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fall/winter 20
School Gets CAUSN Stamp of
From Your Nursing Alumni
Director's Note
Unique Teaching/Learning
Experience for Nursing
Australia Research:
Helping to Understand
Children's Sleep Problems
More Funding Opportunities
for Nursing Research
Nursing Adjunct Receives
Order of Canada
Marion Woodward Lecture
People News
Up-Coming Events
School Gets
Stamp of Approval
In May 2001, the UBC School of
Nursing was awarded accreditation
from the Canadian Association of
University Schools of Nursing
(CAUSN). A team of CAUSN
representatives visited the School to
determine the quality of our
undergraduate nursing programs and
our administrative efficiency. The focus
of the review was the School's Multiple
Entry Option (MEO) program.
CAUSN accreditation is designed to
recognize quality nursing education
programs and promote the
development of such programs through
external peer review. CAUSN is the
accrediting agency for baccalaureate
nursing programs in Canada. The
association was founded in 1942 to
promote university-level nursing
education in Canada. It's goals are to
develop standards for university
nursing education, facilitate the
interchange of nursing education
knowledge, promote research at
nursing schools, and promote a greater
public understanding of university
study for nurses. CAUSN members are
institutions that grant degrees in
nursing. Membership and
accreditation are not mandatory
however receiving accreditation is an
assurance to the public that a school
has quality nursing programs.
The program of accreditation is
developed around the fundamental
ideas that nursing education should
evolve according to trends in society;
programs within a school should
support each other; and schools should
capitalize on their unique resources.
continued on page 2
TEACHING continued from page 1
School Gets CAUSN Stamp of Approval
They consider a nursing programs
goals and what factors influence or
impede those goals.
Acting Director Sonia Acorn, Assistant
Professor Ray Thompson (now
retired), and Associate Professor Carol
Jillings were responsible for preparing
the report that was reviewed by the
CAUSN accreditation team prior to
their visit to the School. This report
consisted of course information,
research initiatives, administrative
documents,.and an oudine of the
School's past and future plans.
The CAUSN team found much for
the School to be proud of. Curriculum
and teaching are focal points of the
accreditation process and the CAUSN
team took a long, hard look at the
School's courses and how they are
taught. The MEO program was
applauded for its flexibility. Students
can enter directly from high school
(Option 1), with advanced standing
from another university program
(Option 2), or with advanced standing
as a registered nurse (Option 3).
Course offerings help students tailor a
One area of concern was the School's inability to
accommodate all qualified student applicants ...
The accreditation site visit occurred on
February 5-9, 2001. CAUSN team
leader Dr. Betty Cragg from the
University of Ottawa, Dr. Lynette
Leeseberg Stamler from the University
of Windsor, and Dr. Kathryn Higuchi
from the University of Lethbridge
toured classrooms, libraries, laboratory
and nursing practice settings and they
met with faculty, students, and staff.
The visitors also met with Dr. Michael
Isaacson, Dean of Applied Science and
Dr. John Gilbert, Coordinator of
Health Sciences. They spent three days
asking tough questions, reading
through course materials, and quiedy
observing the activities at the School
of Nursing. A
program of study suited to their
individual needs. Faculty and the
School's administration were praised
for their successful efforts in creating a
program that caters to a variety of
student situations. The strengths of
faculty and adjunct faculty were noted,
as was the strong presence of graduate
teaching assistants.
They were equally impressed with the
quality of the School's distance
education programs and the resources
within the School that support
distance learning. The presence of a
nursing research office was also praised
for its encouragement of and support   I
for faculty research. The Office for
Nursing Research was also viewed as a
motivating force encouraging
participation of undergraduate
students in nursing research.
One area of concern was the School's
inability to accommodate all qualified
student applicants, especially those
applying with advanced university
standing (Option 2). However, with
the recent announcement of funding
for more nursing seats this situation is
easing slighdy. More work still needs
to be done however to enable full
acceptance of all qualified applicants.
Another area of concern noted was the
integration of Option One students
into the nursing program. These
students, arriving to UBC direcdy
from high school, are required to take
university core courses. Consequendy,
they spend most of their time away
from the School of Nursing taking
courses in other faculties. As a result
they feel a lack of community with
other nursing students. Faculty and
administration are aware of this
challenge and programs are being
devised to better welcome these
students to the School.
Overall, the School received a very
favourable report from CAUSN.
CAUSN representatives stated that
"the UBC School of Nursing has a
long and distinguished history in
providing leadership in nursing
education in Canada." That leadership
will endure as the School of Nursing
continues to improve and refine the
practice of nursing education.
