Nina Rumen Award Now Offered

This new award, created to recognize nurses who have made a difference in patient-centered care, has been  generously funded by Nina Rumen.

The award of $5,000 will provide financial assistance to a nursing student in a Doctoral Program in Nursing or Nursing related studies. The application form can be found on the Resources Page and then click on “Student Resources” of this BC History of Nursing website.

The deadline for submission of the application is November 15, 2013.


Congratulations Helen Shore!

Helen Shore, Eric Hall Dean of Applied Science, Suzanne Camplbell Director of School of Nursing Photo credit: Varun Saran for UBC

BCHNS is pleased to congratulate one of our founding members, Helen Shore who received one of two “UBC Nursing Partnership Awards” — given by the Director of the School.  Helen received it for all her support to students and researchers in public health and community nursing through the Helen Shore Endowment Fund.  Our Sincere Congratulations Helen!

Congratulations to Beth Fitzpatrick!

Photo credit: BCHNS

The BCHNS is proud to announce our latest recipient of an Honourary Membership Award to Beth Fitzpatrick at our recent AGM, April 11, 2013

Please visit  Online Exhibits and drop down to Honourary Members and click onto her name for the full write up.

Congratulations Dr. Geertje Boschma!

Congratulations to Dr. Geertje Boschma of the UBC School of Nursing.

Geertje received a  UBC Killam Teaching  Award  (one  of  three) given  to  UBC faculty  who have been nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni for excellence in teaching. “They have been recognized by their students and  peers alike as having created unique learning experiences for their students and sending them forward with life lessons and skills well beyond the core course material. They are truly making a difference in their respective programs”.  Well done,  Geertje!


Christina Bates, curator emeritus in history at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, has written a new book, A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform.

This first and only in-depth analysis of the attire worn by the largest workforce in the health care system explores the role of the nurse’s uniform in creating nursing identity for over a hundred years.

Watch for a review of book in a future BCHNS Newsletter!

Published in November 2012 the book can be ordered by email: ([email protected])

online: (  or by phone: (819-776-8387 or 1-800-555-5621).


Honouring Dr. Helen Mussallem

A  service  to  celebrate  Helen  Mussallem’s  life  will  be  held  at  West  Point  Grey  United  Church,  8th  and  Tolmie,  on  Saturday  January  12th  at  1  PM.

In  lieu  of flowers contributions  may  be  made to  the  Canadian  Nurses  Foundation, 50 Driveway, Ottawa ON, K2P 1E2.