Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek receives a Healthcare Project Grant

Photo credit: UBC School of Nursing

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.

Fort St. John new elementary school named after pioneer nurse Anne Roberts Young

School District 60 received more than 70 public submissions about a name for Fort St. John’s new elementary school, and pioneer nurse Anne Roberts Young was top among the suggestions. Roberts was the first registered nurse stationed in the North Peace, arriving from England in 1930 to work at the Grand Haven Red Cross Outpost Hospital.

She married farmer and postmaster Jim Young of Rose Prairie and continued working as a nurse after her move to that community, often travelling by horseback and through severe weather to see patients. She delivered more than 300 babies during her 25-year career in the region.

To celebrate the opening of the School the Fort St. John North Peace Museum mounted a display of items from Young’s nursing bag and a brief biography. Here are pictures of the display

Larry Evans, a northern historian, and columnist has written an interesting article about Anne Young and other nurses that served in the Peace River district. Go here to learn more.

Dr. Shirley Stinson passes June 4, 2020

Dr. Shirley Marie Stinson, OC, AOE, RN, EdD, LLD (Hon), DSc (Hon), DSL (Hon)

Shirley Marie Stinson, an outstanding and visionary nursing leader, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 90 years.  Her major contributions to graduate education for nurses and to development of a national and international nursing research infrastructure made her one of the most honoured of Canadian nurses.  At her investiture as Officer into the Order of Canada in 2002, she was praised for her work to raise the profile of nursing in Canada and for her contributions “to improved standards of patient care around the world.” She also received the Alberta Order of Excellence, the province’s highest award. She was a president of the Canadian Nurses Association and among her many honours was that organization’s top award, the Jeanne Mance Medal.

Dr. Stinson had a passion for history of nursing, and was a long-time member of the BCHNS and a founding member of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing. As a faculty member at the University of Alberta, she encouraged the teaching of history of nursing and was a mentor to at least a generation of nurses on the subject.

For more information and her obituary notice please click on link below: https://edmontonjournal.remembering.ca/obituary/dr-shirley-stinson-1079321899

 

Dissertation Summary of eroding public health nurse role

Very interesting article shared in the Community Health Nurses of BC Newsletter…this dissertation submitted by: Megan Kirk RN, BScN,MSc,PhD(c) toward her PhD.  The whole newsletter in fact, made for interesting reading during Nurses week and Year of the Nurse.  Thank you Ethel Warbinek for passing this along to share with those interested in Public Health History of Nursing!! Continue reading

An Emerging Profession: Psychiatric Nursing at Essondale, 1913-1973

A recent article published during Nurse’s Week, (Tri-City news May 14, 2020) celebrates Psychiatric Nursing. Andrea Tarnawsky Assistant Archivist for the City of Coquitlam Archives researched and wrote the online exhibit An Emerging Profession: Psychiatric Nursing at Essondale,1913-1973.

This well referenced, readable exhibit includes many photographs taken over the years and donated to the Coquitlam Archives by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society. Our member Anna Tremere was instrumental in collecting many artifacts from Riverview so that its story would not be forgotten.

Andrea tells us that they were hoping to have a physical exhibit in their archives space to go with the online, but this is on hold since the Coquitlam archives is currently closed due to COVID-19.

To view the online exhibit, go to http://www.coquitlam.ca/nursing