The Nursing World Pays Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

ICN extends heartfelt condolences on the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Geneva, Switzerland; 09 September 2022 – The International Council of Nurses (ICN) sends
a sincere message of condolence to King Charles III and the Royal Family, and all those
affected by the sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II.

ICN has sent messages of support and solidarity to the Royal College of Nursing, the Queen’s
Nursing Institute in the UK, as well as the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation,
all of whom have been profoundly and personally touched by the death of the Queen.

On behalf of the global nursing community, ICN expresses its heartfelt best wishes to King
Charles III and the Royal Family who are mourning the loss of their matriarch. The world’s
nurses are also mourning her passing as well as giving thanks for a remarkable life of service
that has made the world a better place and was the embodiment of public service.

ICN President Pamela Cipriano said, “The world’s nursing family mourns her passing and
sends a message of solidarity to Charles III and the Royal Family at this profoundly difficult
time. The Queen’s care, courage, and compassion shone out strongly across the globe, and
her values reflected those of nurses. She was a stalwart global leader, an inspirational figure,
and deeply respected. We pay tribute to her life of dedication and service.”

ICN CEO Howard Catton said, “As a British nurse I know that she has been a constant part of
our lives for as long as many of us remember, having carried her people through some of the
most difficult of times and this will be felt as a personal loss. It’s important now to mourn, to
share and give thanks. She’s gone but her values live on – her ability to care, unite, lead and
to make us smile and that’s a legacy nurses will commit to continue.”

Her patronage and support for Nursing during her reign around the world was steadfast. Most
recently she spoke personally to the President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives
Federation, Professor Kathleen McCourt, on International Nurses Day to again express her
appreciation and gratitude to nurses.

Professor McCourt said “On behalf of the Commonwealth  Nurses and Midwives Federation
may I express sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this very sad time. The Queen will
be greatly missed by all, but her legacy will remain and her commitment to the nursing and
midwifery professions will never be forgotten.”

As the Head of State in 15 countries and a Global leader, the Queen promoted understanding,
collaboration and unity and showed a quiet strength that she deployed for the common good.
In her Queen’s Speech in 2020, Her Majesty personally thanked nurses and other healthcare
workers for their service and sacrifice during the pandemic.

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RCN President Dr. Denise Chaffer, expressing her condolences said, “Her Majesty was
admired and respected by nursing staff from across the world for the way she tirelessly
championed nurses and nursing issues.”
‘As patron of the Royal College of Nursing, she met with thousands of nursing staff and always
took enormous interest in our work. The royal family are in our thoughts at this very difficult

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) expressed its sorrow and gratitude to the Queen for a life
of service and said the Institute and the Queen’s Nurses would always be inextricably linked
to the Queen as their Royal Patron.
Dr Crystal Oldman, QNI Chief Executive said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of
Queen Elizabeth II, our Patron. She was an outstanding supporter of the QNI and nursing,
both nationally in the UK and internationally in the many years of her reign.”

Messages from National Nurses Associations all around the world speak to a shared loss of
a woman, mother and queen who exemplified nursing values and will be greatly missed.

SAVE THIS DATE! October 20, 2022 Marion Woodward Lecture

The Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward Foundation has generously supported the annual Marion Woodward lecture since 1969.
The lecture was the only one personally endorsed by Mrs. Woodward, and has become a seminal event for the School of Nursing, attracting nursing professionals from across BC to learn, share experiences, network, and contribute to the advancement of nursing care.

Date: 20 Oct 2022

Presented by: Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN, Exec. Director of Environmental Stewardship, Providence Health; Assistant Professor, Washington State University College of Nursing

Room: Online & In-Person

Time: 12 – 2pm

Save the Date!

For more information and to register click here.








Researcher’s Alert

In March of 2022, the entire archival collection of the BC History of Nursing Society was transferred to the University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC). The Society fonds includes information on individual nurses, nursing groups, the UBC School of Nursing, biographical files, oral histories, photographs, reference material.

To view the Fonds, click on link

If you require access to the original materials click on the link:

The Rare Books and Special Collections and University Archives reading room will be temporarily closed from August 1 to November 30, 2022, for upgrades.

During this down time you may contact Krisztina Laszlo, RBSC Archivist, and digital copies could be available if requested.