The fall is such an exhilarating time on campus.
The leaves are turning red, orange, and gold and
piling up on the sidewalks. The students-some
new, many returning-bring a wonderful
enthusiasm and energy to campus. It is with that
same energy and untiring commitment that the
Nursing Alumni Executive works for you.
The goals of the Executive are to promote
better connections among students, alumni,
and friends, help nursing alumni to grow in
numbers by getting alumni involved, and
support the School of Nursing in as many ways
as we can.
Three of the events we are involved with this
year include:
Marion Woodward Lecture
Nursing alumni work on the organizing
committee, act as greeters, and arrange the ever-
popular door prizes.
November Telethon
We get together for fun and socializing all the
while encouraging alumni and friends to help by
providing donations for scholarships for UBC
Nursing students and School events.
Annual Spring Evening of
Knowledge and Innovation
Celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates.
During UBC's Alumni Reunion Weekend in
September the School's 1951 nursing graduates
celebrated their 50th anniversary with Dr.
Michael Isaacson, Dean of Applied Science.
BSN 1971 grads are celebrating their 30th
anniversary in Club Med this November.
Alumni grad parties are happening often so stay
in touch so you know when your year will be
celebrating. If you want help planning a
reunion or want to locate other grads call Jane;
604.822.8918 or toll free 1.800.883.3088. Also
watch the School's web site for a list of events.
Lastly, I want to thank two people who provide
extraordinary supporr for the UBC's Nursing
Alumni and the Executive: Dr. Sonia Acorn,
Acting Director at the School and Jane Merling,
Program Coordinator of UBC Alumni. The
Association relies on their help and support.
Cathy Ebbehoj, BSN 75, MSN 99
Alumni President, Nursing Division
ebbehoj@nursing. ubc. ca
Director's Note
Welcome to the Fall edition of Touchpoints. We are delighted that
Dr. Beverly Witter Du Gas, an Adjunct Professor with the School of
Nursing has been awarded the Order of Canada. We congratulate
her on receiving this well deserved recognition for outstanding
contributions to the nursing profession and the community.
Congratulations also go out to those individuals who have
received awards from the new Michael Smith Foundation for
Health Research. We are proud that nursing has been so well
represented in this first round of competition.
I would like to make special mention that the School has
received a seven-year (May 2001- December 2008) accreditation
by the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing
(CAUSN). The accreditation is for both the basic degree
program and the Post-RN program. The process involved the
preparation of a comprehensive report followed by a site visit to
the School in February 2001. Our certificate is proudly displayed
outside the administration office in the School.   I would like to
express my appreciation to all faculty, staff, students, and
express my app'eciation to all faculty, staff, studi
clinical partners who contributed to this success
You will see a new look on the School's web site,
www.nursing.ubc.ca. Designed by the School's Tech Team
(profiled in the Spring edition of Touchpoints) and implemented
)ario, work-study student, the site is more user-friendly
and student-focused than our previous site. Database
Coordinator and Web Manag
monitor and update the site.
land will continue to
This academic year will prove to be a busy one with a January
admission of students. We normally admit students to the basic
degree program only in September; this admission is in
response to the government initiatives to increase the numbers
of new graduates into the workplace. I would like to express
thanks to the faculty, staff, and clinical partners who have
assisted with the planning of the lanuary admission.
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Sonia Acorn, RN, unique Teach ins/ Learn i ng
* for Nursing Students
High acuity nursing requires that clinical nurse experts closely monitor
and be prepared to take quick action with patients who may display
multiple symptoms and have various dysfunctions.
This past summer the UBC School
of Nursing, in collaboration with
four units at Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre (VGH),
conducted a new course focussed on
nursing high acuity patients.
Nursing 410.H: Nursing Care of
High Acuity Patients and Their
Families was designed to enable the
education of students in high acuity
settings, enhance professional
development of staff nurses, and
encourage and reward staff nurses as
mentors. All of these factors
combined are intended to help
retain nurses at VGH and encourage
new nursing students to consider
working at the hospital. The weekly
two-hour lecture was held at VGH,
as were all clinical sessions.
High acuity nursing requires that
clinical nurse experts closely monitor
and be prepared to take quick action
with patients who may display
multiple symptoms and have various
dysfunctions. Nursing in specialty
areas such as high acuity settings
often demands that the nurses have
at least one year of experience in
general medical-surgical areas. Due
to nursing shortages this is no longer
feasible so it is of utmost importance
that students receive as much hands-
on training and mentoring as
possible. Courses such as Nursing
410.H encourage that kind of
training and emphasize the
important relationship between
hospitals and universities when it
comes to nursing education. New
approaches, like this one, to the
professional development of nurses
and nursing students will help
promote nursing retention and the
effectiveness of our practicing and
future RNs.
