Dr. Margaret Amelia Campbell

Biographical History

Margaret Campbell graduated from the UBC School of Nursing in 1948. She received her M.Sc. from Western Reserve University in 1966 and her Ph.d. from Columbia University in 1970, the first UBC graduate on the faculty to receive a doctorate. After her return to teach at UBC she was the most senior faculty member throughout the Muriel Uprichard years. She chaired a committee to develop a nursing model based on a behavioural systems model with a committee including Helen Shore, Janet Gormick, Rose Murakami and Mary Cruise. This model was first introduced in 1973, and was subsequently adopted by the Psychiatric Unit of the UBC Health Sciences Centre Hospital and the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

Dr. Campbell served on many education committees and was a long time member of the CNA Testing Services Committee, which prepared registration examinations throughout the 1970s. From 1978 to 1986 she was coordinator of the MSN program and graduate advisor. In 1987 she received the RNABC’s Award of Excellence in Nursing Education and was also honoured by the UBC Alumni Nursing Division on her retirement in 1988 from UBC. In 1990 she received one of the 75 UBC Alumni Association 75th Anniversary Award Certificates of Merit “for distinction to the University throughout her professional career and professional dedication and exceptional contribution to the community.

Sadly, she died in January 1992, six months following her retirement.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records related to Dr. Margaret Campbell’s educational and professional career and other activities. They include papers prepared for her M.Sc. and Ph.d., a number of which focus on factors that influence choice of nursing as a career. The title of her Ph.d. thesis is “The Selection of Nursing Education Programs by Nursing Students in British Columbia”. Copies of her theses, course descriptions and notes related to her teaching, and results of her professional research are included. Several papers relate to her development of a nursing model at UBC. Titles include “An Approach to the Identification of Nursing Problems” and “Conceptual Framework: The Leveling of a Discipline”.

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  • For more information, see Glennis Zilm and Ethel Warbinek, Legacy: History of Nursing Education at the University of British Columbia 1919-1995, 1994, Chapter 6.
Photo from Biographical File
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