Honouring long time member NINA RUMEN



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Nina Rumen graduated from St Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. She joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1951. Her military career took her to Churchill, Manitoba (1952-54) when Canada’s north was opening. From there she went to Isherholm, Germany with the British Army of the Rhine, then to Lahr, Germany. She served with NATO from 1970-72.  Nina also was loyal to her military nursing community, actively ensuring that military nursing, in BC and beyond, was honoured and preserved.

Nina always loved a challenge and would battle for what she believed was right, no matter what the odds. She was always the kind of nurse who was proud of her profession and who assisted the BCHNS to achieve its goals of which she was a founding member and now has Honourary Membership.

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Nina Rumen 89th Birthday
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Nina now lives in a Care Facility and has just had her 94th Birthday. Due to Pandemic restrictions, it has been difficult to visit her, but BCHNS member, Sheila Oxholm has been sending cards & visiting with flowers when permitted and reading our BCHNS newsletters to her.

To read more about Nina look under Membership – Honourary Membership[1]Nina Rumen

Jessie Mantle Passes 1932-2021

Jessie Mantle was born in Chemainus and received her diploma in nursing in 1950 from the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing in Victoria. Her professional nursing career spanned 40 years and her educational accomplishments included a BSN from McGill in 1966, a master’s degree in nursing from University of San Francisco and post-degree work in gerontological nursing which became her focus during the latter part of her career. Cited as “one of the pioneers of geriatric nursing in Canada” (Ebersole and Touhy: Springer Publishing, 2006), her passion was to make the care and quality of life better for those in their senior years.

In 1981 Jessie took a joint appointment as Professor at the University of Victoria School of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialist at Juan de Fuca Hospitals. As a gifted teacher, author and practicing nurse Jessie Mantle inspired and mentored generations of nurses who became leaders in the care of the elderly.

The Jessie Mantle Fellowship in Nursing talks more about Jessie’s life, accomplishments and legacy.

Jessie’s obituary and tributes from friends and colleagues can be found here.


CAHN-ACHN offers financial award

CAHN-ACHN offers two major financial awards each year: the Margaret M. Allemang Scholarship for graduate students (Masters or PhD level) studying in the field of nursing history, and the Vera Roberts Endowment for historians of nursing (academic or independent) who are working on Canadian nursing history focused on regions north of the 60th parallel.

ACHN-CAHN offre deux offres de financement chaque année: le Bourse d’étudiant(e) Margaret M. Allemang pour subventionner les recherches conducteur par des étudiants(es) (maîtrise et doctorales) en histoire du nursing Canadien, et le Fonds Vera Roberts pour les recherches et les publications en histoire du nursing en régions éloignées au Canada avec une priorité accordée aux régions circumpolaires canadiennes (au nord du 60ième parallèle).

Applications due March 31st 2021 – please apply to Margaret Scaia, [email protected] see:   CAHN/ACHN Scholarships and Awards March 31 deadline to apply


For Your Reading Pleasure

In Her Own Footsteps: Flora Ross and Her Struggle for Identity and Independence in the Colonial West by D.J Richardson, released by Butterworth Books in September 2020, tells the true story of 17-year-old Flora Amelia Ross, the Metis daughter of a prominent British Columbia company family and her struggle to become independent and build a career as a nurse. The book tells of a young woman’s struggle to overcome the attitudes of her time that judged her by her gender and racial background rather than her abilities and accomplishments.

In Her Own Footsteps is the project that started the author’s writing career, initially as a research paper while he was studying history at Queen’s University, followed by three subsequent decades of research to turn it into the first novel in a trilogy about the life of Flora Amelia Ross, told as truthfully as surviving documents permit. Richardson is presently working on the next book in the Flora Ross trilogy, Matron of the Asylum.

Politics, Personalities, and Persistence tells the story of the evolution of registered psychiatric nursing in the province of Manitoba. This comprehensive account traces the distinct profession’s transition from the asylums of Manitoba, where for seventy years psychiatric nurses had cared for the mentally ill when few others were interested in them, to the halls of academia in Brandon University in 1986, the first university in Canada to grant a baccalaureate degree to psychiatric nurses.

