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.
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.
November 8, 2022 at 9:30 am PT
at the Cecil Green Park House ($10 admission – lunch will be served) and online via Zoom (free)*
with Dr. Esyllt Jones, University of Manitoba
Pandemic Caring: public health nursing and community in the history of infectious disease
Dr. Esyllt W. Jones is a professor of history at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include history of health, public health and pandemic history. She is the author of Influenza 1918: Disease, Death and Struggle in Winnipeg, and co-editor of the recently published Medicare’s Histories: Origins, Omissions and Opportunities in Canada (2022).
9.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Opening Remarks – Geertje Boschma
Reflecting on the Legacy of Helen Shore
10.20 Keynote with Dr. Esyllt Jones | discussion
11.45 Panel discussion with:
Dr. Susan Duncan, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
Dr. Sonya Grypma, Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
Dr. Alison Phinney, Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
Dr. Mariko Sakamoto, Alzheimer Society of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Social Work, UBC
12.45 Closing remarks – Elizabeth Saewyc
*A ZOOM LINK WILL BE SENT TO ALL PARTICIPANTS ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT
If you registered “in person” but find you are not able to attend at Cecil Green Park on November 8, you are welcome to attend online. The event will be recorded for those unable to attend at all.
Ethel Johns, first Director of the UBC School of Nursing, has been honored by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Parks Canada, as a “Person of National Historic Significance”. Johns is one of a very few nurses that have been so honoured.
The Nursing Uniform Fashion Show featured attire from a collection of 25 uniforms developed for the British Columbia History of Nursing Society by Sheila Rankin Zerr, adjunct professor of the UBC School of Nursing.
This presentation addressed nursing attire from the 1600s to the present day. Many of the uniforms are authentic and have been worn and donated by nurses who practised in hospital, public health and in military service.Continue reading