Celebrating National Indigenous History Month

June 1 marks the start of National Indigenous History Month in Canada. Formally declared in 2009, the month encourages Canadians to take time to learn about the history, heritage, resiliency, and diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

We recognize and honour Tania Dick, a member of Dzawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet. She is a renowned Indigenous health care leader and joined the UBC School of Nursing as its first ever Indigenous Nursing Lead in the Fall of 2021. The role was created to help guide work on reconciliation and prepare future nurses to uphold Indigenous Peoples’ human rights and end racism in health care.

To learn more about Tania’s background and role as the Nursing Lead click here.

Tania informed us that there are some allocated Indigenous specific seats on the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) Boards and the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) has established the “Indigenous Leadership Circle” an equity seeking caucus that formally meets regularly.

Becky Beck and Betty Smith Pay it Forward

Becky Beck and Betty Smith have willed $100,000 to both CNC and Langara to create a new bursary.

Many people want to be a part of something that does good in the world and makes a real difference in people’s lives. When you “pay it forward” you are hoping to change someone else’s circumstances for the better. This is exemplified by two nurses who were lifelong friends and left a $100,000 legacy to both the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and Langara to help the next generation of nurses.

This endowment bursary will initially provide four $1000 awards each year to help average students receive financial support as they pursue their nursing education.

Read more about the donors of the Three Sister’s Endowment Bursary in our Spring 2022 newsletter on page 8 by clicking here.

Congratulations to Nurse Author Marion Crook!

On June 4, 2022, the BC Historical Federation announced the recipients for the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing at the BCHF annual conference. The award recipients were chosen by a three-member panel of judges from 24 books published in 2021 and submitted for the competition.

The Community History Book Award, worth $500, went to Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin by nurse author Marion Crook and is the story of Marion’s nursing experience and adventures in the Cariboo-Chilcotin area of British Columbia in the 1960’s. Published by Heritage House in April 2021 the book has been on the BC Best Sellers List for many months.

To read a review written by BCHNS member Linda Quiney and published in our Spring 2022 newsletter on page 14 click here.


Stephany Grasset 1931 – 2022

Tribute to Stephany Grasset  1931 – 2022

Born in Bulgaria, Stephany studied philosophy and history at the Sorbonne in 1949.  She immigrated to the US, and from there to Canada in 1961.  She graduated with a BSc from Louisiana State University in 1953, and from UBC in Public Health Nursing in 1968.  Her many positions have included adolescent counselling, instructor in nursing, and district nurse for the VON.  She has also been a nurse practitioner and Public Health nurse.  She regards her internship in the Palliative Care Hospice at Victoria General Hospital in Montreal as a highlight in her career.

In the latter part of her career, especially, she was involved in work, research and teaching in the psychiatric field, especially at UBC and BCIT.  From 1977-1985 she instructed in the Psychiatric Nursing program at BCIT, during which time she also lectured in UBC’s SON and other institutions.  In 1985-1986 she consulted in Psychiatric and Geriatric Nursing for the WHO in Barbados.  From 1989 she instructed in Acute Psychiatric Nursing in BCIT’s RN diploma program.  She was President of RNABC in 1980-1981.

Stephany passed away peacefully on March 17 and is survived by her children Antoinette and Stephen and grandson Rylan.  She’ll be remembered for being well read and outspoken.   She also had a unique ability to meet and surround herself with a diverse circle of good friends. Her amazing hospitality and the wonderful foods she lovingly prepared will be very fondly remembered and missed by all.

We are grateful to Stephen Grasset for notifying us of his mother’s passing, for this photo and message.

Tribute to Nina Rumen 1927 – 2022

Tribute to NINA RUMEN  1927 – 2022

Nina Rumen, a founding member of the BC History of Nursing Society has passed at age of 95 years, following many years in a Care Facility.

Nina was born in 1927 in what was then Poland, now Belarus.  At age 2 she “brought her mother to Canada” to join her father, who had immigrated earlier to the Fernie/Cranbrook area of BC.   She graduated from St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in Vancouver in 1949 and joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1951.  She was sent to Churchill, Manitoba [1952-54], then to Iserlohn, Germany with the British Army of the Rhine, then to Lahr, Germany.  She served with NATO from 1970-72. 

Nina completed her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Toronto.  Following retirement from the Services, she moved to Vancouver working on short term contracts with various agencies.Continue reading