behavioural
science knowledge and techniques relevant
to the understanding of physical health
and illness and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention
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New faces in research
Annette Browne—Annette comes to us from the University of Northern BC, where she has been working with remote and rural communities and educating nurses about the challenges of serving their
health needs. Her specific area of interest is in aboriginal health, particularly health service provision.
She has worked extensively in First Nations communities, and has brought these insights into her
teaching and scholarly work. Her current research focus is health care services for aboriginal women.
With Dr. Joan Anderson, she is currently completing a large qualitative study that applies a critical
postcolonial analytic lens to the interactions that occur between nurses and the aboriginal women who
are their patients. Annette is a fully-licensed Nurse Practitioner, and will be an active participant in
the School's expanded involvement in advanced practice primary care nursing.
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