The course was developed by the
School of Nursing s Associate
Professor Anne Wyness and adjunct
faculty members who work as
clinical nurse specialists at VGH.
Jo-Ann Ford, CNS Solid Organ
Transplant, Betty Ross, CNS
Respiratory Sciences, Margaret
Borozny, CNS Neurosciences, and
Jill Clark, RN Leukemia/Bone
Marrow Transplant not only opened
up the units to UBC nursing
students but also helped teach the
course and acted as mentors.
Staff nurses at the hospital who
worked on the four units were also
offered the opportunity to attend the
lectures along with UBC nursing
students. These nurses attended the
course on their own time to increase
their understanding of caring for
high acuity patients. Nurses
attending six or more classes received
a certificate and could use the
experience toward meeting
continued competence requirements
for registration. Three of the 19 staff
nurses who attended the lectures
received certificates. Adjunct faculty
member Betty Ross hopes their
success will encourage other staff
nurses at VGH to participate in
learning opportunities such as this
The course was very well received by
both the UBC nursing students and
the staff nurses who participated.
Adjunct faculty member Jo-Ann
Ford is happy that they were able to
provide such excellent learning
opportunities. Students were able to
work on specific units as well as
attend interdisciplinary rounds,
outpatient clinics, conferences, and
operating room sessions.
This course will run again in January
4     [    TOUCHPOINTS Australia Research
Helping to Understand Children's Sleep Problems
Associate Professor Dr. Wendy Hall
spent three months this past summer in
Perth, Australia as a visiting research
scientist at the TVW Telethon Institute
for Child Health Research. Working
with the RASCALS research team on
site, Dr. Hall's aim was to create
measures that would capture
behavioural sleep problems and to
describe the prevalence, persistence, and
factors associated with behavioural sleep
problems in a population random
sample of children aged 1 to 5 years in
Western Australia.
Behavioural sleep problems are
characterized by night waking and a
lack of synchrony between parents'
assigned timing for sleep and childrens'
periods of sleep. Poor sleepers are
unwilling or unable to go to sleep or
back to sleep without parental
intervention. Dr. Hall determined
which items were relevant to the
research questions, created sleep
measures, and assessed their
psychometric properties. The measures
demonstrated acceptable reliability and
The RASCALS study used a randomly
selected population-based sample of
3205 infants and was designed to
investigate causal pathways of mental
health problems for young children.
Data collection points included 3
months and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 years of
age. The gender of the children was
evenly split and most were in families
where parents were married or de facto,
white, young adults (26-35), medium
income ($25-$50,000), with mothers
who had less than a tertiary degree. The
prevalence of sleep problems ranged
from a high of 22.6% at one year to a
low of 13.3% at 2 years. Only at 3
years of age was there a relationship
between gender and reported sleep
problems with females significantly
higher than males. The research
indicates that children who had sleep
problems at age 1 were four times more
likely to have sleep problems at age 2,
those who had them at 2 were ten times
more likely to have them at 3, those
who had them at 3 were six times more
likely to have them at 4, and those who
had sleep problems at 4 were ten times
more likely to have them at 5.
If you'd like more information about
Dr. Hall's research she can be contacted
at hall@nursing.ubc.ca.
Funding Opportunities
for Nursing Research
In March 2001, the Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research was
created to provide support to trainees and
health scientists in British Columbia. In
the past, British Columbia has had
difficulty attracting and keeping health
researchers in the province and has been
unable to take advantage of the recent
increases in federal funding for health
research. According to Dr. Aubrey
Tingle, Foundation President and CEO,
British Columbia receives only 8% of
federal funding despite having 13% of
Canada's population. This, he says,
means British Columbia is missing out
on approximately $50 million each year.
If there were more health researchers in
the province we would be able to attract
more of the federal dollars. Through its
awards, the Michael Smith Foundation
expects to help turn this around.
The Foundation supports health
researchers by offering Trainee Awards
for Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral levels
and Career Awards in Scholar, Senior
Scholar, and Scientist categories. Besides
helping British Columbia retain the
brightest and best students, these awards
will make it easier to recruit externally
for the people needed to strengthen the
province's health research and health
care systems. The program will fund up
to 70 researchers this year, with a goal of
over 250 in the future.
Dr. Michael Smith was one of British
Columbia's most renowned scientists.