Beverley Clare Williams Hicks, originally from New Zealand, and a registered psychiatric nurse who spent nearly forty years in mental health service in Manitoba, wrote a dissertation on the evolution of psychiatric nursing education and, in retirement, found herself compelled to write the history, in which she had played a part.
For further information on the book and its editions click here.

When Days are Long by Amy Wilson is now available for your reading pleasure as an e-book. For more information about this memoir see the blog posting of January 9, 2020.

Royalty payments are going to support an Indigenous Nurses’ Training Scholarship: The Jean Goodwill Scholarship offered by CINA (Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association). This helps to further honor Amy Wilson’s legacy and support nurses from within the population she served.


  The aim of the journal Quality Advancement in Nursing Education (QANE) is to provide a forum in which to address questions and issues related specifically to quality advancement in nursing education.

Congratulations to these authors!

Duncan, Susan M.; Scaia, Margaret R.; and Boschma, Geertje (2020) ““100 Years of University Nursing Education”: The Significance of a Baccalaureate Nursing Degree and Its Public Health Origins for Nursing Now,”  Quality Advancement in Nursing Education– Avancées en formation infirmière: Vol. 6: Iss. 2, Article 8.

To read the full article, click here.

Cook, Sarah C. and Grypma, Sonya (2020) “Accepted in Bella Bella: A historical exemplar of a missionary nursing education, in British Columbia from 1921-1925,” Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière: Vol. 6: Iss. 2, Article 10.

To read the full article, click here.










SAVE THIS DATE and Registration Information

Save This Date (Feb 25, 2021 @12 PM)

Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada Who Paved the Way

The Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry in the UBC School of Nursing is holding a panel discussion for Black History Month called: Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada Who Paved the Way on Feb 25 from 12 – 1:30 PM PST. The panel is free and open to the public.

This panel will recognize the significant contributions of Black nurses to health care in British Columbia and Canada. The panel will feature a keynote address by historian Dr. Karen Flynn, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Flynn’s book Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora won the Lavinia L. Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing. The panel will also feature Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek, an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UBC, who will discuss the importance of historical scholarship as a form of inquiry; Ismalia De Sousa, a doctoral student at UBC School of Nursing, who will be presenting initial findings of her project on the history of Black nurses and midwives in BC, and which offers a new perspective on Black women’s nursing work in the BC health care context; and Dr. Dzifa Dordunoo, President of the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in British Columbia and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Victoria, who will provide a concluding commentary.

Register here.

Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek receives a Healthcare Project Grant

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Thanks to BCHNS Honorary Member Glennis Zilm who sent in the following:

“BCHNS member Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek, who joined the UBC Nursing faculty this past fall, has been awarded a Healthcare Project Grant of almost $10,000 by AMS Healthcare, formerly the Hannah Foundation. The funds will be used for a project on Imperial Pathways of Mobility: Doctoring Women and the American Surgical Enterprise in Iran 1888-1940. Lydia is working on a book based on her doctoral thesis, and on projects related to “whiteness in Canadian nursing,” nursing’s voice and social justice, and the history of perioperative nursing. Congratulations!”

Virtual 52nd Annual Marion Woodward Lecture

Thanks to Sally Thorne and Glennis Zilm for the following information and links.

The 52nd Annual Marion Woodward Lecture took place on October 29th. The day involved a dynamic and informative panel symposium on “Navigating the Tempest: Nursing Practice During COVID-19.” Among the panelists were current faculty members Jennifer Baumbusch and Farinaz Havaei, as well as our BC Ministry of Health’s Chief Nursing Officer Natasha Prodhan-Bhalla, and an incredible Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intensive Care from St. Paul’s Hospital (and UBC alum) Vini Baines.

The Marion Woodward Lecture this year was delivered by Yvonne Coghill, [seen in the above photo] who is the Deputy President of the Royal College of Nurses in the UK. She spoke on “Nursing Leadership in the English National Health Service” and touched on a wide range of topics of high relevance to BC nurses, including diversity and coping with the pandemic.

You can watch the symposium and lecture here.