Hello everyone! I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you! I am a professor at the UBC-V School of Nursing and teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs. My research centers on the history of nursing and mental health care. I am faculty-co-lead of the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry in the School of Nursing, and a longstanding member of the BCHNS. I am excited to join the BCHNS board as its president, and to work with a great and committed group of people.
Vice President: Lenore Radom
Hello to all, I am pleased to join this new team of Directors for the BCHNS Board, who have willingly stepped forward to lead the group. I have been an active member, participating on several committees, mainly Chair of the BCHNS website. We look forward to your continued support.
Treasurer: Marg Gorrie
Hello, my name is Marg Gorrie, and I am pleased to join the BCHNS board in the role of Treasurer. My interest in nursing history is centered on psychiatric/mental health nursing and community nursing. Prior to retirement, I taught in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at BCIT.
Secretary: Michelle Danda
Hello there! I am a Registered Nurse (RN) experienced in professional practice, healthcare informatics, mental health, substance use, and harm reduction. I am also a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of Alberta. My research is on the history of Registered Practical Nurse education in BC.
The BC History of Nursing Society (BCHNS) held its Annual General Meeting on April 11, 2023. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of Honourary Membership to Kathy Murphy who has been our President for the past 14 years.
Kathy’s commitment to leadership in the BCHNS is commendable. Her dedicated efforts on behalf of the Society will continue to strengthen nursing history and honour its past. Congratulations, Kathy!
To read Kathy’s complete nomination, written by Lenore Radom BCHNS Vice President, on behalf of the Board and members, click here.
The February issue has several interesting articles and video presentations for your reading and viewing pleasure.
Supporter of BCHNS Lisa Anne Smith recently spoke to the Vancouver Historical Society about the historic Old Hastings Mill Store Museum, Vancouver’s oldest surviving building (c. 1868).
BCHNS member Anne Wyness is author of The Larder of the Wise, a book which tells the story of James Inglis Reid Ltd. a Vancouver business which operated from 1908 to 1986. Anne appears in conversation about the business in a video from the Museum of Vancouver.
CTV’s Mike McCardell has The Last Word on Amelia Douglas the Indigenous woman who was the wife of B.C.’s first governor, and how she changed history.
Congratulations to Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek who received the 2022Mary Adelaide Nutting Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing “for outstanding research and writing produced by an experienced scholar for Nursing (Inter)nationalism in Iran, 1916-1947”.
Mary Adelaide Nutting had a profound impact on American nursing. Born in Canada she was one of the key figures in modernizing the profession and her work is still influential in the field today. To read more about Mary Adelaide Nutting click here.
Anita Peterson, our web site diva and graphic designer of the BC History of Nursing Society Newsletter, has worked behind the scenes for many years creating our attractive, readable newsletters and our award winning website.
She is now moving forward in her career and recently shared this with Lynne Esson the BCHNS Newsletter Chair: “It is with regret that I need to inform you that I can no longer work on the newsletters. My business has changed focus in the past few years and I am doing much more intense strategic development for my clients.
The level of work I have been doing does need to be taken over by a graphic designer and I have suggested that Cassidy Mantle, a designer I have worked with would easily be able to move forward with you. Cassidy is a young designer with the right experience and is easy to work with, kind, responsive and considerate.
I have loved working on the newsletters (46 in number!) and wish you the best in the future, I will, of course be on hand to help transition to Cassidy.”
Best Wishes Anita moving forward in your career, we ‘Thank you’ for sharing your creativity, talents and special ‘care’ for nurses over the years, knowing though, you are still there for our website!!
A very warm welcome to Cassidy producing Newsletters and assisting with Website!!
Dr. Sally Thorne recently received the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO) Lifetime Achievement Award. The mission of the organization is to advance oncology nursing excellence through practice, education, research, and leadership. Dr. Thorne is “a most deserving recipient and someone who continues to influence and inspire nurses globally.”
Jessie Lee Middleton passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019, at the age of 102. The youngest of 12 children, she was born and raised on the family farm in Murrayville BC. She entered the nursing program at the Royal Columbian Hospital and graduated in September of 1939 just one day after Canada declared war on Germany. Eager to serve her country, Jessie joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1942 and nursed injured soldiers both in Canada and England. She considered this work as “the greatest privilege for me.”
A recent book by author Elise Baker highlights Jessie’s life and wartime experiences and her picture wearing a Bluebird uniform is featured on the book cover. In Nightingales, Bluebirds, and Angels of Mercy (October 2022) the author tells true stories of the courage and heroism of nurses from the United States. United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand who served on the front line in WWll.
These stories of nurse’s courage, bravery and heroism are truly inspiring and will not be forgotten.