His formal contributions were in the
area of gene research. He was the
recipient of a Nobel Prize for chemistry
in 1993 and he donated his winnings to
continued on page 6
TOUCHPOINTS continued from page 5
More Funding Opportunities for Nursing Research
schizophrenia research and to help promote
the advancement of Canadian women in
science. In 1999, he was awarded the Royal
Bank Award for "significant contributions
to human welfare" and donated the
$125,000 grant to the BC Cancer
Foundation. Dr Smith was inducted into
the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for his
work and received the Order of British
Columbia, Companion of the Order of
Canada, and was a fellow of the Royal
Society of London.
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research will help honour and remember
his work as a teacher, mentor, researcher,
and scientist. Dr. Smith passed away in
October 2000.
For more information on this award please
contact the Office for Nursing Research at
onr@nursing.uhc.ca or 604.822.7453
Recent nursing faculty appointments to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research Award Evaluation Committees are:
J. Anderson, Career Award Evaluation Committee; Population Health
J. Johnson, Trainee Award Evaluation Committee; Population Health
Three of the School's graduate students have been awarded Trainee Awards.
A. Bruce, PhD Candidate
Moment-to-Moment: Narratives of Mindfully Living-and-Dying
Supervisors: Dr. Joy Johnson and Dr. Betty Davies
G. Low, PhD Candidate
The Hierarchical Structure and Function of Social Support as a Quality of Life
Determinant among Community Dwelling Older Adults with Chronic Lung Disease
Supervisors: Dr. Joy Johnson and Dr. Pamela Ratner
D. Martin, PhD Candidate
Becoming a Nurse: The Micro and Macro Construction of First Nations Nursing
Students' Experiences in a Western Canadian School of Nursing
Supervisor: Dr. Barbara Paterson
A School of Nursing student has also won a Post-Doctoral Award.
K. Stajduhar, PhD Candidate
Developing an Effective and Efficient Health Care Delivery System for
Canadians at the End-of-Life
Supervisors: Dr. Sally Thorne and Dr. Betty Davies
Post-Doctoral Supervisor: Dr. Neena Chappell, Centre on Aging, University of Victoria
Nursing Adjunct Receives
Order of Canada
Dr. Beverly Witter Du Gas
School of Nursing Adjunct Professor Dr. Beverly Witter Du Gas was awarded the prestigious Order
of Canada this past August. The award was bestowed upon her in recognition of her contributions
to nursing and health care both at home and abroad.
Beverly received a diploma in nursing from Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and then
completed a bachelor of arts at UBC. She later went on to complete a master's degree at the
University of Washington and then a doctorate in education at UBC.
Her career began at VGH where she worked as a nursing instructor and later became Director of
the VGH School of Nursing. During the 1970s and 80s Beverly taught at the University of Ottawa
School of Nursing first as faculty and later as Acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health
Sciences and Director of the School of Nursing.
Beverly has authored a number of nursing textbooks one of which, Introduction to Patient Care,
is used in over 40 countries around the world. Her latest textbook, Nursing Foundations:
A Canadian Perspective, 2nd Ed. was co-authored with Lynne Esson of the School of Nursing.
Beverly has been an Adjunct Professor with the UBC School of Nursing since 1989. She consulted
on the partnership between the Guru Nanak College of Nursing in India and the UBC School of
Nursing. Beverly is still actively, involved with nursing and continues to write about nursing issues.
6    I   TOUCHPOINTS An Invitation to the Marion Woodward Lecture
Cancer and the Family:
Lessons Learned from Children and Adolescents
Dr. Frances Marcus Lewis is Professor of Family & Child Nursing at the University of Washington. Dr. Lewis's
main areas of research focus on the processes by which a life-threatening chronic illness impacts the family,
especially children and adolescents. She is currently conducting trials focussed on enhancing the quality of
the parent-child relationship during acute phases of a mother's treatment.
AH are welcome to join us for this lecture.
Thursday, November 1
Woodward Instructional Resource Centre, Lecture Hall 2, UBC Campus
7:00 PM
Admission is free.
Followed by poster display and reception.
Hosted by the UBC School of Nursing
and made possible with the support of the PA Woodward Foundation.
RoseMarie Cheng has been hired as
Financial Clerk for the ONR. RoseMarie
was formerly with the Department of
Forest Sciences.
Susan Dahinten has been hired as
Assistant Professor. Susan will be teaching
population health and program planning
and evaluation.
Peggy Faulkner joined the School as
Graduate Records Officer. She formerly
worked with the School of Rehabilitation
Margaret Osborne was hired as Lecturer.
