Florence Nightingale’s Wheelchair finds a new home

The customised wheelchair used by Florence Nightingale in the years following her return from the Crimean War has gone on public display in the UK for the first time. It is now part of a new permanent display at the Florence Nightingale Museum.

The early 20th century mahogany and iron chair, with red and tan floral brocade seat cover, was used by Florence Nightingale in her Mayfair home as she fought her own chronic illness. Despite the challenge of ongoing disability, Nightingale campaigned to transform healthcare and inspired generations of nurses across the world in ways that continue today.

To read more about how this gift happened click on the picture below.

Nightingale’s Wheelchair

A Sneak-peak……..

The sequel to Marion Crook’s bestselling and award-winning memoir, Always Pack a Candle,

is coming out on April 2, 2024.


In Always On Call: Adventures in Nursing, Ranching, and Rural Living intrepid public health nurse Marion Crook juggles marriage, children, and a vast array of patients and cases in rural British Columbia in the 1970s.

It has been over a decade since Marion arrived in the Cariboo for her first job out of nursing school. The vast rural territory that once left her awestruck now feels like home, as she embraces life on the ranch with her husband, Carl, three young children, and numerous farm animals. Recounted with warmth, compassion, and riveting detail,  Always On Call is a fascinating portrait of the hectic life of a rural nurse and highlights the importance of the helping professions.

Look for more details about the sequel in the Spring 2024 BCHNS newsletter.

Many thanks to Heritage House Publishing  for the heads-up information!


We Remember all our Military who serve and served

Lieutenant Commander Stephanie Buckingham

I joined the Naval Reserve in1970 during the October Crisis.  I served with HMCS Malahat, HMCS York and HMCS Carleton.  I retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 moving to the Supplementary Ready Reserve.  My last position was Interim Commanding Officer HMCS Carleton in Ottawa, Ontario. We thank Stephanie for her past service in the military and also those who are serving our country today!

Save the Date: 55th Marion Woodward Lecture


Thursday, October 26, 2023
In-Person & Online

  • VIFF Vancity Theatre | 1181 Seymour Street | Downtown Vancouver

The Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward Foundation has generously supported the annual Marion Woodward Lecture since 1969. 



DINNER & DIALOGUE (6-7PM): In-person only


The purpose of this talk is to speculate, question, and provoke discussion about care work and nursing’s commitments at a time when big data and A.I. are rapidly escalating against the backdrop of a global pandemic, structural oppressions and a climate emergency. Drawing on principles of design justice, data feminism, community accountability and consentful tech, we critically examine how we arrived at this moment, then turn to imagine new and more liberatory futures for care – of each other, our communities, and our digital bodies.

BIO: Dr. Rae Walker (they/them) is an Associate Professor, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and the only nurse Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They direct the Nursing PhD Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-founded Health Tech for the People, a multidisciplinary research group focused on tech ethics and accountable design. Following service in the U.S. Peace Corps, they completed their nursing training, PhD, Certificates in Nursing Education and Health Inequities, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. They teach courses on data narratives, measurement, and power, and their scholarship focuses on community-directed health innovation and digital defense against technologies and data regimes that cause harm. In 2021 they were awarded UMass Amherst’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Their advocacy for nurse-led innovation, design justice and more inclusive invention ecosystems has been featured on podcasts, the TEDx stage, and in magazines such as Forbes, Scientific American, Science and on NPR.



BCHNS member Sally Thorne is appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada

Dr. Sally Thorne, a professor in UBC School of Nursing, and associate dean of faculty affairs within the Faculty of Applied Science, has been appointed Member of the Order of Canada.

This honour recognizes Dr. Thorne’s extensive contributions to the practice and discipline of nursing as a researcher, academic and leader. It was announced by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada.

“Dr. Thorne is visionary in her efforts to further the contributions of nursing to the best possible care of Canadians,” said Dr. James Olson, Dean, UBC Faculty of Applied Science.

“She is an inspirational leader and generous mentor to many in the nursing profession and beyond, and her accomplishments in research, healthcare delivery, and leadership are exceptional, not only in Canada but also internationally. I know of no other Canadian more deserving of this honour.”

Dr. Thorne became a Member of the Order of Canada on June 30 — her last day of full service at UBC before retirement. She plans to continue her research, graduate supervision, and voluntary professional activities as a professor emeritus.

To read more about Dr. Thorne’s career click click here.

A Well-Deserved Award

In June 2023 Elaine A. Carty, MSN CNM was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In British Columbia Elaine is known as “the midwife of midwifery “. She helped to promote legalization and professional recognition of midwifery not only in this province but throughout Canada.

You are a history maker Elaine! We are all very proud of your accomplishments over the years and send our sincere congratulations to you from the BC History of Nursing Society!

To read more about Elaine’s Award and career click here.