Her areas of study arc mental health-
psychiatric nursing and cultural diversity in
Alison Phinney has been hired as Assist
Professor. Alison's area of specialty is
aging, specifically dementia.
Fay Warnock has been hired as Assistan
Professor. Her work focuses on pain
assessment in infants.
Sharon Williams is the School's new
Student Placement Coordinator. Sharon
will be coordinating BSN student
placements in the region and abroad.
A P p 0 1 n 'I E D
Cathy Ebbehoj was promoted from Clinical
Associate to Lecturer.
Lynne Esson was promoted from Clinical
Associate to Lecturer. She maintains her
role as Undergraduate Advisor for first and
second year students.
Elsie Tan was promoted from Clinics
Bev Valkenier was also promoted from
Clinical Associale to Lecturer.
Graduate Records Officer Liz Bragg has
retired after almost 10 years at the School
of Nursing.
Elaine Hung-Chan has left her post as
Secretary to the Director to accept a
position with the Federal Government.
Senior Instructor Louise Tenn has retired.
Assistant Professor Ray Thompson has
retired. Ray had been teaching at the
School since 1972.
Kathy O'Flynn Magee was awarded
Graduate TA Teaching Award. Kath)
Congratulations to the School of Nursi
Sun Run Team who placed 10th of 71
teams in the Health/Medical category.
Sun Run is Canada's largest 10 km run CONGRATULATIONS
Faculty Awards &
• S. Acorn
Awarded BC Ministry of Health grant for
follow-up research from the Hospital and
Patient Outcomes Study Findings from
BC, $30,000.
•J. Johnson
Awarded National Cancer Institute of
Canada grant for research in tobacco use
among youth exploring the transition
from experimentation to regular smoking,
•S. Thorne
Awarded National Cancer Institute of
Canada grant for research toward effective
patient-professional communication in
cancer care, $255,539.
• J. Bottorff
Awarded the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation grant for research in
the psychological and behavioral
consequences of providing information
about mammographic breast density,
$172,057 (US).
• J. Anderson, A. Browne
Awarded Canadian Institutes of Health
Research grant for research toward the
First Nations Women and Health Care
Services encounters between women and
nurses, $54,566.
Internal Student
Research Awards
■ C. Maheu, PhD Candidate
Interpretation and Meaning to
Inconclusive Genetics Testing Results for
Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer
Katherine McMillan Director's
Discretionary Fund, $2,000
Supervisor: Dr. Sally Thorne
• P. Wyatt, MSN Candidate
Evaluating Acute Myocardial Symptom
Recognition in Women.
Katherine McMillan Director's
Discretionary Fund, $2,000
Supervisor: Dr. Pamela Ratner
• B. Da Silva, MSN Candidate
Understanding the Effectiveness of Care-
Seeking Efforts from the Perspective of
Economically Disadvantaged Individuals.
Katherine McMillan Director's
Discretionary Fund, $1,260
Supervisor: Dr. Sally Thorne
• P. Munro/L. Bachmann, MSN Candidates
Mothers Helping Mothers with
Postpartum Depression: A Three Phased
Research Project.
Sheena Davidson Nursing Research Fund,
Supervisors: Dr. Roberta Hewat and
Dr. Pamela Ratner
External Student
Research Awards
• P. Wyatt, PhD Candidate
Nursing Research Fellowship from the
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada,
$25,000 per annum.
Supervisor: Dr. Pamela Ratner
For further information on supporting
student research opportunities please contact
the Office for Nursing Research at
604.822.7453 or onr@nursing.ubc.ca.
2001/2002 Nursing Rounds
The complete schedule for Nursing Rounds is postei
online at www.nursing.ubc.ca or contact the Office fc
Nursing Research at 604.89.2.7453. Lectures are free
and all arc welcome.
November i, 2001, 19:00
Marion Woodward Lecture
Cancer and the Family: Lessons Learned from Children
and Adolescents
Dr. Frances Marcus
D, RN, FAAN from the
crsity of Washington School of Nursing in Sc
linf'ton will be speakins; at the Woodward
the Office for Nursing Research at 604.8??..741,3 or
onr@nursing.ubc.ca for more details. Admission is frc
November 22, 2001
Fall Congregation
April 3, 2002
Nursing Alumni Annual Spring Evening of Knowledge and
ic School's wob :
May 6—12, 2002
National Nursing Week
Touchpoints is published by the School
of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science,
The University of British Columbia
Editor and Writer: Karen Payton,
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Production: Type & Design, ImPress, UBC
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